Dino's Dark
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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From:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Porter - American
ABV:
7%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 12.83%
Ratings:
61
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 27, 2017
Added:
May 04, 2004
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  3
SCORE
85
Very Good
Dino's DarkDino's Dark
Notes: None
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Bottle to mug, the appearance was a sturdy dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some speckled clingy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet to bitter coffee beans, some milk chocolate, some dark fruits and a little bit of dried sweet wood.
The flavor was a nice blend between sweet and bitter as the coffee beans seemed to take the foreground and end up leading into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Semi-dry yet crisp and mobile sort of roasty finish.
Overall, pretty good American Porter I could have again.

Jun 27, 2017
 
3.69 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on May 23, 2016
 
3.75 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Sep 13, 2015
 
4.32 by zjt on Sep 03, 2014
Photo of scaliasux
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by scaliasux from Wisconsin

Appearance - Dark brown with a touch of red. Appears at least a little hazy. Short but persistent tannish head.

Smell - Rich medium roasted malts. Light chocolate, coffee, toffee, and raisin.

Taste - Dark malt flavors dominate. Sweet burnt coffee and toffee. Lemony hops in the finish. A little thinner than I expected.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Nothing terrible, but a little more bitter and thinner than I'd prefer.

Jul 31, 2014
 
3.25 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 16, 2014
 
3.5 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 16, 2014
 
3.22 by TheStoutHound from Wisconsin on Apr 10, 2014
 
3.75 by Localdrinklax from Wisconsin on Feb 03, 2014
Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by drpimento from Wisconsin

Decent enough. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish tan head that soon settled to little more than a ring and no lace. Color is a nice clear mahogany with a few bubble trails. Aroma I a malt, hop, a little roast, and some dark, ripe fruit. Flavor's much like nose with tang and bitter in front, slight sweet behind, medicine in background. Body/carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, on the long side, generally speaking hoppy porters aren't my thing.

Dec 14, 2013
 
3 by paralyzer from Wisconsin on Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Strix
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
by Strix from Wisconsin

Opaque dark brown, decent head that hangs around.

Roasted malt, vague coffee note.

Roasted malt the primary flavor. Sort of a cola/cocoa/coffee note in the mix, but muted.

Mouthfeel somewhat thin, enough to detract.

Certainly drinkable and hits the right notes for a porter, but nothing overly special.

Nov 08, 2013
 
3.75 by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois on Aug 13, 2013
 
3.75 by atuite from Illinois on Jul 15, 2013
 
2.75 by DonFrap from Massachusetts on Sep 21, 2012
 
4 by Ri0 from Wisconsin on Sep 03, 2012
 
3.75 by tyleeis from Wisconsin on Jul 29, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is good and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grainy roastiness, chocolate, and tangy caramel. Good, but the tanginess puts this at a bit "off." Moderately malty.

3.0 T: Like the nose, but the tangy tartness is increased. It's not an infection type tang, but it's a sign of something not being done right along the brewing process. Still, it's not bad.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch crisp with a bit more creaminess.

3.0 D: Not bad, but not without problems. Good, strong flavors, but a couple bad ones as well.

Jul 18, 2012
 
3.5 by seeswo from Ohio on May 12, 2012
 
4 by martyl1000 from Wisconsin on Apr 15, 2012
 
3.5 by whartontallboy from New York on Jan 16, 2012
 
2.5 by brandoman63 from Illinois on Nov 29, 2011
 
4.01 by wallrock from Wisconsin on Nov 23, 2011
Photo of SykDoc
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by SykDoc from Wisconsin

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It pours a dark brown and forms a 1 inch head that reduces to a nice over-the-top lacing. It is opaque when held to the light.

The aroma is a nice roasted coffee blend combined with some milk and dark chocolate notes. Not real strong, but present and good.

The taste has a bit of the punch that the nose is missing. The roasted coffee, dark chocolate malty goodness is more prominent with a nice almost milky sweetness, and just a touch of hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a reasonable level of carbonation, that is not real prominent. It seems to fall a little flat and leaves a mild dryness.

Overall, this is a good beer and quite frankly, although nothing really stands out, I feel like I could drink a couple and enjoy them.

Aug 10, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by akorsak from Pennsylvania

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a dark syrupy brown color, light enough that copper hues are evident but dark enough to be opaque. A two and a half finger head cascaded as it receded. Mild lacing was left.

S: A touch of chocolate, a hint of coffee, the nose is light with barely enough oomph to register as a porter. Dark roasted grains take a while to emerge and even when they do, they aren't that strong.

T: Cocoa powder and coffee stand out, a quick turnabout from the nose. The mildly bitter coffee flavor leaves a lasting impression. A burnt toast flavor, heavily roasted, lingers after the coffee and cocoa pass. Mid-sip hops derail the flavor for a few seconds before the coffee and chocolate return. I'd rather not see that bitterness detract from the dark flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is clearly a porter, dark and roasted with a strong coffee presence. The hops stand out a little too much, detracting from the vibrant flavors.

D: The ale tastes much better than it smells, a nice porter that pushes a robust coffee and chocolate agenda.

Oct 10, 2009
Photo of hughesm4
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hughesm4 from Ohio

Drank out of a bottle poured into a glass.
A. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with no head.
S. Above average smell. You get a nice sweet and malty smell, but nothing overpowering
T. Sweet with a little coffee taste towards the end of the drink.
MD. Leaves a normal porter aftertaste in the mouth. Leaves the mouth a little dry, wanting another drink. Goes down very smooth for a porter.

Aug 10, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mwa423 from Ohio

A - Poured with a bit of head, the color is brown until you hold it up to light and immediately see it turn blood red.

S - Coffee and roasted malt a bit above average for style.

T - Good malt backbone and dead on for style. Not the best but if I wanted a session porter and could get more I would be all over this.

M/D - Smooth and decent, good for an average session beer

Aug 10, 2009
Photo of degerbah
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by degerbah from Ohio

A smokey malt smell after a no-head pour into a tremens glass. Overall a solid american porter but nothing at all spectacular. A little more smokey than I prefer, but with nothing else really going for it. I got it as an extra so I can't be dissapointed, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Aug 10, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by msubulldog25 from Oregon

12 oz. bottle, emptied to the 'Widmer' pint glass. Thanks go out to badbeer (who I hope sent 'good beer') for the hook-up.

A: Surprisingly light-colored for a porter, glowing auburn shows through a milk chocolate brown. Good head of fine bubbles, cresting around a finger, creamy khaki. Certainly bottle-conditioned, a fine sediment hangs and fogs the pour.

S: Ridiculous butterscotch aroma, detectable from 2 feet away. Up close, it smells much less of creme brulee, more of cocoa powder with a light acidic twang. Traces of smoke, a metallic grain husk, too. Not really oxidized-smelling in any way I've experienced previously, just not an appealing aroma for me.

T: Somewhat better taste than smell, that's good I suppose... Rich cocoa, light spice, caramel reduction, toasted nuts. Likable roasted grain flavor in the finish, a bit like a malted milkshake. Notable hints of buttery diacetyl: deduct.

M: A ho-hum thinness meets the tongue, smooth but without much body or character. Some carbonated tingle and a lasting spice develop a little, but nothing happens to pull this out of 'mediocrity' for me.

D: Too bad, I really hoped for good things here. Have tried a couple Lake Louie brews before with mixed results (Warped Speed was excellent, Mr Mephisto's disappointed); this goes down as my least favorite. Has an 'off' feel about it that I doubt is intentional. Thank you, Mike, for giving me a try, but I'd pass in the future if this is typical.

EDIT: After I posted, I read guezedude's review below mine; sounds like the same batch, same issues. Given that, I might have a second try at some point...

Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by Gueuzedude from Arizona

A vigorous pour has me noticing a distinct butterscotch note as well as producing a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a blackened, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely heavily influenced by diacetyl, though at first it pairs decently with a toasted, lightly roast malt note. The diacetyl soon becomes annoying, though it at least doesn't become rancid.

Sweet malt flavors are noticeable up front as the beer first hits my tongue. An oral / nasal diacetyl component then comes in towards the middle and then an almost lactic like tartness kicks in. The finish has a toasted whole grain flavor as well as a touch of roasted malt bite. The diacetyl is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the nose, but it is still here. This does have solid dark malt flavors, I just wish they were able to come out more (the flaws really mute my experience of them here).

This was certainly an experience. The bottle is likely infected, but it could just be poor yeast / fermentation management at this point too. I do get the sense that there is a tasty beer in here somewhere. In fact the flavor, despite the easily noticed flaws, isn't all that bad even.

Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ragingbull from California

A good beer. Black in color with light mocha head and mostly still. Smoke and coffee on the nose. Heavy smoked and roasted malt flavors that get more gentle as you approach the finish. The finish is clean and then the smokiness from the roasted malts kicks back in during the aftertaste. I actually picked up a pint of this at a coffee shop on the road in front of the capital in Madison. I researched the three porters from Lake Louie to be sure I am reviewing the correct beer and from reading the reviews I wonder if all of the reviews are on the correct beer as there appears to be overlap. This seems to be the Dino's from the majority of the reviews and I should just trust my server even though it was a barrista and not a bartender. Good beer though. It was a beautiful day and I sat on the patio, the whole experience was memorable and good. I am actually anxious to find some more offerings from this brewer.

Jun 17, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by roadhouse from Florida

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a chestnut brown color with some red highlights. A one inch cream colored head forms on top and subsequently falls down to a cap, but it retains well and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma has some chocolate notes to it, a slight coffee tinge, and some light hops. Quite mild overall but no off-aromas.

Taste has quite a bit of chocolate flavor up front, but there's some caramel sweetness as well. A nutty quality in the middle, almondy. Some floral hops towards the finish with lingering sweetness and light chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and easy to drink.

This was definitely not what many Porters out there are. It's mild on the roasty flavors though it works well. I kept enjoying it more every sip and wish I had more. Oh Wisconsin, so close, yet so far away.

May 17, 2009
Photo of storksonm
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by storksonm from Wisconsin

Mug

This is a great dark beer. after I cracked it open I smelled a sweet hoppy smell. When I poured it the head formed nicely but it didn't retain its head for too long. The taste was much like the smell of the beer but it was very rich with a robust hoppy smell with a bit of citrus to it that hung in the back of your throat and was very nice. Very smooth like many of the other lake louies I've had before. Its a very nice dark brew with a pleasant hop character that is an easy drink for anytime and anywhere.

Apr 18, 2009
Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by botham from New York

12 oz bottle poured into a new Sam Adams Glass. pours a rich chocolate brown with amber highlights and a half finger of tan head that takes a couple minutes to dissipate. moderate lacings.

aroma is of roasted malts and a bit of coffee, along with an earhty base and a subtle grassy hop quality that mixes well with the malt.

taste is mildly roasted up front, with notes of oak and a touch of molasses, all over a mildly earthy base that provides a warming quality to the brew. a subtle note of chocolate shows itself throughout comsumption as well.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy smoothness that works perfectly with the flavors present. finishes smooth with some soft CO2 and residual bready and roasted malt as well as some oak.

drinkability is great. this is a solid porter, with enough aspects of its own to create a great beer. the profile resembles an oak aged brew, complete with the earthy notes and a wonderful smoothness, lending to a warming quality and rich complexity. this has to be one of, if not the, best brew from Lake Louie. cheers!

Jul 30, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

Tasted again, and was more impressed this time around.

Pours with a reddish glint at the bottom of the glass, otherwise dark brown. Small amount of foam with spotty lace.

Great aroma, distinct caramel toffee with some milkiness, and multigrain bread. Something earthy and herbal, maybe an inkling of hops when swirled.

Rich caramel maltiness, almost a smoky finish. Residual dry bitterness. Not too sweet, just about perfect. Adequate carbonation. Really exceeded my expectations. Tasty stuff, worth looking for in Wisconsin.

Original review 04/2007:
A seemingly average brew. Wouldn't have pegged it for a Porter.

Big and foamy tan head. Rings of lacing, it looks appealing. A good amount of sediment in the bottle.

Aroma of mild plum, and malt. Pleasant, not really big in this department though.

Taste is plum, nutty malt, slight bitterness. Fruitiness is a nice twist. Very thin mouthfeel. A unique ale to be sure. Easy to drink, but better Porters are out there. Seems more like a twist on a Brown Ale.

Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one...

Jul 24, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by robbyc1 from Illinois

Black, no see through, with a slight head.

Can't tell much from the nose, a tight smell, just some roasty malt, no hops noticeable.

This is a great deep porter, very malty, lovely notes of chocolate, creamy and smooth. Web says this has more hops than their Tommy's Porter, but if there are hard to tell, they don't get involved with the deep flavor, wishing I held more than one of these. Can't think of a better tasting straight forward Porter.

Perfect heavyness, with a great feel in the mouth. No alcohol noticable, can't be very high. Very drinkable, goes down easy. Refreshing for a porter, find it!

Jul 18, 2008
Photo of grub
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by grub from Canada (ON)

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled june 20/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. quite fruity. bit of dark chocolate. molasses. maybe some maple too. bit of almond. there's a bit of artificial chocolate or something in there too.

taste is ok. fruity and kind of sweet. toasted raisin bread maybe? bit of maple/molasses character too. slightly artificial chocolate. hint of roast, less than i'd expect. bit of alcohol. low bitterness level. hint of citrus.

mouthfeel is nice. medium bubbly soda-like carbonation. just under medium body.

drinkability is ok. this one misses the mark in my eyes. too fruity and sweet, not enough roast/bitterness, almost no trace of hops, and the alcohol is a bit too present.

Jun 21, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Viggo from Canada (ON)

12 oz bottle I believe in trade from EliteDigger. Thanks Scott!

Pours an opaque and cloudy brownish red, thin off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, a few lace spots. Smell is caramel, some light roast and chocolate, nice coffee roast, theres some light fruits and a bit of orange, some bready malt, quite nice. Mouthfeel is very grainy, and very dry and roasty, chocolate, sweet orangey fruit character through the middle, milk chocolate and vanilla in the finish, dry bread, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, neat and drinkable.

Jun 21, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

A - Deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin creamy tan head that

S - Plum with grassy hops and a touch of malt and chocolate. maybe slightly metallic as it warms.

T - Slightly sweet malt with plums, nuts and some earthy, grassy hops.

M - Very thin and watery.

D - A very unique beer that reminds me of a cross between a brown ale and london porter. This could be a regular sessionable beer easily.

Jun 06, 2008
Dino's Dark from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 61 ratings