Lake Louie Tommys Porter
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #413
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,566
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 13.18%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
137
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Lake Louie Brewery Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by orbitalr0x:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently snagged on a trip up to Wisco. Pours into my glass a very dark brown with a half inch of light tan bubbly head on top with spotty lacing. Fairly opaque. Aromas start with smooth roasted chocolate and black malts along with a bit of a lactic undertone as well. Semi-sweet with a kiss of coffee. Caramel swirl. Nice.

First sip brings smooth semi-sweet roasted, toasty malts upfront with dark chocolate notes. Coffee bitterness moves in along with some caramel accents. A touch of lactic cream in the middle, it finishes with a nice bitterness and great mix of flavors. Solid brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the medium to lighter side for body. Good carbonation and quite easy to drink. I'm a big fan of porters and this one is quite enjoyable. I will never have a problem grabbing a six pack when I am in Wisconsin.

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Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to stonecrusher for the trade...
Appears black with brown edges. A 2 finger tan head slowly fades out into a small collar. Plenty of streaky lacing and film is left around the glass.
Smell is of creamy, sweet cocoa, and a dusting of coffee and mild roasted malt.
Taste is the same great aromas but it actually surprised me a little bit and is a really nice tasting porter.
Mouthfeel is super smooth despite it's roasty, rich characteristics. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt stick to the tongue. You really can't do much better.

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Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with chocolate dominating the other dark malts, but not completely hiding them. The flavor is very much like the aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee mixing together to make a tasty brew. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of alexgash
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark portery coal brown with a very small, ringy, off-cream head. Roasted malts, peaty swamp, light smoke, and chocolatey sweetness. Roasted bitterness up front, followed by meaty, smoky, earthy malts. Chocolate sweetness settles in, before coffee bitterness takes over. Medium bodied with an oily feel. Very nice porter.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd call this beer a keeper. I would recomend it.

This beer pours a really brilliant opaque black with a bit of scummy tan head on top. Aroma is very coffee-ish, but also seemed creamy (and what does creamy smell like?). Flavor is additional coffeeness, both sweet and very roasty simultaneously. I also got some diacetyl buttery-ness as well. Mouthfeel is full, rich, and smooth.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass creates a three finger thick, lightly browned, fluffy tan colored head. The beer is a nice dark chocolate brown color that shows a brilliantly clear ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nice rich malt sweetness to it as well as a solid toasted dark grain character. The combination definitely reminds me of a fairly dark chocolate as well as toasted whole grain notes. There seems to be a touch of buttery diacetyl here which accentuates some of the sweetness, the combination of those two definitely provides a soft butterscotch aromatic note to the nose. The aroma is not half bad, I might prefer less diacetyl, but the amount here is fairly subtle and almost a positive thing.

Dry up front as it first hits my tongue, the beer is also somewhat lighter than the rich aroma might have suggested. Still the body of this beer is on the medium side for a quaffable porter and definitely has just enough heft to it without be too thick to be nicely drinkable. As the beer rolls across my tongue it picks up a nice, dark malt sweetness that transforms into a dusty cocoa note in the finish. Roast malt flavor contribute a drying coffee roast character as well as some whole grain, deeply toasted bread flavors. The diacetyl is less noticeable in the flavor, almost undetectable even to this diacetyl sensitive palate, it does contribute a subtle butterscotch note though. This has a very nice balance between soft malt sweetness and roast malt notes. At times it might pick up a touch of a sharp bitter burnt note, but this is kept to a minimum.

Not a bad beer, in fact it is even enjoyable. I was a bit skeptical after the Warped Speed I had from this brewery, but this is actually a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of thefatkid13.

A: The porter is a dark red-brown, like a coffee licquer (think the Chouffe licquer). Words don't do the head justice, as it overflowed from the bottle on opening and required 15 minutes of patience to empty it into the glass.

S: A touch of coffee bitterness mixes with a slightly sour lactic aroma and dark caramel/roasted malts.

T: The lactic sourness continues in the taste, a semi-sweet flavor that mixes with the roasted caramel malt flavors. Hops are sparse. Mixing with the caramel is chocolate and coffee, although the coffee pales in comparison to the chocolate.

M: The mouthfeel is full although the lactic sourness is not that enjoyable throughout the entire glass.

D: Average porter, nothing to get all worked up about though.

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Photo of merlin48
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, thanks to kmpitz2, pours a deep chestnut brown body that is opaque. Small beige head lasts several minutes and leaves some delicate sheet lacing.

Aroma is savory, with milk chocolate, dark berries, hazelnut, and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium with above average carbonation for a Porter.

Taste is well balanced, with a soft roasted coffee presence that folds into the other flavors instead of dominating them. A dark berry fruitiness and some nuttiness combine well with a dark chocolate malt backbone for an exquisite balance. The playful carbonation really helps the balancing act. Grassy hops add a soft bitterness and the roasty malts are present, but politely play off the other characteristics. Finishes clean, with a mild roasted malt aftertaste.

This is, perhaps, the most drinkable Porter I've ever sampled. Extremely well crafted, and yet another fine brew from this small Wisconsin microbrewery. Many thanks, again, to kmpitz2 for the opportunity.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark garent red with black swirls. Spotty lace kicked off the dark tan head.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted barley, roasted nuttiness and some caramel and fiant hint of darker fruits.
Flavor of rich chocolate, coffee notes, some yeast and a densely bitter hoppy finish that is on the resin and furity side.
Mouthfeel is full on the palate, hyper sweet chocolate to start cut quickly by a biting bitter of both chocolate and hop notes.
Drinkability is excellent. Smooth and easy on the palate. Great balanace and transitions.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A porter is a very unique style in the aspect that just about any brewery can throw together a decent one with minimal effort. But when you come across a phenomenal one like this, it sticks out of the crowd and in your mind. I have been fortunate to have this in growler and bottle. I liked the growler a little better since it was extremely fresh. The appearance is midnight black with a ruby undertone. The beige head was rocky and made this beer look like a champion! Heavy lacing was the perfect accent. The aroma was very rich with a roasted, chocolate, nutty presence. A coffee smell comes through, but not at all too strong. The taste is very well balanced with a nice bittersweet finish that reminds you of bitter chocolate, but also reminds you of the finishing hops. A very full bodied beer, but not filling. A sharp, acidic, woody taste comes through in the mouthfeel and makes this very refreshing. Its flavors magnify as it warms up in the glass very nicely. This is a very memorable porter from an awesome up-and-coming brewery. I could drink gallons of this throughout the year! Now if only they started distributing in Milwaukee...

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Pint

Aroma: Big sweetness along with a significant buttery characteristic. Toffeeish and very appatzing. Some chocolate in there as well, blended into a mellow coffee like roastiness. Some very slight citrusy hop notes.

Appearance: Deep, deep brown (almost black) with only hints of cherry poking through the edges. Creamy tan head that hangs on forever. My first casual tasting of this beer was up in Northern Wisconson after it had survived a 5 hour road trip from Madison, and staying in a hotel, I was forced to pour it into a little 10 oz plastic cup. I ended up leaving the cup half full overnight, and awoke to find, astoundingly, a modest head still intact on top of the beer. Amazing.

Taste: Creamy, buttery sweetness is dominant, along with a solid roasted backing. The roasted qualities blend well with some cocoa & a slight acidity in the finish. No remnants of any hop aromas detected, only a low key bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy with modest carbonation. This suits the chracter of the beer very well.

Drinkability: Insanely good, right up there with Edmund Fitzgerald, but a very different Porter. Everything in this beer interacts with itself in a way that makes perfect sense.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby-rimmed mahogany topped by a gorgeous head of toasted tan foam. There's something about the color and creamy texture of this cap that is immensely appealing to me. Now that thick, pocked lace has begun to appear, I like it even more. And I haven't even mentioned the light-rejecting opacity of the beer itself. As far as I'm concerned, a non-opaque porter isn't a porter that deserves respect. Tommy's is a great looking beer.

The nose is merely good. My Munich malt sensors are going haywire due to the (what I consider to be) earthiness of that particular variety. There's a moderate amount of roastiness with plenty of cocoa powder notes and very little coffee. It certainly doesn't lack aromaticity.

Whoa Tommy, there's the coffee! A big burst of roasted java beans explodes in my mouth with the first large sip. This is a porter to be reckoned with. It's as rich and as boldly flavored as many a stout, which is just how I like my porters to be. Subsequent mouthfuls reveal the depth of the flavor profile as I'm able to sort through the various non-coffee contributors.

Bittersweet chocolate is a close second and may even attain equal billing as the beer warms. That freshly dug earthiness is in the background on the palate. I like it in small doses, as it is here. Although I have no clue as to specific varieties, I can appreciate a pretty hefty hop load for the style, both in terms of flavor and bitterness. This porter is expansive, well-rounded, complex and--most importantly--delicious.

The massive amount of flavor tricks me into thinking that the body should be bigger than it is. Actually, it's on the upper end of the style scale and is becoming even more full and more richly lucious as it warms. I've often said that mouthfeel is the biggest indicator of brewery quality. If that's true, then Lake Louis is a phenomenal brewery. Yeah, like I couldn't have figured that out after the first upending of the glass.

Tommy's Porter is one of the best porters that I've had in a good, long while. It makes me want to drink every Lake Louie beer that I can lay my hands on. Good thing I picked up a decent selection on my recent trip up to Madison. Distribution to Iowa is the next, obvious step. 'This is livin'' says the Lake Louie bass on the label. I couldn't agree more.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks JPM30. Looks like a porter,black colour light head but faint odour.Taste porter-like, faintly. OK brew but weak in its style. A little roast, a bit creamy grain. A bit disappointing but quaffable. More of a nutty grainy brown then a robust porter.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" light brown head over the clear but dark brown brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with average to good lacing. Aroma is creamy chocolate with a touch of coffee. Flavor also has the chocolate character, with tremendous creaminess over the tongue. Mouthfeel is so smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Only had a couple, but Lake Louie's got some nice stuff by me.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown color, with a tan head. Caramel aroma, with nuts, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is very sweet and malty, then becomes tangy with fruit and nuts. There's is a roasted bitterness in the background. All these flavors play off each other very well. The body is a little light, but not at the expense of flavor. Incredible drinkability.

This is the second Lake Louie beer I've had, after the Scotch Ale. These two beers have a similar aroma, and the caramel flavor is common to both. I hope all of Lake Louie's beers are this incredible.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tom and Dianne Porter’s charming brewery in Arena offers some of our areas best microbrews. They can be found on tap at several bars in Madison including the Weary Traveler or by the growler at Star Liquors on Willy Street and Steve’s on the West Side.

Their Scotch Ale is very pleasurable and very highly rated by the pros but their porter is still my favorite. The Tommy Porter is deep mahogany, almost black in color. The head is stark white. It makes for a nice looking contrast but it doesn’t last long.

The beer itself is heavy on the malt and light on the hops. It aromas are of mulberries, Mexican coffee, and caramels and the taste matches them. It gives the feeling of acidity to the lips but remains smooth and soothing to the throat like a cup of warm chocolate milk.

The taste isn’t spectacular but it’s above average and it’s unwavering. A lot of beers taste great on the first sip but then after half a pint or so, one’s palate seams to get too used to them. They get dull. Not so with the Tommy Porter. Each sip is as good as the last whether you’re on your second ounce, or your 64th. This is a rare quality and makes the beer worthy of its half gallon container.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep deep brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. A small tan head falls to a patchy coat over top. Nose is creamy chocolate with just a touch of roasted malt. Very solid. Flavor is a nice balance between chocolate and coffee. Chocolate is immediate with a quick transition to mocha fading to roasted maltyness on the finish. I really like it because it transitions so well. Feel is thick with a light-moderate carbonation. Its right at the the upper end of thickness for a porter. Overall, this is a fantastic American Porter. The nose is solid, flavor is well above average and drinkability is great. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brown, very murky, thin tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass, looks okay. Smell is okay as well, a bit weird, plasticy, some roast and chocolate, caramel sweetness, brown sugar, a touch of raisin and dark fruit. Taste is similar, roast and chocolate up front, plastic, raisin, biscuit/toasty middle, a bit weak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad I suppose, but not very good and didn't really do anything for me. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The porter pours a deep chunky black with only a finger of tan foam on the top. No light passes through except at the very edges where there's a light reddening. The head disappears pretty quickly leaving no real lacing on the glass.

The aroma is a bit one-dimensional with roasted coffee like smells dominating. There's a faint whiff of other malts in the background but it's pretty clear where the bittering is coming from.

Flavor follows nose, as is often the case. Not much of a sweet malt body but there is a subtle underlayer of caramel and molasses running through each sip. More present is a dark roasted grain flavor with clear echoes of coffee in each sip and lots of bittering from the roast (not hops) While a bit of a one trick pony that trick is well executed and the taste is interesting enough to keep you coming back for more.

Mouthfeel is also good - the beer is a bit on the light side of medium with no oily or sugary residues to muck up the palate. Carbonation is light but effective with small, gentle bubbles adding some levity to the body. There's a reasonable amount of bittering to finish each sip which seems to come entirely from the near-burnt grains.

All in all a tasty porter but a bit on the darker side. While many are more sweet and malty this one tends towards the stout-like bitter roasted grains. It could easily have been called "Tommy's Stout" and nobody would have complained. While it's not rave-worthy the beer is well executed and very enjoyable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep opaque brown with a thin creamy light tan head. Gentle carbonation sticks to the side of the glass but its to dense to see bubble rise.

S- light roasted malt with some faint sweetness.

T- This beer has a nice brown malt flavor with some hints of burnt malt and sweetness from toasted malt. A nice chocolate and coffee flavor as it warms gives it good depth. The gentle hop punch of bitterness that finishes this beer.

M-medium mouthfeel with some creaminess but no alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is a very pleasant porter. Nice complexity and good maltyness.

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Photo of malthead
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kept refridgerated, but at least a few months old. Picked up in WI on my cross-country roadtrip in August, and I just realized I haven't reviewed it yet. Nice black color with a big light brown head, which unfortunately faded pretty quickly. Nice roasty malt, some chocolate and pumpernickel, maybe, with a little coffee. Not a huge stout flavor, but very nicely balanced with a dry finish. Highly enjoyable and very drinkable.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from demcorhip. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass.

Pours opaque with almost 2 inches of head. Good retention and lacing. Good looking porter. Nose starts out with a distinct note of olive brine then moves into a heavy duty roasted malt area with a light smokiness. There's a ton of dried fruit up in this one as well, raisins, prunes, candied cherries. Nice!

Taste is puckeringly sour right off the bat, chokecherries, unripened plums, followed by bitter cocoa, heavily roasted coffee. Some saltiness. There's nothing here in the way of sweetness really at all. Unbalanced, and I'm not sure if it's in a good way. Medium bodied, stupidly dry, medium carbonation, and an aftertaste that's a little like pencil shavings. There's much to recommend in this beer, but it's just too unbalanced for my liking. The sourness inhibits the drinkability for me in a big way.

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Photo of mjc410
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a one finger head, pretty dark tan. Lacing is comprised of large, slick sections. The head falls quickly to a glass ring over a slightly translucent dark ruby-brown body. The nose is slightly chocolaty, and has a nice caramel-roast odor, as well. It doesn't exactly leap out of the glass, though. The taste has a definite roast character, but there's an off flavor, too. It does seem to hide after a few sips, so I can't put my finger on it. It has a nice, simple roast that is easy to drink, without complexity. The mouth is not too thick, with little carbonation. An easy drinker that I might get if it were readily available.

Thanks to malthead for this bottle!

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Photo of bjohnson
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this offering. Excited about this one.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color with a one finger caramel colored head. Decent retention and nice lacing.
S: Cocoa, molasses, and a bit of caramel notes come through. Roasted malt and coffee notes and a slight leafy hop presence also.
T/M: Roasted malt flavors with sweet caramel and chocolate. Nestle cocoa is the more dominant chocolate flavor Slight coffee bitterness followed by an excellent smoothness. Extremely soft mouthfeel with a surprisingly thin body. Easily drinkable. Leafy hop bitterness in the finish with a dryer aftertaste.
D: I like this porter, but the body is a bit thin, i think. It could have more legs as it seems to die out coming around the bend towards the finish.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is a mere quarter inch in height, and recedes into minimal lacing within seconds. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a noticeable hop presence. It is a rather plentiful aroma that has nothing out of the ordinary about it, but is simply what one would expect of an American Porter. The taste is along the same line. The is more roasted malt, and dark chocolate than in the aroma with the hops nearly undetectable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a good porter that I could happily session.

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Lake Louie Tommys Porter from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 137 ratings