Lake Louie Tommys Porter
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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American Porter
Ranked #413
Ranked #17,570
3.87 | pDev: 13.18%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Lake Louie Tommys PorterLake Louie Tommys Porter
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 137
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 foureyedgeek
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this in a trade with malthead, so thanks go out to him for the chance to try this one.

Pours a dark brown-black, a single finger of head that falls to a thin cap of foam.

Smell is roasty, with notes of coffee accompanied by aromas of toffee or caramel.

The taste is rather sweet, with a lot of that same roastiness, as well as an interesting, herbal/floral bitterness in the finish. Not a lot of the same flavors appear that seemed prevalent in the aroma. Interesting nonetheless. As it warms, more coffee notes become apparent, along with a little vanilla.

Mouthfeel is creamy and a touch drying. This beer is an easy drinker despite the dark, rich body.

Drinkability is pretty good, I like this enough to have a couple. This is a tasty porter, but not really a standout for the style.

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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 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 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 brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Deep brown/light black with a bubbly 2 finger toasty brown head.

S - Creamy cocoa with a bit of bitter coffee. There is a slight astringency to the aroma that plays nicely with the chocolate and coffee.

T - Coffee that becomes slightly astringent as it warms followed by bittersweet chocolate.

M - Feels light to medium bodied but that might be due to the high level of carbonation. Slightly fizzy feeling upon it first hitting the tongue.

D - This is a tasty porter that could be drank all night. I would enjoy it even more if it were slightly less carbonated.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a nice light tan head.

Smells like sweet caramel and chocolate.

A nice earthy flavor of chocolate and coffee. No long lasting aftertaste. I didn't find this as milky or creamy as others did at all. In fact, I feel the flavors were a bit subdued.

It feels thin and crisp, making it easier to drink. I'd rather have more complexity, though.

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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 tavernjef
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super dark brown with a sliver of amber at the bottom. Black in most light. Tall, dense cap of tanned froth bubbles up with verve. Slowly fades to keep one impressive amount always present. Tons of lace in thick cob-webby curtains draping across the glass. Great looking porter!

Aroma is of mild powdery milk chocolate with an airy charred wood hint thats slimmingly earthy and just a touch of roasted coffee.

Taste is quite nice. Lengthy middle and finish. Front is fluffy and cocoa powdered. Middle gains girth with some mild, easy roasted parts, more cocoa, and a bit of tender waxyness wrapping up the chocolate tones as it finishes dry and coffeeish with a tang of broad and darkly set roastyness. Kinda creamy in a few areas around the edges, a nice little balance to keep the roast, tang, burntness, and chocolate from going places it shouldn't.

Feel is unique as it tends to start kinda big, but mellows off nicely with a wetter, creamier side to its bold richness. Great simple texture with a full washy fluffyness. Mild, yet eager finish with a lasting recall of cocoa, roast, and creamy smooth malts.

Wow, this stuff is fun to drink. The perfect porter. Rich, creamy, bold, lasting, flavorful - damn fine stuff. Drinkable, and then some.

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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 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 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 Jredner
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich with chocolate, coffee, nuts, baked treats, some mild fruitiness and a touch of vanilla. A black body holds a quickly diminishing tan head. Fore is milk chocolate, low bitterness coffee, sweet cream some more of the nutty notes and some peanut skin flavor. Finish is more nutty/chocolate than the early flavors and leaves a very tasty aftertaste.

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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 Golden2wenty1
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison - had to compare it in bottle to it's old growler counterpart.

Pours an oily black with a finger or so of khaki head, no lacing to be found. Smells like a cup of stale coffee, with some barley husk floating around. Taste continues with the old coffee, semisweet chocolate, and barley musk. Mouthfeel is thin and flaccid but nicely carbonated.

My first review of this beer was one of my first in the world of BA and craft brew, so I hadn't been exposed to much, nor was my palate particularly well-versed. This tastes nothing like I remembered though. The extreme bready barley malt has been replaced by stale coffee. Normally I love coffee flavors in beer, but the bitter staleness of this one doesn't sit well with me. I don't know if the recipe has changed or if my palate is just more experienced and discriminating (more likely) but I wasn't too impressed with this as, though others seem to be.

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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 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 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 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 dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Riley's, $1.59

hard not to have high expectations from Lake Louie

appearance: pours a rich dark brown with evident ruby tint, looks a little thin, light creamy head

smell: not terribly strong aromas...some roasted malt, coffee, some mild chocolate

taste: good but anywhere near the level of Great Dane's Black Earth in my opinion. it has a nice toasty malt backbone, with some faint hops...chocolate and coffee flavors are rather mild. Not as rich as I tend to prefer

mouthfeel; light carbonation, creamy but a little thin

drinkability: quite drinkable

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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 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 battlekow
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been dying to try anything from this brewery, so when I came up to Madison, I couldn't pass up the opportunity and picked up a growler at Riley's. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with ample white head, whiter than I would expect. Smells sweet and of vegetables--not exactly what I was hoping for. Taste is good, but not great. A little too sweet, more like a brown ale than a porter; there's a nice burnt aftertaste, but it's subtle. Does feel very good in the mouth, full and creamy. A good porter, but definitely not great.

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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 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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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 137 ratings