Lake Louie Tommys Porter | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
lakelouie.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
77
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of disastermouse
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked this up with a Warped Speed and greatly prefer the complexity of that beer to this one.

A- Spot on for a porter - could actually pass for a stout except that the head is not as brown.

S- smell is delightful! Sweet butterscotch maple.

T- the beer falls down here. Drier than expected, I usually anticipate more sweetness in a porter - it's stout-ly sans the body of a stout. Then again, I'm lately drinking Belgian Strong Darks, and maybe I'm just missing the sweetness of those. It still tastes flat - no alcohol to speak of in the taste, to be expected.

MF- Flat but smooth.

D- Drinkability is okay. I'm not gonna sink any of them.

I feel like it's unfair for me to review this without reviewing the Warped (which I liked much better), but I drank them all already.

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Photo of bakeller
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH signature glass

A: Dark brown with a coca-cola rim when held up to the light. Pours with a massive, frothy, creamy coffee colored head that dies down a little but never fades completely. There is some minimal lacing

S: Mostly roasted malts, with a hint of coffee and an earthy tree-bark quality.

T: Totally different from the smell. Fairly complex especially when it warms. I get great hints of coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel. The roasty malt forms the backbone and tends to be the flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Really a standout porter. Not to thin. Has a nice creamy quality that gives makes it go down smoothly. Carbonation is perfectly dialed in and gives a very subtle tingle on the tongue.

D: The smooth quality and lower ABV make this an extremely drinkable beer especially on a cooler night.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i'm pretty sure that nflmvp threw this in as an extra in our annual DLD trade. thanks steve!

12oz bottle. sampled july 4/09.

pours dark brown with a very thin dense dark tan head. the head quickly retreats to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. black coffee. bit of dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. rye bread. bit of biscuit. bit of anise. earthy.

taste is good. medium bitterness level, mostly as coffee and chocolate. dark and a bit of milk chocolate. bit of caramel. wheat bread and biscuit. light alcohol. earthy. bit of fruity character.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a decent porter.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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 Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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 alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A--Pours an extremely dark brown that just barely glows red when held up to the light. Fairly hard pour yields less than a finger of head in the pint glass. Recedes quickly and leaves no lacing

S--Lots of caramel and nuts, tree bark, cream. Good smell but not very "big"

T--Roasted malts dominate the palate, some hazelnuts and stale coffee in the background. A little bit of cola taste comes through after a little bit

M--Fairly thin, but not watery. Along with that cola taste is a cola-like mouthfeel, but with toned down carbonation

D--Session porter, nothing more. Not impressive but not bad either.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz during my pick a six spree at Steve's Liquors in Madison.

A: Dark brown, almost black. Some cherry mahogany on the edges against the light. Nice tan finger head. Some spotty lacing - nothing to write home about.

S: Nice, strong, bold roastiness. Really nice.

T: Like the smell but subtler. I wanted more from it and it just never goes above and beyond. It's a wee bit of a tease like that. I guess that would make you want to knock back a few to see if you can get it to submit to your will??

M: Medium carbonation. Medium light body. Pretty smooth.

D: Not my top porter but very drinkable. I'd be happy to have a few more.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, milk chocolate colored head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and slight floral notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate, caramel and bitter coffee notes. Overall, a nice roasted malt taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a pretty good porter. Another solid offering from Lake Louie.

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Photo of JDV
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours basically black with an extremely short lived light beige head. Smell is graham crackers, and roasty sweet malt. Taste is a bit
thin with some very light roasty malt and dark bready graham cracker sweetness. Very smooth with low bitterness. Smooth dark malt flavor
and nice crisp cookie like breadiness and a touch of fruitiness too. Slightly thin mouthfeel, and light carbonation as well, but the flavor helps make up for it. Very easy drinking porter. Not bad.

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Photo of jraycee
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a nice two finger light tannish head that fades halfway and then shows some retention.
Smell brings back the memory of the beer that sat cooking sausages all day, thats probably just me though. Lots of malt tones, sweet chocolate.
Taste is well balanced for the style. Not a huge deep profile there, but has a few componenets going on. A few roasted grains appear in the malts with a real dark bread crust flavor. Also, nuts, coffee, and a little earthiness. A little hop flavor sneaks in at the end with a coffee shadow again.
Mouthfeel is great. perfect level of carbonation really carries the beer along. not to light, not too slick. solid.

Got this in a mix box from nflmvp, so I had no idea what to expect. Very pleasantly surprised. I'm glad I have a few more from the brewery.

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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
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 botham
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours an opaque black with two fingers of dense, creamy tan head that remains for a few minutes, and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is roasted with caramel and a creamy, buttery base. a subtle note of chocolate malt is the only other discernable aroma, giving this brew a solid profile in the nose.

taste is roasted, with subtle coffee and chocolate notes, along with a creamy base with a lightly buttery and roasted finish. coffee and roasted malt in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture and a finish of soft CO2 and a creamy character.

drinkability is good. this is a solid porter, with nice complexity and solid proportioning. the body comes off as a bit thin upon finishing, but the aroma and taste profile are nicely composed, without overdoing any aspect. one of Lake Louie's better offerings. cheers!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown (complete with floaties) with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy light tan head. Nice thin layer of retention that leaves some decent lacing behind. The aroma smells of cocoa powder, lightly roasted malts, some nutty character, and earthy hops.

The taste is a mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness, dark roasted malts that finishes with a touch of dark fruit tartness and a tingling earthy hop profile in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow and creamy feel.

Not a bad Porter. A little lacking in the look and aroma department but a nice full flavor and easy drinkibility help keep this guy respectable.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical porter, what stands out is the nice 2 finger tan head with great retention, even though its only mildly carbonated. Will also be leaving some nice lacings. Does leave great lacings that eventually break down to leave occasional sticky clumps.

Creamy caramel and a mild roasted aroma of milk chocolate. Tart dark fruit, blackberries perhaps also present. Mild hop aroma of earthy hops also make an understated appearance.

Flavour is much like the aroma, hints of coconut also appear, as well as a touch of anise.

Surprisingly effervescent medium bodied porter, finely bubbled, almost explodes off of my tongue. Nice balanced porter.

A tasty and drinkable porter. The tart fruitiness is working for me. Sessionable, and a good example of the style for those who appreciate porters or are looking to try darker styles of beer. Well worth trying.

Note that this is a cellared bottle, obtained from my homebrewing brother in law Craig last summer. Thanks!

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Photo of Derek
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Riley's fridge in Madison... so it should be in decent shape.

A: Brown-black with a tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Roasted grains, brown sugar, chocolate, bread, light spicing & floral hops with a slight tang.

T: Unfortunately a grainy astringency dominates, which I found unpleasant at first, but eventually I got somewhat accustomed to it. Flavours of dark bread, chocolate & nuts; nice fruitiness; slightly metallic, with some coffee in the finish.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated; low to moderate carbonation; roasted astringency.

D: Average at best.

There's a lot of good porters out there... this one just isn't for me.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque brown with a decent head. No lacing whatsoever left.

Smell: Roasted malts, caramel, cocoa.

Taste: Coffee and cocoa with a weird nutty sweet and almost metallic finish.

Really smooth, creamy, and drinkable but the finish really doesn't sit right with me.

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Photo of getch
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-a dark beer, with a nice 2 finger head, and it lingers on the glass, the label is kinda fishy, lol, was not expecting it to be so good

s-roasted light coffee, some coca, nothing to strong, it complements the beet taste, very enjoyable

t-very good, smooth, a perfect blend, nothing to robust, not a overwhelming alcohol content, or a hopps content, very good

m-smoooth, and it warms in your mouth, very enjoyable, i really like this beer,

d-it def gets better the warmer it gets, my beer store, Three Cellers in Milwaukee just go the ok to distribute the beer and it is excellent

i will buy this again

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - really dark, almost black with a decent tan head.
S - bakers chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of tangy effect.
T - similar to the nose with a hop effect that falls in line with classic porter balance to the malts
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, dry finish with a bit of a tang in the after taste.
D - an interesting porter, goes down decent. definitely a candidate for fresh tastings.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Westsidethreat
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a thin, chocolaty brown color with not a lot of body. Head appears like ultra whipped mashed potatoes with a light beige color to them.

S: Dried cocoa, raw sunflower seeds, roasted peanuts and some minor roasted coffee.

T: Huh. Starts off really sweet…almost tangy and sour. Reminds me of a chocolate/grape cola. There’s some roasted coffee notes around the center of the tongue, but its overwhelmed by the initial flavors. Has this beer been compromised? Maybe…maybe not. The tangyness is balanced if you will, which leads me to believe that this beer is not comprimesed…although my review doesn’t jive with the others out there. Oh well, I’ll keep going. Finishes with day old coffee moments and chocolate flavors in the high notes.

M: Medium body, thin across the palate.

D: Not really into the sourish stouts or porters. Just doesn’t work for me. Overall, quite drinkable regardless.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of Birthday Clu2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruits and roasted malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of dark chocolate, smoky malts, cherries and raisins. There's a decent hops presence for the style that provides a good balance. The fruit flavors are a little more pronounced than they usually are in this style and they lend to a tart and slightly sweet after-taste.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, decent kick, it’s a nice beer to drink for a little while but I would need to be in the mood for the fruity flavor in it.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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 joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
$8.29 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Tommy's Porter pours the darkest of browns into my pint glass. Ruby and mahogany highlights when held to the light. A thick cap of frothy beige head formed on the pour and stuck around for awhile. Left thin craggy lace lines down the glass with each sip.

Wow! This is a good smelling porter. Mildly sweet malts in the form of brown sugar and a drizzle of molasses kick things off. Quickly followed by lightly roasted malts. A solid nuttiness swerves in and out along with freshly gound coffee and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. I even pick up cream as the beer warms.

The taste is a wow too! Roasted malts set the stage and are the canvas for the complimenting flavors. That solid nuttiness comes back as soon as the beer hits my tongue. Mid palate there's a nice quick piney hop punch quickly pushed aside in favor of freshly ground coffee. The coffee brings a welcomed bitterness on the finish.

Medium body with a slick mouthfeel. Finishes with a combination of coffe ground and hop bitterness that lingers. Very nice.

This is definately an easy drinking porter. Smooth and enjoyable.

Another winner from Lake Louie. One of the better porters I've had in a long time. If Tommy's Porter was available in my area it would be in constant rotation.

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Photo of BeerCheese
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fridge to my glass with this one. Poured very dark with a little hint of color around the edges when held up to the light. Nice big light brown head. Nice lacing. Pleasant aroma, more malty then hoppy, but with a hint of coffee. Perfect carbonation. Taste was smooth with a little bitterness on the finish, but nothing over the top. No taste of alcohol or warming. Overall a very drinkable beer that I'll buy again.

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3.84 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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