Warped Speed Scotch Ale
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #29
Ranked #5,762
4.05 | pDev: 12.84%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
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bcaputo99 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The body of this beer was light, and its flavor lacking complexity for my taste. The style of Scottish ales I prefer lean toward the "wee heavy" class like 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce, and McEwans.

May 14, 2019
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FriendzOnly from West Virginia

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Great Flavor with a wonderful taste of chewy Heaven - My discription of a delicious darker style beer.

Wonderful Experience drinking Beer at Adler's Pub & Grill in Madison, WI - Wonderful Food & Service!

Very satisfying with a lot of Flavor.
Look - carmel color malt
Smell - wonderful
Taste - Delicious - a little sweet but not over powering
Feel - Like a great and satisfying beer

Oct 01, 2018
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz btl. Pint glass. Great dark roasted carmel color. Full one finger white head some lacing. No lasting cling. Slight burnt malt, vanilla nose. Bit of mild sharp taste on the end of the tongue at first, carbonation, than the good stuff. A very good feel. Not to thin not to syrupy. The toasted malt, light earthy taste starts slow and builds in flavor. The flavors blend and melt together to a smooth clean, if not a bit sweet finish.
This is my favorite style of beer. Also my go to SA being within 50 miles of brewery. A sweet smooth satisfying scotch ale perhaps a tiny bit light on a true scotch ale but in hits all my buttons. If you are a scotch ale fan or would like to enter the style, go get this one.

Jul 01, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this off a single shelf in a grocery store outside of Milwaukee. It poured a clear rich caramel amber with thin head and no lace. The scent had sweet caramel presence. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

Jan 30, 2018
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KenDerickson from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, but I have had better. Not as robust as I like in a Scotch Ale and bitter follow-up. Might improve with aging. I brewed my own Scotch Ale and it mellowed with age and at the three year mark it was fantastic!

Jan 07, 2018
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with no real head. Little lacing. Smell is sweet carmel. Taste also has a carmel feel with a sweet bread aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall a tasty beer for any weather.

May 31, 2017
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Kazahkstan from Iowa

4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, dark amber red with an almost nonexistent head. Moderate lacing. Smells sweet and a little funky with strong overtones of very sweet caramel.
With the first drink it tasted like I just took a fat bong rip. This beer tastes very dank! Like some sweet fruity sativa bud. The dankness fades into sweet caramel and earthy flavors with and a little booziness. Not very bitter or smokey like a lot of Scotch ales are. The dank funkiness is the most prominent taste in this one.
Feels lightly carbonated, not too warming but quite boozy.
Overall a very good and unique beer. Not quite the Scotch ale I was looking for, but I WILL keep coming back!

Nov 20, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.02/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a deep ruby color with hints of walnut and chestnut. Head is very fleeting and only sticks around for a few seconds before receding to a tiny ring. 70% opaque.

Aroma of dark bread crusts, toffee, and barn grains. Just a touch of fruit as its inhaled deeper. Fairly weak aroma, deep sniffs are required.

Taste, I don't get the rave about this. It's sour, medicinal, with lingering notes of bread crusts, peppery coriander, soaked prunes, and cough syrup. I had a sample on tap as well a few nights ago before buying a single in the store the next day, and I wasn't impressed then, either. The fig and dare I say peppery coriander (it just doesn't seem right for this style, does it?) disrupt the whole profile and the sour barn grains in the nose just complete the process making it a choke-fest. Some liquor burn also comes in as it warms up making it an almost instant drain pour.

Feel is where it seems a bit better, it has a bit of a tongue scrubbing presence while still maintaing a nice soda-like carbonation. Dry pruney finish.

Overall...yuck. So many people said "get this", and all I can say is, "avoid this". It's just terrible. One of the worst scotch ales I've had, and it's not just this bottle, either.

Oct 24, 2016
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Kardillamo from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, but not as much body as I would have liked. It's a good, dependable Scotch ale, very much a staple an easy beer to drink. It's not exceptional, but it's definitely a standard, just below Dirty Bastard by Founders.

May 06, 2016
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich, semi sweet, malty, chocolate notes, spiced.
roasty nose. Brown mostly clear with foamy head. Medium/full body.
Pair well with many dishes.

May 03, 2016
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Drinkzumbeer from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very tasty scotch ale and does a nice job at representing this brew type. A lot of nice molasses notes and darkly roasted malts on the nose. On the palate it continues to have nice molasses notes with an addition to some sweet caramel and a hint of bitter chocolate. This brew has extremely subtle bitter notes and very little hop presence that I could notice. I would definitely pick up another 6-pack of this whenever I get to Wisconsin.

Mar 10, 2016
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent amber with a larger sized light tan head. Sells of caramel, sweet malt, and some light hops. The taste is of bready malt, caramel, peat, and light hops. Fairly sweet and some very light bitterness. Above average carbonation and below average body. Overall, it could be stronger, but the flavors really nail the style.

Jan 07, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle. Courtesy of Duff27.

APPEARANCE: Head is ~5 fingers wide. 8 minute retention. Pale khaki colour. Leaves light lacing as it recedes.

Body is a translucent semitransparent amber. Clean; no yeast or sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for a wee heavy.

AROMA: Caramel, rich toffee, copper/amber malts. cream, unrefined sugars. Faint smoke. Hints of rauchbier-esque meat.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Copper malt backbone. Hints of faint smoke/meat (pork) roast. Good yeast attenuation. Caramelization. Backgrounded English toffee. Cream. Great balance. Good build; I didn't anticipate the odd smoke - am I trippin'?

Above average depth of flavour. Good depth and intensity of flavour. Well put together, with impressive cohesion. I quite like it, even if it's a biteen lacking in terms of complexity.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied (aptly so), smooth, wet, near perfectly carbonated, and of apt heft and thickness. Good overall presence on the palate. Not too soft. Not sticky, oily, syrupy, harsh, astringent, rough, gushed, or hot.

There's not quite a harmony of texture and taste, but this suits the flavour profile well enough.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not exemplary. Certainly a wee heavy I'd nab by the sixer, but not a brew worth seeking out per se. Easily well above average, and more nice work from Lake Louie. Huge thanks to Duff27 for the opportunity to try it.


Dec 21, 2015
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vainosuomi from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color, tan-ish off-white head. Smell is of caramel, molasses, and toasted malt. Taste is heavy on the caramel and sweet/toasty grains, with a little bit of hop and chocolate bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied, medium/light carbonation.

Nov 22, 2015
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep amber with off whtie head. fair retention

S: caramel and bready malts. slightly smokey

T: a ton of caramel sweetness, raisin, plum, malty.

M: medium carbonation.to style

O: pretty good beer. would like to see a bit more peat present, but overall, delicious

Sep 03, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into Torst stemware.

Pours a rich, 3.5 finger cream colored head with great retention. Lacing is thick, webbed and layered with excellent stick. Beer is a clear mahogany. Nice looking beer.

Nose is sweet and slightly tart with layers of caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Aromatic.

Opens sweet and slightly tart with hints of tea leaves, red fruit and a touch of brown sugar. A bit funky with a light bitterness. Coarse towards the end with an odd dried leaf flavor. Aftertaste of light tartness. Odd.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and bubbly in the mouth and goes down dry and coarse. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Average.

I don't know if this beer was intended to be presented this way... but its not good as is. The tea leaf bitterness doesn't work and the tartness just adds to the confusion. I'll pass in the future.

Oct 25, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours light-to-medium brown with a thin, lasting tan head.

The smell is of caramel/nougat, some dark fruit and peat smoke.

The taste is sweet with some dark fruitiness. Turns dry with peat smoke in the finish.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

A very nice scotch ale!

Sep 30, 2014
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Etan from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickhouse.

A. Pours a pretty mahogany with a nice off-white head.

S. Fruity nose. Grapey, yeasty, toasted grain.

T. Taste brings fig, caramel, light roasted grain, cooked sugar, hint of hop bitterness, chocolate.

M. Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O. Almost too sweet, yet not quite. I like this.

Dec 31, 2013
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red, getting to that brown stage. Head is tanned and about a finger and a half. Light lacing.
S- The smell is sweet, to be expected. It is caramelly, and sweet bready, with some complexities that hint at but never really develop into smokiness.
T- Same here. The sweetness is on par for the style with some lightly roasted notes as well, but it is pretty much sweet front to back. The caramel is there, but chocolate/smoke/other just wasn't present for me.
M- Medium-full body. Smooth, somewhat low carbonation.
O- A decent wee heavy, but I didn't find it as complex as some reviewers. A decent drinking beer, but I didn't find it to be outstanding.

Dec 24, 2013
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

It's gotta be me, as I just don't get a lot of flavor out of this. Poured perhaps a bit cold with a modest light tan head that soon settled and some lace. Color is a clear mahogany with some bubble trails. Aroma is very malty, toffee, caramel, hint of smoke, grain. Flavor's kind of bland; not as pronounced as nose, some tang up front, only a suggestion of scotch ale. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, a slightly nuttiness lingers and that's it. Meh.

Dec 09, 2013
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had my eye on this one since it first came out in 2002, but only now did I find a way to purchase one. A good Scotch Ale can be a fine drink in a cool autumn afternoon.
Heavy malt character with a fairly prevalent yeast aroma too. Not very sweet. Some caramelization (that does have a diacetyl quality). Earthy aroma goes as warms.
Nice tan head and very attractive copper color. Good looking beer. Some lacing.
Not as big as I expected, but tasty nonetheless. Nice semi-rich flavors. Has a nutty quality interwoven with some not sweet caramel. Good drying on the finish and the flavor linger nicely. The alcohol intermingles with the early tones nicely. Not high on the sweetness either.
Moderate body and even with a fairly big head the carbonation is fortunately tame.
For style this is kind of a subtle beer. It doesn't' knock me over with intensity of flavor, rather is requires some searching and effort. . But it is worth it.

Oct 20, 2013
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KellyScottMad from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Lake Louie beers, but this one is a little different than the rest. Most of their brand is smooth and refreshing. This beer seems a little bit over the top with taste. Don't get me wrong...This is a good beer, but I have had plenty of scotch ales over the years and this one is in the middle of the pack for me. Maybe it was just an off night for me on this one. I like my strong beers, but this scotch ale seemed a little to much taste up front. I was expecting a little more on the back end of the tongue and throat, rather than on the tip of my tongue. All in all, I would get the beer again, but not my first choice for Scotch Ales.

Sep 02, 2013
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bbrossi1974 from Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer. Whenever I have been standing staring at the selection at local beer selectorium for too long trying to decide what I would like to take home, I inevitably grab the Warped Speed Scotch Ale. This beer has everything I look for in a beer anytime of year. Fans of IPA's may find it a bit heavy in the summer, but for me it's balance of sweet and bitter is perfect.

Aug 09, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear burgundy color with a small, off-white head. It smelled very grassy, mossy and earthy. Some caramel/toffee, too. It tasted very sweet and malty. A nice subtle earthy quality and some spiciness.

Jul 01, 2013
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warped Speed Scotch Ale pours a dark golden color, with a nice large head for a scotch ale. There was a boozy sweet sugary aroma. The taste had a very nice scotch like taste, a good hint of sweetness, nice warm and boozy. Good full flavor, nice sipping beer. Overall a very nice complete and well crafted scotch ale.

May 29, 2013
Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 402 ratings