Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale
Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #28
Ranked #5,309
4.05 | pDev: 12.84%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch AleLake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale
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Reviews by Thirstygoat:
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Nov 25, 2014
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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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Beertracker from Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warped Speed Scotch Ale pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, sustainable creamy beige colored head that barely rings the bright chestnut brown-deep russet body. The malty sweet aroma shows some nutty, roastiness along with plenty of caramel character. There's a light fruitiness along with some earthy, smokiness that emerge as the beer warms. The flavor starts off a bit cloying with some rich caramel maltiness, but soon a marginal bitterness intercepts to add some balance along with a ripe fruitiness that carries into a nutty, toasted bittersweet, warming finish. This is a fine Wee Heavy to add some color to the cheeks during a long, cold winter's night. Warp Speed Ahead!

SLAINTE! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to nflmvp for the bottles!

Dec 18, 2008
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine example of one of my favorite styles of beer.

I tried it last night for the first time in itÂ’s new 12 oz bottle packaging and it tasted just as good as it did in the growlers but not quite as good as it does on tap.

I poured it into a weizen glass (it's all that I had clean at my gf's place) and there was no head. This was my mistake for pouring it too slowly and tilted. The second bottle created a beautiful and lasting pale, malty sweet head over a caramel/chestnut brew.

This beer smells and tastes so sweet. It is just darn pleasurable to drink. It makes me smile every time I have it and I've been drinking this beer for a couple of years now.

There is a subtle smoky or peaty back of the mouth taste to this beer that reminds me of a highland scotch. I love it.

Relish it. Seek it out. Try this beer!

Aug 22, 2005
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ericsmithback from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Nov 23, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, daggum if this didn't produce one of the biggest, creamiest heads I think that I've ever seen! It looked like a Jamocha milkshake from Arby's and as it slowly fell, it left some really stick lacing in its wake. The beer itself was a slightly hazy deep amber color. The nose was very malty sweet with a hint of coconut and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel was on the thick side with a chocolaty flavor on the tongue. The finish was equally sweet, but with a lingering smoky aftertaste. It was pretty good for the style, but I am just not a fan of Scotch Ales. That said, given that it is apparently available in prefilled growlers, I'd be willing to give it another try.

May 06, 2008
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Omensetter from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sep 04, 2013
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into an icy pint at Quaker Steak and Lube in Middleton, WI. I did get a warm glass, with no growling.

Stands a medium dirty murky brown, with a rich head that settles to a thick whipped cream cap. Looks like a nitro can when decanted into the warm glass. Cream colored active carbonation rises the sides of the pint.

Nose is light peat, subtle earthy mossy aromas with a lightly smokey undertone.

Taste is an explosion of sweet malt on the front, slightly bitter from the roast. Middle is boozy and earthy with coffee and black rich fruit flavors. Smallish smokey bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and lush, full and chewy the malt is awesome for the mouthfeel in this beer.

Apr 02, 2009
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Sep 22, 2013
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Gagnonsux from Texas

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

Jun 24, 2015
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WiscoJake from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Jan 17, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a thick meringue head that leaves webs of lace behind

Smell: Rich caramel and butter toffee; somwehat nutty

Taste: Buttery toffee, caramel and nuts up front, but all of the sudden a sour, green apple taste comes into the mix; unfortunately, it hangs around through the aftertaste as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As others are not picking up the sour taste, I must have got a bad bottle; I kept the scores reasonably high as beneath the sourness there was a very nice beer

Thanks, ThomasHardy, for the opportunity

Feb 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Feb 12, 2013
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed a growler while in Madison. Tonight seemed like a good night to break it out. It pours a deep ruby color with a finger of head that falls to a slight coat over the beer. The nose is very nice, with a sweet caramel and slight fruity base. There is a sweet smokeyness in there as well. Its very enticing. The flavor is right on there with the nose, but with a slight pepperyness on the finish. I like that pepperyness. There is also a slight hint of hop bitterness on the finish as well. The feel is moderate to thick with a small carb. Overall, this really is a nice brew. I wish I knew the ABV, as it is so smooth and drinkable. I like it. Very good Scotch ale.

May 11, 2005
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kvgomps from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Apr 08, 2014
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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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yancot from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aug 28, 2017
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Viggo from Canada

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to EliteDigger for hooking me up with some of these at DLD!

Pours a pretty clear dark reddish/orange and brown, thick off white head forms, drops a ton of lacing behind, solid layer and ring, looks real nice. Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, very earthy, some bread, light chocolate, super malty, brown sugar, on the sweet side but nice. Taste is wow, toasted bread, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, very malty, earthy, rich, excellent flavour, alcohol is well hidden, balanced chewy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, some warmth, super smooth. Excellent stuff, thanks Scott!

May 05, 2008
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Schwarz from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Feb 21, 2013
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RedwoodGeorge from California

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On first look the beer is a nice medium brown but when you hold it up to the light it becomes obvious that it's a deep, deep red - beautiful coloration! The one finger creamy head dies off slowly but leaves quite a bit of thin lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite intriguing with a huge malt component that's awfully close to a mild scotch whiskey. The caramel is almost overwhelming and distracts from the fruity esters and subtle earthy hops notes.

This is a very flavorful brew with a larger than life malt presence. The flavor is that of caramel and peat with just a bit of roasted grain as a finish. Add in the complexity of yeasty fruity flavors (peach, apple, melon) on top of the honey, caramel and treacle flavors and you've got a lot to keep you occupied.

Surprisingly for such a sweet, malty drink the body is quite light (just barely on the medium side of light-medium) with no cloying stickiness or lingering sugars. The finish isn't quite dry but it's certainly clean. No bitter finish but just an echo of smoke in the light coffee notes coming from the well roasted grains.

This is a very flavorful beer and highly enjoyable. With all the good qualities of both a fine porter and a strong ale this Scotch Ale does a good job both getting and keeping your attention throughout the entire brew.

Jun 12, 2006
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 29, 2017
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

( served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark rusty brown body with a creamy off-white/light tan head.

S- The smell of rich caramel malts and a slight bit of earthiness.

T- This has an excellent maltyness with some smooth caramel and toasted flavors with a nice nuttiness. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness that lingers. The hops are not overpowering but they really finish the taste nicely. A slight bit of roasted malt or very faint coffee when it warms finishes with the hops giving them more character and depth.

M- medium body with not much chewiness, due to low carbonation. There isn't any alcohol warmth or heat.

D- This is an amazing beer with wonderful malt complexity and layers but it is a little low in carbonation and it would be great to have a bit more alcohol. However it is not too sweet and the finish is medium-dry so it works quite well without the alcohol. Well done.

Jul 17, 2005
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 15, 2016
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

slow dark pour seems to leave no head, but perusing the cascade occurring in the glass.. i know the head is coming. it builds slowly after the mesmerizing spectacle is over, leaving thick layers of creamy tan on top... a hole or two in the khaki surface allows gas to escape this brew.

bar-b-q charred applewood and burnt peach skins define the aroma. slight brown sugar character creeps up but does not dominate like some simpler examples of the style. vibrant, fruity, and different scent on this wee heavy.

first sip is magical. good body without being impedingly thick. obvious fire-roasted nuttiness leads into a medium molasses driven sweetness.. but not too much. bitter finish, but not too much. sublimely balanced yet extremely flavorful. the peach in the nose is there too, and transforms into something almost vinous.. some port character but fresher, without sourness. something injected here that gives it a dessert/ice wine character. but then there's the maltiness again.. how freaking complex and drinkable at the same time.

stellar example of the style, wish i had more of these to drink. midwestern trading buddies, you might as well go buy me a sixer cause thats what ill be searching for during our next dealing...

May 15, 2006
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SF_Posse from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

Oct 04, 2014
Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 399 ratings