Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch AleLake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale

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Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bighuge on 07-24-2002

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64 ounce growler. This beer has a dark reddish brown color with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet, slightly burnt, creamy, chocolatey, buttery caramel. Huge malty flavor with chocolate and caramel, but not too sweet. Malt flavor turns to smokiness, like smoked salmon. Very complex, and a great combination of flavors. Perfect medium to full mouthfeel. I'm not sure what the abv of this beers is, but it is dangerously drinkable. I finished a growler in one evening. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially fans of Scotch style ales.

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Photo of bbrossi1974
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a clear scarlet red. Nice little beige-brown head. Lacing is nice. Aroma is heavy on the sweet malts. Caramel and Vienna it seems like. The taste is very nice. Beautiful malt sweetness. Caramel malt really comes shining through. Also a bit of smokiness coming from the peat malt? There are also some woody tones and drying characteristic provided by the hops I believe. This beer is full bodied and easy drinking considering the power packed flavor this brew carries. Very good. The only other Scotch Ale I can remember tasting better was a McRogue vintage 1998.

Many thanks to cokes for this growler.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown with a quickly fading large head. Smell is sweet, earthy, nutty, chocolatey, just simply magnificant. Taste is so sweet and smooth on the mouth. The malts really stick out here, as they should in a scotch ale, but the depth of this brew is incredible. Caramel, and earthy flavors pop through, maybe some smokey wood flavors. All I can say is if you are in south central Wisconsin go and buy yourself some of this brew. This is only my second growler of this stuff and I am in complete love. If only it were available near me. Second only to its big brother the scotch reserve.

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Photo of cokes
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler.

Lovely crystal clear amber-bronze. Decent sized tan head. Moderate retention without much lacing.
Nose is packed full of previews, yet stays teasingly restrained. Nevertheless, it displays an entracing malt depth, nuttiness and subtle smoke, as well and perfume from the hops.
Taste is so meticulously crafted. The chocolate malt sweetness enters first with added notes of butterscotch and caramel. Nutty and woody tones hold down the early-mid sections. This is where this beer becomes truly fascinating. Drying earthy tones abound. A restained fruitiness exists below. Raisins surface more than anything, with some prunes annd dehydrated concord grape skins to back them up. It is a metamorphic-like brew, as flavors appear as quickly as they leave. Peat smoke is enveloping and caressing. More silken caramel appears while it warms Hops enter somewhat largely on the final lap, adding sweet-ish floral, perfume colorings.

Mouthfeel must be experienced to be appreciated. Silken just does not seem to do it justice. Serve this at cellar temp and be prepared.

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Photo of ZAP
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-reddish brown

S-Rich and sweet with a load of caramel and toffee and even some molasses...

T-A lot of rich caramel...softer notes of plums, maple, vanilla, and breads...

M-For as rich and full flavored as this is, it still drinks easily and actually finishes a little dry...

D-A true gem of a scotch ale. They don't make them much better than this. What an incredible beer! Everything about this is close to perfect.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky brown appearance, like Mississippi mud, enormous head on my pint glass, thick, light cocoa-brown, creamy, softly popping down to size.
Aroma, nice and malty, distinct notes of cocoa, cream, delicate spices, nuts, a tricle of maple syrup or molasses, a little woody, a very complex and substantial Scotch Ale nose, quite rewarding in all respects.
Taste: huge, and uplifting mouthfeel, the Warp speed just floods the palate, washes over the senses, coats the mouth with deliciousness. Wow! This was my reaction on first sip, and guess what? Also, and the 2nd, and 3rd,...and so on, and so forth. Big flavor in this, big taste, full bodied all the way, with a long, fruity/ nutty/malty finish. A very solid beer, a winner all the way!
If I were as lucky as, say, cokes (who I thank for this growler), and could get this brew with regularity, I'd be a member of the Warp Speed Sippin' Club, except I imagine I'd gulp it now and then, and even swig it!
I'm less than 1/3 into the jug, and I'm thrilled at the thought that I have so much more left to enjoy!
I marvel again, with every additional taste!
Thank you, cokes, thanks a hundred times!
My 3rd Lake Louie beer so far, all thanks to Mr. C., and not a one has been less than a joy! If only they'd come a little closer to my house, and not stay way off in Wisconsin, I'd be a happier 'monk than I am now!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is very fragrant. Burnt caramel, toffee, and strong floral notes. This is the best smelling Scotch Ale I have had to date. The taste is both bold and subtle. All the flavors stand out on there own, and mingle perfectly with each other. As with the aroma with is the best tasting Scotch Ale I have had the honor to taste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with sprightly carbonation and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer that I will surely search out again. If it were available in my area it would be a regular in my refrigerator.

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Photo of CudahyGuy
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at The Shed in Spring Green, WI on Feb 26, 2011 and purchased 2 6 packs of bottles at the Piggly Wiggly in Dodgeville to bring home. This is my favorite destination beer. The full mouth feel is very satisfying with big malts. Some of the recent BA reviews make me think some bad (or badly mistreated) beer has been making the rounds because I have found this brew to be fully satisfying every time I have had it. Very drinkable any time of year.

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Photo of Skidz
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1/2 Gal. growler. (waiting for 6 packs, but not sure if I'll ever pass on the growlers) Pours out in red-brown, finishing a deep amber that you can look right through. Nice tan head that goes down to the sides.

Smells malty with a good padding of hops, some rich nutty tones too. There is just so much taste to describe here. Rich buttery, chocolate maltiness bring you into a nice tangy fruit filled adventure involving prunes, grapes and pears. Your mouth drifts info the forest where you are surrounded by maple-rich flavors mixed with the trail mix in your pocket; nuts and raisins. The pleasant bitterness your left with at the end is like having deja-vu, you taste it all over again, with the fruits, nuts and sweets drifting back over your tounge as you gasp for air.

Medium-full-full (not quite full) body perfectly holds the emense amount of flavor that resides within this brew. The half gallon of beer is easily consumed and makes you happy that you bought and drank all 64 ounces of it.

Excellent craft yet again from Lake Louie. It's hard to pass on the ones you know you like to try out the rest. Porter or Cream Ale next? Stop reading this and try it for yourself. :D

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a dark, dank, dirty brown, a thick tan foam sitting on top, lacing all over the place, very nice. The nose is heavily malted, molasses, brown sugar, rich caramel, syrup, fruits, the nuts, twigs, berries and all, a thick, heady whaft of Scotchness.

Taste is quite fine, a thick malty brew, something deserving of the style and name. A potent malting, full of flavors, caramel, raisin, molasses, figs, a bit smoky perhaps, a slightly biting alcohol, some spices, sweet, bitter, just a heap of goodness, a meal unto itself. The mouth is thick, smooth and creamy, just right carbonation, warm and tingly, sooo go. Scotch ales aren't really my thing, but I've had several lately, lots of good ones too, and this one much be tops, its a damn good brew and were I to have a sixer of this beer, I'd develop a real addiction to this style. Very well done, and huge thanks to nflmvp once again.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 64oz growler filled by nchrist13 and delivered in person at the Dark Lord release. Thanks!

Appearance is near perfect - clear caramel/ruby color, but the head didn't last long enough. Aroma is mostly caramel with some alcohol thrown in. The first thing that hits you on the first sip is the creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very silky and luxurious. The malt takes the form of wonderful caramel covered dark fruit, which really slides down the throat with ease. Some mild smokiness shows up in the finish, as well as a mild hop bitterness which really makes you want that next sip. I could drink a ton!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #700 - Shared with Slander and Davo in the Best Western in Madison.

Pours a caramel/amber color with golden highlights and a thin ring of lace forms from the ecru head that forms on the pour.
Aroma of peat, malt and a little bit of smoke with some noticeable dark bread tones. As it warms rich dark fruit tones like dates and plums emerge.
Flavor starts with some caramel, toffee and chocolate notes and then some gritty, peaty malt whiskey notes. As it warms some noticeable dark citrus fruit tones just peak out from the malt, smoked and peaty flavors. Ends with just a hint of bittering
Mouthfeel is full and lively, almost a chewy like bread feel at mid-tongue. Finish has just the right bit of malt whiskey-tinged smokiness. Subtle but absolutely sublime beer. Hallelujah that bottles of this nectar of the gods will be out at some point this summer. Drop whatever other beer you are searching for and find this one when the bottlling begins.
Drinkability is near perfection. Coats the palate and leaves such a pleasant balance of sweet malt and roasted notes that I can't imagine a better representation of this style. Great brew, worth all the good words written.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler poured into a snifter. It pours a deep caramel brown color with one finger of head that dies off quickly. The smell is very rich and malty. Lots of sweet roasted malt with just a hint of alcohol. The taste is heavenly! Malty malty and also malty. Lots of toffee sweetness coming through, and the alcohol is kept to a minimum. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and smooth. The drinkability is great for a beer that is probably high in alcohol. Thanks to Kevin for sharing this brew with me!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
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 it’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!

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Photo of clvand0
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that fades fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of malty goodness and has a slight smokiness. The flavor is very nice with huge malt character. Lots of dark and creamy flavors with a hint of spice and a tiny bit of smoke. Very tasty. Drinks very easily too.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3 1/2" tan head over the cloudy reddish brew. Head fades VERY slowly, with lots of heavy sticking lace. Aroma is rich sweet maltiness. Flavor is chocolate sweet upfront, with light bitterness, and the malts carry through from beginning to end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is excellent. Liked this better from the growler, but the bottled offering is definitely nothing to sneeze at either. Would accept some of this anytime anyone had some available for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bought at my neighborhood wine store, Sadhanna's in Madison

appearance: muddy brown with ruby highlights throughout, decent tan/off white head with nice lacing along the rim

smell: sweet malt, dark fruits, raisins, plum, slight milk chocolate...After tasting, the scent clearly does not tell the whole story

taste: wow, where has this been my whole life? I guess the answer to that is only in Wisco. Perfectly sweet malts, caramel hints throughout, faint chocolate, plum/raisin and other dark fruits help balance this one out perfectly

mouthfeel: exceptional again! Chewy caramel, medium bodied, nice carbonation

drinkability: This one is instantly inserted into my rotation

This is truly a wonderful scotch ale. If you come to wisconsin you must seek it out. Luckily they are available everywhere, at least here in Madison.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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...

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Photo of Kazahkstan
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of scaliasux
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark amber. Clear. Short, off-white head with some persistence.

Smell - Roasted malt sweetness. A little caramel or brown sugar.

Taste - Very rich. Opens with sweet roasted malt, features a nice nutty caramel flavor. Hops not really noticeable. Absolutely fantastic flavor - one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - Unbeatable flavor. Plus it's a small, local brewery. What's not to like.

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Photo of battlekow
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky maple brown, pretty much completely lacking a head or lacing. Glows. Nose has caramel and chocolate malts, smoke, and some piney hops. Simply smells terrific. A fair amount of hop bittering in the taste balances the sweet caramel and chocolate well. Ridiculously smooth mouthfeel could almost be mistaken for watery, but it's deceivingly big. Warped Speed is a little piece of heaven in a bottle.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a bit skeptical about this one. Being really into this style though, I just had to try it, many thanks to stonecrusher for the oppurtunity!

Pours a dark and reddish brown with a thin light tan head that left a small crown throughout the glass. Nose is strong you should expect from a wee heavy, quite alcoholic, not in a bad overpowering way, quite good really. The nose isn't very complex though, doesn't really do the taste justice! Lots of malt, this one really goes over the top in the best of way, burnt caramel flavor. This is quite well balanced though, a good amount of bitterness, but the malts really set the tone. Hints of smokiness and spice, like a good Scotch whisky. Quite warming and well done. Some interesting herbal tones going here, also some dark fruit tones, raisins, figs etc. Mouthfeel is nice a thick, sticky fits the style quite well really.

I'm impressed, this is a very example of the style.

Slàinte mhath!

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4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to a very dark brown, burnt carmel in color body. Head only reaches half an inch even with a strong pour. It fades to just a skim quickly.

Nose is very nice with griddle hot buckwheat waffles on the nose, carmalized malts and rich chocolate yeast tones, all dripped in syrup.

Slides over the tongue on first sip with nicely balanced array of malty wheat, bitter dark chocolate notes and smooth real authintic vanilla tones. The palate has a lot to offer but gels well together.

Nice richness throughout creates a thick mouthfeel with nice wheat and malt balance.

A super smooth, nicely drinkable scotch ale that could easily become a household favorite if locally available.

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