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 B-rett
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep, past blood, red with thin head, light lacing.

S- Light, sweet bread smell. Like King's Hawaiian

T- Outstanding sweet bread and toffee front followed by a well balanced toasted malt and light earthy hop.

M- Not too oily, not too carbonated. Just right.

O- One of my favorites and one of Wisconsin's most well-rounded beers.

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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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of Kardillamo
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Drinkzumbeer
3.74/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
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.


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Photo of vainosuomi
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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 style

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

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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!

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of KellyScottMad
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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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 vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
7.2% ABV, 01513 Julian date.

A - Warped Speed has a gorgeous rich mahogany color to it that's nice and clear and pours with a firm khaki head. The bubbles subside to a ring of foam and dot the nonic pint with specks of lace.

S - A beautiful bouquet of maltiness oozes from this beer with smooth unfermented sweetness. Caramel and toffee overlap notes of chocolate-covered espresso bean and a dusting of mocha while fruity yeast ester nuances of dried candied plum surface as the beer warms.

T - Like the aroma, this beer is malt forward and smooth as can be. Kettle caramelization imparts a lovely sweetness of caramel and toffee while including some slightly more roasted notes like mocha and traces of coffee.

M - Warped Speed is a medium bodied Scotch ale that pleasantly crosses the palate with smoothness and grace, gently finishing with a touch of smoky dryness and thinning alcohol warmth.

O - A malt-lover's dream, Warped Speed Scotch Ale manages, quite well in fact, to usher sweetness forward while remaining balanced and drinkable. Toffee and caramel get along well with the beer's coffee and chocolate roasted malt notes for an almost dessert-like quality to this smooth brew.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown to copper in color. Almost like an old penny color. Mocha 1 finger head that lightly layers the liquid penny.

Smell- Lots going on. I get carmel and plums and bready malts. Faint sweet alcohol also lingers in the nostrils.

Taste- Very sweet up front before warming. I was getting carmel and a lot of alcohol. As it warmed the bitter hops took over.

Mouthfeel- Pretty average medium body. Would prefer a bit less carbonation and a little heavier mouthfeel.

Overall- I was kind of disappointed. When cold the sweet malts really were present but as it warmed the bitter hops over shadowed the malty goodness.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Faintly hazed (I think) deep plum/mahogany color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is pretty good and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Tons of caramel with a good bit of toffee behind it. Sweet, like it should be. A little bit of toastiness. Raisiny fruitiness with sugary candied cherries. Very nice.

4.0 T: Again lots of caramel, toffee, and sweetness. This isn't cloying in the least though. It's sweet, but well balanced. Raisin, plum, and cherry fruitiness. Only mildly sugary in the taste. Toasty with the slightest touch of smoke. Again, very nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here, but I'd prefer a bit more creaminess.

4.0 D: Supremely drinkable and a damn good scotch ale. I had the bourbon barrel version of this and it sucked, so I guess it was the barreling that was fucked up and not the base beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a cup in the hotel

Pours a ruddy, caramely brown color. Style appropriate. Around a finger or more of head the color of the crema on a cup of coffee.

The aroma is nearly entirely butterscotch. I worry about diacety because of it. If you search hard then you will get breadcrusts and ghosts of raisins. But that butterscotch is too heavy; makes this beer mostly one-note.

No diacety-bomb, thankfully. In fact, it's one of the best tasting scotch ales I've ever had. Bready, rich malt flavors abound. The butterscotch is a supporting flavor, not the show-stealer. There's a bit of a hop flavor, which I never expect in the style, but it works in the sense of a slight, minty balancing. Some dark fruits on the midpalate before yielding to more bread. Really good stuff for the style.

The beer is medium-bodied, I suppose. I never really noticed the mouthfeel (which is oftentimes a good sign). Overall, this is a darn good example of the style. I don't love this style, to be honest, but I can certainly appreciate this beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Dark clotted blood color, foam collar for a head, medium body with light carbonation levels, smells of sweet malts (mostly caramel), dark fruits and also that hint of peat smoke that I wasn't able to find in the Louie's Reserve. Taste includes all these elements and some strong earthy hopping on top of a bowl of grape nuts cereal. Body is medium thick and slightly undercarbonated. It really does come across as a smaller Louie's Reserve, but with the inclusion of peatiness.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved the Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale so I had been meaning to try the "light version" so to speak. Lately I had been reading that not only was Warped Speed a great beer but the abv was a lot higher than I thought it would be. I know it isn't officially posted but I saw one thread that someone heard from the brewmaster himself that it was in the 7.3 range. A potentially great tasting 7.3 abv beer at $7.99 for a six pack? Sign me up!

Appearance-I forgot how dark and copper-looking a scotch ale is. Excellent.

Smell- Bread, malty, fruity.

Taste-Initially I got bread and malts with a lot less sweetness than the Louie's Reserve version. I saw someone else in their review mention a sourness. I would agree. Almost a sour kind of fruit taste. I noticed different tastes in the initial taste and then the aftertaste which made it fun to drink.

Mouthfeel-some carbonation. A little stickiness.

Overall-Very, very good. Right on par with the Brewer's reserve version of this beer and an excellent bargain for $7.99 a six pack. Maybe one of the best beers for your buck.

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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