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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch AleLake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bighuge on 07-24-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks jpm30 for this simple bottle of great fresh scotch style. Thick dark brown foam and lace. Taste of light roast and smoke and tabacco, well hopped, nicely malted. Full mouthfeel. Whatever the alcohol, its well hidden and enabled clarity and room for another beer after.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A home run for Lake Louie! A great Scotch Ale, hard to find in the U.S.

A malty rich base has a complex blend of toffee, bread crust, caramels, rum, fruitcake, and graham crackers. Richly complex from kettle caramelization gives a balanced mix of sweet and bready. Fruits of raisons, plumbs, figs, apples, show a juicy burst of esters to further intensify the complexity of the malts.

Creamy and medium-full up front, the beer fades nicely into a warming and dry finish. I didn't expect that from a sweeter and maltier beverage. Thanks Jeff!

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a deep mahogany color ale with a medium head with some retention and average lacing characteristics. Aroma of sweet malt is dominating with some barley wine like feel. Taste is dominated by some very sweet malt with no peat like malt. I noticed a metallic aftertaste which I didn’t like very much. I thought this was totally off-style and I didn’t appreciated very much overall- can’t figure out what all the hype is about on this one.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #400

I've been hanging onto the last single from the six-pack for awhile, with fond memories. Not sure when i'll get more, but here's to a BA review "milestone".

Pour is a dark, burnt caramel crimson tone. Creamy meringue foam lies on the surface. Sticky lace builds up around the edges.

Sweet caramelly aroma, similar to some baltic porters i've had.

Smoky, tea-like flavors...dry, earthy peat. Husky grain, caramel, smoked malt, earthy hop bitterness in the finish. A clean finish too, long residual boldness in the flavors. Even though this is likely best fresh, after a year it still has very distinctive and unique characteristics. Very drinkable, and my favorite Scotch Ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -19%
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 Thorpe429
2.23/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a moderate brown-red color with a slight head and no lacing. The nose is some light dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and a slight sour scent. The taste is definitely of an infected batch, though it hasn't set in too much yet. Slight acetic character plus some toffee. Sourness pops up in the feel with a bit of sweetness. This is a problem I've encountered with several of their beers, unfortunately.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear ruby, with a ½ finger of off-white foamy head. Retains with some bunching around the edges and some thinner fizz in the middle, leaving a quality looking cascade of lacing behind. The aroma is simultaneously sugary sweet, smoky, fruity, and roasty all at once. Wow, just a really surprising amount of depth and robustness to this.

The taste is very malty up front, quickly descending into quite the smoky feeling wall of roasty malts and a intense and pervasive fruity tang. This has a deep drying tartness to it that lingers for a good while. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pricklier carbonation that gets pretty sharp towards the back of the swallow. Really no hint of the ABV at all here, except maybe some beef in the body.

Really strong take on a Scotch Ale here, with that deep fruity tang being the highlight but it almost gets to be just a big distracting as well. Another good effort from Lake Louie.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from JeffKrenner courtesy of Birthday Club 2, 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 medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts and touches of smokiness and hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and vanilla. There's a mild hops presence that brings a good balance. Some smokiness and chocolate flavor creep into the background toward the finish. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body and certainly light for the style, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's lighter and less sweet than most in the style which makes it more sessionable than your typical Scotch Ale. Overall, it's worth drinking several of if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest cherry with bright orange peel trim when backlit. I expected something bordering on opaque, but maybe this wee heavy isn't quite that heavy. The compact cap is sandlewood in color and could be a little more thickly creamy. It has wonderful persistence, though, and is beginning to lay down a thick, jagged collar of lace.

The nose is almost everything that I expect from a Scotch ale. It's beautifully roasted malty (like a big porter or a light stout) and has plenty of dark caramel and a trickle of molasses. I even pick up a tendril or two of smoke. Unfortunately, there's no peat to make the experience complete.

Warped Speed is another delicious beer from the fine folks at Lake Louie. I can quickly get past the fact that it isn't a huge version of the style (which I prefer) because it's so damn tasty and so damn drinkable. I've held off on granting the next highest score because it lacks the dizzingly amount of depth and complexity that the very best versions possess. I might change my mind if I get the chance to drink it fresh from the tap someday, but that day isn't today.

Again, American porter comparisons fit like the proverbial glove. Chocolate malt is the linchpin and provides a modest amount of roastedness and a perfect amount of sweetness. Dark caramel and dark fruit (figs) contribute as well. Like the nose: a little smoke, no peat. With more bombast, this would be a killer wee heavy. It is, however, one of the most drinkable versions that I've ever had the pleasure to consume.

Warming has convinced me that Warped Speed is one of the truly great Scotch ales brewed in America. I now have no problem bumping the flavor score to a more deserving number. I can't recall a beer that has disappeared this quickly. That has to count for something, right? To be specific, as room temperature approaches, the nuances that I was looking for in the top half on the bottle have appeared in a big way. Sweet, bitter, tangy... what a wonderful symphony of flavor sensations.

The mouthfeel score (the fact that it isn't higher) has everything to do with my preference for big beer. It's amazingly smooth and lightly creamy. Still though, I want something a bit more chewy, more viscous. I don't often partake in sessions, but the ABV is the only thing keeping this wonderful beer from being one of the world's most sessionable wee heavies.

I had high hopes for Warped Speed Scotch Ale prior to cracking the crown. While I was (slightly) disappointed initially, my expectations were met by the final ounce or two. I have a feeling that the Scotch ale of my dreams is in my cellar at this very moment... in the form of Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale. I'm looking forward to seeing how that higher octane version stacks up against this standard version. Which, by the way, is highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up as an extra in a recent trade. I have been thoroughly impressed with everything that I have tried to date from Lake Louie, so I was thrilled when I saw this one coming out of the box. Served a little bit warmer then chilled and poured into a nonic pint glass and used to finish off dinner.

Appearance - The pour was huge, with a deep ruby red brown coming forward almost instantly. Huge, and towering three inch high head, literally leaped out of the glass and took what seemed like forever just to come back down to earth. Very dark, with only the slightest bit of light coming through on the sides and bottom, very nice looking side glass lace with an ever present enormous, and rocky head.

Smell - The aroma was very nice. Hints of alcohol, boozy, with a touch of caramel and earthy malts. Nice balance with hints of butterscotch as well as a slight spicy touch to it.

Taste - Tremendously good for the style. The boozy smell was well trimmed back in the flavor. Nice and sweet with loads of caramel right up front. Some roasted malts and a touch of chocolate as it thoroughly coated the mouth. Hints of vanilla in the middle as well as a touch of what seemed like cinnamon. Very rich and flavorful, this was shaping up to be a favorite already. Finish was smooth and creamy with a lovely drawn flavor in its wake.

Mouthfeel - Very nice, and perfectly carbonated. Definitely a medium bodied ale, bordering on full, with a creamy feel across the tongue and nice smooth transfer all the way though.

Drinkability - This was definitely a sipper, not for being too heavy, but simply because of how rich it was. Very sweet and I would imagine the abv is between 7-8% as you felt it a little after it was done, but still, very nicely done indeed.

Overall I thought this one was excellent. It really crept up on me with how good it was, and I would have no issues at all with trying this one again any day. Definitely a top not beer that I would love to get a hold of again any day!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at the Brickhouse.

My first Lake Louie beer, and the first beer of the pre-interview extravaganza in Madison. It pours a slightly hazed ruby-garnet topped by a half-finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dank moss, caramel, drier greens, and a small pile of roasted malts in the background. The taste holds notes of toasted caramel, toffee, and walnuts. The body is medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a finish that borders on the sorta sticky. Overall, a nice Scotch, nothing too amazing, but a fairly tasty offering nonetheless.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Tone
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color with lighter tan along the bottom of the glass. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight citrus (plum), very slight hops, raisin, and toffee. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a low carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, slight citrus (plum), slight hops, and toffee. Overall, a quite excellent beer that is only slightly hurt by its appearance.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Faro for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a grapey color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy tan head, leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly oaky, cherries, figs, raisins, and some caramel. The taste is malty/oaky, nice presents of dark fruit, some tanginess, nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry. Light-Medium body, kinda watery, a good thing because it almost goes down like water, lol A complex brew. Very drinkable, I/you could drink a few of these before you know it, easily.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.04/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled April 2009
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a four finger thick, fluffy, tan colored crown of froth. The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows a lightly hazed, cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of butter and toffee, along with a toasted malt note and a finish of roast grain. The diacetyl character is the dominant note and it gets in the way enough that I find it hard to enjoy the nose.

The beer is sweet and clean tasting up front. It has a herbal hop note in the middle (menthol and pine are noticed) and it picks up a solid bitterness as the beer moves to the finish. The finish also has a touch of roast grain character to it; it is just a hint but it adds a lingering roast not that subtly influences the finish. The sweetness here is a complex, caramelized maltiness rather than a simplistic sugar-like note. The diacetyl is here in the finish of the flavor, though it is a bit more muted than in the nose; still it is a bit more than I can really enjoy.

This could have been a good Wee Heavy, poor fermentation management has ruined this beer for me though.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyncognito for the extra. Poured into my Delirium Tremens tulip, the beer is deep ruby with a one inch, off white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

The aroma is of caramel, bready, and roasted malt. Earthy hops, dark fruits, and smokiness make for a nice aroma. The flavor is rich and sweet. Other flavors are of caramel, toffee, molasses, and a low level of earthy hop bitterness. The finish is sweet, grainy, and drying.

Medium full bodied with good carbonation, and a creamy, dry mouthfeel that is a bit thin.

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Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper-amber; light tan head; very little retention, slight lace.

S: Wonderful dark fruit aroma, brown sugar, dark caramel & toffee, a little spice and hints of tropical fruity esters.

T: Earthy, dark caramalized raisins, roasted nuts, hint of roasted coffee, brown sugar, prunes, figs, brown sugar and a lightly spiced. More bitterness than you'd typically find in a traditional Scotch ale.

M: Moderate to full body, some residual sugar makes it slightly syrupy, some roasted acidity, moderate carbonation.

D: It's good, but the flavour is a little too bold to session.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to stonecrusher for this...
Appears a dark amber color with a small off white head. Mild scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is slightly smokey, roasted malt, caramel, with a light buttery diacytel aroma in the background.
The taste is about the same as the aromas. I may have to open up the other bottle as a comparison being that s.c. got this direct from the brewery not even a month ago. I was just expecting a bit more from this.
Mouthfeel is slightly thin with hints of caramel and candy lingering.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.26/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear rubyish brown color, with about a quarter inch of khaki colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was very subdued and bland, some malt sweetness but none of the expected smoke or peat. That description also applies to the flavors, with the addition of a funky tang on the finish.

The body was very thin for the style and washed over the tongue instead of coating it. Drinkability would have been average, but that funky, weird tang just made this less than enjoyable.

Overall, a below average take on the style. Try it if you see it, but don't seek it out.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on 21-Feb-10. Thanks to eyncognito, my Madison connection.

The nose and aroma are malty and thick. The nose emphasizes caramel malts, sweet and syrup. The body is warming and full, not shy about its strength. While the caramel sweetness stands out, a molasses bitterness comes through. There is no indication of peat, but the full malts do not disappoint.

All elements upped to 4.0 for what is a very filling wee heavy.


A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with nflmvp.

A: The scotch ale is dark brown, cola colored with some hues that vary from clearly brown (at the narrow points of the glass) to clearly black (at the wider points). The head neared an unimpressive finger that quickly receded away to a thin white pool atop the body.

S: The nose is a malty amalgum of vinous notes, slightly tart grains and a subtly smoky brown sugar quality.

T: The taste is a little more full-bodied and active that the somewhat disappointing nose. Big malt notes have been roasted, creating a darker, chocolatey sweet malt body that seems to channel a bit of stout flavor without the heavily roasted notes. The malt notes, especially as they sit in the mouth, are all wee heavy. They are peaty, dry and heavy, unafraid to show their strength. The maltiness is very pleasing, sweet without a thin flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is full, the malts are heavy without the overloaded alcohol body to prop them up. Allow the ale to warm up, it releases a much nicer array of flavors.

D: The big taste makes for a great drink. As I said, let 'er warm up a bit first.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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