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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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 369
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great extra forgotten in the back of my refrigerator. Pours into a pint glass a deep, rich, dark brown color, with a small cap of tan foam. Huge aromas of milk chocolate and roasted nuts. Nice full mouthfeel, with roasted malt, chocolate and just a hint of piney hops. Very nicely balanced, and quite a good beer.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking to try another scotch ale since the Sam Adams I tried recently, and I'm in luck.

Pours a dark and rich brown, with a creamy....cream colored head. Decent amount of lacing trails down the glass as I go.

The thing that I loved so much about the Sam Adams Scotch Ale was the use of the peat smoked malt, and that is missing here. The beer has a fantastic foundation, but the use of that heavenly malty taste would've been perfection.

As is, I still very much enjoyed my trip to Warp Speed. That's about how quickly I drank it because it's so damn smooth and tasty.
The scotch is present, but plays more of a supporting role beneath the canopy of roasted and slightly smoky malted barley. Delicious. Absolutely recommend this -- especially on tap.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

obtained as an extra in a trade. (forgot who it was - please inform if you know...)

12 oz bottle, no date found. tasted in early june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

dark brownish red. dark ruby under the light. faint haze (decanted 1 cm). 1-finger off-white head soon fades to wisps, then mostly just a ring. a couple thin, splotchy rings of lace.

aroma: malty dark caramel, w/ dates and figs. herbal hint and trace of hops. whiff of coffee or roasted malt.

taste: malty with fruit tones again, though a hint watery. acidity slightly more than desired, but not totally distracting. hop and herbal hints, with mild bitterness. acidity in the finish again.

medium body, relatively smooth, but w/ acidic note peeking through. mild to moderate carbonation gives body but also heightens the otherwise light and tolerable acidity.

maybe this bottle was slightly off? still, not a bad brew by any means.

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Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep dark copper, amber color. Very dark. Head formation is off white, strong, well retained. Carbonation appears light.

S - Caramel, malt, toffee and maple notes. Some peat malt in the background. Certainly sweet. Some light yeasty notes are present.

T - Starts off with a very malty note, strong amounts of 2-row with caramel malts and a very strong toffee/maple note. Some alcohol burn on the mid-stream - no hopping detected. Finishes cleaner, with the peat malt note sticking to the tongue.

M - FUll bodied beer. Carbonation is strong, noticeable, but not stinging or overbearing. Finishes pretty clean, although the sticky sweetness of this beer is hard to ignore.

D - Moderate drinkability. Potent abv - it is a scotch ale. Not filling from a carbonation point of view, but the very thick beer seems to weigh down the palette. The flavors are not overbearing or fatiguing to the palette.

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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 beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is deep dark red with brown edges. Two fingers of beige head recede to leave thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is heavy on the malt side of things. Very nutty with hints of chocolate and caramel.

The flavor is mostly smooth malt and roast nuts. Hints of chocolate, toffee, vanilla and just touch of dark fruit in the finish.

Medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall nice easy drinking beer. I haven't had much from LL but I might have to grab some more of there stuff.

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Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up during a trip to Madison. New brewery for me in a style I like.

Pours a deep mahogany &, even leaving the last bit in the glass, plenty of suspended floaties. Smell is surpsingly charred; a deep, flame-treated chunk of wood soaked in sweet malts.

Warped Speed has one of the strongest nutty components I've had to date, including "nut brown" ales & the like. Dominated by salty almonds or some such, followed once more by the roasted malts, & only then come the sweeter sippings in the shadow of the other two. Diacetyl peeks out from between the flavors & contributes a few off-color remarks, which the crowd doesn't really appreciate. The sum of the whole is a beer I can down, but am not really enjoying much. I'll not need another.

Drought dry. Strangely unsatisfying. This is a decent brew that confounded my expectations, & this time not in a good way.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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 gford217
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear amber brown with a small creamy beige head that recedes slowly to a collar and leaves only a bit of lacing.

The aroma is mostly sweet caramel malts with hints of smoke. There is some sugary fruit sweetness in the nose as well.

The taste also starts with the sugary sweet caramel malts. The finish is slightly roasted with the smoke coming back in.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, sweet and malty with a dryish finish.

This is a very good and extremely drinkable Scotch ale that might lack the complexity of the best in the style, but it's still solid.

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Photo of wspscott
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass (no date)

A: Dark brown, can barely see through it, thin almost non-existent head, no lace.
S: Dark caramel and a little bit of butter, no hops at all.
T: A lot of caramelization, a tiny bit of hop bitterness in the back keeps things from getting cloying.
M: A little too attenuated, not watery, but I would like a little more "richness" in the mouthfeel.
D: Goes down very easy, nice smooth drinker, there is no hint of alcohol which could be dangerous. A very nice example of the style, worth trying.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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 beertooth
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright chestnut liquid with a decent finger of white head that fades to a thin broken ring fast.

The nose is very inviting. Tons of caramel, brown spice, green banana, and a little alcohol.

This first gulp is a blast of caramel and a little warming alcohol. I'm picking up on some of the esters I caught in the nose, brown spices, banana, maybe a little tobacco and brandy soaked spice cake. It's quite tasty and a little warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation

A great beer for a cold fall evening. I would enjoy this more often if we got it in Chicago. I do with the body was more full though.

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

Thanks to RoyMunson for this aged bottle.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a shoe leather color with firey amber hues. Very large head forms and holds nicely. Good lacing.

S: Very malts, lightly sweet. softly sweet caramel and toffee. A touch of vanilla. Light smoky and peaty notes.

T/M: More of the soft sweetnes from caramel and toffee spide with a shot of smooth brandy. some darker fruits are light in the back. More of the light smoke/peat. Body is medium full with a great smooth, almost creamy feel.

D: Drinks decently easy but you can tell it's a reasonably big beer.

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass

A - Pours an opaque brown color that is very hazy in appearance. The head is extremely thin and off white with a ring of lace showing up around the glass. There is a decent amount of carbonation rising up as well. A stronger looking head and this beer gets a much higher score.

S - Great nose on this beer. Lots of caramel and toffee notes along with a grainy sweet sugar taste that compliments the beer well. There is also a faint smoky flavor that is present is this beer as well.

T - Much like the smell, very strong caramel and toffee notes with some sweet sugar (maybe maple sugar) notes also. There is a faint smoky flavor as the beer finishes. Slight amount of grains and malts that provide for good balance.

M - Medium bodied and an ample amount of carbonation. Lots of caramel and toffee enter the mouth upfront. A nice blast of carbonation freshens the palate for the sweet sugar which is followed up by the grains, malts and the smoky yet creamy finish. Pretty solid and very smooth overall.

D - Very high. This is a great ale that has all the balance and features you would want. I could have quite a few of these in a session.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
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 paco1029384756
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a short off white head.

Scent of caramel, bread, buttery malts, light sugars and some dark fruit. A hearty scent without being overbearing, good stuff.

Taste of buttery malts, bread, sugars, a hint of dark fruit, caramel, and some molasses. Savory without being too sweet, a solid Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation, keeping it a bit lively.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep mahogany color. Actually nice and clear, I can see right through it, which is kind of rare for the color. The head pours out very dense, and just over 1 cm. Leaves pretty decent lacing. A good looking scotch ale. The smell has the two main ingredients - a lot of burnt caramel sweetness and a nice touch of smoke. As you search, there's a deep, earthy sweetness, maybe from a bit of hops or some other addition, but a nice earthy leafy kind of smell, like pipe tobacco almost, but much sweeter. Then there gets to be this chocolatey smell, almost with a bit of coffee in it, pushed along by a bit of smoke. The taste has a bit more of the smoke than the smell does, but it doesn't get you upfront, you taste everything else first, and then the smoke fills it up, almost getting to that meaty level, but then falling back into the malty sweetness. The things you taste first are this dense burnt cake kind of taste. It's like you put a slice pound cake into a toaster until it got kind of brown. There's a nice earthy note in the middle, maybe a little leafy, like a tea made of dried up, withered, almost burnt leaves. I guess those two things don't sound too good, but when they're rounded out with a bit of sweetness, they make a brilliant scotch ale - which is what this is. Sometimes, with the right amount of smokiness, the right amount of sweetness, and the right amount of earthiness, a scotch ale can taste, at points, a bit like the harder drink of the same region. This one does that a bit. I'm a fan. The body is good, over medium, but not syrupy, but the carbonation is a little more than I expect. There's a slight sting, which isn't unpleasant, but it's uncharacteristic for the style. This is a very nice drink. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and kept finding new things to keep me interested. Of course, I couldn't sit and session this, I doubt if I could drink more than one, due to the alcohol content and to the intensity of flavor, but if I was in the mood for a scotch ale, and this was nearby, I would not hesitate to buy it.

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Photo of DeeMented
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

The beer poured a clear, dark, red-amber color with a creamy, just off-white head. There was a moderate amount of soapsud lacing. It was a very pretty beer.

The aroma was sweet; caramel and malts, with an earthy, very slight smoky undertone.

The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation.

The taste was sweet and malty at the start, with a hops bitterness that kicked in toward the middle and followed through. After the hops bite faded, it left a taste that I can best describe as smoked chocolate, with just a hint of lingering nuttiness.

I couldn't find the ABV of this one anywhere, but there was a definite alcohol warmth in the back of my throat after I'd finished.

A very solid, easily drinkable, malty beer. I'll definitely be purchasing more of these.

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Photo of Soneast
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown upon initial inspection, however when held to the light it is more of a clear, amber color. Forms a thick, cream colored head, that grows to a good 2-finger widths in size then drops down to a thick layer of suds, leaving pillows of lace all the way down the glass.

A very rich aroma on this beer, composed of toffee, caramel and brown sugar, maple syrup and an ever so light smokiness right at the end. Just rich and sweet malty goodness!

The flavor isn't quite as rich as the aroma, although it too is comprised of toffee and toasted caramel some nuttiness, and brown sugars a hint of chocolate and perceived oakey notes. Leaves a very nice toasted malt flavor on the palate.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation which accentuates the overall texture. A great combination of flavors, truly a malty masterpiece.

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Photo of mwa423
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured aggressively got a big head and it actually cascaded (a `la Guinness) Color is a very dark brown, that seems to be very clear in color.

S - Aroma is very roasty, roasted cereals, roasted nuts, smokey caramel, a bit of oak.

T - There was far less taste then I expected, what is there is malty sweetness, and some organic flavors (think fruit right off the tree, the sort of dirt taste) The aftertaste is not unlike some beers that have been aged in oak.

M/D - Mouthfeel and drinkability are average, nothing to write home about, but there isn't any reason to dock points.

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Photo of degerbah
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour without a ton of head. Maybe a finger. Aroma is all malt. Nothing else competes with the malt taste. The taste is smooth and malty with just a hint of booziness. Not a quick drinker, but definitely one worth trying. I got it as an extra in a low-cost trade and I probably wouldn't trade for it again.

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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 Chaz
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber / ruddy chestnut in color, topped with a dark khaki/medium tan head. On closer inspection there's some yeast here, suspended neatly at the bottlom of my glass. The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a touch of lace.

Nose is rich, malty, and more than lightly phenolic. Despite the name (and reputation) I do not detect any booziness or heat, so it seems safe to dive in...

First sip leaves the palate with a fairly solid impression: good/proper carbonation, some sweet malt, some dry malt, and just a bite from the alcohol. No hop presence to speak of, save for a lingering bitterness. Lightly spicy (as per the nose), but nothing like some renditions I've enjoyed, this was is also absent the weirder, funkier malt components I've experienced from imported wee heavies over the years. Served chilled, this one warms up very nicely and makes for a very pleasant, mildly warming sipper. Notes of smoke emerge as this warms, and I'd rate this as more dry than sweet. Very nice altogether (B+)

Bottom-of-bottle code: 8320

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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