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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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Photo of UncleFlip
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the right relationship....drinking it out of a Lake Louie pint glass I bought from Tom at the brewery last weekend. He's a great guy, so stop by when you're in the neighborhood.

Deep copper-red, quite hazy (but it may have been my pour). It has a very healthy tan head that doesn't really show any signs of falling.

Smell is malty with a great hop overtone. There's also a hint of black licorice and fresh oranges. Very nice.

Flavour is nice and smoky off the top, blendied with an earthy sweetness. The hop notes come in as it moves toward the finish.

Carbonation hits right at the front, with a body that's slightly thinner than expected.

Very drinkable. Hearty enough to demand attention, yet not overbearing at all.

Be well

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Warped Speed Scotch Ale pours into my glass a deep, dark cola brown with notes of red and a puffy, craggly few inches of bubbly khaki foam that leaves patches stuck to the side of the glass. Aromas of caramel, dark fruits, sweet baked bread, raisins, some cocoa and a lingering undertone of light peat. Quite a nice aroma here that's rich and inviting.

First sip brings a smooth robust melding of caramel and cocoa with big dark fruity tones. A blast of raisiny flavors and dark, slightly burnt bread comes through as well. A touch of peat follows on the way down. This is a really rich, tasty, rather sweet scotch ale. Definetly an enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, but it's not aggressive. Goes down rather smooth and each sip has me coming back for more. I wish this wasn't my last bottle as I would have no problem drinking another. Lake Louie has impressed me so far...and this just gives me a good reason to get back up to Wisconsin and grab some more sixers!!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to blackie for the bottle.

Appearence: Clear, deep ruby brown with a tan head. Head's pretty small and dissapears quickly.

Smell: The smell is smooth and balanced, yet wonderfully complex. Molasses, caramel, alcohol, plums, dates, and so much more come to mind. Definitly a wonderful sniffer.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I really don't know how to describe this beer. The taste is just so utterly smooth and balanced. The flavors are about the same as the smell, but the flavors aren't what make this beer. It's the perfectm dead-on balance and mouthfeel.

Drinkability and Overall: Definitly a kick ass wee heavy. Nothing better than a good Scotch Ale, and this one is one of the bests. I'd love to have this one again, but I know I'm going to have a hell of a time finding. If you love malt-bombs and scotch ales, seek this one out. You won't be dissapointed.

Glass: Standard oversized wine glass.
Music: "Sigh" by Praful

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle from a six pack into an imperial pint glass.

Foam was pretty average, maybe about 2cm. The head doesn't stick around long, but these things doen't really matter to me. Head color was very light tan. Decent lacing, for what it's worth. The color was a deep brown and pretty clear.

The smell was great; there was a bit of holiday spiciness and some malt too. It also had a sweet smell, which while not necessarily positive, was very enticing. A bit boozey at the end of the glass.

The taste was spectacular--very malty and a bit roasty. It has some butterscotchy features, but what stands out is the malt. Absolutely delicious. I wouldn't call it a hoppy beer, but there are some hop flavors in my mouth before the aftertaste. It doesn't get full points because it doesn't do enough to mitigate the sickly sweet aftertaste that scotch ales are notorious for, a taste that becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. The alcohol becomes more apparent too as the beer warms. It's what I would call a dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is very unique and it can only be described by the word "slippery"; it sort of slips through the mouth and over the tongue. It's a heavy beer, yes, but it does not fill up the mouth and the stomach the way others do. Nor is it syrupy like a doppelbock. This is a beneficial feature, not characteristic to other beers, and I believe it comes from the sweetness and the carbonation. I can also imagine that this is a hard feel to create. The feeling is wonderful, but probably wouldn't work for most other beers.

Well, Lake Louie Warped Speed is 9% abv. I've been to bars and had two pints and they laid me out. I can drink a few of these because they're so delicious, but I probably shouldn't. I just can't give full points for drinkability either. A great value to boot at about $8 a six pack. Usually one bottle while I do my homework is plenty. Glad I live in Wisconsin.

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Photo of blackie
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: In the snifter the beer has a low, light khaki head that rings the glass. The beer itself is a ruby tinted mahogany in color.

smell: Thick, sweet notes of caramelized sugars, dark fruit, and milk chocolate meet the nose. I also get some hints of fresh peanut butter, ginger cookies, and fresh wheat bread. Just the right hop aroma gives some balance of character. Only the slightest alcohol is present. Smells delectable.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is in the middle of the low range, very gentle. The body is a low medium, and has a slight slick characteristic on the tongue.

taste: Oh man. Delicious big malty flavors, but subtle at the same time so as not to be overdone. Hard to pin down exactly...I think some light coffee, toast, and caramel. A light hop bitterness at the finish readies the palate for the next sip.

drinkability: almost unlimited

Sampled while visiting dirtylou in Madison.

cellared 9 months: Still drinking well, though the carbonation seems a little more fizzy at this point. The profile does seem to have changed, and the roasted and toasted malts have moved further towards the forefront, with some peaty notes on the nose. The nose has flourished but the flavor seems to have lost just a little of its original appeal.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simpled label of a cartoon fishy drinking a beer. Man, I bet he drinks like a camel! Gold cap popped off with a long FSSSHT!!! Pours into a wide mouthed goblet with a dark cloudy russet hue loaded with an army of tiny rising bubbles to a huge impressive solid as a rock 2" meringue tan head cap. This is a pour fit for a king and to be drank by a BlitheringIdiot! I saved the last bit til the end and wooo! Scrod chunkers alert!

Aroma is a bit muted due the head cap, but plenty of doughy bread and some rye bread notes.

First swigs: Smooth light caramel and pecan. Finally, a scotch ale that is not stingy on the peat. Such a mingling of cocoa and peat flavors. Towards the middle there is a sligh rummy twinge. TIme to check the ABV. Crap! Unkown! I'd guess 8% or so.

Body was clean and esy with a soft medium carbonation and a half 'n half feel.

Last swigs: Man, this was fun to drink. When I looked into the glass and drank, I felt like I was cleaning up an oil spill in my ocean in the glass. Just a foamy frothy mass in a glass. Whao! A treat. BIG Thanks to OrbitalR0x for the bottle and another excellent trade. Might be the highest rated Scotch I've ever had.

Beer is good. Happy scotch beering.

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Photo of mentor
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by crosling at a BA gathering. What a great time I had. Pours a thin light brown head over a cloudy brown red liquid. Smells caramel butter. A light and dancing flower that I can't quite put my finger on? A little bit of honey and some green apple. A small bit of citrus carried by a pleasing waft of alcohol. Tastes butterscotch with a nice caramel and munich malt aftertaste that just hangs around forever. Dry mixes with the slick butterscotch in a pleasing combination. A hint of sour green apple adds an underlying edge of complexity. Hops I can't identify, but may be the darkish flavor that held like deep baratone "oohhhmmmm". Md body and moderately carbonated. What a wonderful beer.

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Photo of lou91
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will skip the look and smell since they were not especially unique or outstanding and are well captured by others. The big ones are the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. The taste is fantastic. Big malty goodness with an incredible sweetness like a doppelbock but a bit more subtle. The body is just as incredible making for a looong lasting aftertaste even with a small sip. Caramel, hop bitterness and a malty goodness all in perfect balance making this a truly unique and satisfying brew. Thanks to dirtylou for this excellent WI beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle sampled through the kindness and hospitality of kmpitz2, one of Kentucky's finest citizens and a surperlative beer advocate.
Look: Pours into the glass a mostly clear, glistening mahogany body with chestnut and copper hues. Delicate and attractive beige head leaves island chain lace behind.
Aroma: Exceptional aroma for the style! Campfire wood smokiness, some earthy peaty roastiness, and a complex malt profile that features butterscotch and toffee notes. Earthy hops provide a comfortable balance.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.
Taste: Smooth, fresh toffee and butterscotch dominate the malty profile. Earthy hops have a slightly herbal character and lend a pleasing balance. Smoky and roasty notes suggest smoldering peat.
This one keeps reminding me of sweet rolls with honey butter, warmed over a woodsy campfire of burning maple logs. Very Yummy! I'm amazed that a Wisconsin brewery can execute a Scottish Wee Heavy better than so many of the native breweries. Wish I could find this one in Kentucky, Virginia, or Ohio. Thanks again, Kevin.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good God, DirtyLou has done me right yet again.

Poured a dark amber in color. Variable shading going on eith it darker towards the core. Big thick and foamy head resting on top. Thick and layered lace all around the glass.

Nose is malty with bits of herbs and very much like green, freshly dug up peat.

Flavor is a combination of lightly toasted malts, biscuits, bits of caramel and some bits of fruits (raisins and grapes). Very sweet herbal hops are coming through. The hops are kind of refreshing like iced chamomile tea. Also, there are very, very faint hints of some nuts and some very light coffee.

Mouthfeel is heavy. Kind of like very cold cream. Sits on the palate and wants to take up residence.

Want more. Want more. Want more. Want more. Want more. Want more. Found this glass empty long before its time.

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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 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 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 rhoadsrage
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a growler at Riley's here in Madison. Heard too many good things to pass this brewery up any longer.

Appearance: Deep Mahogany/Garnet with a big 1.5-2 inch tan head that disappates rather quickly.

Smell: Mmmm. Roasty coffee and malt with a hint of chocolate. Some fruity notes as well with a hint of hop bitterness. Smells yummy.

Taste: Roasty. Coffee and a little chocolate which transitions into fruity. Very Nice. You can tell this is a strong beer, but the alcohol isn't as overbearing as I would have imagined. Very impressed with my first Lake Louie brew.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to heavy-bodied...very balanced carbonation. Fits well with the style. Refreshing on this humid July night in Wisconsin.

Drinkability: I could see myself finishing this growler tonight, I keep going back for more. A very tasty brew. My first Scotch ale and first Lake Louie. I'll surely be back for more. Highly recommended.

Edit: 2.5 hours in, I've finished a little over 2.5 pints and I am seriously buzzed. At first you really don't notice the alcohol, but as each pint warms you can taste that alcohol bite even more. This "wee heavy" lives up to its really packs a punch. Delicious, but definitely in moderation. I've never been so effected after 2.5 pints. Yeeesh. Kudos, Lake Louie -- I have met my match.

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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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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 tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A strangle loosely bubbled spongey cap of dark ivory grows up pretty steardy over a dark crimsom clear body. Minimal spotty lace sticks.

Aroma of burnt raisin, pear, and plum uniquely set within an earthy sweet malt with touches of peet moss.

Taste is miraculously woven with lots of subtlities here. Malty malt malts are supreme with a soothing coat of sweet malts plucked of ripe fruits. Plum, raisin, pear, and apricot all sit in a dirty basket then set over a smoldering wet grass fire. Throw in some cinnamon apple pie filling, and here we are. One big smokey fruit pie. Mind you, all is subtle, nothing gains over itself. Its as if everything were carefully melted then stirred into the glass. There's even bits of herbal hops slowly developing as it lingers off the malts in the finish along with a bit of chocolate. The warmer it gets the more subtle complexities it tends to favor.

Medium full heft. Big creamy malt loaden body thats not overly cloying but getting pretty freakin' close. Fruitish, sweetish, smokeyish, gooeyish, tangyish, slowish. Sippingly succulent!
About what it would be like enjoying a beer infused Jolly Rancher while sitting around a campfire.

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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 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 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 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 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 ALESwhatCURESya
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buddy of mine picked me up a growler of this (and Tommy's Porter) and what a treat it was. This was very fresh tasting scotch with a wonderful caramel, toffee taste. The color is nice and dark with a little red-orange backlight. The head wasn't large, but I didn't expect it to be. The sweet malt aroma filled the nostrils and the sweetness on the tongue was an excellent finish. The alcohol was nicely hidden, but I can tell this one is pretty-heavily leaded based on the sommersaults my mind started doing. This one could be a dangerous one to belly up at the bar with all night, but not difficult. Get a growler of this now!

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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 369 ratings.
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