Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale
Lake Louie Brewery Company

Louie's Reserve Scotch AleLouie's Reserve Scotch Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #20
Ranked #6,412
4.1 | pDev: 10.98%
Jun 29, 2021
May 14, 2003
Louie's Reserve Scotch AleLouie's Reserve Scotch Ale
Notes: Released annually in August
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
4.18 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
2.78 by zbkilleb from Missouri on Apr 07, 2021
3.81 by NCSapiens from Indiana on Jul 26, 2020
3.87 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin on Nov 28, 2019
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

Big thanks to the Joe for this dabble. Cheers Pal!

Deep chestnut brown body, with burnt orange and crimson highlights. A fast forming off white volcano of foam settles surprisingly smoothly, leaving a creamy looking frith that coats the glass quite well.

The aroma is quite simple and delicious smelling. Caramelized brown sugar and a doughy sweet bread makes me think of figgy pudding. But then a nice, sharp herbal note compliments and keeps things in line.

Despite the obvious caramel/ burnt sugar, this guy is boasting toasted nuttiness. The finish is once again intense with herbal and slightly grassy bitterness. Right at the heart and in the middle of this gem lies a rounding out brown soda bread, perfectly appropriate for the style.

Getting the obvious out of the way, this is sweet and toasty. It's a bit thin and rather highly carbonated, and as mentioned above, ends relatively bitter. The high carbonation and ending dryness are a bit off to me, but in no way off-putting. Has a slightly dirty feel to it too, but the elevated abv is almost entirely hidden.

Damn good Wee Heavy. The feel is the only thing I could perhaps knock on it, but what a silly thing to care for. This hits where it counts: aroma and flavor, and this thing is full of both.

Nov 17, 2019
4.14 by mmoore9363 from Arizona on Jan 13, 2019
Photo of Milktoast75
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

I must state scotch ales are my fav style of beer. This is my favorite scotch ale and I’ve tried many. The beauty of this ale is that it is brewed less than 60 miles from my home. Nice.
I have to remind myself to let this baby warm a bit to fully appreciate. Easier said than done.
Pours a rich deep, deep copper hue. Nice, small head disappears quickly. Great lacing, sticking tightly.
Smell is similar to color. Slight alcohol scent, caramel, a bit of peet. If there is a weakness in this beer it would be the smell. I can live with that.
Taste and feel are the highlights. More rich taste, light carbonation, smooth mid taste with an almost dry, clean, non sticky finish. Delicious.
I have reviewed my favorite seasonal beer. 12 oz. bottle review. My goal is to score a growler this season. Obviously, see it, buy it, enjoy it. Drink on.

Oct 07, 2018
4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Apr 16, 2018
3.89 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Apr 10, 2018
3.81 by Benish from Wisconsin on Aug 14, 2017
3.01 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 04, 2017
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Nov 22, 2016
3.77 by jakea from Wisconsin on Sep 18, 2016
4.01 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Sep 16, 2016
3.5 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2016
4.08 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Apr 03, 2016
4.12 by SixPack6 from Wisconsin on Feb 27, 2016
4 by eldoctorador from Chile on Jan 03, 2016
3.89 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 24, 2015
4.13 by maz from Illinois on Dec 14, 2015
3.86 by Angerhaus from Rhode Island on Dec 11, 2015
3.76 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on Dec 03, 2015
4.15 by Cbustard from Wisconsin on Nov 18, 2015
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

BOTTLE: Received in a trade from the always generous Duff27. 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off crown cap. Uninteresting label art & design.

Served cold into a nonic half-pint and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style; I've enjoyed their other Scotch ales. Reviewed ive as a Scotch ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 3-4cm wide. Khaki colour. Even consistency. Soft looking. Fluffy and frothy. Retention is good - about 5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Deep glowing amber. No yeast can be seen within. Translucent and semitransparent.

It's a nice looking Scotch ale, but nothing about it is unique or special compared to other beers in the style. Generally appealing, and seemingly well carbonated.

AROMA: Diacetyl off-character is immediately obvious, with off-putting buttery notes running rampant. Maybe some toffee or caramel lurks beneath, but the diacetyl eclipses all else (aside from some generic malty sweetness.

Suggests a sweet brew plagued by diacetyl off-flavours. Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: Far too sweet, with buttery diacetyl off-flavour dominating the aroma and overwhelming the drinker. Overbearing, with none of the trademarks of a good Scotch ale. Imbalanced and frankly a bit off-putting. Depth of flavour is subpar. Flavour duration and intensity are average. Poorly built.

Did I get a bottle that's off? This is not likable, and doesn't fit within style conventions.

TEXTURE: Buttery, smooth, wet, creamy, and medium-bodied. Overcarbonated and unrefreshing.

OVERALL: A problematic attempt at a Scotch ale which suffers from diacetyl off-flavour to such extent this could be part of an off-flavour detection kit. It's tough to drink based on its low quality, and I have to wonder if some of the bottles are tainted and others aren't based on its current 91 rating. Something really went wrong here, but it's not horrible - just way off the mark and heavy on the butter.


Oct 23, 2015
4.04 by muskiesbadgersnbeer from Minnesota on Sep 29, 2015
4.25 by B_G from Iowa on Sep 21, 2015
4.16 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 12, 2015
4.23 by donnie_vendetta from Wisconsin on Sep 01, 2015
3.99 by kbwalters from Wisconsin on Aug 25, 2015
3.58 by rspauldi from Texas on Jun 30, 2015
4.27 by djhowell from Wisconsin on May 05, 2015
Photo of Kurmaraja
2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Kurmaraja from California

Diacetyl bomb. All the comments about it being buttery, butterscotch ... are true. Fake, artificial butter flavor. Far too much fruity flavor for a scotch ale as well. Perhaps I got a bad bottle but this was not good.

Apr 15, 2015
3.48 by Duff27 from Illinois on Mar 29, 2015
4.14 by Wowcoolman from California on Mar 21, 2015
4.02 by cmwilliq from Wisconsin on Mar 04, 2015
3.72 by thor66 from Wisconsin on Feb 01, 2015
Photo of pagriley
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by pagriley from Illinois

A -pours such a deep mahogany I almost thought it was a stout the first time I had this. Deep rich opaque brown with creamy off white 1 finger head that lingers for 3 or 4 minutes
S - tart apricots and sweet malts when cold. As it warms there are toasted hazelnuts and sweet caramel malts to back up the slightly tart aromas.
T - Slightly sweet with loads of caramel and dried fruit. Very slightly tart in the finish (which I like in a scotch) with barely a hint of bitterness.
F - Creamy and thick with light prickle to the carbonation. Rich malts are amazing, but I do wish it was slightly less carbonated. It helps lighten the body, but I prefer a chewier feel.

For about $9 a 4 pack this is an absolutely spectacular buy. I prefer this over Scotty Karate, Old Chubb, dirty bastard and any of the other regularly available Mid West scotch ales. It pretty much only distributes in WI, but whenever I am up there this is top of my to do list!

Jan 12, 2015
4.34 by atone315 from Wisconsin on Dec 28, 2014
4.86 by RogerWolfe from Wisconsin on Dec 19, 2014
Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 219 ratings