Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Louie's Reserve Scotch AleLouie's Reserve Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
lakelouie.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released annually in August

Added by cokes on 05-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
210
Reviews:
94
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10.98%
 
 
Wants:
74
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21
For Trade:
1
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3.01/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SixPack6
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of maz
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cbustard
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
2.61/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Louie's Reserve Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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