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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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Reviews: 161
Hads: 341
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 33
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bighuge on 07-24-2002

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Photo of hreb
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle pours into pint glass, red-brown in color with a thin chestnut head. Aroma is simultaneously fruity, roasty, and astringent. Initial fizz gives way to incredibly smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a mild, nutty flavor and en edge of grainy bitterness. Just a hint of sweetness -- the flavor of caramel with none of the cloying, syrupy stuff.

There's some caramel and butterscotch flavors here, but none of the diacetyl and buttery mouthfeel that I really want in a Scotch ale. Then again there's none of the unfortunately chalky malt flavor, either. Overall, it's relative mildness (read: blandness) and perfect level of carbonation makes it supremely drinkable and probably a fine session beer, but not a great beer. Pitty I only picked up one in a mixed 6-pack while traveling through Janesville, WI.

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Photo of CudahyGuy
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at The Shed in Spring Green, WI on Feb 26, 2011 and purchased 2 6 packs of bottles at the Piggly Wiggly in Dodgeville to bring home. This is my favorite destination beer. The full mouth feel is very satisfying with big malts. Some of the recent BA reviews make me think some bad (or badly mistreated) beer has been making the rounds because I have found this brew to be fully satisfying every time I have had it. Very drinkable any time of year.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to BarrytheBear for this one!

A - Brown - reddish body with an off white head resting on top

S - Sweet malts, caramel notes, toasty malted notes, brown sugar

T - Some caramel, malty sweetness that then gives way to a light sourness. Dark fruit like flavors. Really wasn't what I was expecting from a Scotch Ale at all

M - medium bodied, slightly on the thin side, fair amount of carbonation

D - Not sure if this is the intended flavor or not but it tastes kind of sour and not too much like what I would expect from a Scotch Ale. It isn't overly so which has saved it from the drain. I'd like to revisit this one sometime to tell if I got a bad bottle or not.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber to to dark brown color with a genrous head.

The aroma is mostly caramel and roasted malts a slight smokiness presents itself aside from the roasted malt.

Starts with sweet caramel malts and becomes smoky with a roasted finish

The mouth-feel is smooth with the carbonation accentuating the flavors

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.23/5  rDev -44.5%
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 mariposafan
2.37/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber, almost garnet, color with a half-finger of head that lasts reasonably well.

The smell is a letdown. Some smokiness and toffee but way too much fruity hoppiness.

Unfortunately the taste follows through the smell - a sharp taste and bitterness of hops with a slightly resinous aftertaste. Some malty sweetness and smokiness as well, but the other taste is overbearing.

The mouthfeel is very nice: slightly viscous, smooth and creamy with some carbonation, but not too much.

It's really a shame that there's that misplaced sharp smell/taste - otherwise this would be a very nice wee heavy. As it stands, I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
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 klikger
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Dark amber with some red, not much head, decent lacing

S - White raisin, peat, brown sugar, dank sweetness

T - Rich malts, peat, dried cranberry, earthy hops --> more sweet malts, cherries, raisins --> sweet, slightly bitter finish

M - Scotch ales get cloying for me; not this one. Good carbonation, solid body, no syrup here

D - Probably one and done, but I'm not a massive fan of the style. Two would be fine though - has just enough bitter to keep the sugary flavors from being overpowering
By far the best Scotch ale for the money. In fact, I substantially prefer this to several I've had that were 3-4x the price.

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Photo of sfran
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Great dark amber hue, exceptionally clear

S - Perfect scottish aroma. I wish I could pinpoint it, as my favorite scotch ales have had it. The best I can think is toffee, but that doesn't seem to do it justice. Maybe throw in "smoky" to get a "smoky toffee" and we'll be close (though I know some would rail against the smoky flavor attribute to a scottish).

T - Nice, but somewhat weak malt profile at the start that's dominated by the bitterness in the finish. Overall the malt/hop balance is skewed here.

M - Nice and full.

D - Meh, too bitter, especially for what should be a pretty malty beer. Though my favorite style is typically a scotch ale, I've been drinking the brown ale in my fridge from Ale Asylum over this for the past couple days...

Overall, not a bad beer but a disappointment. I'll probably not go back to this for a scotch ale fix.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy brown/amber with an abundance of creamy beige head that soon dissipates into a narrow sudsy band above the liquid line.

Smell -- The aroma on this is quite pleasant: vanilla, brown sugar, toasted malt, and raisin. Incredibly aromatic.

Taste -- Golden toast, fig jam, brown sugar, vanilla bean, tobacco. Finish is char and earthy hops. Lots of rich roast malt flavor, but well-tempered with hop addition.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Works very well for the style.

Drinkability -- I was told that this was an exceptional Scotch Ale, but this exceeded my expectations. Easy-drinking, incredibly flavorful, another exceptional example of Wisconsin brewing.

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Photo of ChrisPr
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with little head. Aroma of malt and dark honey. Mouthfeel and flavor are excellent for this style, with a crisp maltiness that slowly disapates. There is a lingering astrigency (sort of tannic) that I can't quite place that goes on a bit too long for my taste, but this is an excellent true-to-style beer that I would certainly seek out.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Cooper's Tavern

A: Dark mahogany brown. Clear. Served with a very light surface coating of tannish colored head.

S: Deep aroma of caramel malt. Notes of vanilla, oak, and some earthy hops.

T: There is a bit of a peppery bite on the front end. Fades to the more dominant flavor of sweet caramel malt, some faint peat, and a little vanilla. Peppery hop finish

M: On the heavier side of medium. Mouthfeel is sweet, a bit cloying, but not necessarily syrupy.

D: A fine Scotch ale that offers a bit more complexity than most Scotch ales. Very good. Very food friendly.

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

Lake Louie has some competition here, as I am drinking it head-to-head with Dirty Bastard. We'll see who comes out on top...

A - Translucent toffee-mahogany hue, with a rich centimeter of tan foam, leaves splattered lace.

S - Big and malty with a spicy and caramelized aroma to it. I also get some vanilla and cinnamon nuances.

T - This beer tastes of sweet and toasted maltiness, it tastes strong and alcohol-laden, and it has a big tea-like earthy and herbal hoppy finish. It is not astounding in any of those elements, but it is certainly more than competent across the board.

M - Big and rich, creamy and full, bright without being prickly, well-executed overall.

D - We have a winner...

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Photo of lester619
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish brown to black color with thin head and minimal lacing. The smell is sour with some sweet and smokey notes. Deep malt and smokey flavors are abundant. There is something sour in there like cranberries or something along those lines. A little twang of vinegar hits at the end. You can feel something that hints of booze on your lips and tastes somewhat of smoked malt like scotch. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, but it isn't overly filling for something this dark. I couldn't find an ABV for this, but I'm betting it's up there. This stuff could knock you around if you are not carefull. Overall I enjoyed the complex malty boozey flavor of this beer. I think it would be a good warmer in the middle of winter. Good flavor and well crafted, but not one that I could drink more than one or two of.

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Photo of flexabull
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of klikger, thanks again!

Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a nice big tan head.

Nice roasted malt nose, some caramel, cola and toast.

Taste is clean, pretty mellow, and smooth. Caramel malt flavors up front, some brewed tea, and a little bit floral. Finish is ever so slightly boozy, with some light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full.

Nice Scottish Ale. I like my Scottish Ales to have bigger flavors, this one sits more of the lighter side of the spectrum. But that's not a bad thing, this is still a tasty beer.

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Photo of wchesak
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in as an extra from LeviFunk
Poured into my Spiegelau Tulip Glass

A - very dark ruby brown, maybe a fingers worth of thick sandy colored head, some splotchy lacing

S - dark caramel, toffee, a hint of coffee, surprisingly some sweet dark fruit like in a barleywine aromas, maybe even citrus dont know if that is a hop aroma coming through or more of the fruit

T - roasty malt makes up most of the flavor, however the dark fruits and caramel fit in mid pallete, sort of dryish/coffee like after taste, the tiniest hint of smoke also

M - high side of medium bodied, almost velvety not syrupy, carb is really great maybe a little higher than the normal wee heavy

D - cant figure out the ABV on this, maybe 9 or 10, not listed on the website so its a toss up, loved founders dirty bastard, so was looking forward to this - certainly a different beer, less smoky, more fruit flavors, about as good as well, will be seeking more wee heavies out

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Photo of beertunes
2.26/5  rDev -43.8%
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 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 tai4ji2x
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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Lake Louie Warped Speed Scotch Ale from Lake Louie Brewery Company
90 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.