MadHopsG (2) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2007 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep crimson brown with a 1/2 inch ivory head, a bit hazy. Aroma is earthy and sweet, malty, nutty. Flavor is sweet caramel, pistachio, malty and smoky, and a bit astringent. Pleasant but not great. Medium body and light carbonation to style. Finishes dry, and the flavor pleasantly lingers. Overall a good scotch, but I expected more from Lake Louie.
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to someone at work for giving to me as part of a going away package. I was about to trade for some of the most recent batch to give it a try. In fact I may still do that just to see how it compares fresh to having two years on it. I found it to be a decent scotch ale but it did not blow me away. Once again Lake Louie has a solid offering that is good but does not stand out.
Aroma / Appearance - A two finger eggshell colored head floated to the top of the glass pressing down on the dark ruby body underneath. Walnuts, black cherries, caramel and raspberry truffles were not a suprise. The hint of black olives though was a bit unusual and put me off.
Flavor / Palate - Cherry pie, black walnuts and peat hit the tongue after the first sip. A lingering semi-dark chocolate finish wraps things up. There is a little sourness perhaps from age but not too bad. This particular one may have been a little over the hill; if youíve got any left drink it now before it fades even more.
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GTMW 2007. Hazy tea color with a big light bege head. Aroma was of dry dog food/grain, and light roasted malts. The flavor was sweeter than the aroma had led on, caramel--no dry dog food!--roasted malts, and some spicy alcohol. This wasnít cloyingly sweet, but still sweeter than Iíd want. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. This was good, but somewhat of a letdown for me.
notalush (4962) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Shared by beastiefan2k (thanks, Eugene) - turbid reddish brown pour, with a foamy, though short-lived head - aroma of brown sugar, dried cherries, tobacco, notes of burnt rubber (phenolic? not quite - hard to place - perhaps this is the smoked malt? - well, I stand by the burnt rubber comment) - fairly sweet, with brown sugar and toffee farily present - the dried fruits are there, and that burnt quality from the aroma (although I canít say I taste any rubber, just a kind of over-cooked, vegetal quality) - the body is a bit too thin - this stuff just didnít sit right on my palate.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GTMW 2007. Poured a slightly hazy orange-brown color. Very earth aroma of soy, broken green leaves, and wet black soil. There was also a hint of dry dog food. Slightly sweet on the tongue with spicy malt and alcohol flavors accented by a wee bit of peated malt.
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
GTMW 2007. The beer pours to a clear medium mahogany wood colored body with a large dense frothy off-white head. Very thick. The aroma is grainy and tart with a dusty chalk. The flavor was moderately sweet and slightly tart with a bunch of grain and caramel and dusty chalk. I wasnít really impressed, but it didnít taste bad as a sum. The body is medium with a dry oiliness and medium astringency. The brewery was pouring it, so I assume itís as intended. I simply didnít like it.
vyvvy (4080) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Sneagrams3 for the trade on this hard to find brew. Pours dark amber / brown with a good sized tan head. The aroma has rich caramel malt with some spiciness and moderate sweetness and bread. Quite clean. Medium body at the beginning then fairly thin on the finish with a good amount of carbonation. Taste starts fruity with dark caramel, bits of toffee and hints of metallicness (not sure if thatís a word). Very malty but not very thick. The finish is somewhat grainy, sweet, spice and a bit astringent. A good beer, but has a couple flaws that keep it from being something special. This does hide the 9% incredibly well.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle purchased at Steveís Liquor in Madison. Label notes "Reserve Strong Scotch Ale." Pours a dark copper brown, impressive hue, although lacing is pure white. Smells on the nose and tastes on the palate more like a barleywine, aside from the touch of smoke. Thereís quite a bit of sweetness here, so much so that I imagine there will be some detractors on this basis alone. Candied fruit, fig jam, toasty oak, vanilla, and a pleasant warming finish. One of the better scotch ales Iíve had in awhile, and if weíre rating to style, Iím going upper 4s for this. Great work, Lake Louie!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
120z bottle. Filtered and a deep ruby garnet hue. Tan ring of head. Malty cocoa and buttery and a note of raisins. Plummy with a slight vanilla note. Dark fruit. All that in the nose. Wow! Thick and full bodied. Dark fruit and chocolate flavors. Oily and slick. Yet with a great dry roasty finish. Smooth with a nice burn. Sweet and cloying. Just the way I like íem! This is money.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - this review is for "Reserve Strong Scotch Ale" - is this the same beer? Clear walnut or cherrywood brown, with enough of a head to add style points. Nose is light woodsmoke. Hits the mouth with a rush of heat followed eventually (that is some rush!) by peat smoke and bitterness. Some woodiness as well, late vanilla. Rolls all over the tongue. A fine beer!