cblado (224) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Took a trip through Arena, WI (pop. 685) recently with a friend. I saw the sign while we were driving, and I though to myself, "Arena... Arena... where do I know that from?" Then I realized that Lake Louie, an excellent but little-known microbrewery, is based there. Needless to say, we had to stop at a liquor store immediately and stock up. Anyway...
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice amber red color. Slight off-white head, dissipates quickly, but leaves a good lacing. Aroma is malt and peat, somewhat tart. Flavor is less peaty than other scotch ales Iíve had, but thereís still an element of smokiness that goes well with the caramel malt flavors. Tangy and very smooth finish. Overall, not the strongest or most flavorful Scotch ale Iíve had, but it does down so easy I really canít argue.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours cola brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of malt, hops, medicinal alcohol, dark fruit, and pine. The taste starts off with a fair amount of dark fruit and medicinal alcohol. There is a faint hop character in the brew as well. There is a base of dry malt that balances the beer out. Lingering taste of pine. Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated. A lot better than I expected it to be. It was actually very drinkable.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle from bockyhorsey.
reddish mahogany brown tinted brew with a short lived khaki-ish head.
it smells overwhelmingly industrial or medicinal... off putting aromas of glue, solvent and eucalyptus stand out in front of notes of toffee/caramel, malt and star anise.
the palate is on the sweeter side but finishes woody and dry... actually, it feels like liking a 9 volt. unfortunately, though predicted, the chemical aroma carries over to the flavor where it meets up with a bouquet of flowers and malt. itís bad but not undrinkable...
the body is medium. the high prickly carbonation makes it easier to drink. or at least make it less awful tasting... 3/4/3/2/7/1.9
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. An unclear brown beer with a huge brown beer - the head stemming from an over carbonated beer. The aroma has notes of an infection lending it acidic notes of lemon. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, as well as lighter notes of cinnamon and chocolate, leading to a dry finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up at steves in madison on a recent trip poured medium brown and orange around the edges with light tan head and minamal lacing aromas are of caramel malts cotton candy and alcohol taste is the same with a malt bite,a very impressive ale from lake louie, I would reccomemend this to those of you who like this style
madvike (2374) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours clear and brown with a small tan head. Smells sweet and caramelly, with a little booze and lactose. Taste the same caramel, with a little malt and chocolate and a boozy finish. Itís sweet, but not cloying. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Solid, and Iíd drink it just about any time.
nuplastikk (3824) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Deep orange-brown color, semi-transparent with a thin off-white head. Sweet, rich caramel toffee aroma, Smooth and malty flavor, a full bodied quality Wee-Heavy. Just how Wee-Heavy I certainly wonder, Id guess around 7 to 8%. Sticky, with some faint hop crispness covered up in the thick, syrupy malt. Excellent. Big, but mellow.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Dark red pour, frothy white head, very sticky lacing. Big caramel nose, some slight cocoa, some bitter hops. Some sharp fruit flavors, some bitter hops, sweet malts, dry grain in the finish. Finishes well, drinkable.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled April 2009
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a four finger thick, fluffy, tan colored crown of froth. The beer is a concentrated amber / brown color that shows a lightly hazed, cherry red color when held up to the light. The aroma has notes of butter and toffee, along with a toasted malt note and a finish of roast grain. The diacetyl character is the dominant note and it gets in the way enough that I find it hard to enjoy the nose.
The beer is sweet and clean tasting up front. It has a herbal hop note in the middle (menthol and pine are noticed) and it picks up a solid bitterness as the beer moves to the finish. The finish also has a touch of roast grain character to it; it is just a hint but it adds a lingering roast not that subtly influences the finish. The sweetness here is a complex, caramelized maltiness rather than a simplistic sugar-like note. The diacetyl is here in the finish of the flavor, though it is a bit more muted than in the nose; still it is a bit more than I can really enjoy.
This could have been a good Wee Heavy, poor fermentation management has ruined this beer for me though.
sebletitje (5991) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of abends.
pours copper, white head.
Aroma fruity, sugary and caramel.
Taste, malty, light chocolate and dark fruits - cherry - good scotch.