1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
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 (6396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2006
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
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
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
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!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Clear rusty body with a minimal, oily grayish head. Aroma of maple syrup and sweet, decadent liqueur. Bourbon notes with a light smoky aspect in the flavor plus dark fruit skins. A very good American Scotch Ale. Thanks to weeare138 for sharing. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Thanks to kmpitz2 for thisÖ
Appears a hazy mahogany with a small white head.
Smell is of cocoa, smokey malts, and rich caramel.
Taste is of the same aromas with some mild hoppiness in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy. Not bad at all. hopdog (12382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 (thanks!). Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of peat, toffee, earthy, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, nuts, and light chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish. egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of peat smoked malt, caramel malts, and butterscotch. Taste of caramel, nuts, smoke, and alcohol. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle shared at HWOH. Pours a nice deep amber with ruby-like highlights and a thin head. Aroma has some slight diacetyl mixed with loads of caramel malts, light smoke, and hints of prunes and other fruits. Flavor is actually slightly astringent in the back, but has a lot of complex malts- toasted, caramel, nutty, and light chocolate. Despite the slight astringency, there was an otherwise enjoyable mouthfeel and a pretty good finish. Pretty good for a scotch ale.