TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
This beer is a tribute to Ale House owner Mike Bieser’s great, great, uncle Louie. The story goes that in 1886 in a Sheboygan, WI bar, Louie was cracked over the head with a beer glass and died. No one knows who did it, or why they did it, they just know Uncle Louie met his demise. The tale of Louie’s demise has become a part of the tavern legend of Wisconsin, and in that spirit this beer was brewed. What Louie might not have achieved in life, he has achieved in death. Louie’s Demise is the Ale Houses’ most popular beer, and it can be found in about 60 bars and restaurants in Milwaukee. So lets all raise a glass to Uncle Louie!
Louie’s Demise Ale pours to a deep amber color with a slight tan head, and a soft carbonation. The palate is rich and delicious, with lots of pale, sweet and caramel malt flavors. Just a touch of chocolate maltiness can be detected as well. This body is full, but lean enough that it isn’t too fat and cloying on the tongue. This beer finishes with more good malt flavor and is balanced with a nice herbal hop bitterness in the finish.
Stylistically, I wouldn’t call this beer the most accurate example of Scottish Export I have ever had, but I didn’t mind, and I don’t think Louie would either. On draught, this beer was just so fresh and tasty, it really impressed me. This is a rich, delicious, malt accented brew with just enough hop presence to make it very drinkable. This is a great pint to belly up to the bar with at the Milwaukee Ale House, or one of the great bars of Milwaukee. I enjoyed this beer with a grilled ribeye steak sandwich, served on a grilled portabello mushroom. If ever in Milwaukee, have a few for Uncle Louie.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
A very drinkable amber ale with a bit more flavor than normal...has a nice crispy hoppiness and toasty carmel flavors that makes this brew very drinkable. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) Sweet, malty, quite caramely, moderately bitter, reasonable balance -- that could describe the flavor of most amber ales, and described this one too, but the slight earthiness and toastiness shake things up just a bit in this amber, both in the flavor and nose. The nose also shows a bit of the expected caramely malt. Medium bodied and easy on the palate. Slightly hazy, dark amber body is capped by a small, light tan head. The head shrinks to a wide ring and film while leaving several spots of lace on the glass. This is a fine amber, maybe slightly above average, but not really all that out of the ordinary. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Dark copper body that is more clear and pretty the picture of the pint glass shows. There are only traces of a head on top. The aroma is darkly roasted walnuts with some bread crust. There is also some old tobacco and a hint of orange peels. The taste has some light grapefruit peels and roasted almonds. There is also some toffee and tobacco. A well made amber. heykevin (1287) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Grainy faintly hoppy aroma, noble-ish. Some malt in the aroma, but mostly just grainy. Much better malt flavor than the aroma. Medium to full-bodied. Light bitterness, clean yeast character.
frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2005
A thick ring was the only head atop this deep amber/caramel offering. Aroma was big on lemon with nutty malts. Lemon carries through to the flavor, with thick & sweet malts and a nutty finish. Malty and sessionable. If Louie’s actually dead, this is only a mediocre tribute.
egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
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Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of buttery, toffee malt, straw, and light citrus hops. Lots of malt in this one, caramel and toffee, while finishing with citrus bitterness. Nothing special, but a quaffable session ale. Thanks hopdog! ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Fresh, fruity aroma. Typical amber aroma. Reddish, brown body. Thin white head. Clear body. No lace. No visible carbaontion. Basic, roasted malt flavor that is dominated by malt. A little thin, mostly malty with some sweetness. Not bad, but nothing spectacular. Session possibilities. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
This beer pours to a thin tan head atop a dark brown body. The aroma is much like the Maker’s Demise w/o the oak. The flavor is iced tea and light Noble hops. The palate is creamy and medium bodied. Not bad, but nothing special. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 Tap: copper amber with a surprising hoppineess to the aroma. Flavor has a faint hint of sweet caramel malt, and that’s it. Bottle from Gondor has no hop presence whatsoever. Just grainy sweet caramel malt, toasty/roasted notes and not much else.