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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.27% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Gold Medal Winner in the Strong Scotch Ale category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

(Beer added by: battlekow on 08-14-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

harpus, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours medium brown with a thin head that becomes a wisp. A few spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of peat smoke, toasted toffee, caramel and booze.

The taste is of sweet caramel with burnt sugar and smokey peat. Booze shows in the finish.

It has adequate, fitting carbonation. Fairly smooth despite a sharp bite. A fuller malt body wouldn't hurt it, but it is fine as it is.

Smoky and rather boozy, it is a nice scotch ale to sip on.

jwc215, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

scootercrabb, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JeffSK, May 02, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
8.3% ABV,

A - The lively off-white head plasters thick lacing on the pint before settling to a lumpy skim above the gorgeous, clear dark copper beer; Pipers looks so perfect and inviting!

S - Malty caramel sweetness wafts out with a nice bready aspect to it, closely followed by trails of peat smoke and hickory wood chips with suggestions of dark fruit, plums mostly, in the background.

T - Strong malty sweetness coats the tongue with caramel-drizzled wheat bread before being abruptly balanced out by hickory and peat smoked flavors that linger on the tongue like the prior evening's bonfire in your cloths (but without the hangover).

M - Pipers' rich maltiness lends the beer a hefty, full-bodied mouthfeel, which works perfectly with it's ludicrously absent alcohol perception and beautifully smokey, dry finish.

O - Not only is Pipers one of Sprecher's greatest beers, it's also one of the best Scotch-style beers made in the states. This complex, malty brew's peat smoked malts are most definitely noticeable and might surprise the uninitiated but certainly wont alarm those who expect what's coming; the waft of smokiness that caries through this beer is perfectly balanced.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 17, 2014
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2.2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a beautiful amber with a very nice head. let it breath for a minute and inhaled but couldn't get a scent from it. The taste was a very unpleasant surprise. Very smokey flavor, actually overwhelming. First impression was smoke and as strange as this may sound, pine tar. It has a taste reminiscent of what pine tar smells like. As I drank the beer I could discern the smell and it was identical to the flavor. This beer will not cross my lips in the future. I actually dumped the first bottle thinking it may have had something wrong with it. Next question, what do I do with the two remaining bottles from the 4 pack. Cheers! Now I will have a bottle of Ballast Point IPA.

Karl46, Jan 11, 2014
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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.