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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: battlekow on 08-14-2005

Gold Medal Winner in the Strong Scotch Ale category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 123
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.79/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First scotch ale I ever had, made me a believer! Also the smokiest scotch I've ever had

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4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great example of a scotch ale!! It has a sweet malty caramel smell, the flavors match the aromas, there is also a medium flavor of smokiness that really helps cut threw the carmelly malty sweetness, this one is definatly a contender against founders dirty bastard!

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2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Too smokey. Not in the same class as Dirty Bastard or Skull Splitter.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours dark brownish red. A smokey aroma with hints of caramel. Smokey taste with a bit of a hop to it

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1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.32/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.64/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.6%

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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
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