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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Pipers Scotch-Style AlePipers Scotch-Style Ale

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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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Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a darkish amber-brown body with good clarity capped by a smallish, near white head.

Smell: Vibrant caramelized sugars, toast, roast and given a good dosing of fruity esters. All the while, there's pervasive, peat-driven smokiness.

Taste: Toasted, lightly roasted malts hit with a little sweet caramel. Poignant peat character throughout that, when it combines with the upfront sweetness, tastes like a sweet barbecue sauce. Sorta. Fruity esters of golden raisin and cherry. A little herbal hop character, a little bitterness, but it's not enough to keep it from finishing with a sweet, smoky peat flavor. Quite the malt-forward brew, here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Sweet and smoky!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I had a Sprecher brew (back to my Michigan days) so when I saw a bunch available here in the B-lo area I grabbed some.This poured into a standard pint glass a deep mahogany brown with some amber hue a thinner but well retained white head atop.Deep caramel and brown sugar notes obviously malt tilted in its malty sweetness and cake-like dominance a bit of alcohol shows thru in the finish but doesnt distract from the flavors.A decent Scotch ale to be had.

oberon, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Tiernan, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of blackearth
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Purchased from the Sprecher gift shop in Glendale, WI. Pours a very dark amber to brown body with a thick, rocky light tan head. Aromas of smoked malt and a bit of sweetness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, this beer has an over-powering smoke malt flavor that lingers well into the finish clouds any hop bitterness. I find this beer to have too much smoke flavor going on. On the other hand, if that's your thing, you will love this beer.

blackearth, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a rather small tan head.

A sweet caramel aroma with a hint of smoke.

Taste followed aroma. Caramel with a hint of smoke.

The beer was more watery and unidimensional than I expected.

Not a scotch ale that I would want to drink a lot of.

lordofthewiens, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of BrandonDZ
3/5  rDev -14.8%

BrandonDZ, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of westcott
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -14.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +13.6%

tyleeis, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -14.8%

chinchill, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm amber body with a dense creamy head of tan foam that last and last. There is a sea of micro bubbles that glide up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a nougat and slightly sweet malt syrup smell with a faint smoky note. There is a faint smell of caramel as the beer warms a bit.

T- This beer has a light toasted creamy malt flavor with a slight sweetness and a faint tart smoke note. There is a slight taste of band-aids and an alcohol bite in the finish as it warms. This beer has a very muttled flavor and it doesn't taste fresh even though the bottle was fresh. The finish smoke taste had a salty quality to it aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a faint slippery texture to the finish.


D-

rhoadsrage, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gloomy chestnutted scarlet topped with rings of dirty vanilla.
The nose is wheeeew-boy sweet. With that typical Sprecher's candied fig, and molasses aroma, bolstered here with blackberry brandy (or maybe just grape and blackberry jellies, as there is not a definite alcohol fume), then finished with gobs of brown sugar.
It's not a displeasing odor, but it lacks some of the traits I want in a Scotchy, namely smoke.
Begins as the inhale promised; full of sweet things, and sweeter things, and sweetest things. Jellied berries, molasses, pureed dark fruits, toffeed apples, and just toffee, and just pressed apples, and sugared breads--like cinnamon rolls, sans the cinnamon but still gobbed with running, gooey, vanilla frosting.
This shit is sweet.
But....
The smoke peeks out eventually, timidly at first, then more confidently as time goes on. The formerly ham-fisted sweetness suddenly is a perfect counterpoint to the earthen, meaty smoke traits. Like a Hawaiian barbeque, with roasted pig flesh, and seared pineapples. Close it down with a waft of fragrant tobacco, and this becomes utopic.
No trace of the 8+% ABV is ever considered. And that is fucking scary.
Full bodied, but not thick, per say. The up-front sweetness lends a syrupy feel that dissolves as the beer changes. And given its particulars, with the sweetness, the forward meaty smoke, and its strength, it becomes far more drinkable than the sum of its parts.
Not a classic-styled Scotch Ale, but rather a stylized Scotch that is classic in itself.

cokes, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darkish brown with a moderate white head, that leaves some lacing. Nice smoke and tabacco odour. A tad weak mouthfeel, decent taste, malt and spicey sweet peat, and tabacco smoke taste. above average carbonation.
A decent scotch beer from this decent brewer.

Sammy, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel, chocolate, raisins, figs, and a hint of roastiness appear in the nose of Sprecher's Pipers Scotch-Style Ale.

It's chestnut-brown in color with a short but creamy head of ivory that holds pretty well and leaves some minor lace about the glass.

The mouthfeel is smooth and just slightly dextrinous across the palate with a medium-full body and restrained, very-fine bubbled carbonation.

A distinct note of chocolate appears upfront in the flavor. It's not particularly to style, but it's rich and welcoming... and it is, of course, only "Scotch-style". From there the maltiness diplays a good deal of caramel and more toasty malt across the middle. It's sweetish, but not overdone. Supple dark fruit appears, and some candyish notes come through along with a flicker of alcohol. The bitterness balances it nicely, maintaining a presence but staying low-key. It finishes dry despite the richness of the malt with some residual soft chocolate and caramel, and a light roastiness and subtle smokiness that don't really appear prior.

NeroFiddled, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz stub bottle, i believe obtained at Steve's

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass and fits nicely, mahogany-garnet body with a light tan froth head and minimal lace

smell: earthy and smoky, caramel malts, not an overpowering nose but nice

taste: smooth and creamy caramel, hints of smoke and wood, big time earthy flavors, big malts...a nice smooth scotch ale from sprecher. try it alongside the bourbon aged version

mouthfeel: great - super creamy and smooth

drinkability: good

dirtylou, May 17, 2008
Photo of rmolledo
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Nice dark Red/Brown with a nice retentive head.

S: Peaty, Malty, Roasted Malts, Caramel Notes. No Hop Aroma

T: On the more smokey side of the style. Nice Kettle Caramelization but perhaps a little too sweet for my tastes. Low to Moderate flavor Hops.

MF: Moderately Carbonated. Slight Alcohol burn.

D: Not a bad scottish ale. A little on the smokey side but that adds character and identity to this beer. I would only drink just one of these in a night so my drinkability rating isn't that hight. I wouldn't be opposed to having this again in the future.

rmolledo, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's an attractive pour with its mahogany brown, caramel color. Fairly clear, but still relatively opaque. The head is two and a half fingers thick, foamy-looking and slightly off-white. Good retention with minimal lacing.

Smell was disappointing because there just wasn't anything. I practically put my nose in the foam and couldn't get anything. The only thing that ALMOST registered was caramel malt. Even with the beer warming a bit, there's nothing.

I don't care much for the style but the combination of malts and reasonably high ABV gave it a slight smoke taste that worked for me. There is a kind of spirity taste to it that also worked, even though I don't drink spirits. As it warms, a caramelly taste emerges.

It's a bit creamy at the start, with a little sweetness mixed in. Toward the back of the sip there's a nice mixture of savory hops and a bit of heat and smokey feel from the alcohol. The savory lasts well into the finish because there's only limited bitter.

Overall this was pretty good. It went down easy and has a nice kick of alcohol.

RickS95, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors in Maple Grove. Poured a red-brown with a short head. The flavor, straight out of my fridge is a rubbery smoked malt, but it smooths out as the beer warms up. The flavor has a slightly meaty roasted caramel taste to it, with a bit of candy sugar sweetness. The aroma also has a bit of apple to it, and the body is reasonably drinkable. This is a nice beer, though, worth a try if you like smoked beers.

tempest, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I think I got this from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours a murky chestnut with a sliver of tan head. So-so lacing & average head retention

S: Caramel, brown sugar & apricots, fades as it warms

T: Toffee, dryness & a touch of band aids??? up front. Smokeyness comes through as this warms, plus dryness plus some peach & apricot, & a touch of burnt caramel. Finishes slightly fruitty & smokey with more annoying dryness; on the verge of cloying

MF: Kind of thin for the style, prickly carbonation

Drinks okay, I expected a helluva lot more from Sprecher. This is just just so-so for a style I truly love

russpowell, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Infamous7100
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a great looking copper/caramel/burnt orange. Surprising, very little head and very little lacing. Nice color, but lacks the other aesthetics.
S: Extremely malty with some big time roasted notes. Simply stated, sweet and semi-smoky. Hints of caramel do lend some support to the smokiness, but malt wins the day here.
T: Whereas malt wins the day on the nose, in my opinion, the roasted and smoked flavors win on the tongue. Starts sweet, but towards the middle to back, the earthy/smoky flavors start to dominate. The domination continues through the finish and I am left dull sweetness and campfire like flavor. The 8% alcohol is hidden well by the semi-sweet smoke.
M: Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. I like the creaminess of the brew. Toward the back, there is a slight boozy burn that was somewhat of a surprise as the taste masked the booze well. Closes with a long lasting, smoky hang.
O: Being this is a scotch style ale, I think it fits the style well. The earthy, malty and smoky flavors associated with Scotch Ales and Wee Heavys' are ever-present, but perhaps a bit skewed too much in that direction. It could use a tad more balance of sweetness, perhaps some chocolate notes or dark fruit. Not bad, but not me. A lot of rauchbier characteristics.

Infamous7100, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of safhundos
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

safhundos, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz brown bottle into a Shaker ping glass. Label is different than the one currently on BA. It displays a picture of a piper with a close up of a tartan. Name of the beer is below in a distinctly medieval style font. Description say "This hearty red-brown ale has a slight, smokey aroma complexed with caramel and lightly toasted malt." No clear freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3/4 finger of light tan head. This settles quickly to an incomplete coating of foam. The beer itself is a perfectly clear deep mahogany.

Smell: Sharp, coppery aromas of caramel malt.

Taste: Unbelievably rich flavor of caramel; extremely candy-like. Smokey bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: Sprecher makes it to my area, but not a lot of variety. Glad I was able to try this one. A little too smoky for my tastes.

beveritt, Jun 20, 2010
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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.