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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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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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1/5  rDev -71.7%

12-24-2011 02:17:03 | More by spoonhawk
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1/5  rDev -71.7%

04-06-2014 00:01:32 | More by Jonker1
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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

06-21-2013 22:45:25 | More by Bungo
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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

You better be a fan of Scotch ales and big brews to attempt this one. Super heavy mouthfeel, very sweet tasting. Heavy syrup feel, alcohol bite, just plain hard to swallow. Any good roasty maltiness is overpowered by the sweet taste and syrupy texture. I couldn't even choke down one bottle.

06-24-2008 15:11:15 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of Buebie


1.65/5  rDev -53.3%

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a tulip. 2 finger fluffy white head. Redish brown in color that really glows when held to light.
Spiderweb like lace.

Aroma is quit the malt bomb. hints of rose pedals, honey and brown sugar, some oaky woody aroma. Overal light in aroma with just the faintest of these items listed.

Thin watery mouthfeel with some carbonation.
I never thought I'd say this, but this beer tastes funny.
Its like a weird misture of liquid smoke and flat rootbeer. Tastes like no other beer I've ever had and by no means is it good. Is there glue in this? I've never tasted sweaty balls, but this is what I'd imagine they taste like.

Yuck. Drainpour.

01-10-2009 21:11:31 | More by Buebie
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

01-06-2013 03:32:38 | More by olafphysics
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2.2/5  rDev -37.7%

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.

01-11-2014 00:16:41 | More by Karl46
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

07-28-2013 17:29:11 | More by westcott
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

04-06-2014 22:05:32 | More by Lukebell15
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

03-15-2013 01:12:15 | More by khargro2
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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

10-21-2013 00:45:46 | More by MonkeyStain
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2.44/5  rDev -30.9%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 6 pack at me local cornerstore and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. Reviewed as a Scotch ale because it clearly identifies as such. 8.3% ABV per the label.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

It's clearly a twist-off cap, but I needed to use an opener. Either I have panzy grip strength or it was capped impractically tight (or both).

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a four finger wide head of light khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Fluffy. Okay frothiness. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. Not too shabby for an 8.3% beer. Inconsistent messy lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent/transparent amber-copper of below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

A bit light in colour for a wee heavy. It's not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Brown malts, biscuit malt, tobacco, molasses, toffee, amber malts, peat, smoked malt, caramel, Vienna malts, English malts, and a hint of taffy. Sticky. Plenty of residual sugars lend it an aromatic sweetness. Any hop presence is minimal and generic. I don't detect any yeast character or alcohol. The smokiness was unexpected. An inoffensive aroma of above average strength.

It's not particularly appealing for the style.

T: Nowhere near as complex or subtle as it needs to be to compete with the best beers in the style. I get a generally cohesive but certainly not gestalt build of biscuit malt, English malts, toffee, brown malts, caramel/caramalts, Vienna malt, chocolate malt, and smoked malt. Also some molasses and tobacco - neither of which is welcome here; those are tough notes to really pull off and they're not well incorporated here. Heavy sassafras. It's not so much imbalanced as it is loosely put together; it's not a carefully considered flavour profile by any means. The smoked malt comes off limp, making it feel like a cross between a mediocre wee heavy and a weak rauchbier. The peat surfaces mainly in the third act and isn't integrated well at all. A fairly messy brew across the board.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol comes through.

Very shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some unnatural peat-derived coarseness and dryness in the third act. A bit too heavy on the palate for the lack of diversity/fullness of flavour. Thin and weak. Undercarbonated Lacks a good full body or assertive bold texture. Subpar presence on the palate; it's not approachable or pleasant. Sticky. Syrupy. Doesn't suit the style or the flavour profile well. Poor execution overall.

I could easily see this turning to cardboard with age. Oxidation would ruin this.

Dr: Tough to down given its low quality. I'm not sure what Sprecher was going for with this one, but in spite of the inclusion of elements that sound good on paper (peat, tobacco, toffee, smoked malt) it falls flat. I'd caution friends against buying this one. Poor show from Sprecher. This is the worst wee heavy I've had in recent memory. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, and finishing the 6 pack might prove a chore.

If you're looking for true style paragons, go for Oskar Blues' Old Chub or Founders' Backwoods Bastard.


Not recommended for aging.

10-08-2013 02:08:17 | More by kojevergas
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

07-24-2012 01:00:30 | More by Joefisherman
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

03-18-2014 18:12:59 | More by Hopscat
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.58/5  rDev -26.9%

Fat brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it is an average pour and easily managed. Khaki head sits atop a light brown body. Looks sturdy. Sticky ring lace.

Caramel to the hilt. If you don't like caramel I'd avoid this brew as its kinda sticky and sweet with a built in candied presence. Liquify a caramel nugget and add some carbonation and you have this beer with some dark fruits around the edges.

Notes: Not my cup of tea....litteraly. Its like a sweet tea with a thick body. It seems like its brewed very well and achieved their goal as its not astringent or off but its one of those "not for me" beers although I have liked brews from this style.

02-18-2008 05:43:15 | More by DogFood11
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2.6/5  rDev -26.3%

$5.99 for a cobalt blue, 1 liter swing-top bottle with graphics painted in gold on the glass. Picked up at Julio's in Westborough. While supplies last, they got a good deal.

Body was a nice clear reddish amber, with almost no head. What little there was disappeared, and there wasn't even a ring on the rim.

Aroma was quite nice. Sweet, estery brandy, earthy. honey, dark fruits, and a little bit musty. This was a malt bomb.

Taste - caramel malts, very sweet, a little bitter, hints of smokiness. Nowhere near as much as I have read about. It would have been welcome.

Mouthfeel - somewhat thin and flat. Not overly objectionable, but below average for the style.

Drinkability gets a hit. I am going to finish this bottle, I am not going to pour it down the drain, but I will have to down it in long swallows. Reminds me of Olde Burnside Father Christmas Highland Ale. Great bottle, and that suckered me in.

Maybe I should drink it through my nose? :-P

04-04-2009 01:44:41 | More by connecticutpoet
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2.7/5  rDev -23.5%

Poured from 1 L bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark murky caramel brown. Very thin tan head.
S: Malt and smoke notes...hint of bitterness too which is a little off-putting.
T: Bitter caramel malt and strong smoke comes through after a few sips. Certainly not the best tasting scotch ale around.
M: Average. Light-medium body.
D: Honestly, a disappointment. I like Sprecher, but this one was a miss. Pissed at myself for buying the over-priced 1 L bottle.

02-13-2009 04:13:54 | More by mwilbur
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2.7/5  rDev -23.5%

This pours a medium brown color with a slight head. The scent is sweet and I’m also picking up hints of smokiness as well. The taste is sweet, malty, and also has a strong smoke flavor to it. The texture is thin, but it is balanced. I'm just not a big fan of the smokiness. I hated shiner smokehouse. I don't hate this but it will not be in my glass ever again.

04-28-2013 20:13:03 | More by BaronVonBeauregard
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2.71/5  rDev -23.2%

06-16-2013 21:46:30 | More by DemoniChris
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2.73/5  rDev -22.7%

From notes, aged 1yr.

Brownish color with big bubbly head. The nose is malty some tobacco smell in there as well. Good flavor very malty with a dry end. Ok slightly below average, there are a lot better scotch ales out there. Maybe this on is better fresh.

11-18-2008 03:35:42 | More by beckje01
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

09-11-2012 23:35:15 | More by grumpygerman
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

12-24-2013 04:30:58 | More by wiscokid920
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

12-24-2012 23:13:18 | More by PopnLoads
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2.83/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

10-26-2009 19:32:08 | More by blackearth
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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
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