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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: 203
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.18%
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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Photo of Merkur
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a nice, dark red color with a bit of white foamy head.

Beer smells very caramelly and roasty.

Beer has a nice malty taste. Also, has a very strong, smoky taste almost like a smoked beer. Very tasty.

Beer is a bit on the thin side, but very drinkable.

Very good scotch ale.

Merkur, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

TheBishopco, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -14.8%

rxthree, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spoonhawk
1/5  rDev -71.6%

spoonhawk, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is a small, beige affair. It actually has decent retention and is just barely maintaining full coverage of the cap.

The body is a very dark auburn that looks very hazy through the glass. There are just a few small slivers of copper highlights shining.

Smell- This is big on the malty smells. I get a little bit of milk chocolate, some brandy character, and toffee malt. There is a little bit of smoke too. Man it smells good.

Taste- There is a lot more of the smokiness on the palate than what was in the nose. It is prevalent all the way through to the finish.

The fruity brandy flavor is really present mid-drink and is a nice touch in this beer. I was expecting much more toffee and heavy malt, but these are really the main two flavors.

I suppose I detect some slightly bitter hop flavor in the finish, but not much. A good drink all around.

Mouth feel- This is probably the weakest part of the beer: a little watery and slightly over carbonated. This needs to be much bigger and creamier.

Overall- I really enjoy the flavors of this beer. A little more sweet and heavy malt could have carried this a long way. A bigger, creamier mouth feel would have certainly been welcome as well. I would gladly drink this one again.

Pintofbrown, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of Profane
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Profane, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of bdeast1
4/5  rDev +13.6%

bdeast1, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Soneast, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -14.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Transparent reddish brown body with a pale tan head that fades rather quickly from a quarter inch to leave a nice wispy finish at the surface that receives a consistent sustaining from below.

S - Roasty and thick caramelized malts.

T - Caramel malts with a noticeable alcohol presence.

M - Medium bodied beer with a mild carbonation feel and a smooth finish with a slight stickiness in the end. It could be a bit heavier.

~ This is certainly a drinkable beer. One I would recommend to a friend and I will enjoy the rest of this 4 pack of 16 ouncers.

cdkrenz, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of yankeej13
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to try something new and came across this so figured I would give it a shot.

A- A nice darkish red color, with little to no foam head which dissappears seconds after pour. little to no carbonation.

S- Has a nice malty smell with a tiny hint of sweetness.

T- It is actually pretty thin, has a nice malty taste, has a sweet finish as well.

M- Great drinkability, really smooth and has a great after taste.

Overall- Really good choice to try this and will def be looking forward to buying it again.

yankeej13, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little over a finger’s worth of tan to camel hair colored foam, poor retention with it swiftly fizzing down to not even a full surface covering, in turn the lacing is close to nonexistent. Dark reddish copper color with more brown than orange, no filminess but slight translucency, a few random bubble beads to be seen. The nose has a very smoky nature with peat moss, tar, metallic earth and mineral water notes, behind this wall you get caramel, vanilla, banana and butterscotch, some apple and pear fruit, the rambunctiousness of the smoke keeps it in the forefront. Full-bodied, the carbonation is average and there’s not a strong sense of movement, however, it never feels really “heavy.” This may be attributed in part to that smokiness, has a sweeter complexion with honey, mesquite, caramel notes. The peat qualities more part of the whole here, not as acrid. Still has a metallic rust ring to it, enough so to challenge the banana, peach, apricot, fig fruit flavors. Smattering of mixed citrus zest. Mouth feel gets drier as it finishes. This is a very interesting beer with some unique qualities, would show best with a cigar or a hearty meal like beef brisket.

farrago, May 01, 2011
Photo of Dmorrison
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A unique taste. It starts off mild, but slowly a strong sourness, like sharp cheddar, and a dark sweetness hit the palate. I've never had a scotch ale that tasted anything like this.

The head and carbonation disappear rapidly though, and the flavor goes flat when the bubbles do.

8oz is probably the ideal serving size, so split the 16 oz bottle with an adventurous friend.

Dmorrison, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, ruby brown color with a light tan head. Head falls to nil. Very thin lace.

Aroma is of malts with a smoked peat quality to it. Actually, smoke is what you smell the most.

Nice full malt taste with a pleasant sweetness to it. Flavor gives way to a noticeable smoke flavor. Caramel flavor in the finish.

Medium bodied in the mouth and rather biting.

Good stuff, I like it. Rarely do you find an American Scotch Ale with a smoked peat flavor.

dstc, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of rhollman
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark reddish brown hue

Smell - Peat smoke and some sweet

Taste - Hash peat smoke with caramel and some sweet

Mouth Feel - Lingering sweetness and notes of smoke

Drinkability - I have fallen in love with this beer. The first time I tasted it, I felt that it was too harsh, too bracing, too much of a shock. But now - I love it! The harshness comes from the peat smoke, but that harshness is wonderfully balanced by the caramel malt and slight sweetness that makes you want the next sip. It's the hash/sweet that makes it - Extraordinary!

rhollman, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: The beer is mostly clear with a very slight haze. the color is a burnt orange hue. The head is a half inch thick and leaves some fair lacing behind.

S: The beer smells of sweet malts, alcohol, peat, and smoke.

T: The taste is decent, with a bit more smoke than is usual. I have no complaints with this, as I prefer smokey Islay single malt scotches such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin.

M: The feel is OK, with a lingering sweetness and notes of smoke, along with an alcoholic finish.

D: A decent beer. I would drink it again, though I probably wouldn't purchase it.

Huhzubendah, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled shared by drabmuh. Thanks, Matt.

Pours a light caramel color with a single-finger of head. There are a few bits of spotty lacing here and there along with a pretty bubbly head. The nose is pretty light with a tad bit of chocolate and caramel. The taste is slightly cidery along with some caramel, peat, and toffee. The feel is quite thin and slightly astringent. This drinks well enough until the finish, which is quite off.

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a becher glass. Beer is caramel and mostly clear with a slight haze, and a tan head of medium and large bubbles, minimal lacing.

Beer has a smokey / peaty aroma, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium bodied, not carbonated in the mouth, its smoky in the late palate and mildly sweet up front. I was expecting less smoke and more caramel, I got the opposite. It is OK, but I probably wouldn't have it again.

drabmuh, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - murky copper color with serious beige head from an aggressive pour

smell - cherries, bourbon,

taste - molasses, peat, malt, bourbon

mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, ample carbonation, chalky in mouthfeel, unrefined when put up next to other representations of the style

drinkability - not as enjoyable as other scotch ales/wee heavys that I've sampled, was nice to try it out, but I won't be seeking it out again. Tough to get past that chalky mouthfeel that I've described

keithmurray, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/brown with claret highlights. One finger head with decent retention, though it does fade to lacing.

The smell is sweet - toffee or caramel - with some smokiness.

The taste is a little strange for me. There's the sweet maltiness that I expect with some balancing bitterness - maybe a tad too much, but not bad. Then there's a smokiness that comes forward and obliterates the other flavors. It's not bad, but it's overwhelming. Some alcohol noticeable as well, which almost seems to enhance the smokiness.

The mouthfeel isn't bad either, but a little more viscosity would have helped the drink feel richer. Fine carbonation.

Drinkability suffers due to the excess smoke character and too thin mouthfeel.

mariposafan, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of MNJR
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the color of iced tea, with a full, tan head that leaves thick, foamy lacing, but the head disappears quickly. Smells of slight plum, apricot -- sweetness is apparent in the nose. Overall smell is clean. Flavors of raisin bread and toffee with smokiness. The mouthfeel lowers the score, because it is a bit thick, flat and grainy on the tongue. The carbonation is there, but it gets lost in the thickness. Drinkability is not high since it has such a high ABV and I'm not enjoying the flattish rinse down my gullet. I've had many Scotch ales, and I'd say this is average for the style. It lacks the syrupy quality of some, which for me is a plus. The alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is strong and well put together, but it lacks spark and well defined character. If it were on special for $4 a pint at a Wisconsin bar, I'd buy it and enjoy it... but I'd hesitate to shell out $6 a pint for this one.

MNJR, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown color with a ruby tint. A small tan head fizzes out after a short while leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. Some but not a lot of lacing here.

S - Not as pungent as other Scotch Ales that I've had. Very faint malts with some spices that I can't identify.

T - A really complex, great taste. Up front it's the sweet malts that one would expect then subtly drifts to notes of nutmeg, chocolate and caramel with maybe a hint of cinnamon. After taste consists of a wonderful smokey finish with a slightly bitter after taste. Wow.

M - Nice and thick. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D - I've had better but I had worse. Even though the taste is incredibly good, it's incredibly complex that makes one of these beers probably enough.

LairdChisholm, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark red and brown with a tan colored head.

S: Deep caramel malts and some dark fruits, nothing out of the ordinary here. Some plum and raisin, some caramel and burnt sugar/molasses.

T: Tastes exactly like the nose. Malts are very forward here with not enough bitterness to counter. Lacked the spice most scotch ales tend to have. Needed more bite.

M: Big and thick on the palate, creamy head was a plus here.

D: A relatively easy drinking scotch ale, especially for the abv being so high. Found my way through a glass of this in no time. Didn't leave any lasting impressions though.

kiddynamite920, Jul 10, 2010
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
Photo of revolution
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - reddish brown ale with small off-white head
S - malty, slightly smoky aroma with caramel notes
T - sweet, malty, caramel apple, hint of smoke/peat, slight alchol
M - medium-full body, mild-moderate carbonation, late alcohol warmth, smooth, slightly dry finish
D - a solid, malty sweet, enjoyable ale with great flavors.

revolution, May 04, 2010
Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.