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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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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
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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BMMillsy

Florida

3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month club bottle. Pours dark ruby brown with a small brownish cream colored head. Good clarity. Strong scotch aroma with lots of toffee, caramel malt, biscut, and some dark fruits. Flavor has a strong smokey peat flavor up front, some sweetness in the middle, and then some dry peat flavor on the finish. This one is a bit different from others I have had. Very peaty and earthy. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation and relatively easy drinking. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:55:03 | More by BMMillsy
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kojevergas

Texas

2.44/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

D+

Not recommended for aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 02:08:17 | More by kojevergas
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

10-05-2013 18:44:13 | More by BYOFB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.8%

10-04-2013 00:07:32 | More by ejimhof
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

10-02-2013 01:33:44 | More by Jame515
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Tiernan

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

09-18-2013 01:26:40 | More by Tiernan
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michaelsmith11

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-02-2013 21:51:55 | More by michaelsmith11
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

08-30-2013 22:18:57 | More by Texasfan549
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westcott

California

2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

07-28-2013 17:29:11 | More by westcott
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +13.6%

07-02-2013 03:30:20 | More by jdkitchi
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:02:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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billbeers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-26-2013 17:10:28 | More by billbeers
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Bungo

California

1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

06-21-2013 22:45:25 | More by Bungo
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-16-2013 21:46:30 | More by DemoniChris
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BhojanBevGuy

Georgia

3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-14-2013 00:49:18 | More by BhojanBevGuy
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superfriend

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-12-2013 02:58:51 | More by superfriend
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

06-03-2013 01:00:08 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: handsome russet. Clear. A wisp of an off white head.
Smell: smoked malt up front. Mostly dry but a bit of sweet, and malty. Interesting but to my nose the smoked malt has that band-aid thing I can't get past.
Taste: much like the nose. The smoked malt is most prominent.
Overall: this doesn't quite do it for me. Interesting use of smoked malt but it doesn't quite come together IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 23:36:10 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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eheinz

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-21-2013 01:09:30 | More by eheinz
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-17-2013 15:33:25 | More by eliz108
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-13-2013 14:32:53 | More by drummermattie02
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BaronVonBeauregard

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:13:03 | More by BaronVonBeauregard
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Infamous7100

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 19:06:00 | More by Infamous7100
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 23:03:28 | More by lordofthewiens
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khargro2

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

03-15-2013 01:12:15 | More by khargro2
Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.