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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale - Sprecher Brewing Company

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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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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
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Herky21

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-13-2013 14:12:46 | More by Herky21
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-13-2013 06:27:41 | More by Zachtheporter
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-clear, medium brown color with only 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 some decent smoke flavor to it. The texture is thinner but it is balanced out by the rich flavor of the ingredients. Certainly very unique for a so-called Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 06:05:17 | More by Lemke10
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rdtac

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

03-12-2013 04:05:03 | More by rdtac
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RickS95

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 03:45:40 | More by RickS95
Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.