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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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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

khargro2, Mar 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Herky21, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
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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.

Lemke10, Mar 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

rdtac, Mar 12, 2013
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
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

elec, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Celtics76, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Kunstman, Mar 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - An active swirling pour yields less than a finger's worth of fizzy off white colored head with limited retention which gives way to an uneven swirled lacing and thin collar.... The color is a dull caramel brown... There are a few stray streaks of rapid paced carbonation throughout...

S - The nose of fairly subdued and understated... Peat... Light smoke... Some dark fruit... A hint of brown sugar... Some off band-aid notes was well...

T - Peat... Brown sugar... Caramel... Some light woody notes... Hints of dark fruit... The finish is dominated be a fairly assertive smokey character... That off band-aid flavor is a major detriment to enjoying this one more...

M - Medium to full bodied... Moderate carbonation... A bit thick... Somewhat sleek...

D - I'm a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy devotee and this one misses the mark by a mile for me... Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this one falls short in every category... There is are some slightly off band-aid qualities in terms of both aroma and flavor that are the primary culprits of my displeasure... Trying to keep those aside for a moment, this still an average at best representation of the style... Much of the richness and depth that I expect in the style are present, but blend together in such a way that sum of the part doesn't equal the whole... Unfortunately this is a beer that I won't recommend nor seek out, though I'd be willing to try again if I'm convinced that I had an off bottle...

philbe311, Mar 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

BrandonDZ, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

olafphysics, Jan 06, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/30/2011. Pours lightly hazy dark red amber color with a nice 1 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toast, molasses, toffee, dark bread, peat, wood, light smoke, light chocolate, scotch, floral, and earthy spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, peat, wood, bread, light smoke, floral, scotch, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, molasses, bread, peat, floral, scotch, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with some great complexity; with zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale! Nice balance and great flavor complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, very well done.

superspak, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of BrownAleMale
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap 12oz poured into a Sprecher nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Mahogany with amber hues and basically zero head that leaves no lacing. Not very impressed so far.

Smell- Very feint carmel with some peaty smokiness.

Taste- Lots of peat and an abrupt bitter finish. I have come to expect a lot more complexity in my scotch ales.

Mouthfeel- Very very watery. I am saddened with Sprechers attempt here.

Overall- A very run of the mill Scotch Ale. The smells and flavors are very feint and the beer is watery like a macro.

BrownAleMale, Dec 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

PopnLoads, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear reddish-amber with a large white head, which soon collapses to a thin layer of foam on the surface, with a thick scattering of lace that resembles an ancient bas-relief in miniature. The carbonation is fairly robust and slow-rising.

Aroma: Abundant peat vies with caramel and cocoa, and a generous note of smoke, as well as sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with robust notes of peat, which soon turn smoky. As the taste progresses, the smoke intensifies. Its not to quite the level of a rauch bier, or Liquid Smoke (tm), but its not subtle at all. There is sweet alcohol as well, and dark caramel and bitter cocoa, but they are mere accomplices to the smoky peat. Finishes with a lingering smoky, earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-done, very close to being an over-the-top example of a Wee Heavy.

Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Dec 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

shurstrike, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, let me say that the food at the Sprecher Restaurant & Brewpub in Wisconsin Dells absolutely kicks ass. The beer? Lessee. Six-ounce sampler of this brew to start out with.

Arrives with little fanfare, mild brown hooking up with mild red, low carbonation. Nose is also mild, bits of caramel, sweetness.

Pipers Scotch Ale was probably not the right beer to start out with. The caramel is rich & vibrant, & there's a gorgeous scotch-like quality to the beer, even though it's clearly not barrel-aged. Nice sweet kick in the middle, Finish is all that peaty scotch again. Lush & lovely. Six ounces? Bring the keg over, kid, just set it next to the silver Christmas tree.

A bit surprised to see the lowish score on this one, perhaps it's simply a beer one needs to have on tap. A hard-hitting linebacker of a scotch ale that sets a high marker for others: excellent.

maximum12, Dec 15, 2012
Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.