Bagpiper's Scotch Ale - Allentown Brew Works
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4.93/5 rDev +32.5%
Poured into a Belgian Ale Strainer
A: Beautiful rich mahogany. Wonderful barely-transparent color.
A: great pour, wonderful head that dissipates in a few moments.
S: Delicious. You can pick out the strong caramel notes and sweetness from the Scotch
M: Thick but not too thick. Not oily or excessively carbonated
This is a fantastic beer. It's both delicious and drinkable (although be careful because these hit like William Wallace's claymore). It's everything I love about good scotch and great beer. You can taste the sweet caramel taste of the scotch along with the subtle bite of the hops creating a smooth, sweet, but subtle beer that surprises you with another undertone with every sip.
01-16-2012 02:45:35 | More by nofalltoofar
4.04/5 rDev +8.6%
Got a bomber of this for $6.40 from the house of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass
A - Quite an explosion of carbonation a very bubbly full inch of opaque colored head atop of a very dark mahogany brown. Great lacing.
S - Loaded with molasses, chocolate malts, mild peat, some piney hops, and Toast bread. I am even picking up some caramel sweet action from the malts.
T - Wow I never had such a pronounced yet balanced earthy hop profile. It lifts the flavors of brown sugar malts, a touch of peat, some molasses, bread pudding, and a touch of toasted bread to a tasty nirvana.
M - Quite possibly the smoothest scotch ale I had in a while, even though while bubbly it greatly masks the ABV which is pretty big,
Overall a treat at around 6 bucks tax included. I believe I liked this better than their stout.
07-01-2013 02:13:38 | More by DrDemento456
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy russet color with a large head that left quite a few strands of lacing behind
Smell: Caramel, toasted bread and figs
Taste: Caramel and figs, up front, with the toasted bread adding another dimension; some earthy hop elements add balance at mid-palate, but the finish drives home the sweeter flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: A very drinkable version of the style; I like the balance that keeps its sweetness from becoming cloying though I would prefer to see some peaty complexity that, to me, really separates the top notch examples of the style
05-25-2012 00:23:01 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):
With a little fizzle from a big head, this Scotch Ale is nearly pitch black with an edge of garnet. A massive malt nose, sweetness and overtones of toasted bread meet a light, spicy note from the alcohol. The fullish slick body is smooth enough. The malt character peels back complex layers; toasted bread, treacle, dried grass and fresh bis- cuits. Light hopping is where it should be. This Scotch Ale packs an interesting alcohol warmth and vague spicing. The long malt finish is on the dry side with some of that spice as well. This brew is a real beaut and a great malt fix.
01-11-2011 03:21:34 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +7.5%
I poured from a bomber into 2 snifters, deep amber pour, moderate head. The aroma was fruity, medicianal, hints of booze and caramel. The caramel and figs are prominant, hints of peat and booze, finishes with a lingering dark fruit sweeetness. The body is full, nice carbonation, easy drinking for a wee heavy. I split this with my neighbor and we both found this to be very enjoyable.
09-11-2011 16:21:01 | More by bonkers
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
The beer came with very little head that dissipated quickly. Color was brown with a slight orange hue. The nose was definitely malty with some caramel notes. Very full-bodied malt flavor that lacks the cidery alcohol burn of many beers of this style (that's a plus from my perspective). I could drink too many of these considering the ABV.
09-27-2011 03:18:30 | More by 57md
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
appearance; very dark brown, yet clear. Light tan head, good retention but little lacing.
smell; upfront molasses malt but soon turns to a roasted barley scent. Smells a lot like hard pretzels, very grainy, with grassy aromas. Maybe some cedar smoke but I need to drink more to say that for sure.
taste; bitter with a molasses taste but not really sweet. High quality licorice comes to mind. Bitter hops in the finish that are slightly sweetened by a pleasant warm alcohol.
mouthfeel; heavy body but not chewy, so on the lighter end of it. Slick to swallow, leaving a sticky mouthfeel. The slightest bit of warm alcohol burn is present.
drinkability; most important it taste good and goes down smooth. The aftertaste and mouthfeel is a little annoying but does not ruin the beer by any means. The alcohol is somewhat well hidden but one bomber is enough for a single sitting.
01-26-2011 04:33:28 | More by Sachsenfreude
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured into thistle glass; deep hazy brown/red with a moderate fizzy tan head that fades slowly into a dense cap of foam that leaves slippery chunky lacing as it slides down.
Smell is sweet; toasted grain, caramel, some sweeter dark fruit (figs?), booziness comes with a scotch-like flair. Also a hint of sourness from some hidden earthy hops.
Taste is caramel malt, toasted dark bread, boozy dark fruit, some sweetness that is quickly attenuated by very lightly bitter earthy hops. Very malt-forward, delicious.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, slick and wet, not cloying.
Overall, this is a great and drinkable scotch ale. I think I'd prefer it to be a little stronger, even at the cost of being a bit boozy; it seems appropriate for a "wee heavy." Still, this one's a great example of the style.
09-13-2013 04:03:49 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
Thanks to Michael for sending me this one as an extra.
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head.
S: A nice sweet nose with plenty of caramel and toffee notes. A light spice note as well as some dark fruit such as raisins, figs, and plums.
T: The sweetness follows through to the flavor. Great caramel, brown sugar, and toffee on the malty/sugar side of things. Some light citrus notes, a touch of peat, and minimal spice notes.
M: The body is medium with a lively but moderate carbonation.
D: Pretty nice beer from a brewery I never would have ever heard of otherwise. I'm not always the hugest Scotch Ale guy, but this was enjoyable.
09-19-2010 04:53:30 | More by womencantsail
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Consumed at recommended temp. of 50F.
A: A loud pop from the uncorking reassured of its carbonation factor. A foamy monster was born, sand colored, as the head dominated and occupied near full capacity of the glass upon first pour. The head slowly retreated, squatting on top of a toasted ruby-brown coloring. Carbonation was medium, barely visible, but showed glimpses of macro-bubbles that were well spaced and moderately paced. Some sloppy patchwork was left for a lacing.
S: Dry caramelized malts combine with notes of nutmeg sprinkled applesauce from the yeast. A medium strong delivery with a bit of nuttiness (almonds) is also detected with no signs thus far of the 8.5%abv.
T: A rich full maltiness lays heavily and is first detected on the tongue indicating a lower fermentation that gives this a residual laced body. Dry caramelized grains meets peat and a light offering of wet coffee grounds to deliver an earthy, and moist, as well malty experience. The alcohol offers some spicy tones as well of scotch soaked apples and cinnamon. The finish rounds out with dry scotch and caramelized grains along with coffee and a big residual silty lacing. Overall per style it definitely delivered malt wise, had a dry sweetness of grains and leaned towards the higher end of the spectrum alcohol wise.
M: A bubbly feel with some creaminess, but overall much lighter then expected with a dry caramelized grain and scotchy warmth. An appreciable sility coating ensures on the swallow.
D: While the alcohol was tame on the nose it did figure quite prominently in the flavor. A robust malting, moderatly high abv will limit this as a session, but think with its malty content and abv you probably wont be venturing much more beyond the typical bomber serving. Moderate drinkability but no less found this enjoyable due to its full maltiness and warmth and alcohol tones.
06-17-2010 22:40:49 | More by beerthulhu
3.83/5 rDev +3%
This brew pours a very dark amber color with a nice tight compact 1-2 finger head. It has a brilliant glowing character and is only a little clear.
Nose of caramel malts, dark sugars, a bit of dark fruit(raisin) and an earthy cocoa hint, but not chocalatey.
Smooth and refined maltiness, this one has a fair amount of bitterness up front as well as a little lingering in the finish. Not enough to get that much in the way of the malt of coarse.
Not Bethlehem's best, but a worthy addition to the finest of Breweries.
12-26-2010 17:37:59 | More by cooch69
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
750 ml bottle popped quite aggressively. POP!
A: Poured out with some voluminous head building. Color is a golden brown with some red tones.
S: Has a spiced apple aroma, almost has the aroma of a pumpkin beer as well. Where is the caramel and sweet malt aroma? Sweetness is on the back end, but this clove and cinnamon aroma is what makes up most of the aroma for me.
T: Taste is more characteristic of a wee heavy. Caramel notes and a deep malt profile are what make up the palate the most. I am still getting the spice notes, but they are muted enough that it's not a bother taste-wise. Alcohol is hidden well. Good burnt sugar and caramel malt flavor.
M: A bit thin and highly carbonated. Was expecting a heavier body with lower carbonation.
D: Easy drinking wee heavy for sure, just a little bit off style. Good beer nonetheless, interesting flavors going on here.
09-05-2010 20:00:06 | More by kiddynamite920
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
Before I even come to the traditional thanks, Allentown, WTF? Went to pop the cork & what began as a 30 second pop-and-pour turned into a 15 minute struggle. First the cork broke off. Get cork extractor. Goes right through, succeeds only in pulverizing cork & getting cork-bits everywhere. Spend more time wheedling the crippled cork out. Finally, grudgingly, it comes. More picking cork bits out of the two glasses. Grumble, grumble. Get a new cork provider - now! This crap sucks.
Anyways, thanks to unclejedi & stormking47 for these bottles, the first vanished in a wintertime tasting. This is the survivor.
Post-nonsense, this brew pours like liquid clay, a sluggish, dark red. Smell is purebred caramel malts.
Bagpiper's Scotch Ale pleases the palate. Loads of caramel dominate, almost to the exclusion of anything else. Nuts, brown sugar might be teased out if one used one's imagination. But this is a caramel sledgehammer. Luckily, I like caramel. Smoothly lovely.
Ultimately, this is a good beer without a lot of depth but hey, I like wading pools, too. But that f-ing cork...
06-22-2011 02:41:02 | More by maximum12
Bagpiper's Scotch Ale from Allentown Brew Works
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