Dueling Pipers - Ale Industries

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Dueling PipersDueling Pipers

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very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 11-26-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of GRG1313
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another rare review for me these days since I usually now use "Hads." Reviewing since there's only 1 review, to date, and I'll throw in my two cents.

Pours super dark brown with a fast fading medium khaki head.

Nose is a mix and juxtaposition of strong esters, fresh plums, hints of Dr. Pepper and Bing cherries. Perhaps sounds better than it is but it's pleasant and "sweet." Despite all of the tones, actually smells a bit like "simple candy."

Mouthfeel is rich and "half and half" thick. Mouthfeel is very appealing but the flavor profile restrains you from really wanting more - that is until it warms up a bit and has some air, when it becomes very appealing, especially with red meat and big flavored dishes.

Flavors are big and bold but somewhat flat and lacking in any bright character. There is coffee, bitter chocolate, bitter toffee and maybe a hint of sweet. Does seem to improve as it gets some air and takes on a bit more of a "fruity" coffee/chocolate/malty tone.

Finish is initially boring and full. But, again, with a short time in the glass the finish too greatly improves to nice coffee and chocolate malty tones.

This is one definitely to enjoy at room temperature as all character is lost when cold or even very chilled. Improves greatly with air and as it warms. I choose to judge it when opened about 10 minutes, or so, and at about room temperature, and that is what my score is based on.

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy brownish red in the Saxo tall tulip. The foam, when poured, is thin but dense. Then it goes away leaving a slight prickliness in the mouthfeel. The aroma is a surprising wine-barrel whiff with a hint of acidity and damp oak.

Flavors are best described as "murky." Bitter and sweet, fruits and vegetables. Quite sweet. More of a liqueur flavor. Imagine beet-parsnip liqueur or pear cough syrup. I keep sipping very slowly on this stuff, and while it's pretty appalling, it does have a peculiar intrigue. Then there is that rangy smell of the Shiraz barrel with every sip.

Seems to be an example of "what is this stuff?" and deciding that is was strong, and had no apparent category, it must be American Strong Ale. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Photo of Original_Gravity
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been disappointed by most of the whiskey barrel aged beers I've ever had, with the exception of this one. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass. Very little carbonation, so very little head. Smell is big and boozy. Taste is very boozy and smooth, almost has a bit of a cola taste to it. I found this on a shelf at a local bottle shop, and seeing as how this is a "retired" beer, I suspect it may have been there a while. The bottle aging may have done it a great deal of good. I'll be heading over to the bottle shop to pick up the last of their stash very soon, so that I can enjoy this a few more times...

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, fruits, wood, and whiskey. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice barrel aged presence, especially the smell.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. A beautiful green cap and one of my all-time favourite labels.

A: Less than half a finger of head. Incredibly dark black and impenetrably opaque.

S: Odd. Honey? Alcohol? Fermenting fruit?

T: Meh. Boozy, grapeish, brandyish. Lightly bitter, with a noticeably spicy rye component. The high ABV and the rye whiskey barrel aging conspire to offer a stiff, abrasive drink. The finish is suspect, but dry, spicy, and tasty.

M: Underwhelming, if admirable.

O: Engaging, but ultimately doesn't make a transcendental effort. As good as a Double Rye Imperial Pale Ale aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels sounds to me, it isn't quite as I imagined it.

Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cola with deep orange and ruby highlights. Thin film of light khaki head has low lance and ok retention.

S - Caramel, nutmeg, oats, pumpernickel, light ginger and leather hide, dark Belgian candied sugar.

T - Peppery rye, cognac, vanilla, oak, caramel, soft booze, raisin, plum. Nice complexity.

M - Little syrupy with a sharp boozy bite. Medium frame.

O - A solid strong ale.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a touch of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Bourbon, vanilla, oak, rye, some caramel malts, a touch of hops, and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel malts with a bit of citrus hops and some vanilla. Through the middle, the spicy rye comes through with Whiskey and oak alongside a bit more hop character. The finish is full of Whiskey, oak, vanilla, rye, and caramel malts with some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with mild-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, spicy, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial rye flavor with the barrel aging complementing the beer nicely.

Photo of BierJager89
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: First off, the label is a thing of beauty. Deep dark opaque brown with a creamy mocha ring of head.

S: Rye barrel, malted rye, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, rum soaked raisins, molasses, citrus, peaches, lemon, citrus peel in the nose.

T: Oak, almost woody in the finish, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, rye, rye whiskey, slightly tart lemon, some orange and citrus peel.

M: Full bodied, not smooth though.

O: A bit bitter, as the hops are present in the taste, more so than expected. Quite complex. I'm not sure what they were going for here, but it's delicious.

Dueling Pipers from Ale Industries
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