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Piper Down Scottish Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Piper Down Scottish Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Floydster on 10-29-2008

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2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Oakquinox

A: The pour is a dark amber color with about a finger of off-white/tan head.

S: A nice bourbon and vanilla aroma with a fair amount of oak. There is definitely some booziness and as it warms up, there is an increasingly noticeable acetone smell. Blah.

T: Strangely fruity, and a bit overcarbonated. Vanilla, oak, and a touch of bourbon. The same harshness and paint thinner thing is going on here.

M: Medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: I haven't had very good luck with Ballast Point's barrel aged beers. Add this one to that list.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mroberts1204
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber in color. Served in a pint glass with a 1/2 inch head that subsided to a beige ring of foam around the glass.
Smell: Subdued. Light notes of caramel, toffee, bread, toasted coconut. More mellow than expected.
Taste: Smooth caramel and toffee flavors dominate this beer. A little bread and maybe a hint of smoke in the background.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation may be a bit too high but this beer has enough body to compensate.
Drinkability: Well I could probably drink a growler of this to myself before I passed out. Amazingly drinkable.

This is good stuff but last years batch was better. The barrel is present but not enough for my taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stone Bistro 9/25
The beer pours a murky brown with a orange tint, it has a bubbly off white heade that fades quick. The nose is very bourbon forward with oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee. This beer had the strangest effect of losing complexity as it warmed, normally its the other way around. I far more enjoyed the first couple swigs then the dulled down flavors as it warmed. There was bourbon, caramel, cherry and vanilla. The mouthfeel was thinner then most scotch ale's and left a little more to be desired. Loved the forward bourbon notes on this beer but could use a thicker feel.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear brown/dark amber color with a small yet tight egg-shell colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of bourbon and vanilla as well as some oak. The barrel aroma is strong enough to cover up any other notes from the beer.

The taste is sweet from the bourbon flavor. The bourbon hits first, not boozy but flavorful. There seems to be some cola notes with hints of brown sugar and a toasted malt. Some caramel sweetness as well. The malt doesn't really come through but I'm not certain that a Scottish ale would be able to overcome the flavor from bourbon aging. Perhaps a Scotch ale would have been a better choice to bourbon age. Tastes like a watered down bourbon and coke.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. The beer sits sweet on the palate but it is no where near sticky or syrupy.

Drinks very easy. I don't know the ABV but it is nowhere to be found. Pretty much a bourbon spritzer, wish it would have a more malty presence.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap in Philly, goblet style.

A- Very dark brown shoe polish tint with nothing on the surface. Some swirls did not bring anything up, no stick.

S- A nice mix of caramel, some barrel scent, not very woody, hardly any bourbon, nuts and some roast.

T- A nice sessionable scottish ale, the only thing holding this back is the feel. Tastes of caramel/toffee without being cloying, some sugar, some wood, I don't really taste the bourbon, naw.

M- Could use some life here, this one was dead on arrival and throughout, very detracting. Medium build with no pulse.

D- A very enjoyable beer that is true to style with a american BA addition, maybe next time some spark comes out boost this one up.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10oz pour on-tap

A – Very dark ruby-red in the glass. Head is thin and disappears quickly. Almost stout looking.

S – Strong notes here, molasses, dark brown sugar, raisin, plum, light oak and licorice notes. Complex.

T – Wow sweetness here, and bitterness. Raisin notes abound, caramel and dark brown sugar notes come through too. Bourbon notes are rather subdued.

M – Thick, very rich beer, the 10oz was almost more than enough of a pour.

O – Quite the brew for sure, I am not a fan of this style, but this one had a tremendous depth of complexities, very nice.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and some slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and woody finish after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and drinkable.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured a deep red-orange with a one finger off-white that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wood, and peat. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, wood, peat, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavors on this one were very muted and not very robust, but the flavors that were present were very well balanced and enjoyable. This made this one very smooth and easy drinking. Good brew for the style, but could have been better had the flavors been a little more robust. Definitely glad I got to try this one!

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3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to get to enjoy a few pints of this one at the Lazy Boy in White Plains, NY.

Pours typical Scottish Ale, medium amber, lither tan head, moderate in size, tiny bubble, then leaves a thin wisp or two of fine lacing.

Malted up nose, with some maple, vanilla and light smoke

Tasty Scotty, smooth malts, , mellow caramel/maple, vanilla again, and mild dark toast/roast.

Well done malty brew, by folks know for the otherside of the malty/hoppy spectrum

Serving type: on-tap

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Piper Down Scottish Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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