Pipers Scotch-Style Ale | Sprecher Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
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234 Ratings
Pipers Scotch-Style AlePipers Scotch-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.27%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold Medal Winner in the Strong Scotch Ale category at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Added by battlekow on 08-14-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
234
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
17.73%
 
 
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8
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16
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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of PopnLoads
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of shurstrike
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown with a very strong haze. Head pours around 3 fingers and has good retention. For some odd reason, it looks very thick or dense.

Smell - Butterscotch, Floral Hops, Rum, Caramel, Scotch and Malts. The sweetness can best be described as a Lighter Sweetness; lighter as in more sugary than say malty.

Taste - Scotch, Caramel, Butterrum, Oak, and Barley. Very robust and malty flavor; I was taken completely by surprise as to how flavorful this was going to be. Slight booziness to the flavor, but I'll let it slide. With that said, this is more of a sipper than anything else.

Mouthfeel - My earlier suspicions that this had a thicker body are proven to be true. Carbonation is mild so the body has a nice creamy feel to it.

Overall - The flavor is excellent and the creamy feel of it makes it a pleasure to drink. I've always had Sprecher's Craft Sodas before and am a regular buyer of Puma Kola (Best Soda Ever!), so it's awesome to see their beers are shaping up to be as good as their sodas.

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Photo of RobinLee
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of grumpygerman
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of JackieTH
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a sampler flight of 5-ouncers at Sprecher's in Wisconsin Dells. Coppery colored liquid with a thin head that didn't leave any lacing. Nose was faint, roasted malt and slight toffee elements so far as I could discern. Taste similarly was fairly lacking across the board. Malt elements were roasty, caramel, toffee, slightly sweet. Not much else, and the mouthfeel was too thin for the style. No complexity. I found this wee heavy to be totally average, fairly bland, in most in every way.

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Photo of thegrifter
3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of rocklibster
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Will_Turner
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of wakajawaka76
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- medium to dark brown with a fingers width head which stays for a little while.

Smell-earthy and smoky with some alcohol present

Taste-Smoky and not very sweet with less alcohol present in the taste. enjoyable

Mouthfeel- seems rather light for this style of beer.

Overall- A decent Scotch Ale but does not stand out and lacks the depth of other Scotch Ales I have tried.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Clear mahogany-tinted amber with a fizzy single finger of sand colored head that stays for about a minute and a half, no lacing left behind.

S,T. Tobacco smoke and milk chocolate over a mildly roasted malt aroma in the nose, medium-light peat smoke and caramel nougat with a dash of milk chocolate in the front of the sip that partially bitters up with a light ash astringency towards the end of the sip.

M. Medium body and low carbonation levels. Could stand a boost in heft to support the flavor profile.

This scotch ale focuses a bit too much on the smokiness aspect of scotch ales to the detriment of the malt sweetness aspects.

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Pipers Scotch-Style Ale from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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