Bagpiper's Scotch Ale
Allentown Brew Works

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Allentown Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #140
Ranked #23,271
3.7 | pDev: 10.81%
May 30, 2021
Feb 08, 2009
Bagpiper's Scotch AleBagpiper's Scotch Ale
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3.59 by Fr33man from Maryland on May 30, 2021
3.5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Speartron from Maryland

Very rich, very malty, somewhat sweet.
Amber-caramel in color, like a amber ale. A slight bitterness coming across in the strong malt perhaps?
Overall very good. Could be a good session ale.

Nov 05, 2018
3.65 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2017
3.98 by rspauldi from Texas on Jun 10, 2015
3.18 by bram325 from Texas on Jan 12, 2015
3.25 by malfunxion from New York on Aug 23, 2014
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jul 03, 2014
3.5 by k_art18 from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2014
3.75 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2014
4.25 by Budinetz from Pennsylvania on Jan 20, 2014
4.25 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Nov 29, 2013
3.75 by KJ2013 from Pennsylvania on Oct 05, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 13, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a wellington glass. Picked this up at Abe's on my last visit to PA...I find it amazing how close PA is to NY and this beer I have never seen it here.

Appearance: A dark hazy amber, light bubbles on the body and an orange tinted white head that rose to almost two finger's length.

Smell: Light scotch scent, comes and goes.

Taste: Woody barrel scotch taste comes off bland. Slight dryness to it. Has a sweet toffee feel but dissipates quickly. Does taste good but leaves you high and dry.

Mouth: Light to medium carbonation, sticky feel but after taste isn't quite the best.

Overall: This beer is alright I have had much better Scotch Ales in my days. For the seven bucks not bad but I rather get a six pack of my favorite scotch ale which I'll let you figure it which one is my fave. Salud!

Jul 02, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 01, 2013
3.25 by LoveStout from New York on Jul 01, 2013
4 by dan027 from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2013
3.5 by twenty5 from Pennsylvania on May 10, 2013
4.75 by anthonypw from Pennsylvania on Apr 19, 2013
4 by Woodysbeard from Pennsylvania on Mar 09, 2013
3.75 by Tom_Gilman from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2013
3.25 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania on Jan 14, 2013
4 by crag from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2012
4 by t0rin0 from California on Aug 18, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

May 25, 2012
4 by dvanhandel from New Jersey on Jan 17, 2012
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4.92/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by nofalltoofar from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 16, 2012
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3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Malt bomb Bomber from New Jersey. Initial smokey malty was nice aroma and tasty,a spot of peat, above average mouthfeel, caramel, brown colour and lots of lace. Some hop bitterness. However unbalanced sweet. So-so drinkability. Passable for the style, which I am just Ok on the style.

Dec 28, 2011
3.5 by fester71 from Pennsylvania on Dec 19, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by tlazaroff from Virginia

A: Quite a beautiful looking beer, looks brown in the glass but when held to the light it shines a brilliant clear ruby color. Topped with a thick foamy light mocha head, and leaves a little lacing, but it doesn't matter, this beer looks great.

S: Sadly, the smell is lacking a bit. I get a little toffee on the nose, and a possible burnt sugar smell - like when you're making homemade caramel, but not much else.

T: My first thought, was "That's F***G good." It has this really smooth caramel flavor. No hops on the palate, but it does have a little bitterness. Don't let it fool you though, this is a malt-forward beer, as it should be. The flavor lingers from first sip to well though the finish. Quite a nice experience.

M: This one is full bodied and sticky-sweet. Literally, the beer sticks to your lips, it's awesome. Carbonation is on the moderate side, pretty much perfect.

D: The thing about this beer, is that the alcohol is so well hidden, it sneaks up on you really quickly. Defiantly a fine sipping beer, and I personally wouldn't have more than one in a sitting.

Oct 19, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pours a deep cherry mahogany color with a super thin caramel colored lacing ring. Very dark and very clear.

S - Toffee and roasted caramel with some smokiness. No hops, and all malts in the nose.

T - Mimics the nose with lightly roasted toffee and caramel even throughout the sip with a slight bit of smokiness. Slight pine bitterness in the finish. The flavor is lightly robust.

M - Thick medium body, sticky on the lips,

O - A solid Scotch ale with a few GABF medals to its credit. I was bummed out because I had this at the Bethlehem location and it was served from a bottle...WTF!!! No kegs?? Really???!!??

Oct 13, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by 57md from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bonkers from New Jersey

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.

Sep 11, 2011
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3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by mactrail from Washington

An orangey-red brown color in the snifter. Oddest aroma of leather and horse blankets. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. A fair amount of sweetness that seems to grow with each sip. Not sticky, but quite malty. Balanced with a tart, almost sour flavor. Seems to have a good dose of smoke with a fair charry hint. Some dry fruitiness, figs perhaps.

Quite drinkable. A bolder style of Scotch Ale but not weighed down with sweetness.

Jul 18, 2011
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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

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...

Jun 22, 2011
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3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by BeerNemesis from New York

Bagpiper's Scotch Ale | 750 ml. | 8.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Allentown Brew Works
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Glass: pint

The loud pop that erupted from the bottle upon pulling the cork guaranteed a foamy dome. Otherwise, it's dark and still.

Caramelized malts and a dull nutty aroma dominate the nose. The faintest hint of alcohol also breaks through.

It opens with roasted malts and coffee tones. Mid-sip, hops oils kick in and balance the otherwise bready characteristics. It's earthy and moist, even to the (slightly bitter) finish. Alcohol warms the aftertaste ever so slightly.

Full in body but slippery. Carbonation is less than expected but right for the style.

I am surprised by the hop presence. It really balances out the taste. However, I was personally not a fan of the malty, scotch tones and the earthy aftertaste.

Would I get it again?:
No, but it's not a bad beer.

Bottled: as usual no date...
Served: April 4, 2011

Apr 05, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

A fast fading foamy head atop a deep brown almost black colored beer. Very well carbonated.
Aromas of malts, slighty roasted I think, with sutle hints of spice.
Very malty and rich. Maybe some hints of spice, but more like candied malt. Some earthiness.
Thin mouthfeel with a spritz or dry tart finish.
An okay beer, but really not that good. i thought I was drinking a dubbel.

Feb 13, 2011
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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sachsenfreude from Germany

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.

Jan 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAdvocate from California

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.

Jan 11, 2011
Bagpiper's Scotch Ale from Allentown Brew Works
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