11 Pipers Piping
The Bruery

11 Pipers Piping11 Pipers Piping
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From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV:
11%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 6.8%
Ratings:
84
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 26, 2021
Added:
Sep 13, 2018
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  5
SCORE
91
Outstanding
11 Pipers Piping11 Pipers Piping
Notes: Scotch-style ale with candi sugar and coriander.
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4.06 by Budlum from Maryland on Dec 26, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

750ml bottle from Jeremy. Deep, dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is earthy, peat, fruitcake. Taste comes with some winter spice on top of the earthy, fruitcake with a nice boozy feel

Nov 10, 2021
 
4.1 by RMW66 from Australia on Nov 04, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by HattedClassic from Virginia

The beer pours a creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates. The beer itself is an opaque dark mahogany brown note with a hefty texture to it.

The smell is good. It has a strong caramel and toffee note mixed with a hint of a sweet dark fruit note. The candi sugar note is there but it gets consumed in the heavier and more powerful malt notes while the coriander is barely there.

The taste is the same as the smell but the candi sugar comes out more while the coriander lingers in the finish. There is a slightly boozy note to it as well.

The feel is good. It has a heavy body but feels slightly thin compared to others of the same style. There is very little carbonation to it.

Overall, a delicious and heavy beer to enjoy in the cold evenings of winter during the 11th day of Christmas in January.

Jan 06, 2021
 
4.17 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mschrei from Illinois

Great version of the style. Dark fruit is the first thing that comes to mind, plenty of brown sugar and caramel presence as well. Boozy, tangy, big, bold. Pretty darn good, and nice to have on an early January evening.

Jan 05, 2021
 
4.25 by Stengelfoot from California on Jan 05, 2021
 
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 03, 2021
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3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey

**
12/27/20

Bottle to snifter. Seahawks share.

medium brown with sediment, healthy frothy beige head.
rum, cherry, spice, leather, pine.
caramel, fig, plum, pine.
solid carbonation, especially for a medium-to-full bodied ale.

lots of flavor, but a little all over the place for a 2-year old scotch ale.


**

Dec 30, 2020
 
4.17 by brocktune from Virginia on Dec 27, 2020
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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours brown in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has great retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- caramel and toffee aromas up front with notes of brown sugar, fruitcake, maple, Candi sugars, a hint of citrusy coriander

T- ready and sweet malt up front is followed by bold notes of caramel and toffee. Mid-palate gives some raisin and fig flavors as well as some fruit cake. The finish gives a light coriander note, with more caramel and the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- classic caramel/toffee notes with a warming finish

Dec 21, 2020
 
4.24 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Sep 05, 2020
 
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on May 23, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with a good amount of cream head. Really unique nose - some nice chewing tobacco notes combined with coriander and molasses. The plum and raisins sneak in for a visit. The taste is fantastic. Definitely some sweetness, but not the caramel sweetness of big bourbon barrel-aged beers. This is the candi sweetness. Definitely a good amount of smoke, some coffee grinds, and a bit of soy sauce. The scotch provides a nice oak bitterness. You should probably like scotch before dipping into this one. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Very nice beer!

May 22, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/10/18, had 4/2/20.

Pours a dark, brownish, ruby red, mostly opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and foamy lacing. Aromas of caramel, malt, dates, coriander, other spices, some cherries and plums, some figs, light cola, some chocolate, light smoke. The flavor is more focused- caramel, malt, coriander, other spices, dates, figs, chocolate, some plums. Smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

Great example of the style and the coriander is a positive addition without being excessive. Much better than expected. Very enjoyable.

Apr 15, 2020
 
4.25 by drstalker from Illinois on Apr 11, 2020
 
4.19 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts on Mar 07, 2020
 
4.02 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Mar 05, 2020
 
4.29 by Avitra from Switzerland on Feb 06, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brycemc from California

L: Very dark, but not completely opaque. Not as dark as some scotch styles for sure.

S: Spices. Dark bread. Kind of a raisin bread thing going on here. Almost fruitcakey.

T: Damn, this is good. Spice cake, cocoa notes, burnt sugars/caramel. Finish is long and full of cocoa and spice.

F: Good medium heavy body, definitely an elegant feel for a scotch style. Finish on the dry side, but pleasantly so.

O: Love this one, one of my favs from the series this year.

Feb 01, 2020
 
4.25 by Grinky from Illinois on Jan 30, 2020
 
4.39 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jan 02, 2020
 
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2020
 
4.21 by Beer21 from Florida on Dec 31, 2019
 
4.25 by ajdemma from New York on Dec 28, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark amber to brown color with medium bubbles to the body with tan tinted white head rising about one full finger's length off the body.

Smell: bland aroma of whiskey and wood with notes of warm caramel. Light though.

Taste: sweet complex brew consisting of caramel with light whiskey and heavy malts. Lightly bitter with an extra sprinkle of brown sugar. Touch sweet but bitterness offsets it.

Mouth: Smooth bready finish which makes you think of the and smother of maple infused butter. It's sticky but needs just a touch more body.

Overall: held this one for a year, merry Christmas everyone. Well worth it, not going to wow you...unless you're new to this. Worth grabbing if you are ever so lucky. Salud!

Dec 26, 2019
 
4.29 by johnInLA from California on Dec 26, 2019
 
4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida on Dec 25, 2019
 
4.21 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia on Dec 22, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by orcrist_cleaver from New York

A: Stormy and dark. Rich chestnut roasting in the waning embers of a fire. Appears to pour clear form the btl, but its soul is dark. Coffee ice cream colored head, thick and puffy, and then whispy and dotted with a solid ring around the rim.

S: Red fleshed, clingstone plum...very vibrant with a slight astringency. Light brown sugar. Brown bread and cinnamon rolls. Peat and floral cardamom. It's been sitting a year, the zap the coriander seems lost.

M: Heavy-med body with a chewy, approachable feel and light dryness.

T: Warm, orange spiced cream on a raisiny-brown sugar dough; the missing coriander on the nose adds a nice citrus and cordiality to the flavor. Faint smoke and toasted coriander seed. The toast on it comes across quite astringent at times. It suffers in overall decadence with this brazen bitterness. Orange-clove, spiced winterberries afloat deeper notes of toffee, cocoa, and dates.

Dec 20, 2019
 
3.67 by UCLABrewN84 from California on Aug 31, 2019
 
4.32 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Jul 05, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mwilbur from Minnesota

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark caramel brown with 1-2 inch bubbly tan head with decent retention.
S: Sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, soft and floral herbal notes (hints of mint and coriander), soft cinnamon and raisin.
T: Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar with candi sugar quickly followed by the herbal notes (mint, coriander, and cinnamon), then shifts toward bready yeast and dark dried fruit.
M: Medium heavy body. Sweet with a slightly oily feel. Lingers and matures nicely on the palate.
D: An interesting take on style with the herbal coriander addition. Not the best in the series, but still quite solid.

Jun 13, 2019
 
4.03 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on May 19, 2019
 
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on May 17, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MisterTK from Illinois

Sweet, semi-thick, tasty and boozy. Would definitely buy again. Can't drink it all night long- it's a little TOO thick/sweet for that. But a bottle is perfect dosage. Recommended for sure

Apr 24, 2019
 
3.98 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Apr 20, 2019
 
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Mar 04, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CaptainHate from Ohio

This is pretty much what I'd expect a Bruery Wee Heavy to be like. It looks great and has a characteristic sweetness to it but God knows why they added coriander to it because that does NOTHING for me. Too bad, it could've been a contender.

Mar 03, 2019
 
4.24 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Feb 24, 2019
11 Pipers Piping from The Bruery
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