11 Pipers Piping
The Bruery

11 Pipers Piping11 Pipers Piping
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV:
11%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 6.83%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
81
From:
The Bruery
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Notes: Scotch-style ale with candi sugar and coriander.
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 81 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by smithj4:
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smithj4 from New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 04, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a large, thick bottle, this brew is a dark hickory color with slight head. The aroma has intense malt notes....a hint of fruit, caramel, and coriander spice. The taste is sugary and has a little alcohol warmth. Full in body and flavorful. Wonderful.

Dec 09, 2018
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deereless from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 05, 2018
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 08, 2018
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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SonOfKyuss from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 22, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a very small, tan head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, malt, toffee and candi sugar. Boozy and sweet with roasted malt, some smokiness, peat and oak flavors.

Jan 22, 2019
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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metter98 from New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very close to appearing to be black in color—only traces of dark red are present near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short light beige head that left a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose along with hints of dark fruits.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of candi sugars and associated sweetness. The dark fruits become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice flavors of dark fruits and candi sugars but seems a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Feb 04, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 08, 2019
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g00ey from California

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14, 2019
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nrbw23 from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 07, 2018
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark burgundy. Big, small-bubble tannish head on the pour. Messy, lingering lacing.
smell: Dark fruits and sweet candi sugar. Hints of spice.
taste: Much like the nose, but the coriander is more prominent. a nice, lightly spicy finish.

Jan 26, 2019
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Beer21 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown, almost black body with minimal head and lace. Spicy, malty, boozy aroma. Spicy, boozy taste as the spice blends in with the booze for a heated sweet taste (thanks to malts) and finishes a little muddled.

Nov 18, 2018
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dec 25, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a 3/4", creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good, but not stunning, aroma of malt, spices, a sugary quality, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of a light amount of hops (barely noticeable), a good shot of sweet malt (present throughout), a somewhat boozy quality, a little coriander, a bit of caramel, and some candi sugar. This is kind of a thin flavor. All the ingredients are there for something good, but it comes off as a little thin and slightly watery. Still, it's not awful.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer, but it has likable aspects. Worth a look.

Nov 15, 2018
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scootny from New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let me say this upfront, I love Scotch ales. This is a stupendous example. Poured into a goblet. Good looking to start. Deep dark walnut brown with a light brown head. Some decent lacing and a light covering. Quite clear and in line with the style.

Nose is great. The list of aromas is long. Sweet toffee and burnt caramel as is typical of the style. Lots of malt. Biscuit, toasted to roasted. Mild chocolaty overtones of brown bread and molasses. The list of fruits is endless. Figs, dates, raisins, plums, a touch of banana and typical notes of yeasty Brit type fruitiness. Corriander, cherries and dark candi sugar with a rum like alcohol. Surprisingly there are a few lighter fruit aromas as well. Most notably a bit of grape. A healthy hop earthiness grounds all the sweetness in something that blends with the light peppery bite of warming booze.

Taste follows and really knocks it out of the park . Rich dark malts up front that express a surprising but welcome amount of biscuit and toasted grains. The roasted flavors underpin so much of the sweeter flavors. The molasses and candi. The huge amount of toffee and lightly burnt caramel. Flavors you expect in an Scotch ale. Then it really lays out the cornucopia. Flavors that come from the bigger malt body and and more intricate construction. Notes of cocoa, rum, coriander, latte smooth coffee. The hops are earthy with a bit of wood and maybe some horse blanket the has been refined in cherries and more rum. The finish is smooth and while warming, lower in booziness than you might think at 11 percent. It's quite dry and clean. A firm earth and dry sherry like juiciness combine to leave my mouth watering and enjoying graham and cocoa that lingers with a touch of fusel alcohol evaporative cooling and sweetness as well as a bit of coconuttiness or maybe a touch of smores. The alcohol is so well integrated that it is almost hidden. Almost.

Feel is thickish and creamy. A bit of syrup and a smoothness with a crisp dry swallow. Velvet on the tongue and mouth. A velvet hammer. So easy drinking and pleasurable as you sip. You find yourself at the bottom of the bottle way too quickly, and wanting more way too much.

This is one of the best in the series. Period. I will be looking for more of these. It's just a perfect injection of an different stye into a collection that has been dominated by Belgians. And I love Belgians. This is a welcome surprise.

Jan 10, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a The Bruery tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a one finger khaki head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark caramel and biscuit malt, dates, raisins, light suggestions of light stone fruit, coriander and a hint of smoke. Flavor follows, with dark biscuit and light caramel malt, dates, raisins, light plum and apricot, a little peat and nuts. Pleasant malty and faintly smoky finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and sharp carbonation. A unexpected change from the more Belgian inspired offering of past years and a quite pleasant one. Covers all the bases of a malty Scotch ale, but with well integrated flavors that give it a mellow, but flavorful taste. Drank this on Christmas eve with my sister, who is a fan of Belgian style ales and she liked it as much as I did. A festive, balanced winter ale that I think is one of the best of the series. Enjoyable.

Dec 25, 2018
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dransburg from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 07, 2019
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KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 30, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy very dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, pear, apricot, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread crust; with lighter notes of molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malts, brown sugar, coriander, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, pear, apricot, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread crust; with lighter notes of molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery, roasted bitterness; and coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, cherry, pear, apricot, red apple, coriander, peppercorn, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread crust, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts, brown sugar, coriander, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and spiciness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 11% after the finish. Overall this is an excellent scotch ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roast malts, brown sugar, coriander, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Tons of great complexity all around. Awesome balance of rich malts, sugar, coriander, and fruity yeast complexity; with solid earthy hop presence. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected of the brewery.

Dec 20, 2018
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jeff1973 from California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 15, 2018
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heysuz from Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 10, 2019
11 Pipers Piping from The Bruery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 81 ratings