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

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Floydster on 10-29-2008

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at The Beer Market in Rochester, NY.

It pours a rusted looking brown, with a surprisingly persistent head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like...not a whole lot, for a BA Scotch Ale. Some caramel, faint and wispy bourbon, toffee. It's all faint, like there's a curtain in front of the beer.

More and more I feel like Ballast Point is going down the tubes, slowly but surely. I hate being that guy...but c'mon. The carbonation overpowers this one, it's got s prickly feeling that leaves a tingling throughout the glass. There's like 1% barrel here, it feels like it was aged in the shadow of a bourbon barrel. There a little bit of nice caramelly malt and toffee, but it's not bold. This is disappointing.

This has a prickly mouthfeel, with a way too high level of carbonation.

A disappointment in basically every way.

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2.89/5  rDev -24.9%
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 -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4oz. Served on tap.
The look of this leads you to believe it’s going to taste great, very thick heavy head from the pour.
Smell is underwhelming.
Taste is so bland. There is little to zero taste of bourbon and no burn of bourbon.
Feel is just meh.
Overall I’m giving this a because I really like Ballast Point and feel like maybe this one is just a miss from a brewery that doesn’t miss much.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mroberts1204
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Piper Down Scottish Ale (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 73 ratings