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Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Piper Down Scottish Ale hits all the right notes for the Ballast Point Bagpipe Corps that inspired it. We created this very low hopped, malty ale for the band to enjoy using UK Maris Otter malt, roasted barley, UK hops and low fermentation temperatures. Then we let the brew’s sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, it’s a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (1284) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3oz pour. Pours a medium, clear brown with slight white head. Not typical of a barrel aged beer that I was expecting. Aroma is very peet and whiskey centric. Taste is vanilla, barrel, peat and scotch forward. The mouth feel is very light and being only 6% it feels like a sessionable barrel aged beer if that is possible.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2877) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Clear brown whiskey like dark golden pour, thin off white head .... aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon and caramel malts .... Taste of bourbon, dry oak, vanilla and light caramel and roasted malts .... Dry lingering oaky finish ... Lightly soured ... Had higher hopes for this one but it was still tasty

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Deep amber color in the glass. Aroma of bourbon and some roasted fruits with a hint of vanilla. Taste is very smooth with caramel and some roasted malts. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12697) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2012
(Draught) Pours an amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor of vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and bourbon.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Ruby pour with no head. Faint smoky and sweet nose nose. Caramel sweetness and smooth but watery body. Easy drinker but doesn’t really standout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (11198) - Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 An instance when barrel aging does wonders for a beer. Nice fruitiness and caramel.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kjb135 (20) - - JUL 26, 2012
Ruddy red pour nearly no head or dissipates quickly. Syrup thick and almost no bourbon notes unless heavily sought for. Light wee heavy verydrinkable but nothing extroardinary. Prettier than it is tasty.bit of tang on the finish cant place it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
On tap at The Hopping Pig. Very deep amber. Taste is pretty similar to the regular piper down. Hopefully this actually Is the bourbon barrel version. Any bourbon character I’m getting is pretty limited

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Speed rate. Tap at OB Noodle House. Clear auburn ruby, small beige head. Nice bourbon nose, though the flavor gets tangy and I don’t enjoy that. Tangy in the nose when it warms, too. Detracts quite a bit, even though sourness peaked at a 2. The body is thin, losing some richness from the barrel. Medium body, mod carbonation. Not what I was hoping for.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleph (231) - - JUN 15, 2012
Draught @ Ballast Point. Dark red amber. Strong bourbon and vanilla notes over a malty base, some chocolate too. Medium strong bodied, wet mouthfeel. Flavor, as usual for Ballast Point, is too watery.


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