Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Big Bourbon aroma. Lots of barrel oak that follows. This was a super tasty scotch ale with the great bourbon flavors. Loved drinking this but not too much as the flavors become overpowering.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (9472) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Medium to good yellow head over chestnut-coloured beer. Horrible chlorine-halogen nose - not from the beer but from the glass-washing - at the brewery, if you please! Whiff of Bourbon, finally. Sweet Bourbon-vanilla, wood, milk-chocolate, coloured malts and fruity, berry-like finish. Quite slick, medium to rather well-bodied, tad of alcohol. Shame about the nose ( brewery explains new washing dispenser, not fine-tuned at the moment of visiting - noted.)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertjm (852) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Draft at Beer Revolution. Nice creamy head. Falls fairly quickly. Somewhat sour aroma. Flavor is strange. Reminds me of peanut SHELLS that you chew on by accident. No smokiness per se. Almost tastes like it has wild yeast in there. Thin body. Not digging it at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9138) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at Stone Brewing. Pours brown with a modest beige head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a very dry smoked malt flavor with a note of bourbon. A nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Clearish amber pour. Aroma is oak with hints of bourbon and sugar. Taste is taste is mild bourbon and grains with brown sugar. Great stuff for such low alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2011
On tap at brewery. Dark maple pour with thick but quickly dicipated head. Nose is malt, toffee and fairly light bourbon. Taste is fairly typical Scottish which to me is a Wee Heavy Light. Nice crisp bite with very little sweetness. Bourbon is light as well but just the right amount based on the other flavors and mouthfeel. Very drinkable but don’t think of this as a "Big Beer" since it weighs in at only 5.6%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
On tap at Urge in RB/Poway on the Tap Takeover night. They had 25different brews from Ballast Point that day. Better than the non BA version, because of the added complexity and overall oomph! Better mouthfeel and movement. Flavors mix and linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1164) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
I’m told this was a 2008 Scottish put on oak in 2010. On tap late February 2011. Dark Copper with no head. Aroma is sweet brandy liquor and some sourness. Sour cherry, vanilla, slightly dry, hint of cocoa some Brett snuck in. Really interesting.

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