Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
     click to upload


on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 64   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 brewís sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, itís a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.

   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 (9377) - 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 (847) - 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 (9007) - 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 donít 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 (1144) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Iím 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (15728) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
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 havenít had very good luck with Ballast Pointís barrel aged beers. Add this one to that list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6043) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2011
On tap at The Busy Bee, Raleigh. Reddish copper, dense beige head. Awesome aroma - maple, smokey, woodsy and caramel. Sweet up front, with caramel and maple. Bourbon is kinda understated, in a good way. Very smooth...

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 7

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50