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Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6788) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (748) - 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%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (962) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5266) - 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...

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2011 On draft at Pizza Port. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Beer is brown with little off-white head. Quickly leaves no head and no lacing. Taste is all bourbon, vanilla and caramel. No Scotch ale detected as the bourbon barrel aging overpowered. Overall, not bad because I like bourbon, but was hoping to get some Scotch ale flavors and did not.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1916) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2011
On tap at Ballast Point location north of San Diego. This was a very unique beer. Having not tried the regular Piper Down beer, Iím not sure how much of the character is coming from the bourbon barrels, but there was a strong vanilla presence in the aroma. Sweet and and strong vanilla with some other sticky, smokey malt characteristics. The flavors included all of the aromas, but also a certain earthy, sour character that was completely unexpected. The sourness must be a part of the original scotch ale underneath, but it made this beer very unique. Not sure how I felt about it - I know I couldnít drink much more than a small glass.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (1865) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at Papago last week in snifter from memory because I lost my fíing notes. Sample. Amber/reddish with white ring. Sweet caramel and fruit aroma. Mildly sweet caramel vanilla cherry with warming soft mildly bitter woody finish Pretty good. I didnít get much peat, if any, but then I was starting to tie one on.


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