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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.


3.4
   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 (2076) - 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, I’m 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 couldn’t 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 (2549) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2011
On tap at Papago last week in snifter from memory because I lost my f’ing 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 didn’t get much peat, if any, but then I was starting to tie one on.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6062) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Lightly hazy brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, wood, sherry, and dark fruits. Taste of wood, bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruits, nuts, tobacco, and a thinner finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at Papago. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is bourbon, dark fruit, smoked peat and vanilla. The taste is caramel, vanilla, roasted nuts and bourbon. Lots of barrel in this one. Medium bodied. Nice BA beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3375) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Drank a growler while playing poker last night. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak and malty goodness. kinda sweet and creamy and very very delicious. I won money during game which made me enjoy beer even more probably.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2011
Co-rate! Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Nice aroma of whiskey and malt. Taste, though, is flat and weak. Bummer.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21166) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Nice aroma of whiskey and malt. Taste, though, is flat and weak.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Growler to taster. At Levi’s (Thanks to Dalzale for sharing this). From notes. Pours a red copper. Aroma is bourban and vanilla. Not much else. Taste is bourbon, bourbon, bourbon. Ok, there is some caramel in there as well. Slightly creamy, with the booze well hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Dark brown color. Bourbon aroma and bourbon flavor. Some caramel sugar. Overall, just too much bourbon, which dominates this beer. Thanks to Dalzale for sharing.


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