hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
malrubius (2549) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
egajdzis (6062) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Jow (3375) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Co-rate! Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Nice aroma of whiskey and malt. Taste, though, is flat and weak. Bummer.
Travlr (21166) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad barrel event. Nice aroma of whiskey and malt. Taste, though, is flat and weak.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.