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Ballast Point Piper Down Barrel Aged Scottish Ale
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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Ballast Point’s Brewing and Spirits Navigator Doppelbock is inspired by the strong German dark lagers and bock’s. Briess Extra Special malt helps create the source of the flavors that dominate the aroma and taste buds in Navigator. You are able to enjoy forward flavors of caramelized malt sugars and dried fruits, such as raisins, apricots and prunes. This strong lager is a big malt-driven beer that truly deserves the nickname “liquid bread.”


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1903) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Growler thanks to Snojerk321. Dark cherry caramel colored pour, little carbonation and an aroma of caramel and a little booze. Flavor is a bunch of caramel, little bit of booze and some vanilla. Finish was creamy and slick on the finish (very different and good.) For being a BA beer, it was refreshing to see that it wasn’t hindered by overpowering booze and lighter than I expected.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit and chocolate. Flavour had roasted malt, caramel, overripe plums, dates and figs. Finished sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7786) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
On tap at the brewer’s night at the Daily Pint. Matt at Ballast Point let me know to be sure to try this one because it was the barrel aged version. Boy, was he right! Pours a clear bronze-brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of wood, whiskey, spice, bourbon, dates and vanilla. Taste is brown sugar, dates, raisins, wood, whiskey spice and cinnamon. Tannic and dry mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A very nice and sessionable barrel aged beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Sample at Linda Vista location. Mostly clear reddish brown with a small beige ring. Nose is bourbon and oak with hints of caramel and roast malts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1220) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A very tasty, well-balanced little beer with a lot more flavor than the ABV would imply. Sweet toffee malts, slight bourbon kick, wonderfully easy to drink and the bourbon isn’t nearly as oppressive as in the other smaller style BA beers I’ve had.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7863) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Poured a clear, deep amber with a baby head. No lace. Excellent vanilla, coconut, buttery bourbon nose. Taste is rich, creamy, buttery, slightly full of caramel, toffee. Bubbly, thin palate. Reminds more of Calico Amber than a Scottish ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d definitely get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. A little thin and lacks some complexity. Good beer overall though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours a brown color with a off white head. Aroma is caramel barrel spices. Flavor is caramel malt some peat and barrel oak flavors. Thin bodied and easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Draft @ BP. Amber brown hue with minimal head. Nose is caramel and peat with oaky vanilla. Flavor follows suit, the vanilla and oak superimpose onto the base Scottish caramel malts, finishes sweet. Medium body and low carbonation. A solid BA version of a great Scottish ale, even balance, wood flavors don’t overwhelm.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9423) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
A reddish brown ale with no head. In aroma, a sweet vinous and woody malt with light vanilla. In mouth, a nice chalky sweet malt with vinous notes, a bit short, light wooden notes, grapes, medium bodied. On tap at Ballast Point 13 Anniv. Beer Festival , Oct. 24 2009.


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