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 brew’s sweet complexity build over a three-hour boil. Full of roasted caramel flavor, it’s a pub classic with Ballast Point personality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10472) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
On tap@Ballast Point Scripps Ranch location: Murky dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is light whiskey, vanilla and maybre a hint of oak. Flavor starts with light whiskey followed by some vanilla, a hint of toasted coconut, a lightly bitter finish with a little more whiskey. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
On tap @ the Old Grove location with Mspindler...Pours a cloudy brown with a thin lacing head.. Smell is straight up bourbon, maybe a little vanilla.. Taste was mostly bourbon but not overpowering, sweet and very easy to drink...Overall this has become one of my favorite beers and was the highlight of the trip for me... Its always cool to see something other than a barley wine or an impy go into a barrel and I think this beer picked up the flavors very nicely.. I think I might have to change my name to BourbonWhoreSW

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
On tap the the brewery. Pours a muddy brown with a thin film. Aroma was all sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak and maybe some honey. Flavor was light and sweet, but alot of bourbon and oak and not much else. Maybe some brown sugar. Lightly sweet and easy to drink. Palate is somewhat light and carbonation is low. Pretty tasty and almost sessionable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
On tap at OBriens in San Diego. Came highly recommended by one of the bartenders. Cloudy brown with a black center. Medium carbonation with a nose of caramel apple, bourbon and a hint of wine. Big, sweet, malty Scottish flavor that is loaded with vanilla and molasses. Flavor has an immediate turnaround to a robust oak slam on the finish. Thick and soothing body that compliments the malty flavor. I absolutely love these sweet types of barrel-aged brews. Really good, really drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Having had their original version and this one I cant believe they have the same base beer. I thought this one was really solid. I thought the nonbarrel aged beer was just ok. Color was a murky and muddy brown. Aroma of bourbon,vanilla, sweet malt and some roasted or toasted notes. Flavor was well balanced and tasty. Very drinkable. I did not find the bourbon overpowering as others have. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (4553) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
I had high hopes for this, but it turned out to be a watered down bourbon, because the beer wasnt strong enough to compliment the aging. Broubon flavor, vanilla, and oak, with trace notes of sweet malt and fruit. Thin mouthfeel. I had this on cask and it looked really good, but it turned out to be just a bad 5.7% bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 28, 2008
on tap at brewery. Cloudy dark brown with a sweet bourbon aroma and taste with nice smooth caramel vanilla oak and strong bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 On cask at Stone last week. Pours cloudy dark brown with a creamy off-white head and sheet lace. Smells very sweet malty and sugary with a bit of apple flavor. Sweet bourbon and wood scents as well. Flavor is malty, sugary sweet with a good amount of vanilla and slightly sour wood flavors. Medium body, light carbonation.
On tap several months ago at the Carroll Canyon location. Pours ruddy caramel brown with a thin off-white head. Smells of sweet vanilla and wood with a hint of booze. Tastes of sweet wood and vanilla with some booze, slightly sour. Complex? Yes, but not super great. A bit of caramel on the finish. Medium body, nice carbonation. 1037416=4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Tap. Murky dark brown pour. Sweet aroma, a lot of dark fruitiness, raisins and very malty. Sweet taste, more dark fruits and slight bourbon flavor that went well with this beer. After it warmed up it got a bubblegum flavor to it. It was very sweet, but I realy liked this.

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