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Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2093) - 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 isnít nearly as oppressive as in the other smaller style BA beers Iíve had.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 iíd definitely get it again. Just didnít 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 (1545) - 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 donít overwhelm.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12878) - 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.

4
   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.

4.4
   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

3.8
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, 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.


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