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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2012
(Draught) Pours an amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, caramel, chocolate, and bourbon. Flavor of vanilla, toffee, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and bourbon.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours brown with gold glints. Off-white head. Aroma is quite malty. Maybe bourbon hint. Med + body. Flavor is mildly smoky malt, very mild bourbon, possibly some hop flavor. A mild BA, but it is quite tasty.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
A: The pour is a dark amber color with about a finger of off-white/tan head. S: A nice bourbon and vanilla aroma with a fair amount of oak. There is definitely some booziness and as it warms up, there is an increasingly noticeable acetone smell. Blah. T: Strangely fruity, and a bit overcarbonated. Vanilla, oak, and a touch of bourbon. The same harshness and paint thinner thing is going on here. M: Medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation. O: I haven’t had very good luck with Ballast Point’s barrel aged beers. Add this one to that list.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9731) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
On tap at the Blue Dog, Lansdale. Poured a deeper amber color with a small sized off white head. Oak, vanilla, earthy, peat, and caramel. Some fruitiness and bourbon too.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7773) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
Draught Medium to good yellow head over chestnut-coloured beer. Horrible chlorine-halogen nose - not from the beer but from the glass-washing - at the brewery, if you please! Whiff of Bourbon, finally. Sweet Bourbon-vanilla, wood, milk-chocolate, coloured malts and fruity, berry-like finish. Quite slick, medium to rather well-bodied, tad of alcohol. Shame about the nose ( brewery explains new washing dispenser, not fine-tuned at the moment of visiting - noted.)


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