Ballast Point Piper Down Scottish Ale - Barrel Aged
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
I had this on draft at the Blue Palms’ Second Anniversary Party. This poured a clear dark reddish brown with an off white head. The aroma was nicely of bourbon: notes of oak and vanilla. The flavor was smooth, malty again with the vanilla and oak notes. For a big beer, this was incredibly drinkable. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5533) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (999) - 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.

   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2127) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3519) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2011
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!

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