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.

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   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10520) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2016
On tap at Hughies. Pours a dark brown with large creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast, dark fruit, wood, bourbon. Medium body, roast, caramel, boozy finish, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5526) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Sample at KC Beerfest 2016. Comes reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, and fruit. Taste is malt, bourbon, caramel, and fruit. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Sample at the Ballast Point tasting room in Temecula. Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Bourbon, malt and fruit in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of bourbon, ripe fruit and caramel malt. The finish is oaky and fruity with a subtle bourbon aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 4, 2016
Draught at the brewery, Temecula. Served as Bourbon Barrel Aged Piper Down, aged 7 - 12 months in Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrels. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy beige head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is heavy Bourbon, medium vanilla and oak, toast malt and leaves. Flavor is moderate Bourbon and vanilla, lightly sweet, toast malt, leaves and a sweet finish. Light body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Draft. Specifically advertised as aged in Bourbon Barrels... just in case this ever gets moved. Pours amber with an off white head. Mild sweet and toasted malts, relatively mild barrel presence, faint bourbon, and mild bitterness. Really quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6101) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey, bourbon barrel aged. Amber with beige head. Aromas of toast, floral, caramel. Tastes of light bourbon, oak, caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GTAEgeek (1969) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2014
On tap at the Brick Store Pub 17th Anniversary. Pours a clear brown, with a big, tan head. Grainy notes of rye, peat, some apple, toffee, and butterscotch. Sweet, with some light, earthy bitterness. Light body, grainy, and chalky, with just a little booze. Overall, this is a pretty light barrel aged beer, but it hits all the notes that I love in a good scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14166) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1764) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with tan head and some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, nuts, caramel, and roasted malts. Flavor is of bourbon, toasted malts, caramel, molasses, and nutty malts. Has a medium body with a slightly watery and creamy mouthfeel and a sweet, slightly boozy finish. Overall, a pretty good version of a scottish ale with nice bourbon notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1642) - Nevada, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Brown ale with a good thick head. Aroma is winey with hints of malt and apple. Lots of alcohol flavors like oak, vanilla, and cherry. Finish has more purple fruits and lingers on. A pretty good combination.

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