DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Fantastic. I love their Scotch ale to begin with, add in some bourbon flavor/aroma and a nice burn.... superb. alobar (3784) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Surprised this rates as low as it does. Pours a hazy amber color with a tall off-shite head. Aroma of bourbon,vanilla, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Very present bourbon flavor with vanilla, caramel, and chocolate present. Really nice beer. beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Maybe I’m crazy, but I thought this stuff was really good. Pours a beautiful deep copper color with a very small head. The aromas are explosively deep with rich vanilla, heavy caramel, oak, and choclate. Just a wonderul aroma. The flavor is much the same with the flavors being deep and heavy on the tongue. It’s rich, but it’s not over the top and definitely not cloying. Great stuff! Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with a minimal off-white head. Spots of lacing. The aroma was mostly booze and malts. The flavor was a bunch of thick, chewy malts and booze. Medium to full bodied. Alcohol was well hidden and it never felt oily or slick. Something to share on a cold winters night, not an everyday thing. sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 11, 2010
Eh. I think in this instance the barrel aging may have overpowered the esence of scotch ale,. The maltiness gave way to a heavy bourbon/ woody/ oakiness, but didn’t seem to compliment the malt.. Nose had sweet malt and vanilla but not in harmony.
boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2009
1 liter swing-top bottle: This one pours a dark coppery color. There was a small tan head onit that didn’t hang around too long. The aroma had a bit of bourbon to it, as well as some caramel malts. Maybe some smokiness to it also. The taste has notes of the bourbon, a rich malt taste, smokiness, maybe a tinge of vanilla. Somewhat slick and silky mouthfeel. Nice! jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2009
@TBBC tasting Thanks Mrs D-1L bottle-pours a
light tan head and reddish/brown color. Aroma is vanilla, wood/bourbon, secondary sweet. Taste is vanilla, wood, bourbon, secondary sweet, smooth.
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
The color is dark cherrywood copper red. Smooth puffy head that slowly dwindles. Cloudy like dark cherry juice. Really impressive look.
The smell is a sweetish but grainy malt, as if sauteed over wood chips. There is a bit of a musty funnk. Could be a little stronger.
The flavor is a major smoky chipotle tanginess. A second-sip blast of sweet caramel and bitter coffee. Smoky and tangy and pungent. Mellows a ton as it warms, but real real good.
Feel is thick and chewy. It’s milky but smooth and nicely bodied. Leaves a lasting mark. It’s sweet and yet bitter. Smoky and caramel. An excellent brew. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2009
One liter bottle via trade with tytoanderso some time ago - Pours a clear brown color with a 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Light cabonation and lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, dark esters, and oak. Flavor is much of the same with the addition of some vanilla. The esters linger on the palate along with a little oak/bourbon. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected. I probably should have drank this last year. Oh well, it’s still good. Thanks Tyler. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009
10/03/2009: Sprecher Scotch-Style Ale aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels... Aroma: Caramel with more than a tinge of something sour or similar to green apple; I am a bit worried... Appearance: Deep, cloudy amber color; frothy and creamy deep beige crown, lasting. Flavor: Hmmm... This is a hint of oak with the underlying flavors of the regular Pipers peaking out here and there, but an unusually sweet but strange blend of sour/apple/cheese seems to dominate; not much finish as the beer drops off quite quickly right after swallowing; I don’t get any of the sweet caramel malts and deeply caramelized smokiness that should be found in a Scotch Ale. Palate: Medium-full to full; thick, but very smooth and creamy; seems to thin out a bit as it breathes. Overall: Very disappoininting; not sure if this beer was never very good or just didn’t age well (was there a bug or something in the barrel that has now ruined this beer 2+ years later?); the regular Sprecher Pipers Scotch-Style Ale is tons better, cheaper, and somewhat easier to find...
1 liter flip-top bottle (9.5% Alc. by Vol.) from Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating #92 for this beer.