look at that pour, too. So pretty.

These label designs are as gorgeous as the beer

Oh, hey. I haven’t reviewed a (real) beer since March. Let’s fix that with The Bruery’s penultimate entry in their Christmas series, 11 Pipers Piping! I have written about 9 Ladies Dancing and 10 Lords A-Leaping in past years, so as soon as I saw this was available, I jumped on it to keep the review train rolling! Let’s jump right into this.

This is a Scotch ale, not to be confused with a Scottish ale! Also referred to as a Wee Heavy, Scotch ales are heavier and maltier versions of a Scottish. As you can tell, and we’ll dig in to this more in Appearance, they’re darker than a typical Scottish, too. Let’s BJCP this bad boy. But to Christmas Carols!

Aroma: 10/12 (Let It Snow)

Oh the booze in this nose is frightful, but the caramel’s delightful. And since the malts smell real nice, smell it twice, smell it twice, smell it twice!

Appearance: 3/3 (Frosty The Snowman)

Frosted beer glasses  are not your drinking friends. They’re tough to hold and make beer too cold to taste right on your tongue’s end (note: I hate that rhyme but I couldn’t think of a better one). This beer’s a dark one, but not so dark light can’t pass through! With a foam light brown, you should go to town and take a sip or two! 

Mouthfeel: 4/5 (Go Tell It On The Mountain) 

No talkin’ about mouthfeel. It’s a gross word and no one likes it. No Talking about mouthfeel. This one is sticky sweet.

Flavor: 16/20 (12 Days of Christmas)

On the first sip of this beer, The Bruery gave to me: The sweet taste of belgian candi. 

On the second sip of this beer, The Bruery gave to me: Light coriander and the sweet taste of belgian candi.

On the third sip of this beer, The Bruery gave to me: smooth malty sweetness, light coriander and the sweet taste of belgian candi.

On the fourth sip of the beer, The Bruery gave to me: warm fruity esthers, smooth malty sweetness, light coriander and the sweet taste of belgian candi.

On the fifth sip of this beer, The Bruery gave to me: ALLLLLL OOOOF THEEEE BOOOOOOOOOOOOZE. Warm fruity esthers, smooth malty sweetness, light coriander and the sweet taste of belgian candi!

Overall Impression: 9/10 (I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas)

I want another bomber of this for Christmas. Only another bomber of this will do.

Don’t want a Coors, no sellout Wicked Weed

Only more of this good beer will do the drinkin’ deed

I want another bomber of this for Christmas

I don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you?

He won’t have to bring a giant bag or trunk

We can drink this beer together and both get pretty drunk

And Santa Claus will want another too!

 

Wrap(ping paper) Up

This beer is very good. Getting a 42/50 on the BJCP ranks it in a Top Tier spot, and ho ho ho boy does it deserve it. It’s 11%, so this Wee Heavy is more Heavy than Wee. It definitely tastes like a boozy beer but is high quality with the rest of what it says on the tin, delivering coriander, Belgian candi, and that good Wee Heavy maltiness on top of it. I definitely recommend enjoying this cuddled up by the fire watching a movie that fills your heart with love!

 

Cheers!