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Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel-aged

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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1300) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2012 bottle thanks to fear025. Pours a deep brown with no head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, some vanilla. Taste has a slight coconut/vanilla taste in the end. Alcohol heat. Medium thick body. Light carb. Alcohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2012 Bottle shared from artmcd8. Nice very bourbon aroma with light salt date raisin licorice. Light carb med bod. Very plum still hottish taste. Harsher than I would have thought.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (1944) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Dark maroon off white head. Sweet dark fruit and bourbon cherry aroma. Perfect smooth but not flat palate. Barley wine esque. Thanks thiessensce for this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (1456) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Thanks northopfrye! This is awesome. Pours a cola color with tan head. Aromas of vanilla, caramel. Flavors are nice sweet vanilla, butter, caramel and a boozy finish. excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alex4r (72) - - FEB 9, 2014
Last years release I believe, green wax. Murky brown pour, heavy barrel notes. Malty as hell, toffee, caramel notes on the nose. Medium texture. The taste follows suite, a little burn from the alcohol, I am sure this would mellow out over time. Pretty rich, probably not order everybody but I dig it

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with brown head. Excellent aroma of bourbon, molasses, and dark fruits. This is great as it warms, opening up and drinking surprisingly smooth for a big beer. Certainly a sipper, but no bitterness comes through at all and the bourbon, vanilla/oak and scotch ale base work nicely together.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (869) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a dark brown. The aroma is very sweet, slight toffee. The taste is sweet and slight bourbon. Much better than the plain big sound, much better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (458) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750ml bottle pours cloudy brown orange with small thin head. Nose is fruity bourbon and raisin, molasses. Taste is fruity fig, bourbon, raisin, plum, some oak. Finish is slightly boozy, winter fruits, caramel. Enjoyed it!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bachelor party scotch ale tasting. 750 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass alongside the base. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant. The nose has big bourbon and toasted oak, along with loads of molasses, brown sugar, toasted malts, herbs and subtle earthy hops. The flavour is similar to the base but with roasty notes and bourbon. It is moderately sweet with toasted malts, caramel, and molasses, along with raisins and a subtle dose of hops. The finish is long with bourbon barrel, toasty and malty notes, along with subtle hops. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture. Overall, this is an amazing scotch ale with beautiful malts perfectly complemented with elegant bourbon notes. 2013-07-25

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle: thanks, Mike! Liquid, mahogany body with decent clarity near the edges, topped with a light-tan head that foams up nicely & takes its time settling to a small collar. Aroma is very bourbon heavy, along with notes of prunes, dates, malty brown sugar, caramel, black licorice, wood, & a finishing note of smoke. Taste is even more bourbon forward than the aroma... Huge bourbon kick up front with a lighter backdrop of plums, sweet dates, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, oak, & the slightest hint of vanilla. Can’t believe this is only listed at 8.5% ABV. Huge bourbon presence... Maybe a little too big. Still a tasty brew, but time should treat this well.


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