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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Big Sound Scotch Ale is dedicated to our good buddy Gino, the most punk rock bagpiper you’ll ever meet, and the rest of the men and women of Tampa Bay Pipes and Drums. Brown in color, Big Sound has huge notes of dark sweet toffee with underlying mild notes of coffee in the aroma. The flavor starts with a slight note of cherry and then opens into a Goliath of a malt character with notes of dark sweet toffee, slight hints of coffee and mild notes of toasted bread in the finish. Big Sound Scotch Ale pairs well with Haggis, Highland Games, Huge Heads and Enormous Pillows and of course Bagpipe music.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (940) - Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours imperial stout dark with mahogany on the edges and a small tan head. Smells malty, caramel, and hints of fruit. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruits. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale finishes with a touch of sweetness and a hint of smoke.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1280) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle 75 cl from erzbierschof.ch. Dark brown beer, heavy and with a small head. Aromas of caramel-molasses, black cherries, roasted. The body is full, a bit sticking. The mouth is syrupy, with black cherries, chocolate-coffee, roasted and point of butter. There is also hints of prune, fig and alcohol. Low bitter, sweetened finale, spiced and toasted. A warm beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 24, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a very dark, deep ruby red color with a light tan, one finger head that has decent retention. The aroma was of caramel, toast, toffee, earthy hops, sweet raisins, a touch of spice like cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma with some caramel, dates, and nutty malts upfront, followed by toasted malts, toffee, some bitterness and dryness in the finish. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1325) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle from the brewery dated 9/11/13. Pours a deep dark brown with a khaki yellow brown head. Verrrrry slight ruby on the edges but mostly opaque. Aroma of sweet molasses, chocolate, roast, smoke, toffee, biscuits, and more chocolate. Flavor is a nice roasty smokey chocolate with a lingering peaty flavor on the palate. Sweet molasses takes over the palate after chocolate subsides up front. Rich and creamy but with offsetting light carbonation and not stout heavy. Good scotch ale ad can see how this would take on the bourbon barrels well. Will have to find the BA version this season.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma is toffee, molasses, has some interesting coffee notes. Flavor is similar. Slightly sweet with some really nice toffee character adn some dark fruit hiding in the back. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Pours deep deep amber with a huge pillowy beige head. Smell is caramel and red fruit. Getting some tartness too, but I might be crazy. Taste is very smooth for 9%, grain and caramel sweetness. Leaves a tiny bit of roast on the aftertaste. Lively, well carbonated, smooth. Solid

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirRaf (18) - - AUG 21, 2013
My first scotch ale...then many more came. Bread, resin, earthy, woody...drinking sand...of the highlands. Only tried once, when I wasn´t so recpetive to the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1356) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Gedronken @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting, zwart/bruine kleur, bruine schuimkraag, ruikt zoet, fruitig, framboos, beetje kruidig en smaakt ook zo, er is wel veel koolzuur aanwezig

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (143) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours dark brown from a 500 cc bottle. Light brown head, quickly fading. Aroma is sweet malt, raisin, and spice. Flavour is rich sweet malts up front, molasses, vanilla, nice smooth astringent finish from light hops. Awesome Scotch Ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2798) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, fruity, light sour berries. Sweet flavour, caramel, cherry, sour touch, malts. Finish cherry, malts, berries, light sour. One of the better Scotch ales, I’d say (though I’m not a big fan of the style)
(From 75cL bottle @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting, Bodegraven. Thanks for sharing, joes!)


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