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RATINGS: 511   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle shared with Zach at Bash in Sunrise, FL. Snifter. Pours a deep brown with a one finger foamy head. Great lacing and the crown stayed in place. The aroma was strong with coffee, cherry, malts and booze. The taste starts with coffee, heavy malts and transitions into a smooth booze -like toffee. I didn’t really get the cherry as noted in the description but it did seem to have a soft fruitiness. Full body, slightly oily. Better as it warmed. Finish is not overwhelming booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (629) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
22 ounce bottle from the beer broker, carmelly, bready, dry on the tounge. Goes well with turkey.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle from trade quite a while ago. Aroma and flavors of big malt, molasses, some caramel, pumpkin-type bread, etc. Hardly a bit of hops detected, this is a superb malt bomb. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Copper with a thin tan head. Sweet aroma of toffee, roasty toasty malt and some fruit underneath. Taste is sweet with plenty of toffee, bready malt, light nuts and finishes sweet and sticky.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2250) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head Ring, No Lacing S: Dark Malts, Caramel, Toffee, Mild Chocolate T: Dark Chocolate Malts, Caramel, Toffee M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet Overall, a really great scotch ale with accentuated flavors on cask.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours a deep dark brown/black color with big tan head. Aroma of dark malt, dark fruits. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, plum, and a slight bit of roastiness. Very tasty scotch ale.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (991) - 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 (1299) - 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 (2127) - 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 (1524) - 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.


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