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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4725) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. The look is brown to red in color with a beige colored head. The smell is malts, sweet, scotch like, alcohol, and good. The taste is sweet, malts, good, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a very dark reddish brown with beige head. Aroma of malt, alcohol, spice, a little peat moss. Flavor is very much the same with some sweetness.. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, not bad at all and kinda warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 bottle thanks to kiefdog. poured a dark amber/ruby with a beige head. aroma of caramel, dark fruits, alcohol and cinnamon. flavor was caramel, dark pitted fruits, cinnamon, and some alcohol. body was heavy with low carbonation. Re-rate-bottle thanks once again to kiefdog. poured a mahogany with a beige head. aroma was a big blast of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol. flavor was caramel, lots of toffee, raisin, and maybe a little peach. body was heavy with medium carbonation. Awesome!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5135) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
bottle thanks to ericanders. deep, deep amber with a cream head. nose is sweet malts, smoke, caramel and not much else. not bad on the palate witha nice smokey flavor tagged with peat and light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum for sharing this at the Flossmoor Station Oktoberfest. It poured a dark brown body with a bubbly khaki head and laced the glass nicely. It had an aroma of dark stone fruits, toffee, and toasty malts. The flavor was sweet with a touch of treacle added, still fruity, with an underlying roastiness that suggested smoke. For a big ale, this one is dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2009
dark brown pour, tiny tan bubble head, respectably lacy. nose of chocolate, sweet malt and roasty malt. flavor follows the nose with chocoalate with sweet and roasty malt notes. medium bodied, oily mouth feel, mildly bitter, roasty finish. a touch too sweet for my palate and the alcohol is too well hidden. tip of the hat to FlssmrBrewAlum for providing the bottle at flossmoor station’s octoberfest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5571) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Dry and earthy. Moderate malt. There is some earth and green plants. The alcohol is well hidden. Slightly roasted. Good, smooth palate and full mouthfeel. A well made beer that could use a little more complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2009
750 ml shared at Flossmoor’s Oktoberfest. Pours a nice dark brown raisiny pour, red ad brown and near opaque, a good tannish head that dies to a thick film that laces, bubbly. Not bad looking. Aromas are a good dar fruit, cherry and raisin, with caramel and toffee malts with a creamy sweetness, a touch of peat, but dark fruit dominant over any peaty smoke, a touch of vanilla. Fairly sweet. Body is moderate, a good underlying sweetness, caramel and dark fruit, a bit syrupy and sweet in the finish and lingering on the palate, light bitterness, a touch of vanilla. Raisin, faint peat, roasty malts. A thicker, sweeter beer. Decent balance, a little big for me. A good candidate for Barrel Aging it seems, to kill a little thickness/sweetness. Not bad. A solid Scotch Ale overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clear mahogany color with a tan head. Caramel malt and smoke aromas. Medium body with light carbonation . Nice toasted toffee caramel malty flavors with some earthy yeasyness to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Killer Scotch Ale. pours a deep amber/brown with some good lacing. Aroma is great, lots of burnt notes, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is a great mix of dark and sweet chocolate, with lots of toffee notes as well. Some nice touches of sour cherry and caramel. Super rich, with a slight alcohol burn. I liked this one a lot. Another winner from Cigar City.

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