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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 750 ml bottle from Suttree. Pour is dark burgundy, clear ruby and a firm, pretty three inch tan head. Thick chewy lacing left behind as the beer falls. This is a really nice looking beer. Aroma of earthy, grainy natural maltiness - just a hint of charred roastiness behind. After the beer opens, there is some vegetal green pepper that comes out, detracting a bit. Taste is the nose, earthy and malty, green pepper behind that, and finishing with the lingering charred roastiness. Nice transition of flavors, though not a ton of integration. Palate is medium, perhaps on the lighter side of Scotch Ale. Just a hint of alcohol, which made this a nice warmer. This was a good one. Thanks for sending this my way Phil.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Very rich aroma. Notes of caramel and toffee. The taste, however, is not super sweet. Nice roasted malts with a hint of smoke, and a nice rich mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
A very nice color of red with brownish tints. Big flavor. You can really taste the scotch in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
750ml from Beerman I believe. Pours murky ruby brown with one finger tan head. Aroma is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, sweet malts, booze and some smokeyness. Flavor is sweet malts, toffee, caramel, smokey, some earthiness and some booze. Medium body and decent carbonation. Finishes sweet and smokey. Pretty solid scotch ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3368) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle - thanks changeup415. Pours a rich chocolatey brown color with a small, creamy beige head. First sniff gets some breadiness, follwed by a little peat. Maybe a hint of rye? Taste is rich with an earthy and smokey maltiness. Lingering bits of peat and caramel. There is a little sweet before the smokey, ash, and peat thing, but I can’t put my finger on it... Nice mouthful, thick and coating. Finishes a bit dry and smokey.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4833) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   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!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5229) - 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.

3.6
   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.


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