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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Peated smoke lengths diversify this Scotch Ale’s roasted and toasted cereals, while subtle cherry esters and peppery hops create complexity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy veil of foam covers the cloudy dark brown red.
-Alcohol is very well hidden.
-This is not too sweet, which is appreciated.
-The nose is friendly, yet could be more inviting considering the wealth of the flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8372) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
750 mL from Total Wine in Tampa, FL. Pours an opaque mahogany with a one finger, beautiful tan head that has excellent retention and leaves some fairly good lacing. Aroma is black cherry soda, spicy bourbon, and oak. Taste is black cherry soda, burnt sugar, creme brulee perhaps, spicy bourbon, and ends with some cardboardy bitterness. Full and creamy on the palate. 8.5% is well hidden. Can’t wait to bust out my BA version...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010
8/01/2009: Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale ... Aroma: Fruity, rich caramelized malts, chocolate. Appearance: Very, very dark brown; tan-colored head. Flavor: Roasted malts and slightly nutty, semi-sweet chocolate. Palate: Medium-full body. Overall: I almost regret trying this beer at the gathering just because I think it didn’t get a fair shake due to so much beer flowing! This beer wasn’t bad by any means, but it seems more like a Brown Porter to me than a Scotch Ale. I was super excited about trying it and wasn’t able to find any of the richness, depth, and other complexities that I was hoping for. Hopefully I will get to experience this beer again in a much more intimate setting so that I can truly probe its depths!

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (8.5% Alcohol by Vol.) shared by alexdad06 at NATIFEST ’09. Thanks Brad. I appreciate it! Rating #96 for this beer. Score: 7/3/8/4/15 = 3.7
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11/29/2009: Cigar City Scotch Ale... Aroma: Can’t find much of anything... Appearance: Opaque, liquid chocolate brown; no head; slow carbonation. Flavor: Malty, but nothing impressive or unique; slightly crreamy and yeasty; dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Palate: Milky texture; medium-bodied; kind of sticky. Overall: Quite UNimpressive; more like a Brown Ale than a Scotch Ale.

Growler fill (draught) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating # for this beer. Score: 5/3/8/3/13 = 3.2

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Pours out dark brown with some head. Taste is roasty and sweet. Not too sweet, like some scotch ales. Flavors of coffee, toffee, big malt with earthly peat notes and lots of scotch. Smooth and rich. Another great brew from CCB.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is peat and wild grapes with underlying toffee and chocolate. Medium body with a tingle. Taste begins with chocolate and coffee; almost like a rich porter. Dries with airy scotch, a bit bitter and earthy. Another fine brew from CCB.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2349) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark toffee brown with a medium beige/light brown head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, malt and bread. Taste of toffee, malt, dark fruit and earth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Deep brown color and pours with a thick tan head. Another Cigar City beer that looks very inviting. Smokey aroma with notes of charcoal, chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Rich malty flavor showing caramel, toffee, a lot of rasin, some roasty spiciness, and finishes with chocolate. Very drinkable. A little too sweet and sticky but it’s a mild complaint. Not my favorite offering from Cigar City but still a very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 Stone Sourfest wouldn’t have been the same without Seaoflament. Thanks man. Nose is big malt and vanilla. Smooth. Taste is great. One big happy barleywine. All the big and small details I love in a great b-wine were there. Great. Update 12/15/09 Bottle in trade from JW77 I believe. Rich murky brown with orange tints. Small eggshell head instantly fades to a hint of lace. Nose alcohol and sweet malt. Brown sugar. Taste rich! Sweet to massive chocolate and coffee. Rich bitterness. Could bump up to 4.1, but I’ll leave it as originally rated.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(750ml bottle, courtesy of hopscotch – he sent this to me out of the blue; have had a couple other samples at various tasting in recent weeks as well) Pours a brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of mustiness, peat, toffee, caramel, and earth. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, peat/smoke, oak, earth, and subtle coffee beans with a dry finish. Thanks Eric and the other fine Ratebeerians and BAs that have shared!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Bottle from the generous dchmela. Thanks, Dave! Beautiful hazy dark brown pour. Maybe a hint of red in the hue. Nice big thick beige head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and nutty. Some definite butterscotch, and not like oxidation. Some peat and mild smoke. Tastes a little less complex and more simply sweet, but still a fine beer. Great mouthfeel.


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