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RATINGS: 544   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Tried from bottle at 2009 Stone Sour Fest. Smokey, mild and easy to drink. I’m not sure who brought this. thanks!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2009
(Bottle, thanks gnoff!) Pours hazy brown with a small sand coloured/light brown head. The aroma is of caramel, dark toffee, sal ammoniac, gunpowder and light coffee roast alongside a touch of cherries. Hints of strawberries and earth. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a light alcohol sting. Notes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, liquorice powder, coffee roast, earth and some fruits. The mouthfeel is soft and round with a light carbonation. Some hop bitterness, gunpowder and coffee roast lingers. Nice fat maltiness. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez MartinT. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de petits fruits et de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est brune avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe de fumée et de céréales. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumé. (Rating #2586)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8108) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2009
750 ml bottle thanks to Dave! Pours a dark brown color with a huge thick beige head. The aroma is quintessentially a scotch ale; loads of rich fruity malts, some nutty, smoky and toasted notes as well. The flavor was similar; a rich malty flavor with undertones of fruit and smoke. An excellent mouthfeel. A dangerous beer because though it is almost 9% it is very smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5952) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Brown amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, peat, nuts, roast, and some cocoa. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, wood, peat smoke, roast, and light alcohol and sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Houston Tasting August. Thanks to Kaggie97 for this beer. Very dark brown pour with thin tan head. Aromas of scotch, malt, hops...yummy. Flavor is wood, scotch, caramel, sweet malts and some ash. Medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
22oz bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, a little smoke, and sweetness from dark fruits. Flavor is pretty much the same. Nice tan head with good lacing and a nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11036) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750ml bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!). Poured a deeper amberish/brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, toffee, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of lighter earthiness, dark fruits, chocolate, and smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent ruby brown wit ha small bubbly tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted malt, molasses, light smoke and vanilla. Flavor toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits, light smoke and earthy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9063) - 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.


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