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RATINGS: 541   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2548) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1729) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12576) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
bottle thanks to daknole. Shared at July BA tasting. Pours a dark brown with tan bubbles along edge of glass. Nose is of coffee, malt and peat. Taste is of coffee, malt and smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy with alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Multiple samples thanks to JohnC and seaoflament. Pours with a small, tan head over a murky brown body. Aroma of leather, dark fruits, peat and pear. Taste is a bit of wet dog, caramel, scotch, chocolate and dark fruits. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Bottle from Carlos, again! Seaoflament shared at Stone Sour Fest today! Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is super malty with a big bite. Taste is malty rich and yummy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2012
Date: July 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: RBSG 2009
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy head
Aroma: earthy dry caramel aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of earthyness, light smoke

Date: March 05, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: brewery
Score: 2.9 to 3.1
Aroma: sweet malty aroma, light chocolate, fleeting touch of tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness, light smokyness
Overall: getting better

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

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