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RATINGS: 510   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Thanks northernbrews! Poured into a snifter, red/brown with off-white head. Aroma of rich sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, peat, and booze. Taste more of the same, rich and tasty! Medium mouthfeel. Very nice scotch ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three finger thick, nicely amber tinged, full amber color. The beer is a dark amber color that has a concentrated redness to it. When held up to the light the beer shows a nicely concentrated, red, ruby color. The beer has an interesting note to it up front, it is quite sweet with an almost cinnamon like character to it sweetness; almost reminds me of a deeply caramelized, cinnamon sweetened red-hot. There is a touch of toasted grain underneath the sweet aroma. Perhaps this is a bit too cold (though it is at 50ºF / 10ºC), a quick stint in the microwave has me noticing a bit more caramel character rather than straight sweetness, some berry like fruit character as well as more toasted malt character. Actually the sticky sweetness has now all but disappeared. The aroma started out a bit on the simplistic side, but it does get a bit better if you really let it warm up, though it still doesn’t quite have the complexity that I was hoping for.

This is sweet tasting with a thick, chewy body that easily tames the sweetness, which definitely is not cloying. The beer finishes with a touch of warming alcohol as well as a chewy, whole grain toastiness, and a deeply caramelized malt character. A bit of caramelized, marshmallow character is in the middle and the finish has a hint of roast grain that adds just a hint of bite to balance a smidge of the sweetness. This does have some salty smokiness to it as well, which is quite subtle and I would guess is not from any actual peat smoked malt. This has a touch of fruitiness to it with mostly a raisin-like note that likely is contributed by the malt character. While the sweetness is not too much in this warmed up beer, it does still have a candy like note to it with all of the caramelized specialty malt character floating around in this beer.

In hopes of cutting the sweetness I have taken to eating an overly sweetened brownie, this does tame the beers sweetness, but actually brings a touch of tartness out in the beer. It does accentuate a touch more of the light roast character, a slight bit more smokiness, as well as bringing out more of the toasted malt character.

Not a bad beer, I must admit that I got a bit too caught up in excitement around this brewery, my expectations of grandeur where probably a bit too much, but I was expecting a lot more from this beer. It doesn’t quite have the complexity and balance that I really want to see in a great example of the style. Really my biggest complaint here is that the beer has a bit too much sweetness; it does need some sweetness, but if it was a touch drier it would really allow a lot more complex malt character to come through. A touch more age might round this out a bit though; six months to a year might see this beer peaking. I am still quite excited to try other beers from this brewery, they seem to be doing some really creative things.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bomber shared by ucusty at the Carolina Crew gathering - thanks, David! Nice looking pour, dusky and copper colored with a full head. Campfire aromas blend with sweet malts, a nice touch. Thinnish body and mellow carbonation. Sweet candy emerges in the flavor, with bready malts and toffee coming to the fore. A shame there isn’t more smoke in the flavor, as that’s what I found most distinctive and would have bumped it up for me. Still, a very solid brew and I’d like to try it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4094) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for sharing. Pours a dark copper brown with a thin yellow tan head. The nose is sweet, caramely, malty, some spice, phenolic, alcohol, mild peat, bubblegum, nice sweet malt character. The flavor is malty, caramel, sweet, peaty, more hop than I’m used to in a Scotch. Palate is hoppy with a peaty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to gnoff. Cloudy brown colur with a beige head. Aroma: malty, roasted, licorice, hops, mint/menthol, maybe just a light fruitiness. Taste: malty and roasted, very salty and peated with notes of licorice, salmiac, coffee, hops, mint/menthol, dark chocolate. Smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. I would have liked a bit more sweetness and fruitiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Thanks Solan! Grassy aroma, thick dark ruby. Hot with alcohol, lots of wood character, some cherry and charcoal, finishes sharp. tasted 013110 solid chewy brown, herbal across the board, rated higher.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5572) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2014 From a bottle at GBF 2011. Clear deep chestnut, medium beige head. DArk chocolate and toffee aroma, with notes of bananas. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Medium sweet with low bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2009
75 cl bottle thanks to sebletitje!
On June 16, 2009. Shared with a bunch of the Göteborg ratebeerians.
Shady dark brown color, big nice tan to orange head. Sweet, hoppy, malty, licorice, alcohol scent. Salty, malty, caramel, coffee, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Warming alcohol. Dryish finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2009
PPRBSG09 brought be Notalush I think. Pours a hazy deep amber with a thin lasting beige head. Aroma is lots of deep caramel, toasted malts, toffee, brown sugar, fruity esters, and light roast. Flavor is also fruity esters, big malts, toast, lgith roasted malts- nuts, almonds, cherrywood, and earthy hops, leather, toffee, and sweet licorice root. Mouthfeel is fairly big with a smooth finish. Pretty good for a big scotch ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6216) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2009
Fine mouth feel - sweet and sour, lots of burned sugar. Mellow malt. It looks like it could do with a hops injection.


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