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RATINGS: 504   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3331) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2009
750 ml bottle shared at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a very dark brown with a bubbly, luscious brown head. Very pleasant aroma of brown sugar, sweet malt, and peat. The flavor is malty with less brown sugar than the aroma along with a bit of peat. Fairly smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Poursa hazy brown with a thin beige head. Touch of alcohol, but not overly distracting. Nice roast malt notes, and caramel. Smooth and malty, and finishing with a light bitter. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (2611) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2009
750 ml. Reddish brown pour with a thick tan head. Big smoky malt, peaty and earthy aroma. Sweet malt, cherry, coffee and roasted grain taste. Very complex ale, but the flavors all blend and compliment nicely. Letting it warm up a touch really lets the flavors explode. Really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a murky brown. Aroma of diacetyl and sweet malt. Flavor of roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. Ok for a scotch ale (admittedly not my favorite style). 6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Best thing about this is the flavor and palate. Nice and smooth/thick mouthfeel. Tons of dark fruity flavors mixed in with some vanilla. Never really seems cloying. Palate is amazingly clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(PPSG09, 22oz bottle) Murky brown body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some toffee, smoke/peat. Some stickiness, medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2009
I believe this was poured from a growler: Murky brown with a tan head. Chewy aroma- peat, caramel, dark fruits- creamy body. Rich yet balanced flavor of big caramel, vanilla notes, light peat, prune and other various dark fruits. Earthy on the back. A nice Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2009
aroma of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, a little smoke, and sweetness from dark fruits. flavor is similar with explosions of flavors that layer on top of eachother with exceptional balance. great brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Thanks to juiceisloose for this one - shared at Peter’s NY gathering - a very turbid pour - quite sweet, even for a scotch ale, but that is really my only complaint - low carbonation, with a smooth mouthfeel - a lot of caramel, toffee, and plum, on top of a soft peaty and smoky character - a bit of roasted nuts and cherries - quite earthy, but the smoke phenols take a back seat to the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Rich scotch-amber with tanned, creme brulee foam head. Musky bouquet of malt and candi malt. Buffeted veins of fruitiness, some prune, caramel, and cherry chocolate. Rich, velvey mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Candi-malt at the front of the palate. A wave of varied caramel malts with some specks of cherry chocolate glides over the taste buds. Top-notch Scotch ale.

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