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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4307) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5846) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (8218) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6363) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2009 Thanks to Markwise for the bottle! Dark brown pour with a slight haze. Fluffy tan head and rings of lace. Light coffee, toast, and woody notes. Finish is dominated by dark fruit, caramel, and big toffee notes. Not quite as peaty or as earthy as I would have liked for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Huge thanks to pepsican, badbeer, and iowaherkeye. Definitely CC-same yeast strain characteristics for sure-muted must. I guess it’s mostly a scotch ale. Some nice wood. Nice carbonation. Nutty. Fairly sweet.

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