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RATINGS: 548   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 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 (12756) - 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 (1093) - 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 (7917) - 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 (3380) - 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 (10883) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 750ml bottle from hopshunter...pours a dark and murky toffee brown wih a thin light tan head....aroma of toffee and caramel malt, not too complicated. little smokiness to boot.... flavors of sweet semi-charred caramel malt upfront with a nice roasty semi-bitter chocolate finish. low to medium carbonation. a very nice rendition of a scotch ale with some added complexity that makes it stand above others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Bottle. Big thanks to Matt for sending this one to me on my first father’s day, shared with my father-in-law - who is also a big scotch ale fan. Very smooth malty body, heavy but not thick. The flavor seemed to soak into my taste buds with a great palate of smoke malt and hops. This is extremely easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight, reddish brown. Starts out with a big frothy head that subsides to a quarty inch of tan froth. Aroma: Peaty malt, cocoa-cola, resinous earthy hops, vanilla, old medicine chest and oiled leather. Finishes very roasty and semi-sweet. Taste: Bitter cocoa, woody booze, fresh made drip coffee, earth, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not thick or syrupy what-so-ever. Overall: A unbelievable Wee Heavy, now in my top 3 (Alesmith, Great Divide being the others). Big complex, but not overdone and not underwhelming.

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