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RATINGS: 528   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
Gedronken @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting, zwart/bruine kleur, bruine schuimkraag, ruikt zoet, fruitig, framboos, beetje kruidig en smaakt ook zo, er is wel veel koolzuur aanwezig

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (235) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Pours dark brown from a 500 cc bottle. Light brown head, quickly fading. Aroma is sweet malt, raisin, and spice. Flavour is rich sweet malts up front, molasses, vanilla, nice smooth astringent finish from light hops. Awesome Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2013
Dark brown colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, malts, fruity, light sour berries. Sweet flavour, caramel, cherry, sour touch, malts. Finish cherry, malts, berries, light sour. One of the better Scotch ales, I’d say (though I’m not a big fan of the style)
(From 75cL bottle @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting, Bodegraven. Thanks for sharing, joes!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4207) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a beige head. Smokey, tar and fruity aroma. Ashes, tar, a bit salty and fruity, malty flavour. A really nice beer :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2013
Sampled @ RBESG 13 Grand Tasting. Opaque brown colour with some particles (chunks), small beige head. Smells sourish, rubberish, herbs, spices and a bit peppery. Tastes sourish, fruity, lots of herbs and spices. Medium body, medium carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (5036) - Freising, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2013
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy ruby-amber colour with a creamy off-white head. aroma of balsamic vinegar, tobacco, white grapes, roasted malts and caramel. flavour is mostly the same, slightly reminiscent of an oud bruin, with a medium sweetness, some bread dough, caramel and roasted malts. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5726) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2013
Bottle @ RBESG’13 Grand Tasting @ De Molen: Served in a Molen taster: Thanks for sharing Joes: Vanilla beige light brown colored foamy head that changes into some kind of lacing with regular speed. This Big Sound has a deep dark brown color. Aroma is an interesting mix of caramel, brett/wild yeast, rye, bread, mocha and butter. Flavours of roast, prunes, marzepin, cream, malt roast, raisin, light soap, bitter and some bready yeast. Aftertaste is bitter, sweet, roast, chalkand dark sweet fruits. Low carbo, soft silky creamy mouthfeel, medium to full body and a full creamy texture. Good balanced interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (6539) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to Joes. Dark brown, light ruby hue, little tanned head. Nose is red fruits, light caramel, thick berries, Schwarzwald pie. Taste is sweet berries, Schwarzwald pie, thick mocha, light port, sour notes, redd berries, bitter herbs & some spice. Thick body. Reminds me a bit of Kalevipoeg due to the Schwarzwald pie & berry notes. Another excellent CCB brew, confused by the low ratings to be honest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6172) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled @ RBESG 2013 Grand Tasting. Fruity, tart, spicy yeast, horseblanket. Bit sweet cookie. It’s complex, but a bit unbalanced in all the flavors. Still I quite like it actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (11841) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ RBESG grand tasting. Dark red brown color, virtually no head. Smell and taste sweet-sourish, with sone alcohol and something weird. Hmm average body and carbonation. Don’t really like it.

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