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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14669) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle, 75cl. A small, beige head forms and disappeares in a few seconds, with a more or less clear, dark reddish brown body underneath. Lightly bretted nose with dried fruits, caramel, some roasted hints and coffee. A bit too well carbonated, full to medium body, quite dry. Some residual sugars though, making sure it’s not too dry. Raisins, caramel, some generic dried fruits, coffee hints and sweetness. Hmm, I don’t think the funk is intended, it’s sure delicious in this way though, really delicious. A fine beer indeed. 111112

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14388) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle from Skjold Burne. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown with a ruby hue. Aroma and taste are rich and powerful with lots of raisin, plums, cherries, caramel, malt and hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2010
750 ml bottle from the brewery, shared with Nico, Felix and Philip. Pours dark maroon, medium brown head, decent lacing. Aroma of licorice, dates, prunes. Taste has chocolate, licorice, caramel. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14258) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 26, 2010
Bottle @ Papsø. Thanks. Pours dark brown with a small creamy head. Nose is sweet and vinous. coffee, liquorice and caramel. Heavy sweet with lots of toffee and an oaky touch. Full bodied. Ends very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at Papsø 23-Apr-2010 - Thanks. Cloudy red/brown - white edges. Herbal, tea, roasted, chocolate, berries, fruity, roasted, licorice, smokey notes, red berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13358) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2010
Bottled (PBF)
Dark nut brown color, decent steady beige head. Aroma has raisins, cellar and wood. Lots of alcohol, raisins, licorice, toffee. Long warming aftertaste. Strong Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Murky chestnut with a light head. Earthy nose is toffee and caramel richness. Soft, full, rich mouthfeel. Soft, chewy toffee notes, very sweet and lush. Hints of peat and wood. Well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rasmus40 (12393) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Clear dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170911

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Dark amber color, somewhat hazy, with a rich beige head. Earthy aroma, licorice, milk, malt. Hoppy citrus flavor, spicy, metal notes, smoky, salmiak, salt, some alcohol, cherry notes, roasted. Roasted spicy finish.

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