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RATINGS: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (14622) - DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle, Rating #3000. Very dark brown with big beige head. Flavour is roasted malts, spices, chocolate, fruit, hops, medium sweet, toffee, nutty, dried fruits and a little brett.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 18, 2012
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is spices, alcohol, brett. Flavour is spices, alcohol, coffee, brett, caramel, dried fruits. Full body. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (13493) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 Pours a dark muddy brown, almost cola color with tan head. Nose is molasses, caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Taste is thick caramel butterscotch candy, toffee, sticky molasses and brown sugars.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13157) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle from Kingdom Liquor. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (12993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 4, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma is very deep, with scotch, wood, toffee and caramel malts, and some dark fruits. Flavour is quite sweet, with toffee, sweet caramel and lots of sweet dark cherries. Not much of the scotch on the flavour, just a lot of rich caramel and highly sweet notes without being cloying. Very enjoyable slow sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12928) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (12841) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Some scotch notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. NIce.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12594) - 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!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (12592) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12572) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin receding brown head. In aroma, chocolate, soy sauce, torrefied coffee, and burned caramel. In mouth, a sweet burned caramel, yeaty notes, coffee in final, nice, sweet and smooth. Bomber shared with Probstk, GRM, Mike H and Ian G, June 5 2011.


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