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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (12712) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2011
Bottle from Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. It pours darkest brown (near black), with a foamy beige head. The nose is toffee, caramel, treacle, brown sugar, salted liquorice and chlorine. The taste is caramel, aniseed, malt vinegar, smoke, toffee, vanilla, salted liquorice, treacle and butterscotch, with a rich, sickly-sweet finish. It’s full bodied and has average carbonation. Interesting, but far too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy dkachur-pours a dissipating to a ring tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is scotch, peat/roasty-medium malt with some chocolate, secondary earthy hops. Taste is scotch, peat/roasty-medium malt with some chocolate, secondary earthy hops. Towards full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle shared by jbye4334 at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours hazy dark brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is light butyric acid, raisin, prune, chocolate and caramel malt, alcohol, metal, and little hops. Flavor is moderate sweet caramel malt, prune, dates, alcohol, low hops, fruity esters, and chocolate. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish though not cloying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016
[5/13/16] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Blue session. Dark brown. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits. Sweet flavor, caramelly, with dark fruits, nutty notes. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Skjold Burne, Aarhus.
Gusher. Pours deep deep brown, bordering on black. Staying, frothy, light fizzy, beige head. Aroma has cherries, cranberries, chocolate, deep caramel, some lactic notes. High carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, caramel, chocolate. Raisins and a slight lactic touch with some metallic off-notes from the carbonation. Vinious and a bit warming. Okay, but not worth the money.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (12088) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Dark brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavour of fruit, caramel, wood, bourbon, yeast and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (12017) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2011
from Erzbierschof - pours a very dark brown almost black beer; persistent dark beige foam; aroma of coffee and ginger, pretty metallic notes; very malty and thick, sweet and with a low bitterness; very long malty and caramelish finish with notes of coffee and nuts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11942) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 cloudy brown, small ligt brown head nice sweet cookie like fruiy aroma. faint. wood? or is i t faint dark fruits flavor is sort of stale hoppy, dark fruity, caramel, toffee, various spicy notes. complex, things to explore - but the initial overall impression is well brewed old beer. re-rate 2010-09-17 at plovmand tasting bottled version. nice woody aroma, spices, very very nice aroma. 8 flavor is dark fruits spices, wood, faint hops, very complex and very tasty. 8 second tasting of this beer was much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2009
750 mL bottle courtesy of Joey. Thanks! Pours a dark slightly hazy reddish bronze color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, green apple, red apple and other fruity notes. Taste is toffee, caramel, leafy and bitter hop notes and a fruity apple finish. A hint of chocolate. Full bodied. This is a damn good beer.

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