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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (9833) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9650) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown dense head. aroma of caramel and sweetness. Cocoa, fruits and spice notable. Flavour of caramel, sweetness, cocoa and spice. Medium bodied. Dry light grapy caramel in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9454) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9428) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9050) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle sent to my by tpd975. Great great scotch ale. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is full of great caramel malt, nuts, fruit and some brown sugar. The body of this beer is beyond amazing. Coats the mouth like very few beers can dream of. The flavor is just loaded with every imaginalbe malt flavor you can name. Caramel, toffee, fruit, vanilla, chocolate, wood, roast, brown sugar, man oh man. Wayne and Joey are seriously cranking out some amazing beers. but what do I know, I am just a homer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2009
(Rating #5000) Bottle…This beer rocks!... Pours too dark and murky to see through – I’d say burnt caramel with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxurious, odd mix of singed caramel, smoke, tobacco and a gob of charred marshmallow. Tough to figure out, but very nice. Full-bodied with a creamy/sticky mouthfeel and ticklish carbonation. The flavor is a swirl of all things sweet, caramelized, singed and toasted – espresso, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Finishes sweet and rich and leaves me wanting to pop the top on another bottle immediately. Quickly! I’m hooked and need my next fix.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750ml bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!). Poured a deeper amberish/brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, toffee, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of lighter earthiness, dark fruits, chocolate, and smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of markwise. Huge thanks! Somewhat hazy, dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Huge toffee, very rich caramel malty, earthy hoppy aroma. Somewhat syrupy mouth feel. Rich caramel, caramelized sugary, big toffee, slightly fruity, earthy hoppy flavor. Pretty rich flavor.


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