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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle: Thanks to TampaBrew for this...pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is massive with notes of toffee, cherries, pipe tobacco and brown sugar. The thing that really sets this apart is the fullness of the body...flavors are big on the toffee and caramel malts with some dark fruits complimenting the maltiness. Great brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UncleKorm (656) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap poured clear dark amber w/ small off-white head, min lacing. Aroma of dried fruits and brown sugar. Flavor is very sweet, sugary, raisins, banana, and dried fruits. Cloying sweetness, little bitter hoppy touch. Full body and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2010
Let it be said instantly - This is without doubt the best beer with the disignation of "Scotch Ale" I have ever tasted. The pour is all brown with a cappochino colored head that allmost have an orange glow. The aroma is smokey caramel with both peaches and oranges and with a malty profile topped with some nice bitter notes. The taste is huge and as I said far more intens and interesting than other scotich ales I have had. I am thinking of those neat chocolates with Crand Marnier inside. A mild sourness somewhere far away. It has been malted with a fine bitterness and has a palate that tends to bite but at the same time heavy and fat with a long lasting sweet caramel-like finish. Good one

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
What a wonderful ale. I was given this and thought that jesus himself had come down from above and blessed me. Perfect harmony of sweet and caramel malts and a taste that really subdued any alcohol that was present. This is perhaps the best scotch ale I have tried. Even at 8.5% I feel that I could drink this for an entire night without caution. A great beer from Cigar City.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (636) - - OCT 18, 2012
Dark brown, very light tan head. Nose is berries, booze, fruit cake. Taste is berries, red fruit, fruit cake, booze. Bitter chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
More fun from the cellar of the Porter. Pours black with minimal head. Candy and booze are all over the nose. Boozy and sweet flavors are magnified by the oozing thickness of this brew. Delicious. Bottle - The Porter - Atlanta, GA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
750 mL thanks to BierBauch via trade. Pours a rich, deep nut brown, with a large, pillowy foam head. Aroma is nutty and bitter, but very faint through all that foam. Taste is suited to the nose, with the early palate bringing a full, nutty, almond bitterness, followed by a sweet malty caramel, accompanied by soy sauce. There is a faint metallic taste to the finish, but over all, this is good, especially for a style I don’t typically enjoy too much. The early bitterness, balanced by the mid-to-late sweetness is just great. There is even a touch of bread and coffee in this brew, as far as I can tell. Excellent stuff. Thanks Ron!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (603) - TURKEY - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with small foamy tan head, bread aroma, sweet fruity taste with a hint of caramel, low carbonation, long finish. A bit too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle thanks to Tarheels86. Also thanks to Alexsdad06 for letting me sample his bottle too.

I’m not really a fan of Scotch Ales yet and have only had a few. This has an aroma of malts and caramel. Looks great, dark brown with a thick creamy beige head that sticks around. Flavor is unique, sweet malts, caramel, maybe a touch of smoke. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours a very dark almost black. Smells of molasses, chocolate and scotch. Tastes of molasses, brown sugar. Loads of peat and scotch tastes. This is almost the perfect beer.

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