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RATINGS: 540   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 youíll 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head. Aroma is awesome! Notes of toffee, caramel, and a touch of smokey malt and slight coffee. Taste is just as good as youíre hoping for! Sweet malt, toffee, brown sugar, and wonderful roasty undertones. So smooth and drinkable. Delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Shared by Shyam - thank you sir. A perfectly average Scotch ale. Nose is slight peat, very thickly caramel malt, Flavor is the same - brown apple, brown sugar, less malt. I just described a competent, standard Scotch ale. Thatís what this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Tap at Caponeís. Muddy, dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee and dark fruit. Nice fruity finish of black cherry and fig. No smokiness but a great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1059) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Incredible really. A dark brown ale with a creamy head that comes alive. Flavors are everywhere--malted milk, toffee, sweet cream, and a bit of warmness from the alcohol, and a hint of hazelnut coffee. Bomber from IBG.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours dark brown with a decent enough head. Smells of scotch, bourbon, whiskey, roasted grains, rye bread, dark toffee and candy. Molasses and syrup. Tastes sweet but not cloyingly so. Nice mellow candy. Smores. Definitely some roasted marshmellow. Pretty nice considering the sweetness level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Wayne. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with amber highlights with a one finger light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, with toasted and light roasted malts in the background. Taste is lots of malt with a drying roasty toasty finish. Medium mouthfeel with a mild a mount of bitterness and medium soft carbonation. A damn fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle shared by solan. Thanks! Pours dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma is coffee and cherry pit. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is toffee mixed in with coffee upfront. The middle is heavy cherry flavor. Almost tart cherry flavor. Finishes with a toasty bready flavor. A great brew. Thanks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2010
750ml bottle as a sweet bonus from alexsdad06. thanks, brad! pours a dark brown with a smooth, dark khaki head and sticky lacing. aroma is great with smooth, buttery toffee, toasted dark malts, and light wood with fruity notes of black cherry, fig, and raisin and a touch of sweet vanilla. flavor is wonderful as well with lightly tart fruit notes of cherry, plum, and red grape up front that are quickly smoothed out by sweet toffee, roasted malts, toasted pumpernickel, and mild peat leading into a burnt coffee on the swallow. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation and long, roasty finish. overall, a wonderful scotch ale. iíd expect nothing less from CCB and iím not even a homer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 6/14/09. Poured into my pint glass a very thick dark brown with slight ruby tints on the edges. There was a decent amount of tan head on there, but this left little to no lacing. Disappointing there. Smells of fresh bread, big toffee, caramel, and booze. Mouthfeel is decent with a medium amount of carbonation. Slightly slick, but not bad. This is the maltiest malt-bomb ever! Huge brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, pumpernickel all over this beer! Finishes slightly chalky and drying. This is a very good Scotch Ale. Probably the best Iíve had. Highly recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (993) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottleshare thankd to DrewFace. Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma of peaty stuff, sounds right. Taste is malty, smokey, peat, decent.

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