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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Well done. Nicely made scotch from CCB. Heavy malt aroma with plenty of caramel. Flavor is loads of roasted and caramel malt, chewy for sure. Mild bite from the alcohol but not crazy. Actually, it’s pretty damn drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Trade from tarheels86. Thanks, man. What a a great Scotch Ale. Pours dark brown with an, one finger head. Caramel and cherry nose. Tastes of chocolate covered cherries, caramel, molasses, plum, brown sugar and a touch of honey. Very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
On tap at Capone’s for the Cigar City Philly Beer Week Event with Leafs93 and O’Meara. Pours a black color with an off white foam head. Has an aroma of caramel, roast, and toffee. Light and sweet taste. Cherry is very very faint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2009
bottle thanks to daknole. Shared at July BA tasting. Pours a dark brown with tan bubbles along edge of glass. Nose is of coffee, malt and peat. Taste is of coffee, malt and smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy with alcohol noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2012
750 Ml Bottle from Secret Santa-Mahogany pour w/a moderate tan head. Malty aroma. Strong malt flavor w/caramel, toffee, some chocolate, maybe a touch of cherry, & some yeast/bread dough. Pretty potent stuff, very malty, Classic Scotch Ale. Long malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
750 ml. Poured a dark brown with a tan head. Very sweet and malty. Very drinkable for a scoth ale. Cigar City did a nice job with one. I usually dont care for the style but I did for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Bottle, thanks to alexdad06 at Natifest. I forgot to rank this one, but stumbled accross my notes this morning. Pours a dark amber-copper color with a thin head. Aroma is strong with carmalized malts. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of wood, and the smallest amount of coffee come out. On the palate, it is thick and dry. The flavor brings out a bit of a nutty taste and brings the roasted malts to the front. Pretty good beer overall, but nothing too special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1080) - 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 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 you’re 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. That’s what this is.

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