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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this at the Kuhnhenn’s Summer Solstice. Pours a mahogany color with a small, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and smoke. The flavor is peat, dark fruit, bread, damp wood, and some hints of fruity esters and toasted nuts. Sticky medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haslinger (874) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
bottle shared with kegbear. Oh man this one smells like caramel and some toffee. It tastes the same with an awesome bit of chocolate cocoa as it warms it slightly mellows and the cocoa becomes a bit more pronounced. This beer is awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (866) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Firkin at Capone’s. Starts out with an a fairly intense coffee taste that gives way to a malty toffee flavor. Not bad, but the first half tasted better than the latter portion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Woo-hoo, my first CC beer, and looking forward to it, with mucho thanks to dchmela! 750ml bottle pours a nice reddish brown with a good sized lasting tan head. Aroma is milder but still plenty going on, with toffee, peat, coffee, bread, brown sugar and a touch of smoke. As expected, flavor is more malts, with continued toffee, bread, peat, brown sugar and touches of coffee and smoke. Nicely done, and while it doesn’t beat out Alesmith Wee Heavy in this style for me, it sure is enjoyable. Thanks again Dave!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Aroma is loaded with caramelly malts, some ligher peat coming through as well. Looks like liquid toffee, and quite frankly, tastes like it too! Very sweet with a nice toasty quality to it. Overall quite taste, great treat on Christmas night! Thanks to secret santa 09 for this gem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (817) - California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Yummy. Poured scotch ale brown with a decent head. Nose was musty peet with sweet toffee. Taste was very sweet with toffee and a ton of roasted malt. We had this side by side with the BA version and I found this more enjoyable. This is the second side by side in a row with a big scotch ale and it’s BA sister in which the non-BA version stole the show.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Thanks Grant for the treat. Pored this one into a large snifter sitting by a camp fire. I must say it may have influenced my score some by adding to the experience I even lit up a Liga Privada no.9 for my second glass which paired prefect in my book. The brew had a tan colored head on top of a dark brown body, and the head lasted leaving great lacing on the side of the glass. Big roasted malt aromas’ come from this brew, so you get some coffee espresso notes. Now It might have been the campfire but I did get a slight hint of smoke LOL. It had a medium to light body. I wished for a tad more probably my only knock on the brew. The flavor was great, it had a healthy amount of sweet caramel malts to me with the right amount of roasted bitters to keep this brew well balanced. Again I did get some smokiness to it as well, but like I said the atmosphere enhanced this one. A great scotch ale well worth the effort to obtain. The drinkability was off the charts for me. I would love another bottle (hint)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle pours thick and brown with thick tan persistent head. Great lacing. Aroma sweet malts. Taste sweet toffee, caramel, malts, yeast, bit of dark fruit. Finish clean with minimal hops. palate thick and sticky. Alcohol disguised. Not astringent at all. Really does bring to mind a strong barleywine rather than a scotch ale but it works for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a thick beige head. Aroma is of deep roasted malt, caramel, light smoke and some coffee. Flavor is big roasted caramel malt and toffee, some bread and slight currant undertones are also present. Totally devoid of peat. Very rich but still very drinkable, slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
22oz bottle. Shared with friends. Pours a creamy dark brown with a thick light tan head. Nose is of course lots of caramel but also considerable brown sugar, smoke and even a bit of fruit (some citrus from the hops but also some prune and cherry). The flavor on this is jaw dropping. I actually prefer the flavor slightly to Alesmith Wee Heavy. In fact Overall I think I like this better. Its reminiscent more of Belhaven Wee Heavy in its flavor profile but with a balancing of hops that keeps the sweetness in check. Rich roasted chocolate up front followed by thick notes of caramel and cherry. Some strong raisin and fig and even a bit of light smoke and leather. Simply AMAZING. The palate is super thick and I was amazed this was only 8.5% not because of the alcohol which is non existant, but because the palate is just insanely full. Massive body. Chewy and rich. I actually may like this more than the Zhukov’s Impy Stout! Insane props to Joey and Wayne on this amazing masterpiece.

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