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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 750 ml bottle from whole foods. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Wonderful looking beer. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Taste is caramel malty goodness, some molasses at the backend but overall very good. Palate, a bit too much carbonation, medium mouthfeel, alcohol doesnt warm you up too much. not as good as i remembered it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours a muddy brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, soy sauce, some ripe fruit. Similar taste, very warming like a nice bourbon. Sticky, almost cloying mouthfeel. A bit sweet, but I guess thatís par for the course for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Advocate_Ames (421) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
The aroma is primarily of sweet malts & cherries. The taste is very good. The malts are delicious. They are sweet but not too sweet. I taste a little yeast but the cherry flavor over powers the yeast in the finish. That balances things out and doesn?t make the Big Sound real bitter. I really enjoyed this drink. I would gladly have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thejon375 (410) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Pours a dark brown almost opaque with medium tan head. Aromas of peat and roasted malts. Flavors of caramel, coffee, dark fruit and malty goodness. Nice thick and creamy on the palate with a slightly bitter finish. Well done Wayne and Joey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Pours a hazy Dark Brown with a thin lasting beige head. Aroma is lots of sweet caramel, toasted malts, brown sugar, dark fruity esters, and light roast. Flavor is also Dark fruit, big malts, and earthy hops and sweet licorice on the finish . Mouth feel is Medium/Full, with a smooth finish. Great tasting brew, but almost no resemblance to a scotch ale. Tastes similar to their Warmer Winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2013
750ml bottle purchased at the brewery in Jan 2013. Hazy, cola colored body with a thin, tan head. Diminishes to a fine ring with moderate lacing. Aroma contains vanilla, vague pitted fruit, and bread crust. Not as rich as I expected. Flavor brings much more: the above plus faint roast, plum, and fig. A touch of caramel and toffee. Full body, moderate carbonation. Very malting with a tasty, lingering finish. A very good sipper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JUN 4, 2009
aroma of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, a little smoke, and sweetness from dark fruits. flavor is similar with explosions of flavors that layer on top of eachother with exceptional balance. great brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Nice hazy brown pour, big head, fades to a thick skim with nice lacing. Aroma is dried fruit and bretty cherries, lots of sugary caramelized fruits and malts. Taste has sticky sweet cherries up front, lots of sweet toffee malt on the back, finishing with a fair dose of, you guessed it, sticky sweet and slightly roasty malts. Light touch of balsamic wood present on the aftertaste as it warms. Touch of smoke perhaps? As I have more CCB, I am seeing a flavor and aroma trend. Lots of sticky sweet malts and lots of slightly funky, slightly tart flavors and textures....is it intentional? Is it the water? Who knows, but just keep that brett out of my zuhkov!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to God of Thunder. Pours dark brown, though amber when the light hits it. Smells like butter scotch and molasses. Great bittersweet flavor with a bite to it. Cigar City is almost always very good and this is not exception.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (375) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2011
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with beautiful ruby red highlights and a 3 finger frothy medium tan colored head featuring tiny carbonation bubbles. Excellent creamy lacing coating the glass. Smell: Tons of malt and cocoa with a touch of dried fruits. Smells a lot like Hersheyís Whoppers. Taste: Very sweet mix of flavors up front including cocoa and sweet malt with a touch of caramel up front followed by a light amount of hops in the middle and ending with lightly toasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bittersweet and quite appealing. Very well-balanced beer that keeps the alcohol completely hidden. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and creamy with a fairly high amount of prickly carbonation that gives it just about the perfect feel for me. Really coats the palate. Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The alcohol will sneak up on you since you really donít even notice that itís there. Overall: Excellent beer overall. Cigar City has really knocked it out of the park with this one. Iíve liked just about every Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy that Iíve tried and this one does nothing to change that. I would highly suggest trying this beer if you get the chance.

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