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RATINGS: 505   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 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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
shared w/ the boys epic tasteing 6/911 poured a dark ruby red kaki head smells of cherrys dates bubble gum sticks barnyard taste of carmel on steroids bananas figs and bread what a beer

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hailpurdue (11) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Perfect aroma for a scotch, appears beautiful, taste is dead on, wonderful aftertaste. Just a perfect scotch ale.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (932) - Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours imperial stout dark with mahogany on the edges and a small tan head. Smells malty, caramel, and hints of fruit. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruits. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale finishes with a touch of sweetness and a hint of smoke.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jaross (27) - - DEC 23, 2012
Foward warm buttery flavor booze shows itself but doesnt stand alone much. Deep malt flavors. Mouth feel thick and buttery. Deep Malty sweet aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Dark mahogany pour with frothy tan head. Good lacing. Sweet aroma with hints of maple, apricot, raisins and caramel. Full bodied with strong malt and raisin flavor. Just a hint of smoke. Very clean finish. A fantastic beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkguardian (725) - 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 Zhukovís Impy Stout! Insane props to Joey and Wayne on this amazing masterpiece.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (986) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton23 (606) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adam42381 (376) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1407) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 750 mL bottle from Leeís Liquors in Orlando (big thanks to Austin for getting this one). Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, smoke, and very light piney hops. Very good, balanced flavor; not too sweet like many Scotch Ales. This does have some characterisitics of an imperial stout with the smoked flavors, toffee, and a hint of coffee. I said this in my review of Founderís Dirty Bastard but I now have to ammend that review: best Scotch Ale I have had. This time, I donít think itís even close. Phenomenal beer.


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