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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 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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bearohs (14) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2015
This beer rocks. Slightly sweet finish plus a unique kick up front makes you know you are drinking a mans beer. A boozy wonderful taste but not all that boozy if that makes any sense.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Brown pour clear and small tan head. Aroma of nutty malts. Flavor of dried nuts and some dried dark fruits. Really great style I need to divulge in more. I hear ale smith got a good one.....bottle trade?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1822) - Raleigh, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhilTheThrill (25) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
750 at redlight redlight huge toffee and chocolate notes in the nose... super creamy... delicious coffee and toffee tastes... like ovaltine for big people... hot damn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle from Frank Smithís. Pours turbid burny umber with a huge, fluffy 3-finger brown head and lace to spare. Nose is scotch malty, dark fruity, with notes of fig, toffee, brown sugar, hops, earthy, and cacao. Tastes rich, malty, somewhat sweet, with figgy and red winey fruit, butterscotch (not diacetyl), brown sugar, molasses, and fine tobacco. Reminds me a lot of Alesmithís scotch ale,, the name of which escapes me at the moment, and a bit of the original Stoudtís scotch ale, which was a masterpiece. Very complex palate, and as it warms I get more cherry flavor, soime slight funky lactic notes, and tons of malt throughout. This is an elite scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
For over a year, Iíve been trying to find ONE Scotch Ale that comes even close to the flavor and taste of McEwanís Scotch Ale, which is on hiatus from being imported to the US. If you read my other reviews youíll see Iíve been through a LOT of them: Wet Willys Alesmith Belhaven Traquair House Jolly Scott Scotty Karate Skullsplitter Old Chub Arcadia Berkshire French Broad And more. Iíve liked some. Disliked others. NONE of them have the taste that McEwanís brings to the table. I was dismayed and thought Iíd never get it again. I have a couple last bottles of Mac here that Iíd been saving. Iíve been looking for some to trade in Canada where they apparently still exist, but itís been rough. So, after trying so many other SAís with nothing close (Alesmith was the closest and itís a far jump) I halfheartedly opened a bottle of Big Sound last night. Delightedly, I find that it aims squarely for the McEewanís flavor and may even SURPASS it in every way. I went and read their web description. Cherries! Whoíd have thought? And hereís me slamming every quad that sneaks freaking cherries into their blend! So - if you like and miss McEwanís - give this a try. I have a Mac opened and am going back and forth. Mac is definitely more soy sauce/tobbacco, while the BS is a bit sweeter - but itís a fine line. Hereís the real BA rundown: APP: Deep dark mahogany body with a beautiful full-figured head on top in vanilla caramel colors. Smell: Molasses, Toffee, and apparently old cherries. I would have said English Fruitcake - but same thing. Taste: Malt bomb, dark caramel syrupy sweet. Not too stouty, so a good drinker but really big flavor. Toffee, cherries, dark candied fruit, a little coffee, burnt sugar. Molasses. Wonderful. Overall - just freaking amazing and an easy drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aasher (113) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
This beer was given as an extra by Avagadro in a recent trade. Thanks Aaron! It was poured into a Bellís tulip. It pours a dark, dark brown in color with a one finger velvety smooth beige colored head. It was a very, very smooth pour and was medium to full in body. It smells of slightly sweet dark malts, cream, with a light hazelnut aspect. Itís really intriguing. The flavors are phenomenal and complex. It tastes of light cocoa powder, cream, light vanilla, light toffee, and light cherries. Everything is so well integrated that itís the perfect blend, overly flavorful, and not too sweet. This beer is exceptionally smooth and perfect on the palate. The aftertaste too is phenomenal. Overall this is hands down the best scotch ale Iíve had to date. What a beer! Seek out this beer if youíre a fan of the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rubbishystuff (2337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Thanks to Dad for this. Very nice beer. Warm malty toffee flavors. Also a minerally flavor that is nice. Quite smooth. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 1, 2013
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBESG 2013. Thx! to Joes. Dark brown, light ruby hue, little tanned head. Nose is red fruits, light caramel, thick berries, Schwarzwald pie. Taste is sweet berries, Schwarzwald pie, thick mocha, light port, sour notes, redd berries, bitter herbs & some spice. Thick body. Reminds me a bit of Kalevipoeg due to the Schwarzwald pie & berry notes. Another excellent CCB brew, confused by the low ratings to be honest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle sent to my by tpd975. Great great scotch ale. Very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is full of great caramel malt, nuts, fruit and some brown sugar. The body of this beer is beyond amazing. Coats the mouth like very few beers can dream of. The flavor is just loaded with every imaginalbe malt flavor you can name. Caramel, toffee, fruit, vanilla, chocolate, wood, roast, brown sugar, man oh man. Wayne and Joey are seriously cranking out some amazing beers. but what do I know, I am just a homer.

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