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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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma brings out sweet toffee with hints of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Roasty malty flavor starts with chocolate cherries and finishes with hints of coffee beans. Finish is chewy and dry that is very flavorable and enjoyable. I didnít realize I like Scotch Aleís so much until I tried this one. Well balanced and well done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2011
Quite quite lovely. Rich toffee, chocolate and feint raisin malts Maybe a little smoke, but a lovely rich crystaline note. Sweet, rich. Dark hues, with a ruby tinged edge. I think this is a classic interpretation of what is understood to be a scotch ale. And, a great drink displaying an alternative to the persistent hop barrage that fashions have us in.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 23, 2011
75cl bottle, thistle glass. Pours a dark brown, with a dissipating off-white head. Smells of sweet malts, toffee and cherry. Full-bodied creaminess. Tastes of sweet roasted malt, cherries and coffee. Finishes with a slightly bitter funk. I think Iím in love with this rather complex beauty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcrae19 (59) - - FEB 10, 2013
1 pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle. Served in a snifter. Pours a cola/coffee color with almost no head. Big, malty, cola aroma. Taste is lightly toasty, sweet and syrupy with a finish reminiscent of sassafras. Unique and enjoyable.

   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 youíre hoping for! Sweet malt, toffee, brown sugar, and wonderful roasty undertones. So smooth and drinkable. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Pours a murky brown/black. Thin tan head. Nose is initially boozey then roasty as hell. sweet caramel nose. Flavor is a wonderful alcoholic malt bomb. Roasty, dark fruits, some charred flavor. Mouthfeel is very full, slightly oily. Very very smooth. Drink this one on the warmer side to let the alcohol come out. Beautiful. Incredible scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight, reddish brown. Starts out with a big frothy head that subsides to a quarty inch of tan froth. Aroma: Peaty malt, cocoa-cola, resinous earthy hops, vanilla, old medicine chest and oiled leather. Finishes very roasty and semi-sweet. Taste: Bitter cocoa, woody booze, fresh made drip coffee, earth, and spicy hops. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not thick or syrupy what-so-ever. Overall: A unbelievable Wee Heavy, now in my top 3 (Alesmith, Great Divide being the others). Big complex, but not overdone and not underwhelming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2009
750 mL bottle courtesy of Joey. Thanks! Pours a dark slightly hazy reddish bronze color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, green apple, red apple and other fruity notes. Taste is toffee, caramel, leafy and bitter hop notes and a fruity apple finish. A hint of chocolate. Full bodied. This is a damn good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Itís sweet. Itís bright. Itís a swirling cacophony of toffee, coffee and autumn spices. It is full bodied beer with a smooth and mellow after taste

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