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RATINGS: 525   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6526) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml capped bottle. Pours a dark brown with an initial frothy khaki colored head that dissipates after a while. Aroma i pleasant, with notes of toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with loads of toffee, chocolate, a wisp of licorice, and caramel. Hint of peat and smoke in the back end. Mouthfeel is not quite as thick as the flavor would warrant. Overall, solid and an excellent deal at $7.99.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Pours dark brown with offwhite head. Aroma was bready, toffee and coffee. Taste was sweet with nutty backbone. The cherry was not so noticeable to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kuphish (381) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (4853) - Freising, GERMANY - JUL 3, 2013
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy ruby-amber colour with a creamy off-white head. aroma of balsamic vinegar, tobacco, white grapes, roasted malts and caramel. flavour is mostly the same, slightly reminiscent of an oud bruin, with a medium sweetness, some bread dough, caramel and roasted malts. medium to heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (978) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottleshare thankd to DrewFace. Pours dark brown, tan head. Aroma of peaty stuff, sounds right. Taste is malty, smokey, peat, decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a murky brown. Aroma of diacetyl and sweet malt. Flavor of roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. Ok for a scotch ale (admittedly not my favorite style). 6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to gnoff. Cloudy brown colur with a beige head. Aroma: malty, roasted, licorice, hops, mint/menthol, maybe just a light fruitiness. Taste: malty and roasted, very salty and peated with notes of licorice, salmiac, coffee, hops, mint/menthol, dark chocolate. Smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. I would have liked a bit more sweetness and fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(750ml bottle, courtesy of hopscotch – he sent this to me out of the blue; have had a couple other samples at various tasting in recent weeks as well) Pours a brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of mustiness, peat, toffee, caramel, and earth. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, peat/smoke, oak, earth, and subtle coffee beans with a dry finish. Thanks Eric and the other fine Ratebeerians and BAs that have shared!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3388) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010
8/01/2009: Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale ... Aroma: Fruity, rich caramelized malts, chocolate. Appearance: Very, very dark brown; tan-colored head. Flavor: Roasted malts and slightly nutty, semi-sweet chocolate. Palate: Medium-full body. Overall: I almost regret trying this beer at the gathering just because I think it didn’t get a fair shake due to so much beer flowing! This beer wasn’t bad by any means, but it seems more like a Brown Porter to me than a Scotch Ale. I was super excited about trying it and wasn’t able to find any of the richness, depth, and other complexities that I was hoping for. Hopefully I will get to experience this beer again in a much more intimate setting so that I can truly probe its depths!

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (8.5% Alcohol by Vol.) shared by alexdad06 at NATIFEST ’09. Thanks Brad. I appreciate it! Rating #96 for this beer. Score: 7/3/8/4/15 = 3.7
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11/29/2009: Cigar City Scotch Ale... Aroma: Can’t find much of anything... Appearance: Opaque, liquid chocolate brown; no head; slow carbonation. Flavor: Malty, but nothing impressive or unique; slightly crreamy and yeasty; dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Palate: Milky texture; medium-bodied; kind of sticky. Overall: Quite UNimpressive; more like a Brown Ale than a Scotch Ale.

Growler fill (draught) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating # for this beer. Score: 5/3/8/3/13 = 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Thanks to TampaBrew. Clear, dark brown pour with red highlights, minimal lace. Aroma of plums, alcohol, smoke, molasses. Flavor is an enormous malt bomb, toffee, molasses, prunes, toasted bread, walnut, cider. Would rate higher, but had trouble enjoying. Flavor is poorly harmonized with a very overt alcohol presence and fusel off note, like a blend of root beer and cough syrup. Improves after some time spent mellowing in the glass. Very full mouthfeel, warming, slightly still.

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