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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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2009
750, thanks, Scrizzz! Pours hazy brown with a lacy beige head. Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of smoke. Medium-light body and carbonation. Caramel and toast taste. A bit hoppier on the finish than I like for this style. Probably worth keeping around for a couple of years until the hops drop out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(PPSG09, 22oz bottle) Murky brown body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some toffee, smoke/peat. Some stickiness, medium-full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2009
Bomber shared by ucusty at the Carolina Crew gathering - thanks, David! Nice looking pour, dusky and copper colored with a full head. Campfire aromas blend with sweet malts, a nice touch. Thinnish body and mellow carbonation. Sweet candy emerges in the flavor, with bready malts and toffee coming to the fore. A shame there isn’t more smoke in the flavor, as that’s what I found most distinctive and would have bumped it up for me. Still, a very solid brew and I’d like to try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
25 oz bottle, via TheCheeseMan. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber body with a small beige head that ran to a thin ring. Big thick malty nose with just a touch of peat, some noticeable alcohol, and light cocoa liquor. A light hint of marshmallow? The flavor is sweet up front but fades to a slightly grainy, heavy, roasty, lightly peaty finish. Tastes a little murky to me really. Mouthfeel is full, a little clingy, with soft fizzy carbonation. A lingering huskiness. Overall, pretty good, but it didn’t hit the sweet spot for me. Too much husky chaff flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
750 courtesy of Tampabrew. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, sweet. Tastes of peated malt, sweet malt, oranges, some sweet caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent ruby brown wit ha small bubbly tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted malt, molasses, light smoke and vanilla. Flavor toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits, light smoke and earthy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum for sharing this at the Flossmoor Station Oktoberfest. It poured a dark brown body with a bubbly khaki head and laced the glass nicely. It had an aroma of dark stone fruits, toffee, and toasty malts. The flavor was sweet with a touch of treacle added, still fruity, with an underlying roastiness that suggested smoke. For a big ale, this one is dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of daknole. Pours an opaque dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and alcohol. Solid body, caramel, fruit and a little wood. Some warming alcohol in the finish. 230410

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11405) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2010
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Light brown dense head. aroma of caramel and sweetness. Cocoa, fruits and spice notable. Flavour of caramel, sweetness, cocoa and spice. Medium bodied. Dry light grapy caramel in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Firkin at Capone’s. Starts out with an a fairly intense coffee taste that gives way to a malty toffee flavor. Not bad, but the first half tasted better than the latter portion.

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