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RATINGS: 547   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (15519) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Murky chestnut with a light head. Earthy nose is toffee and caramel richness. Soft, full, rich mouthfeel. Soft, chewy toffee notes, very sweet and lush. Hints of peat and wood. Well-balanced.

   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 (13080) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle acquired via TampaBrew...THANKS AGAIN GARY!!! Crimson and mahogany pour into the glass producing a creamy eggshell head. Quite sweet with notes of brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, alcohol, and caramel. Although the 8.5% isn’t extreme, the other flavors couldn’t overcome it’s impact. More creamy than most of the style. Expected more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5801) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6892) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
On tap at CCB on 4/28/11. Pours dark red/brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark berries, malt, caramel and syrup. Flavor of raisin and plum with caramel malt and a lot of sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7248) - 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 (2085) - 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.

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