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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this. Pours a nice dark brown with thick tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark dried fruit, bread, and spices. Flavor is quite nice with a bit of sweetness and chocolate to top it off. Mouthfeel is slick, but finishes dry. Very nice and looking forward to the bottle I have in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3995) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2016
sample from bottle, poured a murky brown colour with a tanned head. nose of caramel malts, big raisins, sticky toffee notes, earth, dried plums, light mocha coffee notes, dried red fruits, nose sweet malts finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RLiddell (112) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2016
On tap at CCB airport brew pub. Pours a translucent, light brown caramel color with little head. Nose is rich malt, caramel and toffee. Slight hints of dark fruit. Taste follows with a great mouth feel. Very good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1802) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 6, 2016
bottle. This years release. Brown into deep red with a small head with full of lacing. Aroma is malts, caramel, slight toffee, slight raisins, slight dark fruits. Full bodied on the tongue, very rich with a somewhat sticky sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (386) - - JUL 2, 2016
750ml bottle. 1/12/16 bottle date. Appearance: Deep brown with ruby red hints and relatively clear. Low lying khaki colored head dissipates quickly. Aroma: Rich caramel maltiness, with dark cherry and plum notes. Just a hint of roast and toasted bread. Taste: Rich, sweet maltiness heavy on caramel, toffee, and bread crusts. Finished with a clean, balanced hop bitterness and a touch of dark cherry. Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, with a low carbonation and a moderate alcohol warming. Finish: Leaves a rich lingering maltiness on the tongue, with some toasted bread and toffee Overall: Top notch scotch ale. Strong aroma with lots of malt complexity with a range of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and dark fruit flavors. Relatively easy drinking considering the ABV. Six months of age and this still has very strong flavors without being harsh and abrasive. Interested to see how this changes with some age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (1992) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2016 Bottle shared by masterofhoppets. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium brown head. Aromas of prunes, dates, chocolate, raisins, malt, caramel, light booze, cherries. Taste has lots of malt, caramel, sweet dark fruits. Lots of raisins, prunes, dates, rye bread, some anis, chocolate, subtle cherry like notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
On tap @ CBC-16. Dark brown with a small tan head. Cruity and caramel tones. Fruit, malt, caramel and hops. Medium to full body with a bitter / fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4327) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Draft at source. Strong caramel and deep toffee with some light raisin and fig notes. Smells like a rich maple syrup. Taste is just as decadent. Thick, viscous, but never cloying. Only a faint alcohol warming. Wow. I’ve had this a lot and forgot how good this really is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016
[5/13/16] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Blue session. Dark brown. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits. Sweet flavor, caramelly, with dark fruits, nutty notes. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (8735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2016
Tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Copenhagen - dark brown coloured pour with beige head. Medium sweet malty aroma and taste, toasty, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruity notes, sweet malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
Sample @ CBC’16, Copenhagen. Blue session. Clear bronze pour with a samll head. Notes of caramel, sweet malts, fudge and dark died fruits.

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