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RATINGS: 552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Big Sound Scotch Ale is dedicated to our good buddy Gino, the most punk rock bagpiper youll 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
750ml shared by scrizzz. Amber clear brown with a nice deep copper. Sweet light malty apple with a touch of peat, brown sugar, doughy wheat bread and pretty hot. Cracker like, wheat bread, brown sugar, Belgian candied sugar, prune and fruit bread. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2010
(bottle shared at RSRIZZOs winter gathering on 1/13/10. Bottle from trade w/ TampaBrew). Cloudy brown color. Medium tan head. Moderate cherry/raisin aroma. Moderate cherry flavor, with light chocolate/coffee. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Dark brown with a diminishing tan head. chocolate, dough, coffee, average carbonation, medium bitterness, lots of seamonkies. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8181) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
This is a big bold bad-mama-jama Scotch! .. light chocolate smoke right off the bat.. . smell of oak and chocolate and light alcohol . .. murky brown on the pour.. more than decent.. good with cheese.. big.. Ha. Lucky guess. I just lost a buck. To myself.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours an amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, some toast, plum, grape, and a touch of roast. Flavor is caramel, plum, toast, vanilla, and a light bitter spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured cola brown with a short, swirly cap of beige head. The aroma picked up an above average dose of tart darker fruit skins (mustve had something to do with the cherry in the description), with aged caramel, toffee, and nutty maltage providing additional sweetness.. biscuity notes and more fruit with warmth.. I didnt like it initially, but it grew on me. The flavor found a bed of caramel laced with sweeter chocolates, toffee, and brown sugar at the core.. tart darker fruits played a lesser role than on the nose, dancing delicately around the edges.. more sweetness plus banana-influenced yeast on the edges.. caramel, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness on the long, somewhat warming finish. Medium-bodied with a fuller feel on the palate (not sure if it was carbonation-related or just a lot of sugars).. the tartness worked well in here, which I didnt expect. Nice one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of dkachur on 09/12/2009. Slightly cloudy dark brown body with a small off-white head. Sweet roasty and slight smoky aroma. Sweet chocolate, roasty, slight smoky flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Aroma is loaded with caramelly malts, some ligher peat coming through as well. Looks like liquid toffee, and quite frankly, tastes like it too! Very sweet with a nice toasty quality to it. Overall quite taste, great treat on Christmas night! Thanks to secret santa 09 for this gem.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haslinger (916) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
bottle shared with kegbear. Oh man this one smells like caramel and some toffee. It tastes the same with an awesome bit of chocolate cocoa as it warms it slightly mellows and the cocoa becomes a bit more pronounced. This beer is awesome!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
750ml, pours hazed ruby with tan head. Nose of of dark fruit, toffee, and cocoa powder. Flavors have bakers chocolate, dates, and toffee. Malty brew, med body. Tasty beer.


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