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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Very deep mahogany pour with little head to speak of. Smoky, iodine, and black bread aroma. Flavor is smoke, lots of malt sweetness. Not terribly complex but one of the best of this style I’ve had.

3.8
FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
interesting milky amber color. nutty aroma with a sweet background. definate scotch flavor. licked my lips and only tasted scotch! great feel but burns going down.

3.9
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma was sweet and roasty with some notes of dry cocoa. Roasted malt flavor with light chocolate. Earthy. Light to medium bodied and warming.

3.9
anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty chocoalte and dark fruit aroma with hints of caramel. Fruity malty toffee and dark fruit flavor with some hints of hops and some hints of chocolate. Has a sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and toffee finish.

4.1
fonefan (49386) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle 75cl. @ cgarvieuk - Cigar City tasting.
Clear medium to dark red brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate - coffee, berry - cherry. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried dark berry, light chili - peppery finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100206]

4.1
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Appearance: Pours out an opaque, dark brown body accented with some amber highlights and topped with a half-inch of beige head. Smell: The aroma is plushly malty, rooted around a concentrated toasty breadiness coated with sweet-scented caramel. This is supported with notes of chocolate, roasty coffee, and a fruitiness that grows even bolder when the beer is given a moment to warm up a bit. Taste: Deep robust maltiness with a fair amount of soothing sweetness. Tastes of caramelized sugars, toasted bread crusts and, whaddya know, even some chocolate-coated grains and coffee are present, as is a vibrant dried dark fruitiness. Undercurrent of earthiness throughout. Very low, subtle hop bitterness. A bit more breadiness and a touch more roast in the lightly warming finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: I certainly enjoyed this one. Sure, it’s a bit deeper and darker than your usual Scotch Ale, but who gives a crap as long as it makes for a tasty, enjoyable beer.

3.8
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to God of Thunder. Pours dark brown, though amber when the light hits it. Smells like butter scotch and molasses. Great bittersweet flavor with a bite to it. Cigar City is almost always very good and this is not exception.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle shared by jbye4334 at RSRIZZO’s winter gathering. Pours hazy dark brown with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is light butyric acid, raisin, prune, chocolate and caramel malt, alcohol, metal, and little hops. Flavor is moderate sweet caramel malt, prune, dates, alcohol, low hops, fruity esters, and chocolate. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish though not cloying.

4
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours reddish brown with a large foamy red/tan head. the aroma has slight notes of chocolate, cherry, earth and peat. The flavor is similar. It’s pretty thick with nice fruity figs, dates, cherries, toffee, some smoke and peat in the finish. Very smooth and tasty.

4.1
Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle @ cgarvieuk, paired with the bourbon aged version. Brown colour, tan head. Aroma of toasted malts, sour fruits, molasses, spices. Flavour of roasted malts, sour fruits, slightly sour, vanilla. Fairly bitter finish.


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