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RATINGS: 559   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - 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, its 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12829) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle shared by jbye4334 at RSRIZZOs 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (6314) - 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. Its pretty thick with nice fruity figs, dates, cherries, toffee, some smoke and peat in the finish. Very smooth and tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bullit (4559) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Pours deep murky brown from the 22oz. bottle, thin head: Aroma of hard toffee, unsweetened chocolate, nuttiness, plum, brown sugar, fig, cloves, cardamom, and coffee. Strong malted flavors of mild chocolate, coffee and spices. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Lingering finish. Drinkability: On the sweeter end. Rebuy: Yes. #276 on 09022010, DG.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23255) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2016 bottle at home ... thanks to the cheeseman ... dark brown ... thin tan head .... soft cherry fruit nose ... creamy soft deep fruits ... plum ... cherry .... silky... very rich Keg at cbc16... Dark black.. Thick tan head.. Soft toffee roast malts nose.. Dark chocolate roast 3.7

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1242) - 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.


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