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RATINGS: 564   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 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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3.4
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
cgarvieuk (24166) - 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
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
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2010
(bottle shared at RSRIZZO’s 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
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
SudsMcDuff (8383) - .....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
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
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 (must’ve 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 didn’t 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 didn’t expect. Nice one!

3.9
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
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.


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