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RATINGS: 562   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy of HOPSHUNTER thanks Jason! Pours a hazy dark reddish brown with a one finger tan head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is slightly sour upfront with peat, light chocolate, roasted nuts and toasted caramel malt. The taste is burnt malt, ashy cocoa, caramel and faint coffee with some smoky peat in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Really good, probably the best of the style that Ive had to-date. Thanks again for sending this my way Jason!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14292) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle from Kingdom Liquor. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toffee flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
again, thanks to rusty for breaking this out 9/27/2009. pours dark, dark, dark.... an orange-reddish shade of brown with a big dense beige head. it smells like nutty fig cake... a touch sour, molasses, brown sugar, a little alcohol sting, figs, cake flour, sweet grain and earthy spice. the taste makes me think of earthy toasted pecans covered in butter and brown sugar... then a dry finish followed with a nutty coffee-like aftertaste. the body is medium, dry yet coating and terribly easy to put away. remanes...ha!8/5/8/4/15/4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Poured redish brown, with a relatively small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, bread, light spice, roasted malt. Some mild dark fruit as well and a little booze. Taste is similarly sweet, with some dark fruit, spice, and lightly boozey finish. Mouth is sticky with light carbonation. Overall, really solid scotch, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle from Beerlando in Secret Santa. Pours a nice ruby red/brown with a stiff tannish head. Nose is sweet, caramel, bread, earth and roast. On taste, Perfect soft carbonation with a big roasty malt note that couples well with the sweet bready notes. Pretty damn good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4088) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 750 ml bottle from Suttree. Pour is dark burgundy, clear ruby and a firm, pretty three inch tan head. Thick chewy lacing left behind as the beer falls. This is a really nice looking beer. Aroma of earthy, grainy natural maltiness - just a hint of charred roastiness behind. After the beer opens, there is some vegetal green pepper that comes out, detracting a bit. Taste is the nose, earthy and malty, green pepper behind that, and finishing with the lingering charred roastiness. Nice transition of flavors, though not a ton of integration. Palate is medium, perhaps on the lighter side of Scotch Ale. Just a hint of alcohol, which made this a nice warmer. This was a good one. Thanks for sending this my way Phil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Very rich aroma. Notes of caramel and toffee. The taste, however, is not super sweet. Nice roasted malts with a hint of smoke, and a nice rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
A very nice color of red with brownish tints. Big flavor. You can really taste the scotch in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2009
750ml from Beerman I believe. Pours murky ruby brown with one finger tan head. Aroma is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, sweet malts, booze and some smokeyness. Flavor is sweet malts, toffee, caramel, smokey, some earthiness and some booze. Medium body and decent carbonation. Finishes sweet and smokey. Pretty solid scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (3589) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle - thanks changeup415. Pours a rich chocolatey brown color with a small, creamy beige head. First sniff gets some breadiness, follwed by a little peat. Maybe a hint of rye? Taste is rich with an earthy and smokey maltiness. Lingering bits of peat and caramel. There is a little sweet before the smokey, ash, and peat thing, but I cant put my finger on it... Nice mouthful, thick and coating. Finishes a bit dry and smokey.

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