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RATINGS: 565   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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4.3
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Huge thanks to ericandersnavy. Not a strong aroma, but very pleasing. Good malts, coffee, cocoa, biscuit. Aftertaste is warm and malty. Great stuff.

3.4
Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Sampled from 750 ml bottle, acquired via trade with dchmela. Pours a semi-clear dark caramel brown colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of caramel malt, some peach, roasted nuts, apple and a touch of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of smoked caramel malt, some apple, and just barely a hint of peat. Finish is semi-dry with some caramel malt and floral hop aftertaste that quickly disappears. Average Scotch Ale with a well hidden alcohol presence.

3.4
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown, little carbonation and a good caramelly/sweet aroma. Flavor was sweet malts, slightly smoky and dry on the finish.

3.4
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Shared by Shyam - thank you sir. A perfectly average Scotch ale. Nose is slight peat, very thickly caramel malt, Flavor is the same - brown apple, brown sugar, less malt. I just described a competent, standard Scotch ale. That’s what this is.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12518) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
750ml bottle courtesy dkachur-pours a dissipating to a ring tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is scotch, peat/roasty-medium malt with some chocolate, secondary earthy hops. Taste is scotch, peat/roasty-medium malt with some chocolate, secondary earthy hops. Towards full body.

3.9
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Sampled during RBSG 7/11/2009 at the Grand Tasting. This scotch ale pours a medium brown color from the bottle. Medium sized beige foamy head. Aroma is caramel, sweet, peaty and nutty. A medium bodied scotch ale. The malts are caramel and sweet, with a touch of peat. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. A touch sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

4.1
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 750ml bottle thanks to hopscotch! pours a very deep brown with a nice thick light tan head... nice lively carbonation on a swirl... sweet sharp malt aromas with some apple and a touch of coffee.. medium to full body... some light hidden cherry notes are surrounded by big sweet malts with toffee and almost sour fruit. really nice blend... this finishes well with all of the above culminating nicely.... while leaving a bit of spice...

3.1
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
A little roasted malt on the aroma. A bit of cherry as advertised and a sweet malty finish. Roasted finish.

4
Cavie (4775) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Pretty ruby pour. Lovely sweet malt aroma. A bit heavy. Some chocolate feel with a heavier feel. Pretty tasty scotch that finishes easy.

3.3
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2011 750ml bottle. Dense texture, rich dark coffee colored body with a toffee colored head. First impression of the nose is worrisome: metal and grapefruit, isovaleric acid once again. A little aeration and swirling and oxygenating in the glass and the iso acid character mostly disappears from the nose and seems completely gone flavor-wise. Malt structure is firm and full but also somewhat syrupy. Hop presence is minimal. Toffee and scotch-flavored malts get better as the glass warms and my palate acclimates. Good stuff all around, a little worrisome at the beginning but I can see why this one gets so much praise.


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