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RATINGS: 559   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Houston Tasting August. Thanks to Kaggie97 for this beer. Very dark brown pour with thin tan head. Aromas of scotch, malt, hops...yummy. Flavor is wood, scotch, caramel, sweet malts and some ash. Medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
22oz bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, caramel, a little smoke, and sweetness from dark fruits. Flavor is pretty much the same. Nice tan head with good lacing and a nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
750ml bottle acquired in trade with daknole (thanks!). Poured a deeper amberish/brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, toffee, roast, and some dark fruits. Tastes of lighter earthiness, dark fruits, chocolate, and smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent ruby brown wit ha small bubbly tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, toasted malt, molasses, light smoke and vanilla. Flavor toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits, light smoke and earthy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Peated smoke lengths diversify this Scotch Ales roasted and toasted cereals, while subtle cherry esters and peppery hops create complexity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy veil of foam covers the cloudy dark brown red.
-Alcohol is very well hidden.
-This is not too sweet, which is appreciated.
-The nose is friendly, yet could be more inviting considering the wealth of the flavor profile.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
750 mL from Total Wine in Tampa, FL. Pours an opaque mahogany with a one finger, beautiful tan head that has excellent retention and leaves some fairly good lacing. Aroma is black cherry soda, spicy bourbon, and oak. Taste is black cherry soda, burnt sugar, creme brulee perhaps, spicy bourbon, and ends with some cardboardy bitterness. Full and creamy on the palate. 8.5% is well hidden. Cant wait to bust out my BA version...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2010
8/01/2009: Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale ... Aroma: Fruity, rich caramelized malts, chocolate. Appearance: Very, very dark brown; tan-colored head. Flavor: Roasted malts and slightly nutty, semi-sweet chocolate. Palate: Medium-full body. Overall: I almost regret trying this beer at the gathering just because I think it didnt get a fair shake due to so much beer flowing! This beer wasnt bad by any means, but it seems more like a Brown Porter to me than a Scotch Ale. I was super excited about trying it and wasnt able to find any of the richness, depth, and other complexities that I was hoping for. Hopefully I will get to experience this beer again in a much more intimate setting so that I can truly probe its depths!

1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle (8.5% Alcohol by Vol.) shared by alexdad06 at NATIFEST 09. Thanks Brad. I appreciate it! Rating #96 for this beer. Score: 7/3/8/4/15 = 3.7
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11/29/2009: Cigar City Scotch Ale... Aroma: Cant find much of anything... Appearance: Opaque, liquid chocolate brown; no head; slow carbonation. Flavor: Malty, but nothing impressive or unique; slightly crreamy and yeasty; dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Palate: Milky texture; medium-bodied; kind of sticky. Overall: Quite UNimpressive; more like a Brown Ale than a Scotch Ale.

Growler fill (draught) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating # for this beer. Score: 5/3/8/3/13 = 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Pours out dark brown with some head. Taste is roasty and sweet. Not too sweet, like some scotch ales. Flavors of coffee, toffee, big malt with earthly peat notes and lots of scotch. Smooth and rich. Another great brew from CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a dense tan head. Nose is peat and wild grapes with underlying toffee and chocolate. Medium body with a tingle. Taste begins with chocolate and coffee; almost like a rich porter. Dries with airy scotch, a bit bitter and earthy. Another fine brew from CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2571) - Doylestown, PA, USA - JUL 30, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark toffee brown with a medium beige/light brown head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, malt and bread. Taste of toffee, malt, dark fruit and earth.

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