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RATINGS: 564   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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3.8
djd07 (14479) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to zinister at August tasting. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy tan head. The aroma is a roasted malt with vanilla oaknan chocolate. Medium bodied with a sweet raisin and chocolate malt. Easy to drink a good scotch ale from Cigar City.

3.7
HenrikSoegaard (14166) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark brown colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Some scotch notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. NIce.

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2009
(PPSG09, 22oz bottle) Murky brown body topped by small tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some toffee, smoke/peat. Some stickiness, medium-full body.

3.9
Lubiere (13903) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin receding brown head. In aroma, chocolate, soy sauce, torrefied coffee, and burned caramel. In mouth, a sweet burned caramel, yeaty notes, coffee in final, nice, sweet and smooth. Bomber shared with Probstk, GRM, Mike H and Ian G, June 5 2011.

4.3
Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2009
750 mL bottle courtesy of Joey. Thanks! Pours a dark slightly hazy reddish bronze color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, chocolate, alcohol, green apple, red apple and other fruity notes. Taste is toffee, caramel, leafy and bitter hop notes and a fruity apple finish. A hint of chocolate. Full bodied. This is a damn good beer.

2.6
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2011
Dark ruby brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherry and caramel with a hint of roast malt. Insanely sweet with cherry, caramel, brown sugar and a roasted note. Cloying, near undrinkable.

4
Stuu666 (13395) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, fruity cherry on nose. Sweet toffee, cherry almond taste.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13307) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle shared by jbye4334 at RSRIZZO’s 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.

3.5
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2009
(750ml bottle, courtesy of hopscotch – he sent this to me out of the blue; have had a couple other samples at various tasting in recent weeks as well) Pours a brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of mustiness, peat, toffee, caramel, and earth. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, peat/smoke, oak, earth, and subtle coffee beans with a dry finish. Thanks Eric and the other fine Ratebeerians and BAs that have shared!

4
Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Sample at the tap room. The beer pours dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates slowly to a film. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee and earth. Medium body with flavors of toasted malt, coffee, tobacco and some dark fruit. The finish is peaty malt with a lingering mild coffee aftertaste. Solid brew all around.


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