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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
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours a great tan head with a brown body. Aromas of brown sugar, note of iodine and soy. Flavor is roasted malt, brown sugar, soy. Finish is sticky, dark sweetness, good body.

2.9
crajun (1243) - , Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2013
gave this a lower rating than most b/c it was just too damn sweet to drink; I did age this for 1.5 years. aroma was of malt, sugar, and dark fruits. hazy off bronw pour. taste was similiar to aroma with 47 lbs. of burnt sugar - just tooooo rich and sweet.

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.

3.9
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Draft at Capone’s for the Cigar City tasting with James. Pours a cloudy, apple-cider brown with zero head. Aroma of fine scotch, honey, vanilla, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, and some hops. Medium bodied with a well-rounded, balanced, slightly boozy palate. Finishes cleanly with a bit of a scotch-like warming in the throat and belly. Awesome scotch ale.

5
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Pours imperial stout dark with mahogany on the edges and a small tan head. Smells malty, caramel, and hints of fruit. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruits. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Cigar City Big Sound Scotch Ale finishes with a touch of sweetness and a hint of smoke.

4
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Bachelor party scotch ale tasting. 750 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass alongside the bourbon barrel-aged version. Pours deep chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant. The nose has loads of molasses, brown sugar, toasted malts, herbs and subtle earthy hops. The flavour is moderately sweet with toasted malts, caramel, and molasses, along with raisins and a subtle dose of hops. The finish is long, toasty and malty with subtle hops. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, creamy texture. Overall, this is a truly great scotch ale with beautiful toasted malts. 2013-07-25

4.3
llcooldave (1217) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Acquired via trade with ericandersnavy. Dark brown in color with a fizzy caramel colored head. Gorgeous nose of fruitcake, dried fruit, dark chocolate and berries. Flavor is more of the delectable dark chocolate & berries followed by a trailing smokiness and toasty malt. Overall, wow... just amazing. I want to get my grubby little hands on some more!

3.8
ketchepillar (1198) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Huge thanks to pepsican, badbeer, and iowaherkeye. Definitely CC-same yeast strain characteristics for sure-muted must. I guess it’s mostly a scotch ale. Some nice wood. Nice carbonation. Nutty. Fairly sweet.

3.6
radarsock (1194) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Pours a deeply-imbedded mahogany into thistle. In retrospect, this was an astonishingly almost-too-sweet Scotch ale, and I simply adore Scotch ales. Smells of pumpkin spice, toasted breadcrumbs, wintergreen gum, generic Old ale and cashews. Tastes mostly of caramel and caramelized sugar, hops, toast, and bar nuts. Enjoyable, but like I said: much too sweet. Perhaps the barrel-aged version has slimmed down on this problem?

3.8
furthur (1192) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at share, almost black, no head. Aroma raisin and fruit, toffee. Taste is huge raisin and plum, dark fruit, some roasted malt. Palate rich, carbonation subdued. Fairly sweet.


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