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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Draft at Capones 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
crajun (1217) - , 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
llcooldave (1206) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1195) - 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 its mostly a scotch ale. Some nice wood. Nice carbonation. Nutty. Fairly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1183) - 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?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle, dark brown pour. Aroma was brown sugar, sweet fruits. Taste toffee, malty, and very sweet. Great scotch ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (1162) - - OCT 18, 2012
Dark brown, very light tan head. Nose is berries, booze, fruit cake. Taste is berries, red fruit, fruit cake, booze. Bitter chalky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle from trade quite a while ago. Aroma and flavors of big malt, molasses, some caramel, pumpkin-type bread, etc. Hardly a bit of hops detected, this is a superb malt bomb. Great beer.

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