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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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3.7
BlazerT (1334) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAY 14, 2017
Dosyć mocno naładowane słodami - karmel, czekolada, typowe Scotach Ale. Niby wszystko na miejscu, zgodnie ze stylem, ale bez fajerwerków. W tle lekkie nuty dymione.

4
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2009 Stone Sourfest wouldn’t have been the same without Seaoflament. Thanks man. Nose is big malt and vanilla. Smooth. Taste is great. One big happy barleywine. All the big and small details I love in a great b-wine were there. Great. Update 12/15/09 Bottle in trade from JW77 I believe. Rich murky brown with orange tints. Small eggshell head instantly fades to a hint of lace. Nose alcohol and sweet malt. Brown sugar. Taste rich! Sweet to massive chocolate and coffee. Rich bitterness. Could bump up to 4.1, but I’ll leave it as originally rated.

5
SPDickerman (1315) - 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.

3.8
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours a dirty hazy brown and with a dirty-yellow head.. just looks strong. Aromas are a little smoky and sweet, like cherries and alcohol with a hint of roasted malts. The flavor is explosive, lots of bread and burnt caramel on the tongue with a touch of cherry, finishing surprisingly sweet for a scotch ale.

3.9
jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a dark tan head. Excellent lacing along the glass. Wow, this one is good. This one has a ton of different flavors coming together to form a delicious beer. Very nice.

3.8
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Poured hazy amber brown @RBSG09 Grand Tasting, caramel, dark fruits, little malty, little nutty.

3.3
pentaz (1289) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque auburn with a foamy huge tan head. Aroma is dark toffee, caramelized sugar, cherry, plum, fig, red berries, overripe fruit, raisin, cedar, musty, candy, booze, sweet tobacco, hops, light leather. Taste is heavy sweet. Body is full, texture is sticky/creamy, carbonation is lively. Finishes sweet and warming. Sweetness can be nice, but this is way too cloying.

3.6
BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle thanks to SoLan and his mom, thanks guys! Pours a deep, ruddy reddish-brown color with a thin tan head that quickly receded to a ring. Strong aroma of toffee, brown sugar, some apple fruitiness, a light roasted maltiness, and some vanilla. Smooth, sweet entry with soft fruitiness (cherry, apple) that leads into a sweet maltiness with hints of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar that lingered into the finish where it was met with a subtle roastiness that added a light dryness. Low to no carbonation and slick, heavy mouth feel. Overall, a pretty good tasting scotch ale that is really rich. It tastes good, but almost becomes a chore to drink. I also feared there was an infection problem upon initially smelling/tasting the beer, as there was an odd tartness present, but it seemed to disappear rather quickly. This would be a nice drink on a cold night in smaller quantities.

2.9
crajun (1273) - , 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.

4
GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft at Redlight. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick tan head. Aroma is full of malts and caramel, with a nice roast. Flavor has a huge malt, with the same toasted characteristics that make the Cigar City brown ales so delicious. I don’t know if it is simply the freshness or not, but I love that flavor. The rich malt and toast leads into a slightly smokey finish with a little bit of hops popping up in there. I can’t believe this is packing 8.5-9%ABV. It is hidden well.


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