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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2010
750ml bottle as a sweet bonus from alexsdad06. thanks, brad! pours a dark brown with a smooth, dark khaki head and sticky lacing. aroma is great with smooth, buttery toffee, toasted dark malts, and light wood with fruity notes of black cherry, fig, and raisin and a touch of sweet vanilla. flavor is wonderful as well with lightly tart fruit notes of cherry, plum, and red grape up front that are quickly smoothed out by sweet toffee, roasted malts, toasted pumpernickel, and mild peat leading into a burnt coffee on the swallow. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied with light carbonation and long, roasty finish. overall, a wonderful scotch ale. i’d expect nothing less from CCB and i’m not even a homer.

4.2
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 6/14/09. Poured into my pint glass a very thick dark brown with slight ruby tints on the edges. There was a decent amount of tan head on there, but this left little to no lacing. Disappointing there. Smells of fresh bread, big toffee, caramel, and booze. Mouthfeel is decent with a medium amount of carbonation. Slightly slick, but not bad. This is the maltiest malt-bomb ever! Huge brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, pumpernickel all over this beer! Finishes slightly chalky and drying. This is a very good Scotch Ale. Probably the best I’ve had. Highly recommend.

3.6
BlackForestCO (978) - 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.

4
DrewFace (967) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours a deep dark brown/black color with big tan head. Aroma of dark malt, dark fruits. Flavor of caramel, dark fruits, plum, and a slight bit of roastiness. Very tasty scotch ale.

3.9
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle. Poured redish brown, with a relatively small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, bread, light spice, roasted malt. Some mild dark fruit as well and a little booze. Taste is similarly sweet, with some dark fruit, spice, and lightly boozey finish. Mouth is sticky with light carbonation. Overall, really solid scotch, very nice.

3.8
mice (938) - FINLAND - MAY 12, 2017
650ml bottle from Beergium. Dark brown, cola coloured beer with very small and quickly vanishing head. Aroma has strong flavors of dark malts, bread, raisins and ripe fruits; plum mostly. Taste has malts, caramel, raisins, some ripe fruits and warming alchocol & sugar at the end. Moderate sweetness, medium carbonation and body. Reminds me a bit of stronger Belgium ales. Quite good.

3.9
Jashiu (933) - Gdañsk, POLAND - APR 5, 2017
Bottle shared @Pułapka, Gdańsk

Fruity butterscotch aroma. Taste is sweet and malty, very smooth with a bit of alcohol coming out just before the finish. Caramel finish

4.3
Haslinger (929) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
bottle shared with kegbear. Oh man this one smells like caramel and some toffee. It tastes the same with an awesome bit of chocolate cocoa as it warms it slightly mellows and the cocoa becomes a bit more pronounced. This beer is awesome!

3.8
hivemind (914) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2015
On draft at Cigar City Aug 2014. Black pour with medium brown tinge on the outsides; no head. Scotchy and syrupy flavor/texture. Plain good.

3.8
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this at the Kuhnhenn’s Summer Solstice. Pours a mahogany color with a small, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and smoke. The flavor is peat, dark fruit, bread, damp wood, and some hints of fruity esters and toasted nuts. Sticky medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.


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