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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Haslinger (918) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Thanks to northernbrews for sharing this at the Kuhnhenns 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (901) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Firkin at Capones. Starts out with an a fairly intense coffee taste that gives way to a malty toffee flavor. Not bad, but the first half tasted better than the latter portion.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Yummy. Poured scotch ale brown with a decent head. Nose was musty peet with sweet toffee. Taste was very sweet with toffee and a ton of roasted malt. We had this side by side with the BA version and I found this more enjoyable. This is the second side by side in a row with a big scotch ale and its BA sister in which the non-BA version stole the show.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Woo-hoo, my first CC beer, and looking forward to it, with mucho thanks to dchmela! 750ml bottle pours a nice reddish brown with a good sized lasting tan head. Aroma is milder but still plenty going on, with toffee, peat, coffee, bread, brown sugar and a touch of smoke. As expected, flavor is more malts, with continued toffee, bread, peat, brown sugar and touches of coffee and smoke. Nicely done, and while it doesnt beat out Alesmith Wee Heavy in this style for me, it sure is enjoyable. Thanks again Dave!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Aroma is loaded with caramelly malts, some ligher peat coming through as well. Looks like liquid toffee, and quite frankly, tastes like it too! Very sweet with a nice toasty quality to it. Overall quite taste, great treat on Christmas night! Thanks to secret santa 09 for this gem.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Thanks Grant for the treat. Pored this one into a large snifter sitting by a camp fire. I must say it may have influenced my score some by adding to the experience I even lit up a Liga Privada no.9 for my second glass which paired prefect in my book. The brew had a tan colored head on top of a dark brown body, and the head lasted leaving great lacing on the side of the glass. Big roasted malt aromas come from this brew, so you get some coffee espresso notes. Now It might have been the campfire but I did get a slight hint of smoke LOL. It had a medium to light body. I wished for a tad more probably my only knock on the brew. The flavor was great, it had a healthy amount of sweet caramel malts to me with the right amount of roasted bitters to keep this brew well balanced. Again I did get some smokiness to it as well, but like I said the atmosphere enhanced this one. A great scotch ale well worth the effort to obtain. The drinkability was off the charts for me. I would love another bottle (hint)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (780) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours a dark brown with off white head. Sweet aroma with caramel, biscuits and syrup. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet. Dark fruits of raisins and plums, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, figs, biscuits, earthy flavors. Definitely one of the best scotch ales I've had. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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