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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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3.6
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle acquired via TampaBrew...THANKS AGAIN GARY!!! Crimson and mahogany pour into the glass producing a creamy eggshell head. Quite sweet with notes of brown sugar, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, alcohol, and caramel. Although the 8.5% isn’t extreme, the other flavors couldn’t overcome it’s impact. More creamy than most of the style. Expected more.

3.6
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
25 oz bottle, via TheCheeseMan. Pours a slightly hazy brownish amber body with a small beige head that ran to a thin ring. Big thick malty nose with just a touch of peat, some noticeable alcohol, and light cocoa liquor. A light hint of marshmallow? The flavor is sweet up front but fades to a slightly grainy, heavy, roasty, lightly peaty finish. Tastes a little murky to me really. Mouthfeel is full, a little clingy, with soft fizzy carbonation. A lingering huskiness. Overall, pretty good, but it didn’t hit the sweet spot for me. Too much husky chaff flavor.

3.6
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
On tap at CCB on 4/28/11. Pours dark red/brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark berries, malt, caramel and syrup. Flavor of raisin and plum with caramel malt and a lot of sweetness.

3.6
PorterPounder (7971) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml capped bottle. Pours a dark brown with an initial frothy khaki colored head that dissipates after a while. Aroma i pleasant, with notes of toffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is pleasantly sweet with loads of toffee, chocolate, a wisp of licorice, and caramel. Hint of peat and smoke in the back end. Mouthfeel is not quite as thick as the flavor would warrant. Overall, solid and an excellent deal at $7.99.

3.6
Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Pours dark brown with offwhite head. Aroma was bready, toffee and coffee. Taste was sweet with nutty backbone. The cherry was not so noticeable to me.

3.6
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2011
(bottle) very dark brown almost black. Roast malt aroma.Sweet biscuit malt, coffee, chocolate. Almost more a porter than a scotch ale.

3.6
Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2011
Big bottle.Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma chocolate, spices, red berries, fruitiness and funk.Flavor is funky and sweet with some berries,caramel , brett and malty.Medium body, average carbonation. Slightly brettish but in a very elegant way.

3.6
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours amber with a light khaki head. Aroma is malty, toffee, caramel and a hint of cherry. Flavor is sweet toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits and bit of coffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a nice sweet finish

3.6
Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
750ml bottle shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Deep amber with a small head.
Aroma : Nice caramel with light roasted malt. Overcooked caramel, toffee, light raisins. Some spices.
Taste : Big raisins and red fruits. Figs, overcooked caramel. Light tangy notes.
Overall : Nice rich and complex caramel on nose and taste. Nice fruits and nice sweet raisins. Not too sure about the light tangy note... Pretty good overall, rich but not too 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?


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