Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by radioscooter:
4.72/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
For over a year, I've been trying to find ONE Scotch Ale that comes even close to the flavor and taste of McEwan's Scotch Ale, which is on hiatus from being imported to the US. If you read my other reviews you'll see I've been through a LOT of them:
I've liked some. Disliked others. NONE of them have the taste that McEwan's brings to the table. I was dismayed and thought I'd never get it again. I have a couple last bottles of Mac here that I'd been saving. I've been looking for some to trade in Canada where they apparently still exist, but it's been rough.
So, after trying so many other SA's with nothing close (Alesmith was the closest and it's a far jump) I halfheartedly opened a bottle of Big Sound last night.
Delightedly, I find that it aims squarely for the McEewan's flavor and may even SURPASS it in every way. I went and read their web description. Cherries! Who'd have thought? And here's me slamming every quad that sneaks freaking cherries into their blend!
So - if you like and miss McEwan's - give this a try. I have a Mac opened and am going back and forth. Mac is definitely more soy sauce/tobbacco, while the BS is a bit sweeter - but it's a fine line.
Here's the real BA rundown:
APP: Deep dark mahogany body with a beautiful full-figured head on top in vanilla caramel colors.
Smell: Molasses, Toffee, and apparently old cherries. I would have said English Fruitcake - but same thing.
Taste: Malt bomb, dark caramel syrupy sweet. Not too stouty, so a good drinker but really big flavor. Toffee, cherries, dark candied fruit, a little coffee, burnt sugar. Molasses. Wonderful.
Overall - just freaking amazing and an easy drinker.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2011 00:30:45 | More by radioscooter
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A - pours a super deep dark brown with a finger of dark tan head, very dense, strong retention, solid lacing.
S - candied sugar and dark fruits, fig/dates. Not very sweet. Molasses and minimally sweet maple syrup.
T - super light. Dark fruits again, figs mostly light sugars at the finish aftertaste can be quite boozy as it warms. Cool its fairly light and refreshing.
M - much too light for me. Relatively drinkable for sure, medium/low carb quite smooth. Mouth feel is really awesome but at the same time not what I want from this beer at all.
O - mixed feelings on this one, I like it. But not for a scotch ale
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 23:33:07 | More by MacQ32
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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