Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.2/5 rDev +2.7%
750 ml, thanks to mntlover. Pours a thick dark brown body with a large beige head. Lots of sticky lacing and good retention.
Lovely aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and molasses accented by ripe sweet red cherries.
Medium full bodied with a creamy moderate carbonation.
Taste mirrors the aroma but has some added chocolate hints. Love the ripe red cherry presence but wish it had some smoky peated malt character in keeping with the style. Alcohol is very cleverly concealed. Finishes with a flourish of malty toffee.
Very tasty. Two things I can say for Cigar City after trying two of their offerings(thanks to mntlover again): they can really brew high quality malt driven styles and they know how to disguise some serious alcohol content.
07-25-2011 15:00:04 | More by merlin48
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
A - Pours deep brown with a touch of red. Two fingers of light brown head with nice retention. Not much lacing.
S - Big caramel malt aroma, with some cola, coffee, a bit of raisin and faint brown sugar. Aroma does have a sweetness to it, but is pretty nice.
T - Caramel and molasses, definitely has some sweetness to it, but seems to work pretty well in this case. Subtle coffee, raisin and faint spice.
M - Medium-full mouthfeel that is sticky sweet. Some drying on the finish, but sweet all the way through.
O - Tasty Scotch ale. It would be nice if the sweetness were dialed back just a bit, but it mostly works here. A good bottle to split.
05-25-2012 23:10:16 | More by warnerry
4.33/5 rDev +5.9%
Big Sound pours a dark, nut brown color. Light cutting through gives it a golden brown look. A caramel colored head covers the top and stands about two and a half fingers tall. It's very slow to recede. Lacing was certainly sticky, but light.
The nose is impressive. It's chock full of malts...brown, caramel, and a little chocolate. There's a bit of a sweet smell to it. But, a light cocoa/chocolate presence is also noted. Roasted coffee is relatively prominent. That's welcome in my book. It blends well with the wealth of malt present. Alcohol is blended well and isn't very noticeable. Smells good to this guy.
The flavor is excellent. Probably even a little better than the nose. This stuff hits on all cylinders! It kicks off with a sweet, caramel/toffee flavor. The brown/caramel/chocolate malt base is very strong. Light chocolate and cocoa flavors aren't as strong as the caramel, but they're duly noted. Coffee is probably the x-factor here. It adds quality depth and strong character to the overall flavor. Alcohol is masked well and goes largely unnoticed. It finishes sweet with a touch of java. Very impressive.
Big Sound has a medium body. It's very smooth due to light carbonation. More body would probably add something here, but I can't complain too much. Drinkability is very high. This is a quality Scotch Ale that's simply delicious. It might be a little hefty, but it's going down like a dream.
This is my first beer from Cigar City Brewing. I must say, it's a big time winner in just about every respect. Big Sound is a fantastic Scotch Ale. Its greatest attribute is the coffee flavor. It really ramps up the flavor a lot. It doesn't have any big weak points. More body would probably improve the feel a little. Otherwise - spot on! Go find a bottle.
07-09-2010 01:47:12 | More by prototypic
4.25/5 rDev +3.9%
750ml bottle split with my father. Poured into New Belgian snifter. Thanks to the generous BA who sent me this delicious extra.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a thick, dense, light brown greasy head that receded into a thick film that lasted forever and laid down some good lacing. Great head retention.
S: Sweet, malty and woody smelling with notes of molasses, raisins, red grapes and a touch of alcohol.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of sweet malt, molasses, rum soaked raisins, and chocolate. Flavors and creamy and toasted tasting. The finish is full of vanilla, and the aftertaste has slight notes of tobacco and caramel.
M: Soft, bubbly carbonation with a creamy smooth body that is on the more medium side of full. Alcohol is hidden without a trace.
O: Sweet but not super caramelly or sugary. Went well with my pulled pork sandwich. Thanks again to BA who sent me this months ago.
06-15-2011 03:30:56 | More by scottfrie
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle courtesy of cyrusthepup, thanks again!
Pours a deep and dark amber color with a nice off white head.
Aromas are really grainy, vegetal, oaky, nutty, and slightly sweet.
Taste is grainy, a bit sweet, with some nice oaky, nuttiness, and some chocolate notes. Finish is warm, slightly boozy, with light earthy hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, yet not heavy,
Overall this is a very solid scotch ale. It would be really good if the nose was a bit nicer. But with that said, this is still really tasty,
10-03-2011 03:04:03 | More by flexabull
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
750mL capped bottle, no date to be found.
appears deep dark brown, almost black. nice thick 1/2" head, that leaves lacing. good head retention too.
aroma is sweet and a bit boozy. tastes of toffee, hazelnut, brown sugar. rich flavors. mouthfeel is incredibly smooth.
one again, Cigar City impresses.
08-14-2011 04:20:32 | More by jmdrpi
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!
A: Pours a very dark chestnut/mahogany color. Sitting on top is three fingers of creamy dark-khaki colored foam that sports great retention. Carbonation was moderately active and a lot of sticky lace was left behind.
S: Big nose full of toffee and caramel awash in raisins, chocolate, figs, roasted nuts, and milk chocolate covered cherries with a slight hint of coffee and alcohol. I was hoping for more in the way of some smoke or peat or smoky peat.
T: See above. A bit more smoked malt flavor comes out in the taste (compared to the smell) as it warms. Lovely Heath Bar flavor along with rum soaked dark fruit.
M: Very rich and savory. Sweetness could've easily gone overboard but is kept in check by some slightly prickly alcohol and quietly astringent hops.
D: Drinks extremely well considering the relative lack of smokiness. There's a bit of dryness and spicy prickle...just enough to keep the sweetness at bay. Plus, I struggled to really detect any sort of obtrusive alcohol presence. Nice.
08-25-2010 23:41:57 | More by GbVDave
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Had this one on firkin at Capones 6.5.10 during the CCB Philly Beer Week event they had.
Appearance: Pours a brown dominant shade of mahogany with a nice 2 finger dirty khaki crown that exhibits some retention and good lace.
Smell: Lightly roasted scotch malt, hint of honey, slight chocolate covered raisins note.
Taste: Same as nose.
Mouthfeel: Nice creamy head, thick side of medium bodied and better than the standard tap version in my opinion.
Drinkability: Not bad considering the abv.
06-14-2010 00:20:53 | More by koopa
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -1%
Currently the #7 ranked Scotch Ale on BA.
I got this bottle at the Total Wine right up the street from Cigar City.
A: Sitting there idle, it looked like a liquid piece of shit. Again, shit brown, with a nice 1/8 finger beige head that stuck around.
S: Malt bomb for sure: Melted caramel, maybe a tinge of butterscotch, but not much.
T: I got the cherry and toffee somewhat, but got raisons and dates overall. Damn good for this style. Smooth finish IMO. Neither dry nor wet.
M: Thick and somewhat sugary, but not too. No booze overall, and a good bit of lacing... but most of it fell back into the snifter.
O: Pretty good, but I'll still give Alesmith Wee Heavy the honors in this category.
08-23-2011 03:47:44 | More by Chaney
3.55/5 rDev -13.2%
750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City Snifter.
A - Pours a dark cola brown with ruby highlights and a big creamy head of khaki that has great retention and leaves spotty lacing as it recedes.
S - Nice aromas of caramel, chocolate, dark berries, and coffee with just a faint touch of smoke.
T - Follows the nose nicely with flavors of chocolate, caramel, and coffee with a bit of dark cherry, orange peel, and smoke. Bit of a metallic twang to this, I'm thinking the bottle may be past it's prime, but it's still a decent beer.
M - Smooth and creamy, slightly sticky, with a medium-full mouth-feel and moderately prickly carbonation.
O - Solid example of the style, the high ABV is masterfully hidden.
07-19-2011 03:30:46 | More by jsanford
3.95/5 rDev -3.4%
reviewed from notes on 09/29/2011.
poured into a tulip glass and shared with several friends.
Appearance: Dark brown bodied beer with mahogany reddish hues. A light to medium brown head. Decent lacing.
Smell: Sweet and fruity. Malty with hints of smoke. Lots of dark fruits.
Taste: It starts off with huge toffee and caramel notes. Blending into dark fruits and a hint of smoke. Also has an earthy peat character to this beer. Massive malty & sweet profile on this beer that showcases the yeast which shows up in the form of the fruity notes.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with medium levles of carbonation. Sticky beer with a nice clean finish. Its surprisingly drinkable and nt at all boozey.
Overall: Still liked this beer, but not true to the Scotch/Wee Heavy style. Too much fruit not enough smoke.
10-04-2011 21:22:37 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.84/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours a dark brown with a big khaki colored head of foam. The aroma has rich toffee and dark fruit notes. Some chocolate notes are there as well. The taste is more of that dark fruit and chocolate sweetness. Some sherry notes, perhaps. Big, chewy mouthfeel and body. Lower end of carbonation.
03-02-2014 11:38:46 | More by jbaker67
4/5 rDev -2.2%
This one came to me in a recent trade with Mikesgroove. Thank you for yet another nice beer Mike.
Big Sound smells promising, as it obviously focuses on malt, which I like in my scotch ales. Bread, molasses, toffee, a hint of hops and some booze.
I like this one. Lots of malt without a ton of sweetness. Molasses and toffee are there, but they are quickly overtaken by some toasted malt and a bit biscuit that dry the taste out. Just a little bit of dry, powdery, cocoa taste. At the core is a little bit of dark fruit in the form of raisins. The finish has a slight amount of hop bitterness, and a blast of warmth from the alcohol.
Almost chewy feeling with some warmth in the finish.
I'm starting to dig Cigar City stuff more as I try more of their beers. This one is a very nice Scotch Ale.
06-08-2011 22:37:51 | More by Hojaminbag
3.65/5 rDev -10.8%
Consumed 2.3 oz of this brew for reviewing purposes. Heated in an oven for five minutes at 400 degrees, then I dropped it into a vat of liquid helium. BRRR!! When it got back to room temperature, I was ready to try it.
Pours a dark, deep brown with a bubbling, long lasting tan head. Quite a bit of foam on these cigar city brews.
Smells like a bit of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and maybe ... some nuttiness? Earthiness? Not sure.
Taste is mostly sweet, with a strange astringent coffee bittering agent that lingers on the aftertaste, mostly rich roasted grainy caramel malt, and that nuttiness from the aroma becomes more prevalent. Maybe a hint of vanilla ... can't be sure. There's also a strange kind of butteriness to it. Somewhat unusual wee heavy that almost reminds me more of an uber-malted brown ale.
Made it through the big bottle, but not that drinkable, all things considered.
08-01-2009 10:48:11 | More by Overlord
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
bottle courtesy of a LIF from the very generous tpd975. thanks greg!
750ml bottle. sampled july 4/09.
pours slightly murky deep dark red-brown with a dense cap of brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of thick lace behind.
aroma is great. rich caramel and toffee. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. earthy and a touch woody.
taste is good. much like hte aroma, this is all about the malt. rich caramel and toffee. bit of coffee and dark chocolate. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. hint of smoke. light alcohol. a bit earthy. some dark fruit. low bitterness level, more coffee and chocolate than hops.
mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. medium carbonation level. silky smooth.
drinkability is great. excellent balance, hiding its alcohol almost completely. great complexity and depth. makes me wish i had a few more bottles!
07-18-2009 00:36:55 | More by grub
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.