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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Big Sound Scotch AleBig Sound Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 171
Gots: 125 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Big Sound Scotch Ale is dedicated to our good buddy Gino, the most Punk Rock Bagpiper you will ever meet, and the rest of the men and women of the 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 malt character with notes of dark sweet toffee, coffee and mild notes of toasted bread in the finish. Big Sound Scotch Ale pairs well with Haggis, Highland Games, Huge Heads, Enormous pillows and of course Bagpipe Music.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

09-08-2013 16:46:07 | More by Photekut
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby and quite clear, thick pink creamy two-finger head to boot.

Smell: Smells of sweet ripened dark fruits, a bit of smoke as well.

Taste: With a scotch ale, I expected some peat, and it wasn't there with this one ... I was just a little sad about that. However, I got from the taste what I got from the nose, sweet and slightly boozy dark fruits.

Overall: Got this is a trade with Dolfan84, glad I got to try it. Sure I'd like to have a more of the traditional wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 03:27:47 | More by DoctorB2B
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives a deep dark teak color with a creamy light tan head. Head dissipates to a thin broken film in just a few minutes but leaves some impressive lace.
Smell is rich and sweet with roasted malt, soy, caramel and candied sugar. Nicely balanced.
Taste is very similar with notes of roasted malt, soy, sweetness, dark fruits and dark chocolate with a hop note way in back.
Smooth, rich, creamy and full-bodied, this is a good brew. Only downside would be that it is a bit too sweet, even for me. Light effervescence and a light coating of the palate but no real warming like I expected. A good beer for sipping, as in dessert. Would like some smoke/peat presence, too.

An addendum: I dropped the taste score one half point because the sweetness expanded as it warmed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 22:04:51 | More by PorterLambic
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WeisGuy

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from Tampa Whole Foods

a - pours a deep brown with burgundy highlights, three finger mocha head, good retention and lacing

s - toffee and caramel dominate with a good deal of smokiness and wood also mixed in, lighter hoppy and oatmeal aromas

t - as with the nose, caramel and toffee are the predominant flavors, light orange flavors on the midpalate, finish has some smokiness mixed in with the sweet caramel and toffee and orange notes, alcohol is not very noticeable, very smooth flavors and, most importantly, not cloyingly sweet like several examples of this style that I've tried

m - medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly sweet on the finish, definite alcohol warming effect

d - very drinkable for the style that I don't typically care much for, I would have no problem polishing off the bottle with little help, flavors are complex enough to keep it interesting and the sweetness is restrained enough to keep the palate fresh

Probably the best example to this style that I've tried. Another winner from CCB.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:47:30 | More by WeisGuy
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-15-2011 01:17:27 | More by nh2032
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shand

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big Sound pours out a deep brown color with a decent head that quickly drops to a ring. The aroma is intensely malty with just a bit of smoke. The taste is awesome, this is a huge and rich Scotch ale that provides a massive amount of malt flavors. There's a bit of sweetness over the slightest amount of peaty smoke. There's a solid amount of booze on the finish as well. The mouthfeel, like most big Cigar City beers, is exceptional. It's got a pretty large body, yet is very smooth. The drinkabiliy is very good. Overall, Big Sound is a solid Scotch ale. There's a little less peat presence than I'd like, but it's otherwise nice and complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 05:55:17 | More by shand
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was bottled Aug 20, 2012.

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours chocolate brown, with no highlights. This one is as opaque as my leather couch. Topped with a very creamy, frothy, milkshake looking cappuccino colored head. Copious amounts of lacing. Wonderful looking for a scotch ale.

Aroma is a bit lacking. None of the smokiness, peatiness, caramel, deep roastiness associated with most of the style. There is some caramel as well as some dark fruitiness. Alcohol esters are definitely noticeable. Slight bit of chalkiness with this one also.

Decent flavors. Again, a bit muted. Not overly sweet, which I like. None of the smokiness or tobacco qualities I like. Super malty with more dark fruit flavors and a bit or raisins shining through. Full bodied and chewy; very sticky.

Overall, a decent beer. Certainly not tops for the style but above average. Price point is nice so I would probably get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 20:01:43 | More by SaCkErZ9
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-12-2011 22:59:59 | More by dogfishandi
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MacQ32

South Carolina

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
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-05-2011 19:40:04 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-25-2013 21:38:13 | More by KVNBGRY
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark deep brown with red hints when held to the light. Sports a big tan head that falls slow with tons of sheet lace. Very nice looking.

Aroma is big, big malts caramel, hints of peat, some light coffee notes underneath. Some dark fruit notes sprinkled with more sweetness also chocolate hints.

Taste is smooth from the beginning lots of sweet malts caramel, toffee peat hints sprinkled with more sugary sweetness. Nice fruit notes figs, plums and cherries mingle through out. Finish is smooth favorable malts.

Mouthfeel is big and really smooth, very enjoyable.

Overall very nice big smooth malty sweet goodness. Love to have a few of these set back for cooler weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:17:50 | More by mntlover
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-29-2012 04:06:42 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, opened at Mikkeller & Friends in Copenhagen, poured into a mini pokal glass. Thanks Emily!

A- Pours dark brown, thick and viscous looking, produces a tiny head that quickly disappears.

S- Sweet, malty aroma of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and bread.

T- Quite sweet and sugary, loads of caramel, molasses, caramelized dark fruits, some boozy rum flavors and breadiness.

M- Full-bodied, thick and rich, moderate booze warmth.

O- A solid scotch ale, but overall a bit more sweet than I would have liked, it's a beer worth trying but I would recommend splitting this with a few friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 07:05:28 | More by WillCarrera
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AltBock

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a big glossy wrap around label. The main picture on the label is a lonesome bagpipe sitting on a club stage with the drums and amps in the background. This is not your run of the mill Scottish bagpipes, this is a punk rock set of bagpipes. It has stickers from all of your punk rock bands like the "Remanes," "NOPX," and "Black" with a flag underneath it. I understand perfectly. They didn't want to get sued by the real bands. To the right is the mandatory US information and to the left is a nice long paragraph that talks about the story behind the name, the beer itself, and all the Scottish things this beer pairs with. Great looking label, but what's missing is a vintage year, best before date, or batch number. Something that says, "I was brewed on this date."

Appearance: I didn't feel like pouring this beer into any special glass, so I poured it into my DFH pint glass. This is one of those beers that appears to be one thing from a distance, but up close it's something totally new. This beer from a distance appeared to be a solid coal black color, but when held into the light, I found out that it was a dark mahogany brown with milk chocolate highlights along the sides. The head of foam on this beer was just as nice as the color of the beer. The head of foam was in between 3/4 to 1 inch in height and light tan in color. This head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a tiny skim of tan foam and so many spots and streaks of lace around the glass that it looked like there was also a skim of foam along the sides of the glass as well. This was one of the best appearances I've seen from a Scotch Ale so far.

Smell: The aroma of this Scotch Ale was as smoky as it was roasted. There wasn't one aroma that jumped out at me. That's OK because it means that there wasn't one single aroma hogging the aroma all to itself. Every aroma in the beer had the same amount of time to shine. The aroma started off with the smoky/roasted malts and then it immediately went into the black cherry, chocolate, tobacco, sweet toffee, and then the aroma rounds off with some roasted coffee beans. This was another aroma you need to take your time with because not ever aroma that I mentioned will come out at the same time. They come out when they want to come out.

Taste: The aroma was BOTH roasted and smoky while the taste was geared more toward the roasted aspect with the smokyness was more toward the back. Also like the aroma, there wasn't one flavor hogging up the entire taste for itself. The taste kicked off with the chocolate and the roasted malts. Directly after the malts is where you can find the sweet toffee, black cherry, and roasted coffee beans. It's hard to describe this beer's final taste in words. I'll give it my best shot. It tasted like every flavor that I mentioned combined powers and then this super taste mixed itself with some tobacco and alcohol. It was a little weird, but nothing shocking. This was a very good Scotch Ale taste. I would have liked to see more smokyness, but it's still a good tasting beer without it.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied Scotch Ale with a moderate level of carbonation to keep this beer alive and with a roasted and lightly smoky aftertaste. It the taste made in the initial taste then it was also in the aftertaste. That means you can taste again the roasted coffee beans, black cherry, sweet toffee, and chocolate. This repeat taste stuck around on your tongue for about 30 seconds before it left for good.

Drinkability: I should mention first that I would like to thank my good BA friend Meatyard for giving me the opportunity to try this Florida brew. This is one of the better Scotch Ales I tried so far. I enjoyed how every flavor and taste had equally the same amount of time in their respective areas. If their Scotch Ale is this good, then I would love to try their other beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 21:51:46 | More by AltBock
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a black profile but it holds a top of Brown that seems to ease into the darkness. The head has a lot of stiffness and survived well.

The aroma was of fresh brewed tea, less leaf and more of the finished product. There is some raisin or dark fruit in the nose with tobacco and a grain malt.

The grain flavors are more to the front and seem to take over. As a fan of strong malts and grain I found this to be very enjoyable. This ended with a raisin sweetness that kept the dried fruit intact.

The feel is very lively, very light and super easy to drink.

Very good beer with a lot of personality.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:30:37 | More by KYGunner
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2013 02:49:07 | More by FLBeerGuy
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a two finger mocha head that fades fast but leaves great lacing.

The aroma is of molasis, oak, maple and cocoa with a hint of vanilla and hazelnuts. Sweet notes of toffee and a touch of smoke and booze.

The flavor is just as complex. Rich and malty backbone of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, smoke, maple, cocoa, and hazelnuts. Deep toffee dominates with earthy hops in the back. All of this is with a touch of bourbon completes things.

Rich and decandent. Very balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:25:56 | More by JayS2629
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-06-2013 01:43:53 | More by thinwhiteduke
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark chocolate brown with a light tan head that fades

S-smells like a chocolate candle with some bitterness to it. has a decent strength

T-comes in with a good decent taste of milk chocolate and some very slight bitterness. it ends with a good amount of toffee but its not too sweet at first. the milk chocolate and toffee make up a good after-taste.

M-good creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-it gets sweeter as you drink it. its a good example of the style, but I think the 750 mL is best shared. i wouldn't want this all to myself. its a good taste, but not something i want a lot of. not something i'll be searching for again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 04:49:14 | More by AdamBear
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