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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 178
Gots: 141 | FT: 13
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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Pdiddey3d, Dec 17, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brownish red just a shade or two darker than root beer. A thick frothy tan head crowns the beer and quickly recedes leaving decent lacing. Smells of sweet dark fruits and sweet roasted malts comprise the aroma. First sip is all raisins like picking out all those plump fat sugar coated sweetened raisins from a box of Raisin Bran and chewing them all at once. Plenty of malt and toffee too. A welcomed splash of bitterness brings up the finish. Nicely carbonated makes for a very good mouthfeel. Very nice indeed.

ATLbeerDog, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

nh2032, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Steeeve
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark and viscous looking pour with a thin medium tan head. Looks the part of a porter. Very sweet and fruity aroma. A lot of dried dark fruit notes along with some berries, caramel, toffee, and even subtle hints of chocolate and leather. Flavor is very sweet, but not cloying. Underlying fruit notes are quickly displaced by roasty and coffee flavors. Rich caramel and toffee flavors interplay wonderfully. Definitely improves as it nears room temperature. Palate is thick and full, with a lingering sweetness on the finish. A little off-kilter (pun intended) for the style but extremely well-made and delicious. One of my new favorite scotch ales. Would love to try this in barrel-aged form.

Steeeve, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

wchris21, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

kenm2118, Dec 13, 2011
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dogfishandi, Dec 12, 2011
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ThePorterSorter, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

bespin15, Dec 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

uturn, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jophish17, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51%

Lokal305, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

shuajw, Nov 28, 2011
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bsuedekum, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

Shaggy9356, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Scoot1969, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

kk73, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by starrdogg, next to bourbon and rum barrel big sound. Thanks a lot Matt, very cool lineup.

A: Nice brown color with crimson highlights, it has a decent head with just a ring forming with a tan color.

S: Has a very rich and quite perfect to style scotch ale smell. A light smoked peat aroma yet still kind of sweet in a confectionary way. Super malty and has the toasted malt 'grapenuts' smell.

T: Taste is very rich like a layered cake with espresso and a semi-sweet BBQ smoke notes. Super tasty, some lighter sweet malts too. I'd say that the scotch is more like a highland park sort of honey-peat as opposed to a super smoky islay. Great, really quite tasty.

M: Very nice, smooth and satisfying. Slick over the palate.

Overall this is very nice, and certainly worth a try if you like scotch ale! This and Robert the Bruce would probably be my two examples of the style to present to a new beer enthusiast.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2%

claaark13, Nov 22, 2011
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.