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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
91
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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 170
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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jockpowerviolence1

Florida

1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

06-27-2012 05:17:34 | More by jockpowerviolence1
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Lokal305

Florida

2/5  rDev -51.1%

11-29-2011 14:23:39 | More by Lokal305
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CityofBals

Illinois

2/5  rDev -51.1%

09-12-2013 17:50:23 | More by CityofBals
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13esd

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

12-26-2011 01:23:05 | More by 13esd
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Puterguru

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

01-18-2012 19:44:20 | More by Puterguru
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tjkinate

Nebraska

2.55/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first from Cigar City. I just hope my upcoming 200th review of Hunapuh is better.

A: 2 fingered head that had decent retention settling to a thin khaki color. Deep brown bodied brew.

S: Smells like booze more than beer. A malty backbone pokes through here and there, but nothing I would call complex.

T: Caramel, sugar, and booze. Tasted like a flat day old pepsi.

M: Under carbonated

O: Not at all what I had hoped.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:52:05 | More by tjkinate
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DosBeerigos

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C. Cloudy almost like mud
H. Brown
N. Very little odor at all

Ok this beer on cask was good, but it didn't come across with the same flavors. Actually it sorta tasted similar to how it looked, muddy. Personal opinion stick to the mature carbonated version of this mean scotch ale

Serving type: cask

03-15-2010 00:45:50 | More by DosBeerigos
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mctizzz

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

03-13-2012 02:20:19 | More by mctizzz
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IrishColonial

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

02-12-2013 00:29:44 | More by IrishColonial
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

11-14-2011 22:07:22 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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RossCain

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from CCB taproom in March 2011, Review from late October. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Murky brown in color, the brew pours viscous and thick with a pillowy, tan colored head. Clingy webs attach themselves to the sides of the glass with rings of thick bubbles.

S: Malty upfront showcasing a bit of char mixed with some hints of dark fruit. Unfortunately, a waft of infection resides in the finish, throwing the aroma off and dashing the full enjoyment.

T: Bold, char roasted malt notes imparted with a wood like taste. Bing cherries come through with a nice sweetness backed by the familiar scotch tastes of char and peat. Sour/tart in the finish due to a noticeably nascent infection, again hampering the true potential of the beer.

M: Thick, full-bodied, and chewy brew as expected from CCB. Assertive mouth feel with slightly tingly carbonation and a smooth aftertaste. Finishes with a satisfying alcohol warming and definitely a slow sipper.

O: I was aging this beer for a short amount of time only to be let down a second time by CCB due to an apparent lack of quality control. The onset of infection in noticeable in the beer, especially given the 1/4 inch of yeasty sediment residing in the bottom of the bottle. It's a shame because from the flavors that were in the beer, I can tell I would have enjoyed it much more were it not for the constant reminder of the detracting infected flavors. I finished about half of the bottle before my drain received the rest. Not bad but not worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 03:51:57 | More by RossCain
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hopsbreath

Oregon

2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to zimmerbloke for this one. I got this bottle from him late last year and had no intention of holding onto it for a while. I ended up popping it in July and the notes are just now making it to BA. Split with TulipSnifter in a couple snifters.

A: Presents a rusty brown in the glass with a couple fingers of strawberry blonde head that dissipates quite quickly. A wisp ring maintains itself for a good hour or so. No lacing, but it is pretty leggy. 4/5

S: Lots of big ripe stone fruits and toffee. Warming peaty alcohol is bigger than what I expect given the 8.5% ABV suggested on the bottle. Very good and most pleasing. 4.5/5

T: Again heavy on the peat, big sugary sweetness, cacao dusted toast points, raisins galore, and spice. The sweetness is all over the place and really needs some toning down. 2.5/5

M: Thick and spritzy with a gummy finish. Not good. 2/5

O: Not a bad effort although unorthodox. More peat and earth with less sweet would have helped out a bunch. A higher attenuation wouldn't have hurt either. 2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 07:02:31 | More by hopsbreath
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BGsWo22

New York

3/5  rDev -26.7%

03-09-2013 20:51:12 | More by BGsWo22
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.7%

11-22-2011 18:37:57 | More by ygtbsm94
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.7%

07-17-2013 01:02:13 | More by mwbrady12
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TimH


3/5  rDev -26.7%

05-19-2012 17:04:40 | More by TimH
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle pours a near black color with a modest tan head. Lacing decent.

Nose is malty and fruity, raspberries galore! Surprisingly fruity and the yeast seems ahead of the malt even, a bit of a departure from the norm when it comes to Scotch Ales. No smoke and no peat...hmmmm....

Fruits and sweet toffee malts are ridiculously prominent. Like drinking blackberry malt juice. I could see this appealing to some, but it is the anti-me kind of beer. I look for smoke, peat and rich malts in a Scotch Ale, and this has none of the above. Ugh...sugary, fruity mess of a beer. If I had to guess, it is fermented at way to high of a temp. I find this to be a pretty poor example of a Scotch Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:49:58 | More by twiggamortis420
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Nugganooch

California

3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Making my way through the CCB brews thanks to Alienloquium for the connect! - Cheers Collin.

Love the label! "Big Sound pairs well with Haggis, Highland Games, Huge Heads, Enormous pillows and of course bag pipes"

A: Big Sound pours the darkest Scotch Ale I have ever seen. It is a Coca-Cola dark brown with just the slightest twinge of garnet at the edges. A great big taupe colored head formed with no notable lacing.

S: Aroma is tart fruits, earthy roast malt and some nutty caramel toffeeness. Malty for sure.

T: Drinks sweet with a tart fruitiness akin to dried cherries that tickles the palate somewhat. Syrupy malts, brown sugars, and a caramel chocolatiness. Some chickory root. ABV is rather well masked with a slight warmth to it.

M: Mouthfeel is considerably light given the sugary sweet flavors here with a nice sleek coating to the tongue. A bit chewy overall though.

D: Drinkability is rather low. Drinks like a barleywine that is rather sweet and filling.

An interesting take on the Scotch Ale that doesn't seem like much of a stretch from some of the other dark CCB brews. A complex ale that in the end is a tad too syrupy for my liking. I would have personally enjoyed something perhaps attenuated down a bit more with some better carbonation to it. Love the label for sure tho! Oi! If it's not Scottish, It' crap!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:05:20 | More by Nugganooch
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dad picked this one up for me from the brewery when he was in Florida for Spring Training in 2012. Thanks for swinging by pops!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser looking, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. A perfectly clear bistre brown body with no carbonation evident. Light ring remains but leaves no lacing by the end. Ends a bit flat looking.

SMELL: Dark malts, leather, dark fruits and spicy yeast notes on the nose. Much like a Belgian strong dark ale, with caramel notes and some dark bread as well. Medium strength.

TASTE: Somewhat mild up front, though some leather and dark fruits do make an appearance. Flavor picks up at the swallow with lots of sweet flavors, including grapes, toffee and caramel flavors. Milder but lingering finish of sweet malts, grapes, and a touch of bitter coffee at the end. Quite sweet and a little lack-luster initially.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly light on the palate. Creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes rather sticky for the style. A touch light perhaps, but nothing is off-putting.

OVERALL: This was just alright. I've had piles of wonderful beers from Cigar City, but this one didn't quite do it for me. A little light in body and the flavor lacked up front a bit. Still an enjoyable beer, but I think I expected more from this one. Cheers again for doing the leg-work pops. Love trying stuff from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 18:58:26 | More by Jeffo
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

07-22-2013 15:39:34 | More by incubuscience
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Jayeblue24

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

11-28-2013 04:00:42 | More by Jayeblue24
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

10-27-2012 15:39:26 | More by sendbeer
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JCam9981

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

07-23-2013 23:55:41 | More by JCam9981
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Lare453

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

04-10-2013 00:26:55 | More by Lare453
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

10-15-2012 00:08:04 | More by thegerm87
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Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.