Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.28/5 rDev -19.8%
Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, maple syrup, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, maple syrup, caramel, wood, and subtle tart. It had a medium feel with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really wasn't that impressed with this one if I am honest. Glad that the alcohol presence wasn't here though as it would have made it unbearable for me with these flavors. Nothing too memorable here at all. Worth trying if you get the chance but that is about it.
08-10-2011 19:08:59 | More by thagr81us
3.3/5 rDev -19.3%
750 ml bottle bought last summer at Gator Beverage
A: pours a very dark but translucent red brown with a huge foamy head of fine bubbles that doesn't retreat
S: big ripe fruit aroma of raisins and banana on top of sweet barley malt
T: it's beer but has a strong punch of sweet fruit up front, followed by bitter cherry notes - unique in my experience
M: very full - smooth and soft on the mouth, with mild carbonation
D: may be a challenge drinking the whole 750 ml bottle
Not sure exactly what I paid for this, but do remember thinking it was kind of expensive. With so many very good and less expensive scotch ales available, I probably won't buy this one again.
02-04-2011 23:41:50 | More by MisterE
3.33/5 rDev -18.6%
Thanks to Bilco for sharing the bottle.
Appearance: Pours with almost no head. Vestiges of a light tan head cling to the edges of the beer...barely. Amber bordering on dark copper. Very clear.
Smell: Caramel malts and biscuit. Underlying overcooked malt note adds a nice bit of depth to an otherwise basic malt profile. Dusting of citrus, but that's stretching it. Loads of sweetness from the malts. Bread crust and some darker sugars. Some raisin/dark fruit notes buried in there as well. Dough and crust.
Taste: Almost a spot-on-replica of the nose. Big chewy malts. Caramel and hints of molasses over a solid bready, almost doughy, malt presence. Tiniest hint of hops on the back, but it's quickly covered over by the sweetness from the malts. Dark fruit rounds the whole thing out. Raisins.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and almost full. Carbonation is minimal, but it works with the style and the profile.
Overall: A solid take on the style. I'm glad I ended up sharing this bottle with a couple friends as it would be a task to drink a whole bottle alone. Nice flavor, but it's not gripping.
04-09-2012 20:07:38 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.43/5 rDev -16.1%
Reviewed on 06/05/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. This beer pours a murky brown with a small head. The aroma is of diacetyl and sweet malt. The flavor is of roasted malt and sweet caramel malt. Ok for a scotch ale (although admittedly it is not my favorite style).
07-11-2009 17:26:33 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.45/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
12-08-2012 20:01:43 | More by SaCkErZ9
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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