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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 178
Gots: 142 | 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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4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For over a year, I've been trying to find ONE Scotch Ale that comes even close to the flavor and taste of McEwan's Scotch Ale, which is on hiatus from being imported to the US. If you read my other reviews you'll see I've been through a LOT of them:
Wet Willys
Traquair House
Jolly Scott
Scotty Karate
Old Chub
French Broad
And more.

I've liked some. Disliked others. NONE of them have the taste that McEwan's brings to the table. I was dismayed and thought I'd never get it again. I have a couple last bottles of Mac here that I'd been saving. I've been looking for some to trade in Canada where they apparently still exist, but it's been rough.

So, after trying so many other SA's with nothing close (Alesmith was the closest and it's a far jump) I halfheartedly opened a bottle of Big Sound last night.

Delightedly, I find that it aims squarely for the McEewan's flavor and may even SURPASS it in every way. I went and read their web description. Cherries! Who'd have thought? And here's me slamming every quad that sneaks freaking cherries into their blend!

So - if you like and miss McEwan's - give this a try. I have a Mac opened and am going back and forth. Mac is definitely more soy sauce/tobbacco, while the BS is a bit sweeter - but it's a fine line.
Here's the real BA rundown:

APP: Deep dark mahogany body with a beautiful full-figured head on top in vanilla caramel colors.

Smell: Molasses, Toffee, and apparently old cherries. I would have said English Fruitcake - but same thing.

Taste: Malt bomb, dark caramel syrupy sweet. Not too stouty, so a good drinker but really big flavor. Toffee, cherries, dark candied fruit, a little coffee, burnt sugar. Molasses. Wonderful.

Overall - just freaking amazing and an easy drinker.

radioscooter, Mar 30, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

mverity, May 12, 2013
Photo of Tabni
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought it at Whole Foods in Pinecrest. Served into my Orval Tulip. Great flavors I'm getting from this amazing Cigar City brew. Worth every penny of the $13.99 that I paid. Reminds me of a Skull Splitter. Hints of caramel and even toffee. Would buy this again for sure!

Tabni, Aug 31, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

jokermanboy, Aug 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

agsourdough1, Nov 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

RyanCave, Feb 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

DonDonLongJohn, Sep 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

alpenglocken, Jan 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

ckk527, Oct 03, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

One1Asterisk, Aug 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

bigred89, Jun 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

mycatsissy, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

m_p_snyder, Oct 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

gbohl, Aug 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

BYOFB, Oct 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

FroggieMercury, Jul 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

WeizenGuy, Wednesday at 12:11 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

GTB, Jun 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On cask at capones.

A- ruddy red brown with a beautiful 2 inches of creamy off white head.

S- smooth and creamy toffee and caramel with some yeasty fruity goodness.

T- wow! Toasted malts and sweet candied cherries. Some peat and mossyness.

M- creamy and full bodies with that perfect carb on a firkin.

D- all day every day. I want this stuff in my fucking veins main line style. Baller shit from a baller brewery.

oglmcdgl, Jun 05, 2010
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

goast8127, Wednesday at 02:28 AM
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

1noa, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

thanmad, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

wilfonzo, Sep 12, 2012
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.