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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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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

RyanCave, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Kegatron, Feb 12, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell- First smell is raisins along with some background notes of toffee and burnt caramel. The raisin/prune smell is very dominant.

Taste- Similar to the smell I get a strong prune taste. I get some dark chocolate and a little burnt caramel on the back end. Almost no bitterness, fairly sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel- Body is medium, good carbonation for the style. Leaves a slick feeling after swallowing.

Overall- Not a bad beer, but the strong prune taste and smell made me not enjoy it as much. A very different take on a scotch ale.

IPAdams, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

nmann08, Jan 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

robbrandes, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Bartos, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DrewLikesBeer, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

ChrisCBeets, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cwguy5, Jan 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

williamjbauer, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

ghscott, Dec 29, 2013
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Stinger80OH, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2beerdogs, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

piconaut, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Coduhhh, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -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.

KYGunner, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

tjsmith910, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Matt_Ortiz, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

gr8zehaman, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

dataylor21, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

kell50, Dec 08, 2013
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.