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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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89
very good

564 Ratings
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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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Brick Store Pub awhile ago- reviewing from notes. Poured a deep brown, almost black, with a big creamy head and the typical cask carbonation. The smell is a little light, but very malty and a bit redolent of chocolate. The taste has big malt flavors, but fairly dry overall. Meaty, almost bacony and and maybe with a touch of hay. Very interesting and quite good. Very smooth in the mouth with a drying tannic finish which is very welcome. Overall, delicious!

Georgiabeer, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an opaque, dark brown body accented with some amber highlights and topped with a half-inch of beige head.

Smell: The aroma is plushly malty, rooted around a concentrated toasty breadiness coated with sweet-scented caramel. This is supported with notes of chocolate, roasty coffee, and a fruitiness that grows even bolder when the beer is given a moment to warm up a bit.

Taste: Deep robust maltiness with a fair amount of soothing sweetness. Tastes of caramelized sugars, toasted bread crusts and, whaddya know, even some chocolate-coated grains and coffee are present, as is a vibrant dried dark fruitiness. Undercurrent of earthiness throughout. Very low, subtle hop bitterness. A bit more breadiness and a touch more roast in the lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I certainly enjoyed this one. Sure, it's a bit deeper and darker than your usual Scotch Ale, but who gives a crap as long as it makes for a tasty, enjoyable beer.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

goast8127, Yesterday at 02:28 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

WeizenGuy, Yesterday at 12:11 AM
Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

rspauldi, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Agentveba
4.04/5  rDev -1%

Agentveba, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured a very deep brown, not sure if it's cloudy or clear because you can't see through it. Almost no head or lacing. Aroma is minimal, but it has a big malty sweet flavor. Notes of caramel, fruit and nice sweetness from the alcohol. No carbonation and little oily on the texture, but not in a bad way. A great big Scottish ale.

delta490, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Mikemcgrath4, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice big malty scotch ale, a little too sweet for my palate overall, and certainly too sweet to take down too much of. i like its density though, and its grain richness. in some ways its like a dopplebock on the grain front, this may be a little less german, but its dark caramel and dried red fruit complexion is in line with that. earthy up front before the sweet, dark amber to mahogany in color, thick in body but not overly so. carbonation is upbeat for the style, which really helps with the sugar. there is a real molasses character to the front end, and even a mellow hop bitterness there too. it just feels like dessert to me. a glass of this brings cures the itch of both a sweet tooth and an individual in need of a little buzz. you cant taste the booze in it really, but i can definitely feel it after even half a glass. solid beer overall, well made, but not all that different and quite sugary in the finish.

StonedTrippin, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a short pint.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small off white head and collar.

Smell - Toffee. A little fruity and buttery.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Dark fruits. Mild hop flavor in the middle. Nutty after that and a little boozy.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Kinda sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Good without being special. I'm surprised I've never reviewed this.

Alieniloquium, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

chadwicktorres, Oct 02, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +2%

captainbearcat, Sep 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

tpoutasse, Sep 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Boston_Steve, Sep 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

mjmcdonough73, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

udubdawg, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

mattreitz49, Sep 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

humpty1602, Sep 15, 2014
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Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.