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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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577 Ratings
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 178
Gots: 146 | 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 DoctorB2B
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: ruby and quite clear, thick pink creamy two-finger head to boot.

Smell: Smells of sweet ripened dark fruits, a bit of smoke as well.

Taste: With a scotch ale, I expected some peat, and it wasn't there with this one ... I was just a little sad about that. However, I got from the taste what I got from the nose, sweet and slightly boozy dark fruits.

Overall: Got this is a trade with Dolfan84, glad I got to try it. Sure I'd like to have a more of the traditional wee heavy.

DoctorB2B, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dvmin98, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, opened at Mikkeller & Friends in Copenhagen, poured into a mini pokal glass. Thanks Emily!

A- Pours dark brown, thick and viscous looking, produces a tiny head that quickly disappears.

S- Sweet, malty aroma of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and bread.

T- Quite sweet and sugary, loads of caramel, molasses, caramelized dark fruits, some boozy rum flavors and breadiness.

M- Full-bodied, thick and rich, moderate booze warmth.

O- A solid scotch ale, but overall a bit more sweet than I would have liked, it's a beer worth trying but I would recommend splitting this with a few friends.

WillCarrera, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big Sound pours out a deep brown color with a decent head that quickly drops to a ring. The aroma is intensely malty with just a bit of smoke. The taste is awesome, this is a huge and rich Scotch ale that provides a massive amount of malt flavors. There's a bit of sweetness over the slightest amount of peaty smoke. There's a solid amount of booze on the finish as well. The mouthfeel, like most big Cigar City beers, is exceptional. It's got a pretty large body, yet is very smooth. The drinkabiliy is very good. Overall, Big Sound is a solid Scotch ale. There's a little less peat presence than I'd like, but it's otherwise nice and complex.

shand, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

zekeman17, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -2%

bbadger, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev -2%

deonreds, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2GOOFY, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev -2%

LambicKing, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

GTB, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jrohrbacher, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of masterofsparks
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

masterofsparks, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev -2%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
Photo of mntlover
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark deep brown with red hints when held to the light. Sports a big tan head that falls slow with tons of sheet lace. Very nice looking.

Aroma is big, big malts caramel, hints of peat, some light coffee notes underneath. Some dark fruit notes sprinkled with more sweetness also chocolate hints.

Taste is smooth from the beginning lots of sweet malts caramel, toffee peat hints sprinkled with more sugary sweetness. Nice fruit notes figs, plums and cherries mingle through out. Finish is smooth favorable malts.

Mouthfeel is big and really smooth, very enjoyable.

Overall very nice big smooth malty sweet goodness. Love to have a few of these set back for cooler weather.

mntlover, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bilco, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of babaracas
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown with a dense two finger tan head, settles to a half inch leaving sticky thick clumps of lace. Smell: lots of caramel, dark bread, some cherry, a little peat, faint green grassy/leafy hops. Taste: mildly roasty and a little smoky, lots of sweet caramel, a little chocolate, some earthy bitterness in the background. Medium-full bodied and creamy, with a sticky finish. The least interesting beer I've tried from CCB, but still quite enjoyable.

babaracas, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of mmulebarn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mmulebarn, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev -2%

Big_Dave, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of AltBock
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a big glossy wrap around label. The main picture on the label is a lonesome bagpipe sitting on a club stage with the drums and amps in the background. This is not your run of the mill Scottish bagpipes, this is a punk rock set of bagpipes. It has stickers from all of your punk rock bands like the "Remanes," "NOPX," and "Black" with a flag underneath it. I understand perfectly. They didn't want to get sued by the real bands. To the right is the mandatory US information and to the left is a nice long paragraph that talks about the story behind the name, the beer itself, and all the Scottish things this beer pairs with. Great looking label, but what's missing is a vintage year, best before date, or batch number. Something that says, "I was brewed on this date."

Appearance: I didn't feel like pouring this beer into any special glass, so I poured it into my DFH pint glass. This is one of those beers that appears to be one thing from a distance, but up close it's something totally new. This beer from a distance appeared to be a solid coal black color, but when held into the light, I found out that it was a dark mahogany brown with milk chocolate highlights along the sides. The head of foam on this beer was just as nice as the color of the beer. The head of foam was in between 3/4 to 1 inch in height and light tan in color. This head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind a tiny skim of tan foam and so many spots and streaks of lace around the glass that it looked like there was also a skim of foam along the sides of the glass as well. This was one of the best appearances I've seen from a Scotch Ale so far.

Smell: The aroma of this Scotch Ale was as smoky as it was roasted. There wasn't one aroma that jumped out at me. That's OK because it means that there wasn't one single aroma hogging the aroma all to itself. Every aroma in the beer had the same amount of time to shine. The aroma started off with the smoky/roasted malts and then it immediately went into the black cherry, chocolate, tobacco, sweet toffee, and then the aroma rounds off with some roasted coffee beans. This was another aroma you need to take your time with because not ever aroma that I mentioned will come out at the same time. They come out when they want to come out.

Taste: The aroma was BOTH roasted and smoky while the taste was geared more toward the roasted aspect with the smokyness was more toward the back. Also like the aroma, there wasn't one flavor hogging up the entire taste for itself. The taste kicked off with the chocolate and the roasted malts. Directly after the malts is where you can find the sweet toffee, black cherry, and roasted coffee beans. It's hard to describe this beer's final taste in words. I'll give it my best shot. It tasted like every flavor that I mentioned combined powers and then this super taste mixed itself with some tobacco and alcohol. It was a little weird, but nothing shocking. This was a very good Scotch Ale taste. I would have liked to see more smokyness, but it's still a good tasting beer without it.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied Scotch Ale with a moderate level of carbonation to keep this beer alive and with a roasted and lightly smoky aftertaste. It the taste made in the initial taste then it was also in the aftertaste. That means you can taste again the roasted coffee beans, black cherry, sweet toffee, and chocolate. This repeat taste stuck around on your tongue for about 30 seconds before it left for good.

Drinkability: I should mention first that I would like to thank my good BA friend Meatyard for giving me the opportunity to try this Florida brew. This is one of the better Scotch Ales I tried so far. I enjoyed how every flavor and taste had equally the same amount of time in their respective areas. If their Scotch Ale is this good, then I would love to try their other beers.

AltBock, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of mctizzz
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

mctizzz, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev -2%

Thedrizzle, Sep 30, 2013
Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.