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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel AgedBig Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 06-16-2009)
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One I cracked at the CCB bottle share, thanks to mposha (Reddit) for sharing.

Decent creamy fizzy head, dark molasses brown color.

Nose sweet malts, some bourbon and vanilla barrel notes, cognac fruit and sweet malt, toffee, candy dark fruit, toffee, etc.

Taste sweet candy malts, toffee, caramel, juicy barrel and bourbon juice, toffee, caramel, dark candied fruits and a little nutty.

Mouth fuller bod, decent but lighter carb, some warming booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 00:56:25 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear dark brown hue with a thin mocha halo.

S - Aromas of bourbon, malts, caramel.

T - Taste is sweet, raisin bourbon, malts, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly carbonated.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, super smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:19:42 | More by rudzud
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.25.14

A - Pours a motor oil black with a foamy light brown head that just sits there.

S - Lots of chocolate up-front, then some bourbon, sweet.

T - Sweet bourbon, then caramel and vanilla follow.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Sweet, but nice flavors hit you in layers. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 05:39:29 | More by HuskyinPDX
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shand

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage.

Bourbon Barrel Big Sound is bourbony, oaky, velvety smooth goodness. This is one of the first times I've had a BBA beer that actually tempers the sweetness of the base beer. Big Sound off the shelf is tasty, but runs a touch too sweet for me. Somehow this is better. The mouthfeel is outstanding here, it's got a medium-bodied, ridiculously velvety feel. Basically, BBA Big Sound is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:25:36 | More by shand
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle (2009 vintage drank in 2013): Poured a cloudy dark burgundy color ale with a small dark brown foamy head with light retention and some light lacing. Aroma of bourbon notes with light vanilla with a heavy malt base with quite a bit of residual sugars. Taste is also dominated by heavy caramel malt with quite bit of residual sugar with some medium bourbon notes with light vanilla notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Drank very well for a four year old beer but ultimately this beer is a sipper and can’t be enjoyed in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 20:03:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Mike for pulling out this beauty at the tasting. It looks like a liquid, mahogany, wooden bureau with decent clarity at the edges. The middle would be clear, too, if the hue wasn't so cohesively dark. The tan head foams up quick and slowly settles to a collar that looks a bit lighter in color.

Deep and heavy bourbon infiltrates the aroma, complete with other various components you'd expect from a wee heavy; dark fruit sweetness, prunes, dates, some malty, brown sugar, a hint of caramel and black licorice, with a finishing note of smoke. The bourbon is not lost at all, and actually I'd go so far as to say it's the strongest part of the aroma by far.

For a second, I thought I accidentally took a sip from the glass of Buffalo Trace on the table; this sucker has such an enormous bourbon presence, and even a raw, whiskey-ish feel. If muscles were bourbon, Barrel Aged Big Sound would be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Less than 1% body fat, for real, dead lifting a car and takin' straight shots of whiskey to the dome.

Plums, sweet dates, brown sugar and a river of smooth and sweet toffee give the bourbon an extra leg with which to stand on, and they do their best to balance. Once you get a little more acquainted to the bourbon, the other flavors start to stand out a bit more. More fruit, more caramel and brown sugar, and a finishing touch of oak and toffee.

The bourbon will leave a lasting impression on your palate, long after the beer is gone, and it is accentuated by the fact that this beer feels way bigger than it really is. I couldn't believe it was only 8.5% ABV - it's very bourbon heavy and the body is quite large; creamy, smooth, thick, and heavy overall. Barrel Aged Big Sound flexes like a madman.

Very good beer, and probably the only time I've called an 8.5% ABV beer a "slow sipper", but it's eminently true here. I actually think it would benefit with some age, giving the bourbon a chance to mingle and settle in with the rest of the flavors and hopefully form a bond for the greater good. As it stands - still a great beer, just a bit hot at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 15:38:00 | More by tectactoe
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. From notes.

Bourbon Barrel Big Sound has a full, opaque brown color in the glass. There was a tiny head on top after the initial pour, but it faded to nothing rather quickly.

The nose is a sign of good things to come. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla gracefully step in brown of caramel, burnt sugar, orchard fruits, and peat.

Typical Scotch Ale sweetness starts off the flavor, with brown sugar and toffee leading the way. Quickly the bourbon barrels send the rest of the sip on a less sweet trajectory, smoothing out the sugars with a nice bourbon and vanilla presence. There is general fruitiness in the middle of the sip that works nicely with the other flavors as well. Woody oak notes blend well with the peat notes in the original beer. The end finishes smooth, with the flavors coming together and wrapping up nicely.

Where I may be most impressed with this beer is in the body. Not only does the beer survive the barrel aging process with its body intact, it actually drinks bigger than the 8.5% that it is. It seems that instead of wearing away at the body, the barrel aging process only removed some of the sweetness and added a smoothness to the texture that I like. If anything, the carbonation seems a little light.

Cigar City has done a very good job with their barrel program. Nearly every beer they have chosen to age in barrels has emerged better than when it went in.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:35:44 | More by KickInTheChalice
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

With a big emphasis on sweetness, Big Sound uses the two headed monster of malt and booze to create a strong and savory taste that drinks like a meal. ...or at least the dessert part.

Very dark brown and cast with complete opaqueness, the beer simply looks malty as its heavy haze and darkness carries a visual weight that's uncompromising. A slow rise of creamy foam tops the glass with mousse proportions. As the head slowly creeps back into thec beer it trails with spotted lacing patterns. A swirl of the glass shows brandy-like legging to accompany the pocketed lace.

Its deep malt richness layers on the nose with Dopplebock-like character as its earthen peat elements are shy to show. And then the bourbony undertow offers up sultry caramel, vanilla, aged oak and undeniable booze. Walnut, chocolate, molasses, and coffee are all represented, as well as the estery profile of grape, cherry, date, and fig.

To taste, the beer seeps into the taste buds with a sweet and savory taste that melts the palate and the soul. Toffee, smoky chocolate and rum project early on and with high intensity. But then the toastier, peppery, tobacco, and coffee-ish earthen tones set in at mid palate- and then the late charge of unmistakably bourbon, cherry, oak and tepid wood-derived bitterness.

Full bodied, full flavored, and long lasting- the ale clings on to all the surfaces of the mouth and are reluctant to release. All that residual sweetness lingers indefinitely and keeps the beer much more of a sipping ale than a drinking one. Warm, peppery, and mildly earthen- the tannin and phenolic spice do little to balance the textures and keep the beer squarely focused on malt.

Complex as hell, but palate fatigue falls on the mouth as I meander through a mere glass of the ale. It begs for a side accompaniment of tangy sharp cheddar, cheesecake, or a fragrant Churchill cigar for both reprieve and for completeness.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:43:08 | More by BEERchitect
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml green waxed bottle 2012, poured into tulip 4/6/13 big cheers to MasterSki and Sean9689 for the bottle

A reddish dark cola when held to the light with enough clarity to almost see the other side of the glass, two fingers of tan foam leaves just a few random patches of lace

S the nose has a fair bit going for it, lots of dried fruit, raisins, prunes, cherries, is the peat just in my mind? either way the smokes very faint, vanilla, oak, bourbon and ju-jubes, there's some booze in there with loads of hard toffee, soft caramels and brown sugar, smells amazing

T more wood and booze, everything from the nose is still there in one form or another but just slightly toned down, there's a little spice I can't place and I want to say nutmeg or cinnamon but I just can't quite grasp it, excellent flavor but the nose was a hard act to follow

M tannins and booze give it almost a numbing effect, slightly syrupy and sticky on the lips and slick on the gums, leaning towards full and it warms my chest, lingering finish of candied raisin bourbon

O oh man if the smell carried through this would be one of the best brews ever, great job with the barrel complexity in what I can only assume was a great base

I should've sat on this one for a while, a long while, booze popping up here and there is my only real complaint. I could smell this all day but I drank well before midnight, great stuff that will be even better down the road

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 03:43:48 | More by wordemupg
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davey101

Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 12, 2012. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to dachsundude86 for the bottle. Review #500.

A - Pours a dark, dark red body which lets little light through. One fingers worth of khaki foam with really solid lacing and retention and a touch of alcohol legs.

S - Absurd amounts of raisins and dates, sweet caramel, rich toffee and light peat smoke. This is all followed by a strong bourbon presence of vanilla, oak, and butterscotch. Slight alcohol finish. This is incredible, like a rum raisin ice cream.

T - Very sweet raisins, caramel malts and burnt brown sugar. Well integrated butterscotch, vanilla, and oak from the barrel. This is almost overtly sweet though. Comes back to reality on the finish with light peat and some bitterness. For an 8.5%'er this seems awfully large and complex. Mouth feel is thick and creamy, just about spot-on.

O - There is a lot happening in this beer. The aroma is pretty incredible but the flavor, despite it's huge sweetness is a bit lacking. Perhaps that is due to the 6 month age it has on it. I haven't found a barrel aged CCB that hasn't impressed me yet though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:34:42 | More by davey101
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours black, tinted coffee brown around the edges. A half finger of medium brown, espresso-like head recedes within a few minutes to a thick ring. Very good retention and minimal lacing.

S: Loads of toffee and bourbon, a bit of oak and chocolate and vanilla, cinnamon.

T: Caramel, bourbon, coconut, light oak, moderate sweetness and a miles-long finish. A mouthwatering character. If anything, the sweetness is the limiting factor for this beer.

M: Medium-light body, a bit lighter than expected, with light carbonation.

O: A beer with loads of big flavors, the bourbon is in full force but still integrated with the base. Overall, this is a superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:34:04 | More by pmarlowe
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy brown with thin head. Smell is syrupy with notes of vanilla, maple, oak, and a touch of smokey malt. Taste is smooth and mellow with nice vanilla malts paired with sweet malts. A touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation. Overall, nice integration of the barrel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2013 17:51:30 | More by homebrew311
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl poured into a tastingglass

Very dark brown oily pour with a small slick of tan foam.
Aroma is sweet bourbon with vanilla and underlying peat, toffee, and light roasted grains.
Taste is bourbon with vanilla up front followed by light peat, darker malt with caramel, and alcohol spice.
Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Bourbon character is very nice but still allows the base beer to come through.
Really an excellent beer. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 11:50:52 | More by beerpirates
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cjgator3

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Redlight Redlight. I am a huge fan of the regular Big Sound but the bourbon barrel aging puts it over the top. Fantastic brew! Big and malty with huge bourbon notes from the barrel aging. Overall, fantastic brew from CCB! I hope to see this beer again!

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 22:16:02 | More by cjgator3
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thank you to Msquared2 for this treat!

Appearance. Pours a deep cola-brown with a finger and a half of thick, light-beige head.

Smell. Sweet caramel candy, smooth bourbon, and old barrel wood. Nice.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts and smooth bourbon, nice barrel wood flavours, vanilla and brown sugar, and a little earthy peat.

Mouthfeel. Full body, maybe on the low side, slightly sticky. Lowish carbonation.

Overall. Probably the best I've had of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:46:57 | More by Rutager
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Posts a root beer brown color with a modest head that leaves a smattering of lace behind

Smell: Rich aromatics of peat, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and coconut, with underlying fig and date

Taste: Opens with peated caramel flavors, followed by the dark fruit, vanilla and coconut; by mid-palate, the Bourbon flavors open, bringing a boozy warmth to the profile; the finish is slightly harsh, though the complexity shines through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: One of the best of the Cigar City brews I have tried; the barrel treatment is pronounced but not dominant and complements the other flavors in the malt profile

Thanks, donttazemebro, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:14:04 | More by brentk56
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, roasted nuts, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a slight alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a solid barrel aged presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 05:38:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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OneBeertoRTA

California

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Zander for two of these 2012 editions.

Pour- A nice rich dark brown with 2 fingers of head

Smell- Huge or should i say BIG bourbon sweetness. Like enormous and powerful sweetness. It reminds me of a Backwoods Bastard on Steriods

Taste- very sweet, tons of flavor and an all around delicious version of the style. Zero booze, can't see the abv on the bottle but I can taste very little, if any heat. Just a sweet and delicious brew

Mouthfell- Medium carbonation, nice lacing, flavor really lingers on your tongue. Just a ton of sweetness. More flavor than any of the same style I can recall.

Overall- Fantastic beer. Will definately trade for more. I would consider this an entry level Scotch ale in that it is easy to drink, no booze and tons of flavor. Something special any new craft fan would love as would the vets.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:53:18 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'12 vintage on tap at CCB on 12/29/12 (with notes) as well as '12 1x 750ml bottle from CCB on 1/2/13 (also with notes) into a CCB snifter.

Aroma: Smells like a big scotch ale with a ton of wood and vanilla backed by a thick, sweet malt that reminded me of maple syrup- its probably more like a combination of brown sugar and caramel. As it warms up, I had a decent bit of the bourbon itself. Smelled pretty good. (4)

Colour: Dark cola brown, but you could be forgiven for thinking it was black. Pours with a less than 1cm mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a slick smooth surface. Not a lot of lacing as this beer goes down. (4)

Flavour: Best part of the beer. Wonderfully complex with the maple syrupy malt sweetness (brown sugar, caramel), the faint hints of the bourbon itself that reminds me a little bit of Jack along with the bourbon barrel's vanilla and oak (at least, I think I can describe them separately from the bourbon) that adds to the bourbon flavour itself. I could spend a minute swishing each sip around the tongue and I'll keep getting slightly different flavours. It's great. (5)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy and a bit sticky. Good carbonation off the tap. Wonderfully smooth to drink. Comes with a bit of heat which didn't surprise me at the time. Aftertaste is different each time but always features the vanilla and oak woodiness. Enjoyed this a lot. (4)

Overall: In the world of bourbon barrel-aged scotch ales, this is probably the best I've had- compared to Backwoods Bastard which is probably the most popular example of the style, this is quite a bit more complex and smooth. I really love the maple syrup-like sweetness combined with the barrel character, although I'm more of a BA stout fan. I felt reluctant to trade away my last bottle, but once I did, I felt it was time to write this review. Wonderful BA scotch ale that I hope to have the chance to drink again in the future. (4)

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 23:34:13 | More by Stevedore
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2012 vintage, into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark molasses color with a nice light tan head.

S. Huge woody bourbon, marshmallow, oak, nutty, light malty spice.

T. Very bourbon forward. Caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, lightly bitter caramelized grain, oak, figs.

M. Medium-bodied, light carbonation, silky feel.

O: A very barrel-forward BA scotch ale. Certainly better than Backwoods Bastard in barrel character and body.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 06:55:42 | More by Etan
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared at NWI tasting group bottle share

A - Dark brown with a light oak accent on the sides. It also leaves a thick coating as it swirls in the glass. There is only a light amount of foam on the side

S - Malty, light peat, light bourbon sweetness

T - Light caramel sweetness upfront. Then, there is a bourbon sweetness, slight smoky peat and chocolate and roasted malts

MF - Light body and carbonation. Slightly watery. Light oak in the finish

O - Solid scotch ale that has a nice barrel presence that adds a nice sweetness to it

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:28:52 | More by jeonseh
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to egrace84 for the share! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed fromn notes taken on 1/8/13.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with 2 fingers of large biege head.

Smell: Fruity, smoke, chocolates, earthy, and woody.

Taste: Smoke, dark fruits, chocolates, and bourbon upfront. Earthy peat moss and oakiness. Nice bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth body. Not a hinting of booze at all.

Overall: probably the best bourbon barrel Scotch ale that I have ever drank. cant think of anything that even comes close. Really nice job CCB!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 13:43:00 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half inch cream colored head. Collar and cap left.

Big viscious sweet malt bomb. Bal aged for sure, burrrrbon.

Fruits, raisin. Brian says chocolate but I don't find it very pronounced. This is a showcase on the barrel presence I feel.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Close to a booze bomb, just sweet and alcohol filled. I liked it but it was just about one dimensional. You da man egrace84.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:34:50 | More by Duff27
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Burr, winter nights call for winter beers. Big Sound scotch ale fits the bill. Indeed this does look like coca cola as another reviewer pointed out. Nice looking tan head but it fades away real fast. Tawny brown with reddish highlights. Not the prettiest beer. Yup, toasty oak, vanilla, bourbon, bready and toffee. At first there is an off putting aroma but it fades. My first impression of flavor is a cross between vanilla and chocolateyness. Lovely toffee flavors and caramalized figgy goodness. Raisins, slight bit of cinnamon and more of that nice bourbon barrel goodness. Is this beer slightly thin? I feel like it might be. And there is a bit of an aftertaste that lingers with a bit of a tin like quality. This and the otherwise underwhelming apperance are the only real drawbacks of this otherwise very tasty, tasty cold weather sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 02:26:49 | More by pmlondrigan
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle poured into a Sprecher snifter glass

Appearance- Cola like in both the color of the liquid and the head. Head is about a fingers worth and dissipates into a thin surface layer and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell- Tons of robust smells right away that includes oak, yeast, vanilla and bourbon.

Taste- Follows the nose with a slight addition of some dark bakers chocolate.

Mouthfeel- It seems a little lighg for the style, but a great smoothness is created between the oak, bourbon and base beer. Also leaves a nice long plesant warming.

Overall- Very easy drinking for a barrel aged beer, but still keeps all the flavors. My only gripe is that the base beer is somewhat lost in the barrel aging. Still very impressed!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:04:34 | More by BrownAleMale
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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.