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

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

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 318
Gots: 108 | FT: 8
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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Reviews by otrejo:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

02-15-2013 15:42:35 | More by otrejo
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

07-21-2013 15:38:00 | More by tectactoe
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2012 15:07:22 | More by ricksrealm
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

08-01-2014 20:13:33 | More by sicilian
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-30-2013 02:12:04 | More by warnerry
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4.23/5  rDev -3.2%

Thanks to llcooldave for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has some cedar notes, but what really comes through is the roasted malt and bourbon. I also get a hint of menthol in the aroma. The flavor is similar. The cedar is once again present, but it takes a back seat to the heavy oak, vanilla and maple notes. There is also a big whiskey character to the flavor, as well as some roasted malt and quite a bit of chocolate. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

08-05-2012 18:51:00 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-04-2013 02:58:31 | More by BigE90
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-12-2011 23:01:19 | More by dogfishandi
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%


Thanks for sharing, womencantsail!

Dark murky brown throughout with a thin light brown head. This doesn't have a lot of visible carbonation, but does leaves some cling on the glass.

This a wonderfully aromatic beer. The bourbon barreling process has left this beer with an incredible vanilla, coconut, and oak aroma that is almost as good as any.

The flavor is no slacker either, and it follows in the same vein as the aroma. The bourbon character throughout this beer is a marvelous example of the transformation beer can possess after barreling. A low to moderate level of bitterness accompanies the mild bread and caramel notes mixed in with the bourbon.

Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable.

A wonderful treat, and I'm so glad at the opportunity to try this one.

11-10-2011 21:22:24 | More by ehammond1
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-06-2013 02:30:37 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

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

01-22-2013 02:28:52 | More by jeonseh
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.5%

08-17-2013 18:48:15 | More by mtpHokie
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-14-2014 05:44:57 | More by tugg407
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-30-2013 13:19:36 | More by deuce9259
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-30-2013 03:32:10 | More by johnyb
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

06-01-2013 23:48:32 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

10-14-2013 00:14:37 | More by roostor07
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

03-22-2013 15:21:08 | More by Beerontwowheels
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-23-2013 18:40:44 | More by ChrisMetcalfe
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

08-15-2014 00:40:58 | More by rightcoast7
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

04-13-2013 22:37:08 | More by WHODEYzach
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-01-2013 22:18:08 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

06-28-2013 20:40:25 | More by cacostaj
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -10.8%

Clear winner of our horizontal tasting, thanks Tom. Big brown coloured beer. The bourbon is there in the aroma and the taste and dominant, but it was well done. Fuller mouthfeel, caramel, . Woody, characteristics of Coconut and vanilla, a sipper in drinkability.Some smoke, good for the style.

12-13-2011 00:47:24 | More by Sammy
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

05-07-2012 22:29:00 | More by fullmetal1381
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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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