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

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380 Ratings
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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 320
Gots: 114 | FT: 10
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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meerkat2

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

03-12-2012 00:00:47 | More by meerkat2
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.5%

03-05-2012 13:26:10 | More by ohtheguilt
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5%

Much thanks to Cam for sharing this bottle. Sept 2011 bottling.

Pours what might be an extremely dark red, but may as well be black. Pretty nice tan head, so-so retention. Some legs on the glass.

Good scent, buttery caramel malts, bourbon, brown sugar. Very nice but loses some strength with time.

Sweet and dark caramel, buttery malts and bourbon stick out the most, the bourbon is big but not overbearing. Some dark fruit, vanilla and maple, big oak presence as well.

Smooth and quite velvety mouthfeel, but pretty hot, would've guessed this was maybe 10%.

The booziness dragged this down a bit for me but pretty awesome nonetheless, lots of good flavors here.

02-13-2012 17:14:22 | More by Chico1985
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Reviewed from notes, Sept2011 bottle.

A- Black pour pretty much dark brown into a pint glass. Pretty nice tan head forms with decent retention. Cloud stays around and a creamy ring leaving nice webs of lace.

S- Bourbon mellow whiskey and a good oak barrel presence smoothed out by big sweet syrupy maple feel almost, dark fruit and butter for sure, brown sugar.

T- Follows the nose quite nicely with more dark fruit (rasb, cherry) here. Very nice mellow whiskey and vanilla oak presence, some of the dark sugars gives off a maple feel.

MF - Moderate feel that is both oily and somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation, slight warmth from alcohol.

Awesome scotch ale with a nice mellow and flavorful whiskey oak feel, drinks very well smooth, awesome balance of style flavors.

02-12-2012 17:11:52 | More by cbutova
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%

Dark opaque pour, light brown head.

Big syrupy sweet malty nose. Did this thing ferment? Dark fruit, prunes, raisins, figs, etc. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. A bit buttery.

Big bourbon and oak backed up by a malty sweetness. Buttery. Tobacco leaves and a little bit of a smokey pork flavor. This is a pretty decadent beer.

02-05-2012 23:12:05 | More by BearsOnAcid
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jophish17

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

01-28-2012 15:24:48 | More by jophish17
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-26-2012 20:55:35 | More by KAF
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottled shared by aasher at his place.

The nose on this incredible-- huge bourbon, vanilla, charred oak with toasted coconut, and plenty of caramel malt action.
The flavor is great, not as amazing as the nose, but damn close. A nice sweet bourbon booziness is perfectly integrated, but the only problem I have is that there's a little flavor from the malt that I associate with oxidation-- though I'm certain there's no way this beer is oxidized already!

Feel is velvety and lush... Nice and full with firm carbonation.

Overall-- quite damn sold. Easily my top scotch ale.

01-20-2012 02:35:23 | More by AleWatcher
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aasher

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%

This bottle was courtesy of Preismj. Thanks for hitting this HUGE want Matt!

This beer pours a full bodied syrupy stained wood brown in color with an off white lacing. The nose is beautiful. It features a good amount of sweet bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, and a ton of coconut. The flavors follow the same lines. It features a lot of coconut, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and rich smooth malts. The flavor is superb. It drinks full in body and is really smooth. I really, really like this one. It's a nice example how barrel aging can add a lot or complexity to an already great beer. Imagine a bourbon barrel aged Mounds candy bar.

01-20-2012 02:25:47 | More by aasher
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jsanford

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

750ml poured into a CCB Snifter. 2011 Vintage.

Pours black with brown edges and a thin khaki head that settles to a very slight haze and bubbly ring. HUGE bourbon aromas pour from the glass, followed by sweet malt, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. One of the most Bourbon-forward brews I've seen in a while. Taste is similarly Bourbon-heavy, lots of caramel, oak, and vanilla mingle with dark dried fruits, malt, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Overall an excellent Barrel-Aged offering from CCB, I needed something positive after the travesty that was the Rum Barrel-Aged Big Sound. Blegh.

01-17-2012 18:14:25 | More by jsanford
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.24/5  rDev -3%

2012 vintage...

A: Pours a super deep brown, almost black, with a half finger of kahki colored head. The foam doesn't take long to fade into oblivion, and you can begin to see the light brown edges of the beer.

S: The nose is bourbon, caramel, malt, and mild spice. It's sweet and hot. Smells pretty good for the style.

T: The beer starts off wet with a good bit of barrel character, malt, mild yeast, and mild spice. The caramel notes really shine through in the middle, as the bourbon fades a bit and the spice comes on. The finish of the beer is back to sweets and bourbon alcohol. The booze is well balanced in this beer.

M: Full bodied beer. It's wet and smooth to start. The malt/caramel notes make the beer sticky in the middle. As the beer tends towards the back end, it gets hot with alcohol, but remains coating on the palate. Lingering caramel and spice.

O: Very nice beer. I'm not a huge fan of Scotch Ales, but it's hard to turn down the chance to try something in a barrel. I'm glad I got the chance. This beer is solid, and a good runner up for best BA Scotch Ale, after Founder's Backwoods Bastard.

01-15-2012 14:51:27 | More by trxxpaxxs
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BastionShaw

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-15-2012 13:36:28 | More by BastionShaw
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Dan25D

California

5/5  rDev +14.4%

01-08-2012 19:21:10 | More by Dan25D
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

12-19-2011 01:31:54 | More by spycow
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle contributed by me. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass. 2011 vintage.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to pretty much nothing. A very dark brown, opaque, body with some chestnut highlights to it.

S - Oak, bourbon, caramel apples, burnt sugars, dark fruits, and a low amount of smoke and peat. Surprisingly boozy and barrel-forward for only 8.5% - I'm guessing this picked up some alcohol from the bourbon barrels.

T - Taste is largely similar, but with better-hidden alcohol. Caramel apples, toffee, bourbon, fruity yeast, with some oak presence to balance out the sweet flavors and keep things from getting too cloying or heavy.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous, with a touch of alcohol warmth, and light residual burnt sugar stickiness. Medium-low carbonation is adequate and unobtrusive. Seems like a bigger beer than 8.5%.

D - This is quite good - I tend not to like Scotch Ales due to overwhelming sweetness, but this one has a nice balance of bourbon barrel and malt flavors. Very glad I managed to get this one over the rum version (which is what I initially wanted). Highly recommended if you're into this style.

12-18-2011 21:18:00 | More by MasterSki
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

12-18-2011 19:27:42 | More by ChrisPro
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wchris21

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-14-2011 13:01:17 | More by wchris21
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a beige head. Color is a copper amber.

Aroma: Phenomenal. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Sweetness. Rich. Caramel. Hoppy. Dark fruits show with plums. The bourbon, oak, and vanilla is spot on.

Taste: Much like the nose. Raisins, plums, dark fruits. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The bourbon is just awesome. Caramel with some smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, this was a great beer. Very well done. Very easy to drink. I could have a lot of this one.

12-14-2011 00:38:24 | More by mothman
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Sammy

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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dogfishandi

New York

5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-12-2011 23:01:19 | More by dogfishandi
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3%

12-12-2011 04:53:04 | More by ThePorterSorter
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CGMLS3

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-09-2011 02:00:39 | More by CGMLS3
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bespin15

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.4%

12-08-2011 16:34:50 | More by bespin15
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.5%

12-05-2011 19:16:21 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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Bogforce

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.5%

12-05-2011 14:58:18 | More by Bogforce
Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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