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

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

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BA SCORE
78
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 25.82%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KevSal on 10-13-2011)
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-14-2013 05:17:14 | More by spycow
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been dreading opening this one after reading about the infection right when I was shipped the bottle. Glad I finally did.

Pours dark reddish brown with a bubbly tan head. Good retention and lace.

Aroma shows it's definitely infected, but it isn't overly acentone like. Smells like a kriek mostly with a nutty grainy caramel malt character.

Not too bad for an infection and not nearly as bad as some others I've had recently. Lots of nuttyness. Caramel/toffee with some fig character which IIRC all would come from the base beer. A nice tart cherry balances this out, but isn't overpowering. Actually a pretty good addition. Rum peaks in at the end to add a bit of a burn with some oak.

Infection definitely dried out this beer more than probably intended, but ok with me since I like dry beers. Fortunately even though it's not perfect mouthfeel the infection didn't thin it out too much or cause overcarbing.

Glad I sat on this for a while as it appears to be rounding into something drinkable if not intended. We all rather enjoyed this and if you just told me it was a dark sour, I wouldn't have batted an eye. A few issues due to the infection, but I've had many non-infected beers be much worse than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 19:53:24 | More by jmarsh123
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Florida

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Florida

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09-15-2012 10:44:13 | More by beernads
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California

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

09-10-2012 03:26:06 | More by t0rin0
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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slim pint glass pour. Dark red brown body with a foamy tan head forming to a few fingers with decent retention. A nice cloud and some good lace too.

S- Infected but very interesting. Smells like a Kriek. Tart cherries for sure and green apple sours. Really not much else but some nutty brown malts.

T- A bit more of the base beer here. Nutty brown caramel malts with some big raisins balance out the infection. A nice tart cherry flavor adds to it all. Really no rum to me this point but oak for sure.

MF- Moderate carbonation and a dried out body. Slight alcohol warming.

Really quite nice for an infection, toward the Kriek end of things. Glad I sat on this for a while.

Serving type: bottle

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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes. I should preface this review by saying that I was fully aware of the infection before opening. It's difficult to review to style, as I thought that it tasted quite interesting, but clearly not to the scotch ale style.

Appearance - Nice head. Deep mahogany. Good lacing. Looks great, really.

Smell - Apples. Slight tart acidity. Some cherry aromas. No rum and no malt. No barrel, either. If I'm honest, it doesn't smell bad at all, though.

Taste - Immediate tartness. Dry fruit of the apple persuasion. Tastes like an oud bruin. Dry bitterness and astringency with an odd finish.

Mouthfeel - Very dry and very light. High carbonation.

Overall - I find this to be drinkable. It's obviously not what was intended, but it has its merits. To style, it's awful. As a Flanders Red or an Oud Bruin, it could be passable. Not good, but passable.

Serving type: bottle

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Mora2000

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle. Drank in early December 2011.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the rum and vanilla, with some dark fruit, chocolate and oak. The flavor is different and is showing signs of infection. There is a ton of tart dark fruit, with some chocolate, smoke, cranberry, vanilla and rum thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I wish we could have tried a non-infected version since I bet it would have been pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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surlytheduff

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

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MasterSki

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to thetomG. Served in a Närke snifter.

A - Ample tan foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and small spots of lace. Very dark brown body - unusually dark for the style.

S - Yep - definitely infected. Musky funk, sour cherries, tart apple skins, as well as some rum and oak. Not much alcohol presence thankfully. As it warms up some of the original beer's chocolate and caramel flavors come out.

T - The taste seems less adversely affected by the infection. More typical scotch ale flavors - dark fruits, molasses, rum, and some mild oak in the finish. Not bad actually.

M - Creamy texture but slightly thin, lower carbonation, slightly chewy, a touch of alcohol warmth, and a dry and tannic finish.

D - Not as horrible as I expected, but clearly infected. Tastes better than it smells, but I wouldn't gamble on opening any other bottles of this one. Best just to return them to Cigar City for refund/exchange. Hopefully they try again down the road. Interesting to try - I didn't pour my glass out, but I didn't refill it either.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 05:40:30 | More by MasterSki
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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/27/2012

A: Near black with a finger of beige foam.

S: Nice, the bottle isn't infected. Rum accompanies plum and grape. Lots of tannic skin notes. Strong red apple aroma (like the bourbon version) and accompanying brown sugar.

T: Red apple and brown sugar with candied citrus. Effusive fruitcake blends with rum, toffee, and caramel. There's a little booziness in the finish with some chocolate.

M: Lower full body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: We were expecting an infected drainpour but the beer was in good condition and pretty damn enjoyable. Almost as good as the bourbon version.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 19:36:01 | More by HopHead84
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Deshon2688

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Florida

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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maximum12

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for busting this open at a recent gathering of bottles & people. Big 750ML bottle split, what, five ways or thereabouts.

Pours like Big Sound, a natty mingling of black on red; & no gushing. Jackpot? And the smell is dead on, huge ringlets of rum dripping off the glass. Lottery winner? Doesn't smell infected! Not much of the base beer visible underneath all that rum-soakedness, though.

Big Sound Rum Barrel Aged isn't the sour, nasty drain-pour that the reviews make it out to be; maybe we got lucky. The rum is still strong in the taste, but not as wicked as the nose. The rich, heady malts of the base beer are noticeable only with effort underneath, but there is certainly an ascetic, out-of-place cherry tartness present. Not enough to wreck the pleasing characteristics, just enough to say "Hey, leave me on the radiator for a day or two & I'll turn into piss-ant vinegar". That underlying shame detracts from the beer, & likely is the culprit for the bludgeoning death of the grand underlying Big Sound (which I'm terrifically fond of).

Well this wasn't great, but not bad either; decent enough. The nose gives a hint of how good this might have been without the bugs; really unfortunate. As is, drinkable, but not one I'd rush to revisit anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:25:55 | More by maximum12
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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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