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

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes I was looking for infection, but opened minded that this bottle could have been pure of taint.Nothing indicated from the aroma. From the taste however, Lactose comes out, it is weird. Syrupy, cherry. a bit medicinal. Where's the rum?
Horizontal tasting of Big Sound beers, thanks Tom.Good dark colour and head. Still drinkable, though altogether different from the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 00:24:51 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night dark oil color with a huge tan head that caps the top very nicely. Lots of smooth, chocolaty lacing drips down the sides and coats the entire glass with a thick wall of chocolate colored lacing.

The aroma is warming, boozy and full of tartness? didnt see that coming. wood, tobacco, and leather all coming forward, but driven back by this tart flavor, the warmer it gets the more fruit comes forward and the chocolate and leather like flavors fade.Really not sure what this is, was, but very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 03:14:57 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.28/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Eddie.

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a finger of off-white head. Strong smell of sour cherries. A bit of rum, wood, and vanilla, but the sourness is distracting. The sourness comes through on the palate as well, unfortunately. It really takes away from the malt flavors and overemphasizes the booze. On the thin side of medium bodied with significantly more carbonation than the bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 17:09:00 | More by womencantsail
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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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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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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

05-21-2012 03:25:48 | More by Mora2000
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-30-2011 04:23:59 | More by imperialking
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle by Starr, served in a glass.

Thin, dark but clear mahogany with a massive, fizzy khaki head that never fades and leaves no lacing. Aroma is tart, green apple and vanilla with mild rum and chocolate. Fizzy, medium thick body with a soft bitter finish. Sweet flavor throughout, light malt and more apple and fruit throughout. Not much barrel or base beer presence. Despite the initial realization this is turning south, it's not all the way there yet. Still lagging behind the regular and bourbon versions.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 02:06:07 | More by yourefragile
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for sharing.

I think we got a non infected bottle. Pours a smalle layer of beige head. Color is a dark burnt mahogany brown.

Aroma: I get a huge amount of rum flavors here. It is fairly fruity. Caramel and toffee malts. Smells a little sour, maybe a cherry flavor.

Taste: lots of tropical fruits and rum. It's hard to say if it's infected or not. Caramel and chocolate and toffee malts. Some spices.

Mouthfeel: roasted and dry. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, it was an decent beer, but I think it is boarder line infected but it's still drinkable. It just doesnt remind me much of a scotch ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:09:20 | More by mothman
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

10-27-2013 02:09:51 | More by zestar
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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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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

07-05-2012 16:55:29 | More by Alieniloquium
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +18.7%

06-16-2014 20:01:25 | More by iL0VEbeer
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3/5  rDev -11%

11-26-2011 20:27:02 | More by bsuedekum
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aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was sent as an extra by preismj, thanks Matt! I shared it at the FFF 15th Anniversary party with a few BAs.

It poured a pretty full bodied mop water brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose was really surprising. You didn't get the boat load of crystal malts that you do from the regular version. The chocolate malt aromas are completely absent. Instead you get this somewhat strange, green apple like tartness. I just didn't expect that. It's not offputting, just different. It makes me wonder which type of rum they used. The flavor too features a prominent amount of green apple and an interesting tartness. It really tastes nothing like the regular. You just don't get the malty sweetness that the original features. As it warms you get some slight sherry notes as well. It drinks full in body and coats the palate. Overall this is just an odd beer. It didn't feature any rum characteristics that I'm used to so my impression of this beer is that it missed the mark. It just has much apple, and apple skins to it yet not in a Calvados kind of way.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 16:29:48 | More by aasher
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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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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

08-11-2012 01:55:11 | More by cbutova
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jsanford

Georgia

1.7/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle poured into a CCB Snifter. Figured I'd drink this while I had friends over, hate to drink an entire infected bottle by myself.

Pours an almost-black brown with mahogany highlights and a thin khaki-colored head that settles to a slight haze. Blergh, infection. This has the same cranberry and dirty pennies thing going on that I've tasted in numerous CCB brews, along with some oak, vanilla, and a hint of Rum. Taste is similarly off, more cranberry, cherry, malt, and oak. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, with too-high carbonation. We tried to soldier on and finish the bottle, but in the end this was a total drainpour, and total waste of $20. I know that it's impossible to tell what can happen to a beer in a barrel, but given the sheer number of infected beers I've had from CCB, I'm done. Not buying it anymore, and it's a shame since when they're good, they're GOOD (including the Bourbon Big Sound)!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 19:27:42 | More by jsanford
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koopa

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-21-2014 22:44:27 | More by koopa
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seeswo

Ohio

2/5  rDev -40.7%

11-24-2011 15:27:46 | More by seeswo
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ktrillionaire

Florida

1.55/5  rDev -54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I hate to say it, but this is a terrible drainpour of a beer. It pours a deep mahogany hue, and is capped with a fizy soda-like head. The nose smells like NYC garbage. Hot garbage. The taste is just way way off, like miles off, reminiscent of the horrendous original Bolita Brown infection of several years ago. There is no barrel character, no maltiness, nothing good; just rotten fruit and cardboard, if I am pressed to quantify it. This beer just totally lacks any redeeming qualities in this condition. Sorry to any y'all holding bottles of this, it seems they are most likely tainted.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 04:05:39 | More by ktrillionaire
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

12-12-2011 04:52:34 | More by ThePorterSorter
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11%

12-14-2011 15:11:09 | More by DoctorB2B
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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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