Big Sound
Cigar City Brewing

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From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #20
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,047
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 10.05%
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
519
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 04, 2021
Added:
Dec 05, 2008
Wants:
  189
Gots:
  188
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Big Sound Scotch Ale is dedicated to our good buddy Gino, the most Punk Rock Bagpiper you will ever meet, and the rest of the men and women of the Tampa Bay Pipes and Drums. Brown in color, Big Sound has huge notes of dark sweet toffee with underlying mild notes of coffee in the aroma. The flavor starts with a slight note of cherry and then opens into a goliath of malt character with notes of dark sweet toffee, coffee and mild notes of toasted bread in the finish. Big Sound Scotch Ale pairs well with Haggis, Highland Games, Huge Heads, Enormous pillows and of course Bagpipe Music.

40 IBU
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Reviewed by Dfeinman1 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Found an older one of these in my cellar it held up really well. A bit alcoholly but definitely hits of fig and raisin with still some carbonation left.
Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a relatively old (5 years plus) bottle of "Big Sound," it pours a clear dark brown with a short lived light brown head that soon diminishes to a thin layer and ring. In the nose, alcohol and dark fruits. In the mouth, the alcohol is evident and the flavor is of the dark fruits and caramel. It ages reasonably well.
Oct 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by cd34 from Illinois

Sep 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Feb 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown with a small foamy head that has short retention

S- smells of dark fruit with notes of fig & raisin, caramel & toffee, as well as light chocolate

T- sweet caramel and toffee up front followed by prune and fig. Mid-palate gives some earthy notes, the finish is malty and sweet, linger of fig & caramel

M- medium body and moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- solid straight-forward scotch ale
Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jun 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jun 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Jun 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by afsdan from Colorado

Jun 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by Lochnessmonster from Florida

May 18, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by leitmotif from Romania

Feb 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by vande from Illinois

Jan 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.38 by GlennWB from West Virginia

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Oct 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.1 by South2NW from Oregon

Oct 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by OldDirty from New York

Sep 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Josholson666 from Minnesota

Sep 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by ricknelson from Vermont

Sep 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Sep 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.18 by GTJayG from Georgia

Aug 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.69 by kidzord from Illinois

Jul 19, 2016
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Reviewed by TH28 from Florida

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle. 1/12/16 bottle date. Appearance: Deep brown with ruby red hints and relatively clear. Low lying khaki colored head dissipates quickly. Aroma: Rich caramel maltiness, with dark cherry and plum notes. Just a hint of roast and toasted bread. Taste: Rich, sweet maltiness heavy on caramel, toffee, and bread crusts. Finished with a clean, balanced hop bitterness and a touch of dark cherry. Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, with a low carbonation and a moderate alcohol warming. Finish: Leaves a rich lingering maltiness on the tongue, with some toasted bread and toffee Overall: Top notch scotch ale. Strong aroma with lots of malt complexity with a range of caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and dark fruit flavors. Relatively easy drinking considering the ABV. Six months of age and this still has very strong flavors without being harsh and abrasive. Interested to see how this changes with some age.
Jul 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by QuakeAttack from California

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by Muss42 from Michigan

Jun 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2016
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Rated by Marius from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at CBC 2016. Dark caramel with a tan head. Caramel, dark fruit, dried fruit and cocoa. Excellent.
Jun 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jun 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

Jun 13, 2016
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Beer is a gift from MHorridge during my recent trip to Tampa. THANKS!
the beer pours a rich dark mahogany with deep garnet notes and no light passing through the glass. A very minimal beige head foams up and fades to nothing instantaneously after the pour. NO head remains during the sampling. I hit the appearance a bit for the lack of good foam.
The aroma is lots of malt and sweetness with caramel and brown sugar and bits of molasses. No hints of any hop presence and the booze is well hidden too.
First sip reveals a pretty thick body with sticky coating texture and very fine yet tingly carbonation. The beer coats my palate after each sip and maintains the flavor and a bit of roast in my mouth.
Flavor is sweet and malty as expected with lots brow sugar and molasses. I get some rich dark chocolate and dark fruit with fig and raisins. I dont get any hops here, and I also dont get any black peppery booze or heat for that matter.
This is a complex, thick and smooth brew that is very enjoyable and is a bit of a sipper due to the thickness, but not something that burns after each sip. Glad to have got this bottle back with me from Tampa.
Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by jprince103 from Florida

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Wow, didn't know what to expect initially. I wasn't overly enthused by the pour. However, the nutty smell and taste was shocking. The strong alcoholic taste was a bit of a shock. 8.5% isn't your bud light, but i've drank plenty of higher ABV beers with less alcoholic flavor. However, this was a great beer to have after supper.
Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by papajohn56 from Florida

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by Curmunchkin from Florida

Jun 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.38 by zachthelaxer93 from South Carolina

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by dcmchew from Romania

May 31, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dark mahogany color with light brown head. Aroma has intense dark fruits like dates and dried cherries. Taste starts also fruity with a hint of burnt sugar. Finishes really balanced. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a nice scotch ale, true to style and really well made.
May 18, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hopstout from Minnesota

May 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

May 15, 2016
Big Sound from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 723 ratings