Big Sound Scotch Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Big Sound Scotch AleBig Sound Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
715
Reviews:
201
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
10%
 
 
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190
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191
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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vande
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fern22
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GlennWB
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldDirty
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Josholson666
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GTJayG
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kidzord
3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TH28
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Big Sound Scotch Ale from Cigar City Brewing
4.1 out of 5 based on 715 ratings.
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