Big Sound - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
4.37 | pDev: 7.78%
Dec 20, 2021
Jun 16, 2009
Big Sound - Bourbon Barrel-AgedBig Sound - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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.
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Photo of Beersnake1
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Beersnake1 from California

2015 bottle opened in December, 2021. Poured at fridge temp, but allowed to warm for a while. Pours a murky dark brown with quickly dissipating head.

Nose is toffee candy, figs, plums, bourbon, chocolate, raisins, and an amazing amount of malty goodness. This one is very inviting, and I don't detect any signs of being too far gone.

Taste is incredible. Super smooth and almost creamy. Reminds me a lot of Backwoods and Wulver. Rich toffee, boozy, bourbon, a bit of maple, figs, prunes, leather, a bit of roasted malts, and a nice layer of raisins. A bit of sherry makes its way in as well. Absolutely marvelous!

Mouthfeel is medium to thick bodied. Alcohol is definitely detectable, but it's not too much. Overall, this is one of the best BA Scotch Ales I have ever tried.

Dec 20, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a barrel aged beer glass to a beer which is essentially black. The beer is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of molasses, caramel and oak with some chocolate and vanilla
T: Taste is caramel and molasses with some chocolate, oak, and vanilla. This is one sticky sweet beer with some slight fig notes as well. On the swallow there's more caramel, molasses, oak, wood spice, and vanilla.
M: This beer has a very full body with a silky feel on the palate. Carbonation is there but it struggles to be apparent due to the heft of the base beer while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really tasty beer. Great flavors and a nice amount of complexity make this an interesting beer to drink. Despite me having this since 2017ish it's held up quite well. The flavors are also quite pronounced yet still balanced.

Sep 06, 2021
4.34 by robotic_being from Florida on Jan 27, 2019
4 by tsgooch79 from Kentucky on Nov 13, 2018
Photo of bubseymour
4.94/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by bubseymour from Maryland

This beer feels alot bigger than 8.5%. More like a 11-12% ABV BA beer. Very sweet and really good all around. Probably the best I've ever had on par with Wulver.

Aug 14, 2018
4.89 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Aug 14, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger off-white head that has short retention before settling to a ring around the edge

S- huge barrel aroma, sharp oak & booze soaked vanilla. Undertones of caramel and toffee, chocolate molasses & fig

T- as expected with the nose, plenty of barrel flavor; bourbon, woody oak, vanilla & caramel. Undertones of tobacco, dark cherry & chocolate.

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- bold barrel notes mesh with smooth caramel, toffee and dark fruit, good stuff

Feb 09, 2018
4.33 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2017
4.25 by BarleyAndBrett from California on Oct 28, 2017
4.43 by Original_Gravity from Washington on Oct 28, 2017
4.47 by MJSFS from Florida on Oct 13, 2017
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

2014... brown sugga

Oct 07, 2017
3.39 by Nightmare1972 from Maryland on Oct 04, 2017
4.21 by wjbent from Florida on Sep 25, 2017
Photo of mschrei
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

Bottled 1/6/16. Got it as a Christmas gift last year from my brother.

Dark, thinning edges, healthy lacing. Smell is boozy barrel and sweet malt. Taste is molasses and bourbon. Feel is a pleasant middle ground between harsh oiliness and smooth cleanliness. Damn good beer.

Sep 08, 2017
4.28 by bcsbeer from Florida on Aug 08, 2017
4.16 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Aug 01, 2017
4.25 by afsdan from Colorado on Jul 31, 2017
Photo of KensWorld
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by KensWorld from Florida

From cellared 750ml bottle dated 1/6/16.

I remember this being one of my first big Beers i ever had from CCB back when they opened, green wax dipped bottle I think? . I can't say I remember how it tasted but I sure remember it's punch. Like getting slammed by a skinhead at a Cuban Club show back in the late 1980s. This is a sleeper of a beer. Extreamly smooth and silky yet it creeps up on you. Very good example of Scotch style. Only problem is there is hardly any bourbon presence. Slam on!

Jun 07, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Slack from Virginia

No date but has the glass package emblem and received via trade 1.5 years ago
750 ml

Dark Brown and clear with a nice head that settles to a solid ring. Nice legs as well.

Nose is subtly sweet, with all minor notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, and smoke.

Taste is bourbon and caramel mixed with malt, oak, vanilla, minor dark fruit, minor booze, and minor earthy peat.

Mouthful is medium and smooth with just a hint of aggression. Carbonation is average. Finish is sweet.

Super duper bourbon barrel Scotch Ale. Perhaps it is the additional aging but the balance here is exceptional. No one note rules the nose or taste. Everything has mellowed out. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable. Seek it out.

Apr 29, 2017
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

Opaque brown brew with a creamy tan head. The aroma is filled with oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, raisins and chocolate. The taste is so smooth, sweet and delicious with all the aromas present in the taste. This is really a balanced and delicious scotch ale. Just amazing.

Apr 07, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by larryarms847 from Illinois

Pours thick, oily, and viscous with a touch of reddish/mahogany hues on the edges and a bit of transparency, but certainly not clear.

Rich notes of vanilla, oak, and caramel adds a gentle sweetness to the earthy notes, peat, and bourbon.

Aroma translates to flavor perfectly with delicious vanilla, oak, subtle smokiness, and warming bourbon.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, semi-chewy, warming.

Overall, a truly outstanding beer. A great sipper.

Feb 26, 2017
3.6 by M_chav from New Mexico on Feb 03, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

A: Pours black as night with a minimal khaki head and some lacing
S: sticky sweet, with tobacco and leather notes along with some toffee and caramel,
T: sweet with immediate bourbon with malt and toffee as well, it is very rich and sweet with a subtle boozy bitterness, has some earthiness as well
M: thick, thick, thick
O: A very tasty drink, definitely would make a wonderful dessert beer but is great on its own of course, buy if you can find, I recommend the gift set as it comes with 2 wonderfully crafted high quality Spiegelau glasses. This beer (and some others I've had more recently) makes me want to dive back into the world of Scotch ales as admittedly I haven't explored this style too extensively

Jan 21, 2017
4.35 by woodchip from North Carolina on Jan 01, 2017
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Dec 28, 2016
4.46 by andrenaline from Canada (ON) on Dec 26, 2016
4.23 by bb-magic from Florida on Dec 25, 2016
4.25 by shirtless_mike from Indiana on Dec 04, 2016
4.15 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Oct 13, 2016
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Oct 09, 2016
4.04 by jaydoc from Kansas on Sep 23, 2016
4.31 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2016
4.51 by PugsandBeer from Florida on Aug 25, 2016
4.59 by Mar02x from Netherlands on Jul 24, 2016
4.2 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jul 08, 2016
4.16 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 01, 2016
4.4 by anteater from Oregon on May 23, 2016
Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Poured into a barrel aged snifter - blind tasting.

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Crisp color in spite of the deep dark hue. Head slowly dissipates leaving a thin tan lacing along the top. Bit dark for the style.

Smell was of raisins, blackcurrant, dark fruits and chocolate. Kind of a woody-boozy undertone is noted.

Taste opens with a nice woody boozy character giving way to rotes of raisins, blackcurrants, dark fruits, and chocolate cake. The Chocolate cake taste threw me for a loop, but it really works here. Undertones of vanilla (from the barrel) and a musty cellar like note was noticed - that musty cellar smell definitely comes from the barrel and was quite good in this.

Feel was very mellow and smooth. Clearly this had been aged for some time and given the opportunity to really mellow and mesh. medium carbonation keeps it crisp and sprightly.

Overall this was tasted as part of a blind tasting of five barrel aged wee heaves - this one stood out as a very unique example of the style. The chocolate cake notes were unusual but worked and added a depth to the beer that was very nice. Bit on the dark side for the style, but thats a minor quibble.

Apr 23, 2016
4.24 by deleted_user_722966 from New Hampshire on Apr 13, 2016
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