Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Cigar City Brewing

Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel AgedBig Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #3
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #485
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.76%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
669
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Missed the release but thanks to the CCB boys for taking care of me! Bottle 75/246

A: Pours a very dark amber hue, more brown than red. Nice tall creamy tan head that rises to a full finger. Excellent retention with tons of thick sticky lace. CCB beers really are beautiful in the glass.

S: Wonderful aromas. Lots of toffee, brown sugar, loads of caramel malt. Lots of barrel as well. Old oak, vanilla, and hints of booze.

T: Pretty damn drinkable for a BA brew. Lots of malt sweetness. Toffee forward, brown sugar, and sweet molasses. Hints of apple and dark fruit in the middle. The finish is about the barrel. Not over the top at all, just subtle oak, vanilla, and a touch of booze which compliments the base beer nicely.

M: Medium in body, smooth mouthfeel.

D: Pretty good actually. Not the best barrel aged CCB brew, but the barrel did improve an already solid base brew!

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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ich dark brown color coming forward right away. Nearly opaque with a small head of tan creeping up the sides throughout the session but eventually falling back down to earth. The aroma was wonderful with rich caramel and toffee notes that just exploded in the air. Hints of apricot and other light fruits bouncing around as well. Really the best flavor I could have imagined coming out of this one. Rich caramel and toffee flavors, hints of vanilla, pears and light tart flavors bouncing aorund. No alcohol at all, , it does not drink anywhere near this kind of strentght. Smooth, perfect carbonation with a drinkability that was off the charts. I just dont know what else I can say about this beer

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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 669 ratings