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 #483
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.76%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
669
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Reviews by Smakawhat:
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4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Cigar City tulip snifter bulb glass.

A muddy slightly body appearance, deep in mahogany and a bit of a purple/reddish tinge to it. There is some fine carbonation on the sides that can be seen, with a head creation that is very minimal and hardly existent even off a centre pour. Light tan, quite a big bubbled collar, with a small top.

Very nice aroma. Thick soft malt qualities, lots of interesting fruit tones from raisin to dark wine grape character. Really big round aromas, slightly oaky in a woody cedar like way, mild toffee and thicker caramel, a slight bit of milky chocolate makes its way out as well. Real enjoyable.

Palate is quite interesting and a bit distinct if unusual. Rich and milky toffee caramel aromas, with a lighter sensing body that actually has a hint of flattened carbonation to it. Chewy sensing candy bar and caramel flavors, but also large fruit tones of raisin and grape not unlike was suggesting on the nose. Finishes a bit prickly, and has a lighter malt presence but also mild sensing booze. Warmth brings out some milky chocolate tones with some vanilla barrel aging qualities as well. Real nicely melded, if a bit lighter malt backbone than expected.

Very different wee heavy that seems to have taken a different turn than I was expecting, that is real impressive in a way. Still a very nice and enjoyable wee heavy by far.

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Photo of FriedSlug
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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5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
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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4.25/5  rDev -3%

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