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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96.5%
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4.37 w/ 657 ratings
Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel AgedBig Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cjgator3 on 06-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#387
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
657
Liked:
634
Avg:
4.37/5
pDev:
7.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
368
Gots:
163
Trade:
17
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 657 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of mschrei
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Slack
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of M_chav
3.6/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of woodchip
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bwbetts
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shirtless_mike
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mar02x
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anteater
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.24/5  rDev -3%
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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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 657 ratings
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