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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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel AgedBig Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cjgator3 on 06-16-2009

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Ratings: 658 |  Reviews: 97
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

bottle from a trade - you can tell from the first hit of the nose, immediately after taking the cap off, that it's outstanding. Thick toffee and dark fruit and caramel, and bourbon, vanilla, chocolate from the barrel. Strongly sweet on the back end. One of the better barrel aged beers out there. Another Cigar City success.

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4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

A: murky brown body with a slim filmy cap that slipped quickly into a thin collar

S: boozy dark fruits and figs and dates; toffee sweetness; vanilla and wood bourbon notes

T: dates soaked in bourbon whiskey; rich dark fruits richly fermenting; lush and plush and earthy and rustic; vanilla and liquor, brown sugar caramel and toffee; evades being too sweet

M: solid medium weight, subtle carbonation, smooth but with some tingle of spice; drying vapors in the roof of the mouth

O: this was a no-brainer - the Scotch ale's sugar character and fruit impressions are a natural setting for bourbon barrel aging - the vanilla and booze of the bourbon, plus the drying of the barrel vapors creates a decadent fruity array of aroma, flavor and feel.

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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.76/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours dark for a scotch ale - great creamy beige head. Fantastically rich aroma of toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, oaky vanilla and sweet brown sugar and some very light sweet smoke. A lot of chocolate as it warms Very rich whiskey and caramel. Tastes very smooth - rich barrel, whiskey, and scotch ale flavors. Finishes with booze, toffee, caramel, and chocolate. Crazy, but brings positive dark lord qualities to mind.

CCB kills another BA beer. They are at the top of the game, and this is outstanding.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

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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

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Big Sound Scotch Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 658 ratings
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