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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cherry Wood Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by tpd975 on 07-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 2
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4.45/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Wayne for sharing with me this experiment as well as the prototype of White Oak-aged Jai Alai. I am more than happy to be a CCB guinea pig. In fact, I nominate myself for that role officially.

Anyhow, on to the beer...

A - The wood aging did not change the appearance. It is still a deep russet-mahogany, hazy, with creamy tan froth.

S - Compared to the standard Big Sound, the nose on this exhibits less spiciness and more of a nutty and oatmeal-ish aroma. The toffee sweetness and touch of smoky peat found in the base beer remains.

T - The treatment has caused the flavor to shift discernibly from a rich toffee-based malt flavor in the case of the base beer, to a sweetly nutty and earthy taste in the variant. Case in point, both brews feature notes of hazelnut; in the base brew, the hazelnut is expressed in a cocoa-chocolate sense like Nutella, in the variant it comes across as a much lighter note similar to hazelnut flavor of Frangelico. It tastes quite good, but I think I prefer regular Big Sound slightly.

M - Big, creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated.

D - Big Sound is some good stuff.

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Photo of tpd975
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Zack for letting me know this one was on draft at CCB.

A: Pours nice deep vibrant red with a nice solid tan head. Pretty good retention and some lace noted.

S: Wonderful rich sweet aromas. Tons of caramel and gooey toffee. The aroma is very sweet, almost a malt overload to your senses.

T: The wood did not add much of a "woody" quality to the beer but it did change it quite a bit. The depth of sweetness is much more refined. Tons of sweet candy malt with hints of sweet fruit. I picked up a touch of vanilla, and notes of molasses and brown sugar to go along with the caramel, and toffee I picked up in the nose.

M: Feels rather full in body. Nice and sweet from start to finish but not a cloying type of sweetness.

D: Not the most drinkable of brews for me, but it is very tasty and enjoyable. Like what the cherry would did to this one, pretty interesting take on the beer.

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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Cherry Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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