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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Sound Of Big Nuts | 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 Gtreid on 07-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by kawilliams81:
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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

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Photo of cjgator3
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room. Big Nuts/Big Wood were special taps fronthe Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's release party. Big Nuts is Big Sound Scotch Ale aged in Brandy Barrels with Pecans and Vanilla Beans. Pours a murky dark brown color with very little carbonation. The aroma is fantastic with this one. The base Big Sound aroma is there with a lot of aroma coming from the pecans along with some of the brandy coming through as well. The taste is awesome as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a subtle amount of carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed this one and favored it a bit over the Big Wood release.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/garnet with a nice tan head. For some reason this has a little mroe head than its woody counterpart.

Smells sweet with a splash of pecans and cinnamon, much like a good pie.

The taste is of pecans, caramel, figs, and scotch with some big sweetness. This would be great with a spoonfull of whipped cream on top.

The feel is creamy, full-bodied, and slightly sticky.

This was a pretty damn drinkable brew. Even though this gets a higher rating I actually liked the Sound of Big Wood better. This was much prettier and tasted great, but I guess I was in a woody mood that day.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to my hookup for this one. Enjoyed it at night while lounging at the pool. Growler poured into a pint glass and consumed on 08/09/2010.

Nice pour with a dark brown color that let just the slightest amounts of light in to show off on the sides and bottom of the glass. Nice lacing an a head of about a fingers depth kept things looking pretty good.

Aroma is a bit hot at first, lots of notes of spices, hints of roasted nuts, earthy with a really nice and mellowed profile to it. As it warms it starts to come though with hints of vanilla, a touch of walnuts or pecans, not really good at disguishing those. Smooth, rich and creamy taste has a touch of bourbon on it. Rich and earthy with a huge malt bill the flavor just seems to keep building on me until it reaches a lovely balance of nice roasted nuts, peaty flavors, and a earthy, gritty flavor that finish smooth and very sweet.

Overall this was very different from anything else I have had before and very nicely done for sure!

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Photo of Mfedonczak
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of JayS2629
4.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a two finger mocha head that fades fast but leaves great lacing.

The aroma is of molasis, oak, maple and cocoa with a hint of vanilla and hazelnuts. Sweet notes of toffee and a touch of smoke and booze.

The flavor is just as complex. Rich and malty backbone of brown sugar, vanilla, oak, smoke, maple, cocoa, and hazelnuts. Deep toffee dominates with earthy hops in the back. All of this is with a touch of bourbon completes things.

Rich and decandent. Very balanced and tasty.

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Photo of crusian
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler from my awesome girlfriend from the brewery. open the cap, and hazza there is some carbonation! the sound of big wood didnt have any...

pours a nice dark dark brown, the darkest brown i have ever seen. minimal head, essentially just the head that clings to the sides with a beer hole in the middle.

nose is nutty, fruity, and scotch... smells pretty boozy.

taste is interesting. scotch ale is definitely present, then it turns to nutty on the finish with a hint of vanilla. caramel malts in the middle. this is nice. I wish it was more carbonated, but I'll chalk that up to the growler. I think I would have liked the Sound of Big Wood better, if it was more carbonated. But this one has a much better mouthfeel, and the carbonation makes it better for me.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at CCB at DBAZ release

The two Big Sound variations currently in release, 'Big Nuts' and 'Big Wood', look, feel, and drink similarly. They do have significant flavor and aromatic differences, and 'Big Wood' is significantly more boozy.

A - The brew has been transformed from a randy-looking Wee Heavy into an appearance typical of CCB's devilishly black Imperial Stouts. Its oily body is capped with a short-lived tan head and recedes with small flecks of lace clinging to the snifter.

S - Big hazelnut and cocoa richness leaps from the glass. Soft vanilla tones arise, complementing the nutty and chocolate-y nuances with an added layer of complexity.

T - The flavor is very balanced for a BA brew, especially in comparison to the simultaneously brewed/aged/released Big Wood. There is a nice confluence of barrel, sweet malt, roasty and nutty tones and smoky-peaty flavors. The hazelnut (actually pecan was used, not hazelnut) fuses with the malt to produce a very rich chocolate-y impression. Some semblance of the base Big Sound survives the treatment, though it is mostly as a familiar mulled spiciness in the malt.

M - Big and rich, between a Stout, Wee Heavy and EBW. Luxurious and decadent.

D - Big Sound is clearly a phenomenal base beer for variations. I could drink this liquid luxury forever, if the supply could survive my thirst.

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Photo of Jefe73
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this at the Marshal Zhukov Release Party at the Cigar City Brewery tasting room on 07/24/10.

The Sound of Big Nuts uses the Big Sound Scotch Ale as a base and is aged in brandy barrels with pecans and vanilla beans.

A: Pours a caramel brown color with a very slight head that receded and didn't leave much lace.

A: A very sweet scent of pecans, vanilla and caramel.. I detected notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and cherrys. The nuttiness from the pecans is very apparent and pleasing.

T: The sweetness is the first thing to hit your tongue. Tastes of brown sugar, caramel vanilla and assorted spices are present all around. All of the flavors are well balanced and there is no presence of heat from the alcohol. As a matter of fact, I had to ask what the ABV for this beer was exactly.

M: A very smooth, full-bodied beer.

D: I was very excited to try this beer based on the flavor profile and it didn't disappoint. Due to the sweetness, I would probably be good with just one snifter. I really enjoyed the pecan flavor in this beer.

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Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of urwithdave
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes taken at the Dbl BA Zhukov release.

A- dark murky brown in color. Little head to speak of. A little lacing but not much.

A- toffee, pecans, and a bit of spice. A sweet candy apple smell is also present.

T- sweet and rich caramel and toffee notes up front. The nuts are big. Little hint of the abv. There is definitely a spice that we couldn't quite nail down.

M- fuller in body. Light carbonation. A sweet finish.

D- one snifter was enough. The sweetness is pretty intense.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special tap for the DB Marshal Zhukov's release. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Murky brown color. The pour produced a small half finger head that receded to a thin rim, and didn't leave much lace.

A: Sweet caramely pecans. Notes of chocolate malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and earthy hops. The nuttiness from the pecans is really quite pleasing. I get a small amount of brandy as well.

T: Pretty sweet, with caramel, dark brown sugar, grass, vanilla, and a spice that I can't quite put my finger on, maybe nutmeg. The brandy is not overpowering, just adds another dimension to the flavor profile. Finishes sweet, with no hint of the ABV.

M: Creamy and smooth, full body, little carbonation. It did seem to slip around the palate some.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is somewhat lowered due to the sweetness of the brew. Overall, I really like the treatment. I am a fan of pecans, and they did good things to the base brew. Skal.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled several times over the past few days.

A: Pours a murky brown with a very small head. No real retention or lace.

S: Wonderful sweet aromas. Lots of candy malts, nutty toffee, and a blast of roast.

T: Nutty toffee, candied pecans, brown sugar and caramel. Hints of roast with a dash of mildly tart dark chocolate covered cherries.

M: Medium in body, subtle carbonation, sweet goodness in a glass.

D: Pretty good, like alot, do not love it though.

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Photo of jda007
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Big Sound Scotch Ale - Sound Of Big Nuts from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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