Big Sound Scotch Ale - Sound Of Big Wood | Cigar City Brewing

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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: 13 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by RedSpecial1:
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer from Cigar City to drink later next week. It came out a velvety brown color with just a slight bit of off white head. The main smells that come off of this beer are of caramel malts and brandy, with a little alcohol as well. The most notable flavor is the plum brandy, it's almost the entire beer, but there is some contributing malty sweetness as well. This beer has a quite noticeable alcohol content, so while it would be great for sipping on a cold night, it is definitely not a session beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cigar City tasting room. Big Wood/Nuts were both special draft offerings for the Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's release party. Big Wood is Big Sound Scotch Ale aged in Brandy Barrels with Cherry Wood and Vanilla Beans.

Pours a murky dark brown color with not much carbonation. The aroma features a lot of sweet malts with some brandy and a hint of vanilla. The wood notes are also very prevalent in the aroma as well. The taste like the aroma is very complex with a lot of flavors coming from the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light touch of carbonation. Overall, it was definitely a very nice beer to be able to try!

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250th review!

Pours dark brown/garnet with a little tan head.

Smells sweet with mostly the malty characteristics of Big Sound coming through. There is a nice kiss of oak toward the tail end.

Blast of oak up front is followed by a nice sweet finish consisting of scotch, figs, fruit, and some caramel.

The feel is creamy with a nice full body, much like the rest of CCBs stuff.

This was a good sipper with a gread deal of depth, far beyond my phone-typed and rather hurried description. Even though I gave this one a lower score than the Sound of Big Nuts, mostly because the other pour was prettier, I liked this one more. The white oak is very nice in this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to cap off my night with this one, watching a marathon on discovery I just parked the growler on the table. served cold an warme up to room temp by the end, this one was consumed on 08/14/2010.

really nice dark color up front, with hints of light red highlights when held up to the light. smooth head of light tan gives way quickly an only leaves moderate lacing.

aroma is big earthy, sweet scotch ale right up front. perfect that it did not take away from the amazing beer it already was. light touches of oak, vanilla, and a hint of herbal grassiness as it warms. smooth, creamy feel lets the vanilla and toffee really come through nicely and the rich caramel notes and light oak really shine here. nothing is overdone, in fact it seems to fit the bill just about right. nice clean finish with a ab of vanilla and oak as you take the final sips.

overall really nicely done and another great treatment from ccb. would do this one again any time.

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Photo of Mfedonczak
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of crusian
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

growler from my gorgeous girlfriend from the brewery. leaked in her car, she ended up using pliers on the cap and electrical tape... pours a black syrupy color with NO HEAD... grrr.

nose of pronounced vanilla, oak and scotch. smells boozy, but good!

taste is fruity, surprisingly, and the lack of carbonation really doesnt detract all that much. nice smooth oak finish, hints of vanilla. a bit of nuttiness in this also... I bet this was really really good fresh from the draft!

mouthfeel has tiny bit of carbonation, but not very noticeable.

wow, i wish I had this at the brewery, G'friend said it was really good, thats why she brought it home.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at CCB at the DBAZ release

The two Big Sound variations currently in release, 'Big Nuts' and 'Big Wood', look, feel, and drink quite 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 black 'legs'.

S - There is huge booze barrel aroma in this one. Think GI Bourbon County levels of booze, though it is not hot like GIBCBS can be. There is a big vanilla presence, aromatically, as well as a woody-umami savory sensibility.

T - The flavor is first and foremost booze. If that offends, then you will hate this stuff. There are also a lot of complementary notes that fuse with, and play off of, the Brandy barrel. Vanilla, cinnamon-nutmeg, anise, sweet brown sugar and earthy oak are the underpinnings of the flavor profile, and they seem to subtly assert themselves as an addition to the liquor. The base brew is not entirely lost, but certainly has been radically transformed. I really like this, but I can understand those who feel that there is too much barrel and sweetness.

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 bob727
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of urwithdave
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes taken at the Dbl BA Zhukov release.

A- just like the big nuts. Murky dark brown. Not much head to speak of. Little lacing.

A- sweet malts, caramel,cherries, and some wood.

T- sweet caramel notes. A good dose of cherries and vanilla. The wood from the barrells puts a nice spin on things.

M- fuller in body. Little carbonation. Smooth finish.

D- drinks easier than the nuts. I didn't find it to be quite as sweet. I guess in this case, it's safe to say that I prefer big wood over big nuts.

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Photo of Gtreid
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another special tap on for the DB Marshal Zhukov's release. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Just like the other Big SOund treatments, murky brown color. But this one didn't create much head, and what did show up left very little lace.

A: Massive amounts of wood in this one. Cherry wood, and the brandy barrel show up in a big way. Vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Earthy and sweet.

T: Pretty sweet from the vanilla and brandy. The barrel adds just another woodsy dimension without overpowering the brew. I am not getting much of the cherry wood, just a hefty amount of sweetness. It finishes smooth, dry, and sweet.

M: A touch oily. Heavy body, and little carbonation.

D and overall impression: drinkability will suffer a bit due to the sweetness, but nonetheless a very solid brew. Overall, I think I prefered the Nuts over the Wood, but both were quite tasty. Skal.

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Photo of tpd975
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap several times over the past couple days.

A: Pours a murky brown with just a few bubbles. No retention or lace noted.

S: Tannic red wine like aromas. Tart cherries with hints of sweet candy malt. Hints of oaky red wine barrels, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T: Light red wine notes in the flavor as well. Tart red berries, and lots of candied malt. The wood is there with dashes of spice and hints of dark fruit.

M: Rather still in the glass, sweet with a tart bite.

D: Pretty good, totally different than the base beer.

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Photo of jda007
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bernardus1212
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hd this guy at the tasting room. Got it in a flight. Very dark red color. almost purple. Smell was super sweet. The smell was almost that of a 25 or 30 year scotch. It also carried some caramel and I think I even detected a little toasted banana for a second. The first sip was not satisfying. I went straight to the Guava Grove to tame this bad boy. It is unbelievably sweet. This beer may work in the winter time up north. But it was august in Florida. Not a huge fan, but I respect the effort.

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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Sound Of Big Wood from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 13 ratings