Big Sound Scotch Ale - Rum Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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

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 KevSal on 10-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


A: Near black with a finger of beige foam.

S: Nice, the bottle isn't infected. Rum accompanies plum and grape. Lots of tannic skin notes. Strong red apple aroma (like the bourbon version) and accompanying brown sugar.

T: Red apple and brown sugar with candied citrus. Effusive fruitcake blends with rum, toffee, and caramel. There's a little booziness in the finish with some chocolate.

M: Lower full body with matching carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and sticky.

Overall: We were expecting an infected drainpour but the beer was in good condition and pretty damn enjoyable. Almost as good as the bourbon version.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black as night dark oil color with a huge tan head that caps the top very nicely. Lots of smooth, chocolaty lacing drips down the sides and coats the entire glass with a thick wall of chocolate colored lacing.

The aroma is warming, boozy and full of tartness? didnt see that coming. wood, tobacco, and leather all coming forward, but driven back by this tart flavor, the warmer it gets the more fruit comes forward and the chocolate and leather like flavors fade.Really not sure what this is, was, but very interesting.

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3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been dreading opening this one after reading about the infection right when I was shipped the bottle. Glad I finally did.

Pours dark reddish brown with a bubbly tan head. Good retention and lace.

Aroma shows it's definitely infected, but it isn't overly acentone like. Smells like a kriek mostly with a nutty grainy caramel malt character.

Not too bad for an infection and not nearly as bad as some others I've had recently. Lots of nuttyness. Caramel/toffee with some fig character which IIRC all would come from the base beer. A nice tart cherry balances this out, but isn't overpowering. Actually a pretty good addition. Rum peaks in at the end to add a bit of a burn with some oak.

Infection definitely dried out this beer more than probably intended, but ok with me since I like dry beers. Fortunately even though it's not perfect mouthfeel the infection didn't thin it out too much or cause overcarbing.

Glad I sat on this for a while as it appears to be rounding into something drinkable if not intended. We all rather enjoyed this and if you just told me it was a dark sour, I wouldn't have batted an eye. A few issues due to the infection, but I've had many non-infected beers be much worse than this.

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3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Nice aroma with notes of rum, a slight sweet note to the nose but could be the rum, and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. This does have a slightly sweet dark cherry note to is but it is hard to tell if that is infection or the rum. There is for sure a fruit like note to both the aroma and the taste but otherwise this is really tasty. Somewhat Surly Five"ish" so it really isn’t a scotch ale but its tasty nonetheless.

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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 64 ratings