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

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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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 19
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for busting this open at a recent gathering of bottles & people. Big 750ML bottle split, what, five ways or thereabouts.

Pours like Big Sound, a natty mingling of black on red; & no gushing. Jackpot? And the smell is dead on, huge ringlets of rum dripping off the glass. Lottery winner? Doesn't smell infected! Not much of the base beer visible underneath all that rum-soakedness, though.

Big Sound Rum Barrel Aged isn't the sour, nasty drain-pour that the reviews make it out to be; maybe we got lucky. The rum is still strong in the taste, but not as wicked as the nose. The rich, heady malts of the base beer are noticeable only with effort underneath, but there is certainly an ascetic, out-of-place cherry tartness present. Not enough to wreck the pleasing characteristics, just enough to say "Hey, leave me on the radiator for a day or two & I'll turn into piss-ant vinegar". That underlying shame detracts from the beer, & likely is the culprit for the bludgeoning death of the grand underlying Big Sound (which I'm terrifically fond of).

Well this wasn't great, but not bad either; decent enough. The nose gives a hint of how good this might have been without the bugs; really unfortunate. As is, drinkable, but not one I'd rush to revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of kbutler1
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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Photo of mothman
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kevin for sharing.

I think we got a non infected bottle. Pours a smalle layer of beige head. Color is a dark burnt mahogany brown.

Aroma: I get a huge amount of rum flavors here. It is fairly fruity. Caramel and toffee malts. Smells a little sour, maybe a cherry flavor.

Taste: lots of tropical fruits and rum. It's hard to say if it's infected or not. Caramel and chocolate and toffee malts. Some spices.

Mouthfeel: roasted and dry. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, it was an decent beer, but I think it is boarder line infected but it's still drinkable. It just doesnt remind me much of a scotch ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of jsanford
1.74/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle poured into a CCB Snifter. Figured I'd drink this while I had friends over, hate to drink an entire infected bottle by myself.

Pours an almost-black brown with mahogany highlights and a thin khaki-colored head that settles to a slight haze. Blergh, infection. This has the same cranberry and dirty pennies thing going on that I've tasted in numerous CCB brews, along with some oak, vanilla, and a hint of Rum. Taste is similarly off, more cranberry, cherry, malt, and oak. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, with too-high carbonation. We tried to soldier on and finish the bottle, but in the end this was a total drainpour, and total waste of $20. I know that it's impossible to tell what can happen to a beer in a barrel, but given the sheer number of infected beers I've had from CCB, I'm done. Not buying it anymore, and it's a shame since when they're good, they're GOOD (including the Bourbon Big Sound)!

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Photo of nmbr0ne
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter from bottle.

Appearance: Good amount of off-white head. Maroon-ish color. Looks good.

Smell: Funk, tart, cranberries, cherries, hints of apple, and smallest amount of rum. Early indication that this was definitely infected. Still smells decent though.

Taste: Definitely tarty. Green apples comes to mind along with cranberries. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation. Very light and thin.

Overall: It sucks that the beer was infected. The end result was not horrible, but it wasn't good either. The appearance was the best thing about this beer, which sucks.

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes I was looking for infection, but opened minded that this bottle could have been pure of taint.Nothing indicated from the aroma. From the taste however, Lactose comes out, it is weird. Syrupy, cherry. a bit medicinal. Where's the rum?
Horizontal tasting of Big Sound beers, thanks Tom.Good dark colour and head. Still drinkable, though altogether different from the style.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of womencantsail
2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to Eddie.

Pours a murky brownish-amber color with a finger of off-white head. Strong smell of sour cherries. A bit of rum, wood, and vanilla, but the sourness is distracting. The sourness comes through on the palate as well, unfortunately. It really takes away from the malt flavors and overemphasizes the booze. On the thin side of medium bodied with significantly more carbonation than the bourbon.

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1/5  rDev -70.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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1.7/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I've had this beer twice now. First time I thought it was a fluke but it clearly is not. Infection extreme comes to mind. Dark brown pour with some head. Smell is tart cherry. Taste is awful. Sour tartness rounded out with butter. A drain pour in every sense of the phrase. But hey it has a wax top so rare equals good right? What a miserable failure.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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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