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  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yet another bottle shared by starrdogg, thanks again Matt.

This beer is very weird. The only thing that looks correct about this beer is the look, which is a nice dark brown with a ring of tan head, just like the other variations, and thats where the 'normal'-ness about this beer ends.

S: Uhh, is this consecration? or a wild ale? It smells like one. It has a definite fruity and green apple tartness in the smell, when it warms a lot a little bit of raw malt comes through. Infected, but you know it's not a bad aroma. I'm not sure how to rate this.

T: Taste isn't nearly as fargone as the smell, has a sort of roasted malt porter quality to it. A little bit of tart burned cherry is there though and a little butter (diacytl). Some clove, some wine notes, reminds me of the Captain Lawrence smoke from the oak wine barrel, but not nearly as balanced or complex. Tasty but odd.

M: Overall its ok but the infected ness leaves the palate a little shocked.

Overall its ok but definitely infected.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
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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4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of ktrillionaire
1.55/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I hate to say it, but this is a terrible drainpour of a beer. It pours a deep mahogany hue, and is capped with a fizy soda-like head. The nose smells like NYC garbage. Hot garbage. The taste is just way way off, like miles off, reminiscent of the horrendous original Bolita Brown infection of several years ago. There is no barrel character, no maltiness, nothing good; just rotten fruit and cardboard, if I am pressed to quantify it. This beer just totally lacks any redeeming qualities in this condition. Sorry to any y'all holding bottles of this, it seems they are most likely tainted.

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4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

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4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of starrdogg
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yourefragile
2.99/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle by Starr, served in a glass.

Thin, dark but clear mahogany with a massive, fizzy khaki head that never fades and leaves no lacing. Aroma is tart, green apple and vanilla with mild rum and chocolate. Fizzy, medium thick body with a soft bitter finish. Sweet flavor throughout, light malt and more apple and fruit throughout. Not much barrel or base beer presence. Despite the initial realization this is turning south, it's not all the way there yet. Still lagging behind the regular and bourbon versions.

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5/5  rDev +58.7%

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5/5  rDev +58.7%

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was sent as an extra by preismj, thanks Matt! I shared it at the FFF 15th Anniversary party with a few BAs.

It poured a pretty full bodied mop water brown in color with a slight beige lacing around the glass. The nose was really surprising. You didn't get the boat load of crystal malts that you do from the regular version. The chocolate malt aromas are completely absent. Instead you get this somewhat strange, green apple like tartness. I just didn't expect that. It's not offputting, just different. It makes me wonder which type of rum they used. The flavor too features a prominent amount of green apple and an interesting tartness. It really tastes nothing like the regular. You just don't get the malty sweetness that the original features. As it warms you get some slight sherry notes as well. It drinks full in body and coats the palate. Overall this is just an odd beer. It didn't feature any rum characteristics that I'm used to so my impression of this beer is that it missed the mark. It just has much apple, and apple skins to it yet not in a Calvados kind of way.

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Big Sound Scotch Ale - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
3.15 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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