Cigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance - Cigar City Brewing
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4.28/5 rDev +14.7%
Thanks to moose3285 & his constant underground railroad of southern beer crossing into freedom in the north. Here is another 750 ML escapee. Poured into two big glasses while watching Intervention. #ironic
Pours dark, dark red, with an insane head, which always comes with a concern...the nose is rich Belgian yeasts, banana, sweet malts, & bits of roast. Interesting.
Auld Alliance is a hybrid hydra, & those heads are odd. And likable. The Belgan yeasts are a big, spicy blast, followed closely by the scotch/malts, closely reminiscent of Big Sound at its best. Beautifully sweet. Raisin, banana, roast pops in & out. Alcohol flares. The spicy yeast reasserts itself on the end of the slide. Light & cheery for a wee heavy.
Delicious. Original. This is what a collaboration should be, two brewers teaming up to raise their collective games rather than dumbing it down to a lower common demoninator (which seems like the rule). Excellent beer that tastes like nothing I've had before.
01-03-2012 03:14:35 | More by maximum12
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
This Scotch Ale is a collaboration between Cigar City Brewing and Dunedin Brewery. They are two of my favorite breweries so this could only be a good thing! Had this on-tap at Dunedin Brewery on the release date (Sept. 14 2011). Poured into a Chalice.
A: very dark brown coffee colored body with a one finger tanned head that eventually disappeared. No lacing present.
S: lots of malts present in the smell along with notes from coffee and sweetness from caramel. Very pleasant.
T: follows the nose with a predominant roasted malt flavor accompanied by sweet caramel notes, coffee, and dark cherries; everything is well balanced. The alcohol level is felt at the end.
M: this beer leans on the full body side with an excellent smooth feel on the palate. Low carbonation that helps the beer go down even softer.
O: excellent beer, best if enjoyed slowly. The smooth feel along with the good balance in its components makes for a great experience. This collaboration brew had the recipe for success from the very beginning since it's made by CCB and Dunedin, which are two breweries that I love and consistently release quality products. Highly recommended!
09-15-2011 16:29:52 | More by olimpia84
4.23/5 rDev +13.4%
A - Pours a murky brown with a bit of mahogany around the edges and a finger of thick frothy tan-brown head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet toasted caramel and toffee malts with some raisin and dark fruits with a bit of yeast and booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet toasted caramel and toffee malts with some plum, raisin, and other dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, some yeast flavor comes through with some caramelized flavor. The finish is a mix of caramelized malts, with some dark fruit and yeast flavor, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice scotch ale. Good rich and bold malt profile with good body and balance.
08-18-2012 01:50:02 | More by ngeunit1
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel tulip.
A – Black as night with no light to see. Big frothy 2 fingers of head that settles to half a finger and stays around. Tiny bit of lacing.
S – Has a tamer smell but same category as a funky Belgian. Sweet malts. Caramel.
T – Follows the nose with a burst of that funky yeast to start. Next up is some banana and it quickly moves to a nice roasty taste. Seems to finish off with some caramel and mocha that leaves just a bit of sweetness on the palate. Wild ride.
M – Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation. Very smooth.
O – Interesting and good brew here. Smells and initially taste like a saison and moves over to finish like a scotch ale. Nice job and very cool offering. Will be picking up some more assuming I can find them.
09-27-2011 23:50:56 | More by GallowsThief
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
A-black with a large tan head. nice to look at.
S-caramel and butterscotch with a belgian/saison funk to it. smells interesting and tasty! good strength
T-comes in with a good dry taste of dark belgian malts with hints of toffee and then it quickly becomes very bitter and creamy. the after-taste is made of dark fruits and toffee. this is quite unique.
M-heavy carbonation that is oddly dry with a creamy finish
O-very pleased with this one. CCB never fails to bring something unique to the table. I really hope to get this again some day. First brew I've had from Dunedin...I'll have to search for more of their beers!
12-07-2011 02:45:25 | More by AdamBear
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
I think this may have been Dan. Thanks!
Beer is amber / hazy, with a tan head of wispy tiny bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is complex. Nutty, sweet, mild roast, mild chocolate, low bitterness, overall nice.
Beer is sweet and thinner than expected, easy drinking nice finish, sweet dark fruits and raisins on the palate, sweet throughout, not too dry on the back end, a sweet little beer.
11-17-2011 21:24:02 | More by drabmuh
4.09/5 rDev +9.7%
dark brown/black pour with 2 fingers of foamy tan head, slow dissipation. smells very heavy on the booze - oak barrels, scotch, vanilla, raisins/rum, brown sugar. getting a lot of sweet malt (but not cloyingly sweet), some subtle roasted flavor, subtle oaky taste, brown sugar and dark fruit (fig/plum) are dominant, definitely cannot taste tha alcohol anywhere as much as you can smell it. medium body with high carbonation.. a little odd to have this much carbonation in a dark beer with this high abv content, but it helps make it slightly easier to drink somehow.
i'm not a huge fan of this style particularly, but this is a very enjoyable beer and fairly easy to drink (considering the abv and size of the bottle) on an early fall evening. kid's asleep, wife's in bed - it's just me, kingdom hearts, and this bottle.
09-18-2013 01:10:27 | More by facundoCNB
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
750ml to the snifta. Huge fluffy light tan head sets the tone for this one. Pretty much black as night with really faded red hues on the edges, but only when held to the light. Head is just sexy as can be. Microfine bubbles leaving lacing all over.
Smells like a malty saison - funky, malty, faint alcohol aroma, chocolate & caramel malts, toffee, and I get a touch of vanilla. On the tongue is funky tart up front, smooth sweet chocolate caramel malt, with a slight alcohol burn out back. Spices on the back end too with a mild drying bitterness. I know this isnt such a big beer @ 8.5%, but damn that little alcohol burn in the chest feels so good. A lot going on in this brew, but it really does all come together well in the end.
Picked up for $11.99 at Total Wine & More, where I get all my goods.
10-06-2011 23:35:13 | More by hoptualBrew
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
hazy and murky looking dark hazelnut brown with a small amount of sediment floating around in the bottle of the glass. Just a small touch of light peaking through the sides and the bottom,
big deep malty notes dominated over everything else insight giving it a very sugary and earthy overall presence. Lots of bready tones in the background and a deep sense of caramel right up in front. There was a slight touch of some residual hoppiness in there, maybe some grass or a light smattering of fruit trying to lighten it up tingly sensation of spiciness. Some caramel, nutmeg, or cinnamon with a hint of vanilla, all very raw and earthy though with lots of grain mixed in as well. The overall taste was very raw, and unfinished, but in a good way. Lots of sugary notes coming onto it now as it really get going.
11-23-2011 03:21:53 | More by mikesgroove
4.03/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.
If nothing else, this beer will be interesting. It pours out a very deep brown with a large, mocha head. The aroma is strange, but not all-together offputting. There's some sweetness, roastiness, toffee, and some Belgian yeast. Strange, but not awful. This follows over to the taste, that does some sort of strange tightrope walk between the sweet and roasty Scotch ale and the yeast and dark fruit flavors of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The mouthfeel? Again, strange. There's a very, very high level of carbonation for the kind of flavors this beer has, which gives everything a very airy quality. In a beer packed with flavor strangeness and contradiction, I wouldn't expect anything less. This is really a unique and interesting beer. It's not fantastic by any means, but it's a perfectly good beer and a nice novelty.
04-23-2012 01:49:40 | More by shand
Cigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance from Cigar City Brewing
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