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Cigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance - Cigar City Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
French-style Scotch Ale.

(Beer added by: olimpia84 on 09-15-2011)
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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish color with an off-white head. Sweet malt aromas with plenty of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. There’s a light smokiness to it, maybe a bit of peat. Some toasted bread and a hint of roast, as well. The flavor is a blend of sweet malt and fruit with a noticeable smokiness in the background. Lightly nutty with some toasted bread, maybe a touch of alcohol as well.

womencantsail, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Duff27, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Aupuch
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Aupuch, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of vrbulldog22
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +7.2%

JohnQVD, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Brewsed, May 29, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Bottled 9/8/2011.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown with red flecks and a huge creamy head. Excellent retention and nice lacing.

Smell - Malty and a bit buttery. Toffee aromas with huge banana notes. Strange ester-y aromas throwing me off. Slight tang to the aroma.

Taste - Not as malty as the aroma. More esters and yeasty bi-products. A more pronounced tang to it than the aroma, as well. Still malty as a scotch ale should be, but so many other flavors that diminish the entire experience.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated and lots of acidic flavors going on that make it rough to drink. Unpleasant feel.

Overall - It's interesting, but that's it. Not really what I wanted out of this. I like the banana flavors with the scotch ale as a concept, but too much else working against this beer for it to work.

Alieniloquium, May 22, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

denimdemon, May 07, 2012
Photo of aleslover
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

aleslover, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip.

Dark brown colour, with a huge beige head. Several fingers retain. Malty, some spicing, interesting yeast notes (French saison yeast the label indicates...). A bit of dark bread too. Again, malty in flavour as expected but the saison yeast adds an interesting twist, perhaps a bit tart/funk as a result. Yeast adds a good degree of effervescence on the palate as well, and really drives this into a grey area between a scotch ale/saison hybrid. Caramel and some mild bready notes in the background as well. High carbonation that doesn't subside throughout the glass, and a medium light body. Hard to judge this as a scotch ale or a saison as it's quite unique in my eyes, but interesting for what it is.

liamt07, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of headbucket
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Highly carbonated,could tell just from popping the top. Smokey, light peat, toffee flavor, and some yeastiness round out the taste Not the most pleasant aftertaste. Nice looking head of small bubbles over a dark cola color, and nice clumps of lacing on the glass.
Overall, an interesting experiment. Not exactly up my alley since I'm not the biggest scocth ale fan. As it warmed the flavors melded together more and it became more enjoyable. Abv wasn't too noticable.
Was given as a present and I am always happy to try a new CCB beer.

headbucket, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of shand
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shand, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good, black and lacey. Smoke in aroma. Yeasty taste,with well roasted body, using saison yeast. Hop bitterness right there. A big beer, interesting to drink, Also above average carbonation that is very filling.how much can I drink of it? OK for style.

Sammy, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Yabev15, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of blmar311
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

blmar311, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dcloeren
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very masculine tobacco brown with a touch of beige head.

The aroma on this brew is classic scotch ale. Great toffee and caramel sweetness with a little booze. Sweet and warming... Very inviting.

The taste follows suite. Sweet sticky toffee costs my mouth with caramel malty undertones.

This is where the beer gets extremely unique. Bier de garde yeast takes the syrupy scotch ale to an extreme carbonation overload. It doesn't ruin the beer but it is a little off putting... Makes the beer a little airy on the tongue and takes a little flavor profile odd it.

An amazing aroma and taste were offset with the yeast in this brew. Not bad by any means but Te yeast takes over the brew for sure...

dcloeren, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -19.6%

funkel81, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of scubahood
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

scubahood, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark brown with a gigantic tan head that gives way to a very large and creamy layer on top. Bit too much head on a soft pour at 50*F.

S: fruits from apple to raisin come with some spicy smell. Yeast is a big part of this beer, but the beer also has some roasted malt and earthy smell.

T: knocking it down because it was abrasive at first with the smokey and earthy tones. Great malt character takes control while the raisin takes a back seat.

M: overcarbonation is an issue, but it's such fine carbonation that it almost makes sense. Body is medium to medium-heavy.

O: decent, interesting beer. Might be best when paired with some food other than the pesto parma chicken I just had.

Holland, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Friskybeerrapist
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Friskybeerrapist, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of roadhouse
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

roadhouse, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of epicbeard85
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

epicbeard85, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snuck a bottle of this on the cruise ship which gave a nice break to the standard crap typically served on the boats. The beer had 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.

WoodBrew, Mar 03, 2012
Cigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.