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Cigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City / Dunedin Auld AllianceCigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
French-style Scotch Ale.

Added by olimpia84 on 09-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 30
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of spdyfire83
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

99th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Pretty sure this was opened at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011), but not 100% sure.

A: Burnt brown. Single (tan) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Caramel and Belgian yeast. Weird and uninviting for sure.

T: All spice, black pepper, corriander, and a faint hint of caramel. I'm looking for roasted malt (or any malt at all), but cannot find any; just bitterness here.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

O: It should be noted that Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy is not my favorite style, but I just don't see how this falls into the category. I'd classify it more as a cross between a farmhouse and quad. Interesting and unique for sure, but I'll leave it for others to enjoy and/or try.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dad got this for me in FL last year. Thanks a lot pops!

From a 750 into a CCB tulip

APPEARANCE: A slow pour yields a two finger, medium-loose looking, foamy, light tan head with good retention. Muddy sienna brown with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a solid foam cap. A foam film remains but leaves o lacing down the glass. Lots of carbonation in this one.

SMELL: Fruity with sweet caramel and toffee aromas. Dark fruits such as raisins and dates, with some funky hay notes. Some apples and notes of leather as well. Bold enough.

TASTE: Potent and boozy, though it's only 8% and change. Leather, caramel with sweet dark fruits as well. Raisins and dates again, with spicy alcohol at the swallow. Bold but dry aftertaste of sweet fruits, light bitter chocolate, some spicy booze and some hay flavors from the saison yeast.

PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light but creamy, goes down okay and finishes slightly dry. Some burn after the swallow. Too light and carbonated.

OVERALL: This is alright, but it's overcarbonated and the light feel doesn't work well. It's also pretty boozy for the abv. There are some scotch ales that I quite enjoy, but haven't found one from CCB that agrees with me yet. Can't win 'em all. Thanks again dad! Appreciate the haul.

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3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown pour into a pint glass. Fizzy light tan head forms to about a finger and size and retains decently. A ring sticks around leaving a few patches of thin lace.

S- Definite Belgian yeast spice and dark fruit/raisin up front. Not much else going on, just some caramel and toasted malts.

T- Again, the Belgian yeast takes over with a spicy (coriander, earthy allspice, slight clove) feel and the dark fruit and raisin flavors that come along with it. The rest of the beer is comprised to me of brown malts and some caramel. A bit medicinal after several sips.

MF- Bubbly feel in a highly carbonated body, foamy even. Finishes with a slight bitterness.

I find that the Belgian yeast isn't exactly the best choice here. It takes on more of a quad/strong belgian flavor, not really like a Scotch ale to me even under that spice and medicinal fruit flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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