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Cigar City / Dunedin Auld AllianceCigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance

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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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Photo of Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, in color. Forms a thick, light tan head that has quite good retention. Some light lacing.

S: Smells of raisin and spice, particularly coriander. Caramel and toffee as well.

T: This is a bold and aggressively flavored beer. Starts with a mild malty sweetness. Some spice: coriander and pepper. Caramel. An astringent, woody bitterness on the back end and some alcohol on the finish. Not very scotch-ale-like at all.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Peppery spice. Appropriate carbonation. Strong bitterness.

O: The label notes: "Auld Alliance is a Scotch Ale reflecting the Scottish contribution to the Alliance fermented with a Saison yeast strain thats origin is traced back to France." That probably sums it up pretty well. Decent and drinkable, but also a very different take on the style resulting in a beer that does not resemble a Scotch ale in the least.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hdelavega
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a bottle at the Dunedin brewery open mic night. 
Pours a deep brownish black, with a two finger tan head that receded and leaves no lacing. 
The aroma is full sweet toasty malt full of Carmel, a little dark fruit and black licorice.  
Flavor mimics the nose. Lots of big sweet flavors I get a bunch of caramel with the sweet bitterness of black licorice.  
The mouth feel is very smooth. Nice big open flavors really spread across the palate, very smooth, the finish is nice and warming. 
Overall it was pretty nice, don't know they will be brewing this one again but I'm glad I ran across it this time.  

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Photo of olimpia84
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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