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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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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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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4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Cigar City / Dunedin Auld Alliance from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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