Caledonian 80/- - The Caledonian Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ralphus:
2.28/5 rDev -39.4%
I picked up two cans of Caledonia 80/- from the LCBO after reading all the positive reviews. The first can is labeled as being stale in just over a year and I was expecting some good things. The pour and color were quite nice.. a pleasant amber color with a medium head.. but it went down hill from there unfortunately.
The smell from the pour is virtually non-existent. There was literally no smell for a few minutes unless you really get your nose in deep and pull air. After a quarter pint you start to pick it up on the mouthful and it's pretty much as described. Earthy.. nutty with a hint of alcohol.
The taste, like a sweet then bitter toffee, just wasn't for me .. but it didn't stop there. It was watery on the tongue, like there should have been more complexity but it was not part of the formula, instead I was left with the never changing toffee taste.
I realize I'm out of the mold on this one. Lets hope the next reviewer loves the style and gets you back on track.
07-29-2008 22:23:23 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured a deep rich amber color with a thinner slightly off white head,sweet malt dominated aromas but that was expected,caramel and cherry with maybe a little brown suger thrown in.Mild but flavorful in my opinion caramely sweet and nicely toasted grain but some herbal/minty hop comes thru in the finsh adding to the drinkablity of this nice little ale.A real session ale here something that could be drank all night socializing.
05-27-2005 00:04:58 | More by oberon
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
can to nonic
look -- pours a rich amber colour, 23-25*SRM. The head is good, it comes up to about two and a half fingers and falls at a reasonable rate to a cap that lasts. Little lacing. Colour of the head is off-white to cream. Clarity is very good.
smell -- a good hit of sweetness off the top. Very malty. I get caramel malt with a bit of dark, carmelized aroma in there and just a hint of smoke. Ther being said, the aroma wasn't too strong. A hint of crispness on the end, bit no real hop or yeast. Still a touch too sweet for me.
taste -- a good improvement on the nose. the leading flavour is really full caramel, which is deepened by some richer malt flavour (perhaps kettle caramelization). A hint of smoke, but no real peat flavours. Moderate hop bitterness, but no real flavour, no real yeast flavour.
feel -- medium high body and lower carbonation. There's a bit of butteriness that lends a bit of velvet feel to the finish. Finish is drier than expected.
I quite like this one, a good show for the malts, without getting too sweet. Good drinkability.
12-02-2011 00:32:46 | More by Rijtjeshuis
4.75/5 rDev +26.3%
Presentation: 14.9 fl. oz. can with widget. (Pub Draught Ale)
Appearance: Rich amber, clear and clean. The head is *incredibly* creamy due to the nitro-widget. Froth is light tan in colour, very sticky and lasts all the way to the bottom.
Smell: Cold, clean nose. Some soft toasty caramel aromas. Herbal hop aromas.
Taste: Smooth, oh so damn smooth. Heavenly smooth. Sweetness and consistency on the palate could be likened to a malt milk beverage. Body is medium. Malt is light but very well pronounced with light, sweet toasted caramel flavours. Hops are delicate, herbal, flowery and blend nicely with the malt profile. Beer finishes very clean with toasted/malted milk notes in the end.
Notes: I never knew a beer in a can could be so damn good? A very toasty beer, and a lovely light Scottish Ale. I'll have another please.
11-06-2000 20:42:38 | More by Todd
4.25/5 rDev +13%
Surprisingly, I haven't review this beer until now, although I have been admiring this beer for a while.
My first impression of its taste was of its notable grassy, earthy maltiness. That beer was from the tap at the summer patio of the waltzing weasel in London Ontario. That was one perfect drink for the occasion.
I am having this one now in a can. The head foam did not form the intimidating roaring like other beers. Soft, and just right in carbonation to give around 3/4 inch. Dark amber, but clear.
Smells of grain husks and sour alcohol. The mouthfeel is soft and silky, carried along with the grassy and malty taste of something roasted. There could be a small amount of smoke malt as well, maybe to bring along that slight touch of sourness. The maltly flavour finishes off with a subtle and light hop finish. The drinkability is enhanced by its soft body and lower alcohol level.
A fine example of an Scottish ale.
04-10-2008 02:14:21 | More by wjimson
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Described on the rear label as a blend of six malts and three types of hops.
Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear coppery-amber colour with good carbonation. Yields a large off-white head of foam with a creamy texture and decent retention. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with hints of roasted grain and caramel/toffee.
Tastes of slightly sweet malt with a mild bitterness. Notes of grain and caramel with faint hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Underpinned by a subtle leafy bitterness, although no aromatic hops are discernible. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and somewhat astringent. Aftertaste of mild bitter malt.
A highly drinkable ale with an undemanding but moreish flavour. The sweetness, grainy notes and mild bitterness all blend perfectly to create a pleasing beer. Well worth sampling if you encounter it.
06-16-2011 23:27:33 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (England)
2.05/5 rDev -45.5%
Not really that good, very creamy palate, with a soft butter-toffee flavour, very light and an extremely short finish. A tiny bit peaty aswell. In the end though, a bit thin and slightly sweet, not my type of beer.
08-06-2002 00:22:59 | More by rastaman
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
This beer pours a clear medium reddish amber colour, with two fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves some scattered lace in its wake. It smells of sweet, fruity biscuit malt. The taste is caramel and biscuit malt, some mild generic fruitiness, and mild muddled, kind of mineral-like hops. The carbonation is soft, the body medium weight, smooth, and fleshy, and it finishes off-dry, with a bit more of that indeterminate fruitiness.
A decent enough session ale, but a bit on the sweet, non-bitter side for me, though.
02-19-2010 08:26:12 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
copper appearance with nice head, lots of lace. Fresh shipment at LCBO. Easy drink, muted peaty scottish taste. Creamy, lots of malt and caramel leaving a sweetish aftertaste. Not too much depth of character but will take over a Molson any day or night.
01-29-2006 05:33:27 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
For some reason I've always passed on this, despite my love of Scottish ales. No time like the present.
Colour is not particularly tempting. A rich brown leather. Very nice tan head, two finger widths. Lacings are fairly thin.
Very nice caramel and toasted bread on the nose. A really wonderful aroma that deserves quite a bit of attention, take this one in. A little bit of fruity tartness.
Butterscotch in the mouth, a little bit of vanilla. I know this isn't oaked, but I do pick up some scotch character, similar to an Innis and Gunn. Really quite mellow, fits the definition of a scottish session ale perfectly. Caramel and toast are evident. Slightly sour finish.
Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, subdued carbonation.
One of the gold standards of the style.
05-06-2008 23:14:16 | More by CanuckRover
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours a medium-light copper tone with a very tight nitro head which leaves thick walls of lace all down the glass. Smell is distinctly muted, the nitro really taking a toll here. Light caramel malts show, along with a minor hop note. You can tell that there's more to be had here, but the format just won't let it come through. Taste is better, deep caramel is at the forefront with roasted grains and just a touch of coffee as well. Light hop notes in the finish, with a bit of scotch as well. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but has plenty of body, and drinkability is quite good. Not bad, but I'd much rather get it without the nitro to see what it really ought to taste like.
01-01-2007 22:06:24 | More by Mandrake
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
On Cask, served at what appeared to be slightly above room temperature, at The Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow, Scotland, April 20, 2009:
A: The beer appeared a dark copper-ish color with a decent white head that was not well retained.
S: Malty aroma, with a hint of a buttery/bready aroma as well. A touch of hops could also be detected as well as a hint of smokiness.
T: The taste was good, a nice well rounded malt flavor to it, with a little hint of sweetness and a slight bitter aftertaste.
M/D: The beer had a medium body to it, the carbonation was not noticeable, due to the cask, very smooth, creamy and one could drink this all day long. Overall, a good beer and one that I will try again when given the chance.
04-30-2009 18:18:09 | More by PhillyStyle
1.3/5 rDev -65.4%
different can than one pictured. can is black and not striped.
rust colored beer poured into a nonic. generous offwhite head. rocky.
that is a hit to the nose. getting almost a celery-like aroma. might be the malts, sensing some grain in the back of that powerful note coming from the glass. some alcohol underneath the main aroma. i'm sensing the smell may be mostly from the hops actually. is it bad? freshness date says jan 31,2012. smelling horseradish now. its a strong smell its unusual and not entirely welcoming but i will taste anyway.
ya that is off. spit it back in glass. feh.
better luck next time caledonian...luckily i have a fresh weihenstephaner
05-30-2011 23:35:16 | More by paxkey
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Can: Poured a deep amber color ale with a foamy slightly off-white head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt is really enjoyable. Good caramel malt presence is also easily noticeable and very enjoyable. Subtle bitter hops closing are also nice. Tasted more like a Scottish ale but then Im no expert with the English style of beer.
03-07-2006 15:29:26 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +9%
Had this on tap at fish restaurant in Ontario.
A murky cooperish brown, thin head and little lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and biscuit. Flavor is of dark caramel malts and a faint hint of bitterness.
Tha hop presence is just enough to make you not call this ale to malty-sweet. A rather delicious ale to complement fish and chips.
05-29-2008 02:44:39 | More by bloberglawp
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours with an off white head that keeps a thin but creamy layer above the copper colored beer. Nice lacing to boot.
Smells of toffee, caramel malts, a bit of butter and dates.
Tastes of buttery caramel popcorn (in a good way), sweet malts and a bit of bitterness in the finish.
06-03-2008 00:42:17 | More by irishkyle21
2.5/5 rDev -33.5%
I see this beer gets very high reviews. Had two bottles of this beer the other day and to be honest I found it a bit bland. Defenitely nothing special enough to deserve all the praise it seems to be getting.
I remember having a few of cans Newcastle Brown Ale a few weeks back. This is what I find this beer is very similar to.
02-02-2014 18:08:39 | More by Alexnzx
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours a clear coppery red with an expansive tightly packed off-white head that is here to say for the night. The aroma is lots of malt, some toffee, and a bit of wood and smoke. Finally, after months upon months of hoppy beer madness (which I definitely love), it is nice to finally have a malty scotch ale to welcome the fall. Sweet malty front, getting plesantly woody and Fruity (mainly raisins) in the middle, with some mild hops and raisins creeping in at the end. Mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat thin, and not cloyingly sticky. I am looking forward to the fall, and hope to try more fine ales like this.
09-07-2006 02:05:07 | More by tatterdash
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
My tasting was a draught pint can with a widget ball, which obscured some of the ale's flavor. Much lighter than I expected of an 80/-, but, again, some of that may have been the nitrogen infusion. Very smooth, with some grape notes emerging from the malt.
02-11-2002 16:10:41 | More by Brent
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Dark brown 500ml bottle, caught just before it went out of date (in three weeks).
Poured into my new La Chouffe glass two and a half times. Deep, clear mahogany colour with a good foaming slightly off-white head. Looked good to me.
A real chocolate aroma to it and some toasted caramel with a coffee hint too.
Rich roasted malt flavour, the chocolate, caramel and coffee in the aroma are not so prominent, but they are present in the taste.
This isn't a creamy thick beer, but nor is it a wishy washy thin one. It is just about right.
Impressed, this is good and an ideal winter drinking beer, even at the low 4.1%, it punches well above its alcohol weight.
07-22-2008 19:03:48 | More by BlackHaddock
Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.