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Caledonian 80/- - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Caledonian 80/-Caledonian 80/-

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BA SCORE
85
very good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-06-2000)
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5/5  rDev +33%

Graze, Jul 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

mbmyers3, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33%

dmcclurejr, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Todd, Nov 06, 2000
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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 500 mL can into a mug.
Colour is translucent, light reddish-orange. Largish light tan head retains nicely until almost the end. Nice lacing.
Smells of sweet malts, with oak and floral notes.
Tastes of deliciously sweet, milky cream malt, smooth, with hints of hoppy bitterness near the end. Dryish finish, but not overpowering. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, smooth as all get out. Hugely drinkable. Fantastic Scottish ale.

nighthawk, May 22, 2008
Photo of kmacphail
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the benchmark beer in Scotland that all 80/- should aspire to. It is one of the few beers that is available in just about any town/city throughout Scotland, that alone is a testemony to this beer.

A nice amber pint with a thick creamy head gives off a variety of bitter sweet aromas, a mixture of nuts, caramel, hops and roast malt.

The taste is truly great, very easy to drink with a great combination of roast malt with a hint of caramel, sometimes bordering to a very slight hint of chocolate. Once swallowed this leaves a suttle refreshing hint of citrus. Not too heavy that it can't be drunk all night, but meaty enough to enjoy just a couple of. Excellent both on tap or in the bottle. One of the best beers in Scotland.

kmacphail, Jun 22, 2006
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4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider this the "Gold Standard" of Scottish Ale.

I've had this on draft a few times, always liked it. Now the LCBO has it in the can!

A: Copper-bronze, fluffy off-white head, nice retention, excellent lacing. Exceptional for its weight!

S: Malty caramel, slightly nutty.

T: Sweet, malty, caramel flavour. A little dark fruit, with nut in the aftertaste. Fruity, slightly earthy/peaty (from the yeast?). Balanced to the sweet side, with a little malt and hop bitterness to keep it in check. Zero hop flavour.

M: Moderate body is substantial/impressive for its strength. A little creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Session this!

Derek, Jan 31, 2006
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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear coppery amber with an extremely dense tan head. Excellent head retention that leaves a very thick lace on the sides of the glass. Very clean, mild malty and nutty aroma with noticeable toffee and very light hops. Caramel, toffee, and toasted malts are well balanced by bitterness that lasts throught the finish. Some grain character comes through in the flavour and contributes to the dry finish. The low carbonation lets the silky smoothness shine through. Medium to light body. Highly drinkable, especially on nitro-tap. A truly great session beer.

DrJay, Jul 06, 2004
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4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - amber ale with a short-lived head, very little surface bubbles. Nice colour.

Smell - caramel scents permeate a nice malt aroma. Fantastic on the senses.

Taste - chocolate, caramel and even a hint of peat of all things! Ah, well, it's from Scotland. A short, dry finish marked by a punctuated hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, even mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation to keep it interesting throughout.

Drinkability - definitely a great choice. Lots of flavour and low ABV make it a great beer to keep coming back to.

DoctorStrangiato, Feb 19, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slighlty hazy dark brown color. A one finger beige head forms with good retention. Lots of patchy lace is left behind.
S: This is awesome. At first some toasted caramel aromas. Though that quickly gives way to a great fruity aroma. Pears, cherries are present. A tart green apple aroma lingers on that is great.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of toffee and sweet malt. A huge fruity flavor. A medely of pears and cherries. One of the biggest tart, green apple flavor I have come across for the style. Just amazing.
M/D: A medium to full body. Velvety smooth, creamy and rich. This is something I can drink all day long.

This is amazing. A great cask offering. One of the best Scottish Ales I have come across. There is really no smoky peat character, but what is here is really unique. A perfect example of a Scottish brewery pushing the bounderies. Highly recommended to say the least.

champ103, Jun 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Rlombardi75, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to be able to get this at Spirithaus in Amherst and got a case in for Thanksgiving one year with a Scottish mate of mine. We polished the lot off almost before the turkey was served. This ale is very drinkable and one of the better draught cans to make it over the Atlantic. If you chill this right you simply cannot pour a bad pint. It is smooth, malty but does lack a wee bit of bite.

For an exiled Scot is simply is a must have. It is better than Belhaven Scottish Ale (the only Scottish beer you seem to be able to get on tap in the US), light years ahead of any Tennents or McEwan's product that you can get at your nearest liquor store.

If you see a can, buy it. You will not be disappointed as it truly is the closest you'll get to a REAL Scottish pint even though you're 5 hours behind the pubs in Alba. And it comes in a can.

haggis, Nov 05, 2005
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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber colouration. A frothy white, smooth head, with excellent lacing throughout the glass.
Hoppy aroma, with a well balanced bitterness aroma, as well as taste.
Full bodied and unforceful to the palate. Ambitious drive of flavours.
Easy to drink; eventful is all I can say. More and more, it will be the same. Another round for me and boys would be nice?

Bestuurder, Mar 07, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a bronze brown with a tan head. Smell didn't really say a whole lot to me, bit of a cabbage smell actually. Taste is wonderful, mellow malts make their way to a subtle bitterness with the smoothest finish I've ever had in any brew i've tasted to this date. Exceptionally smooth and exceptionally drinkable. And this is the one in a can too. Many a day would go by in the past where I'd order this at the local pub back home. Next time I go back i'll have to review this on-tap

All i have to say is, get this. you won't be disappointed.

funkengruven, Jan 14, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap before in Ontario, but the cask version I had (several different places) in Scotland is much, much better. Same deal in terms of flavour and aroma (still a little weak in the latter), but the near-perfect mouthfeel just makes it so much more drinkable. I fell back on this (bottles too) whenever there was nothing but Tennants available (which was sadly often).

Highly recommended.

crwills, Jul 01, 2007
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured from the can with a very attractive creamy golden cascade, settling into a golden amber liquid topped with a creamy dollop of white head. As expected, lots of sticky lace forming rings down the glass, with great head retention.
The aroma is mainly a sweetish malt, with plenty of caramel and some toasty scent. Fruity esters are definitely apparent, lending an apple and pear sweetness, along with some floral notes. The hops are rather mild, definitely english in origin, imparting a subtle herbal aroma with a touch of citrus. A slight buttery creaminess, like the whipped butter you get with pancakes at a diner. Nicely balanced, with no detectable tinniness from the nitro.
The flavor starts out very smooth and creamy, with sweet caramel and toasty malt traveling into a moderate apple and pear fruitiness. Some mild hops make an appearnce towards the finish, with a soft herbal flavor and a touch of citric bite. Some caramel and apple flavors carry into the aftertaste, lingering and urging you to take another gulp. A bit of creamy butter flavor adds to the soft sweetness, with a suggestion of hazelnut. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost lactic, with tingly nitro carbonation and a light to medium body. This is an after-work pint if I've ever had one.
I'm usually not much for nitro cans, but I thought this stuff was great. The four pack was gone in one sitting. Incredibly smooth and creamy, without the characteristic nitro metallic flavor. It didn't seem deadened out from the nitrogen, either. This is one of those beers where I can't help but take long pulls from the glass, draining it way too quickly to properly savor, without another immediately after. Excellent.

UnionMade, Jan 14, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alot of my buddies drink this beer straight from the can. So have I, and decided to give it a proper review. Pours from the can a deep, rich amber with about a two finger head. The head ever so slowly disipates, leaving a small amount of lace. Herbal hop scent upfront, with some malt, toffee and caramel lingering in the nose. Taste is light and sweet. Some toffee and caramel candy, slight bready taste, and enough grassy and herbal bitterness to make it refreshing. Bes of all, this is a smooth beer. It's almost like drinking homogenized milk smooth. Creamy, delicious, full body and nice. Very drinkable, both as a session beer and as a complex beer as well. Overall, delicious.

slitherySOB, Sep 26, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

wjimson, Apr 10, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

dipso123, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Hoppy_McGee, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper brown with a rich head which stays the distance.
Truly smooth and slightly fat and rich on the tongue like velvet.
Loads of treacly malt with elements of pear. Vinous, morish and rich to taste. Ends that way too. Very satisfying.
From a well kept cask this really sings.

One of Scotland's best examples of 80/-, the seemingly disappearing beer style.
May it always be brewed in direct flame open fire kettles in Slateford.

Zimbo, Oct 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Vyronian, Jan 20, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitro-tapped at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario. Served in a Caledonian 80/- branded nonic pint glass.

Classic Caledonian amberish body under a white head; absurd amount of lace.

Lots of roasted malt in the nose, heather, oak. Perhaps a bit of coffee.

Palate has great roasted malt character (coffee), herbal hoppiness, supremely well balanced and sessionable. Much better on tap than from the can.

Antilochus, May 25, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-red color with an inch head the dissipates to a mild skim.

Aromas of sweet caramel with some toasted notes. A fruity character is there but nothing in particular stands out.

Taste is really great working together with the caramel and toastiness with that odd fruit character coming through as well. Clean on the pallet yet complex.

Mouthfeel is medium with a good level of carbonation.

Surprised at how good this one was, I want more, one can isn't enough. Quite sessionable I must say.

roadhouse, Sep 23, 2010
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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.