Caledonian 80/- - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 17
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:
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(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of paxkey
1.3/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

Photo of crowncapcollect
1.88/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pint on tap, Pub who's name I've forgotten, Edinburgh

Scotland produces some really good beers these days, not like ten years ago, but this is not one of them.

It is really too sweet and malty. I rarely leave beer behind, and had to force myself to finish this one. But, the same brewery makes Deuchars, which is delightful.

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of blues53
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of rastaman
2.05/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Ralphus
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Alexnzx
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of zoso493
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, having reviewed this beer from the tap earlier, I decided to give the bottle a go. I gave the tap version a D- because it was truly a bad beer, but after having read a lot of other reviews, I thought I may have had a completely different beer. I've had it on tap twice, and it tasted the same both times, so let's see what the bottle has going on.

Appearance: Pours a watery-looking reddish-brown with a nice eggshell colored two-finger head. Honestly, it looks a little thin, but the head gives me hope.

Smell: Ah, yes, this is the same beer I had on tap. Smells very much of sweet malts, but this time has a nicer aroma of some faint hops.

Taste: Upfront is a slight malt sweetness that finishes with a decent but light hop bitterness. Really not a hell of a whole lot going on.

Mouthfeel: Very light, thin and watery, as the appearance had indicated. Good amount of carbonation, though. Does leave a sort of soapy feeling in your mouth.

Drinkability: Not so bad, I guess. I would never want to have more than one of these, but it's fine.

Overall, this was definitely a better experience than what I had on tap, but I certainly would still maintain that this beer is mediocre at best. Try it if you must, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of Hanglow
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of jhall00
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a reddish brown with light initial head that quickly recedes to only a faint tan lace

S- malty nutty smell

T- initial maltiness that fades to the light hops bitterness with a hint of smokiness

M- light body with residual hops bitterness. large amount of carbonization, in my opinion, too much carbonation for the style.

D- Okay light body beer. Nothing memorable.

Photo of andrenaline
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear, dark copper colour, with a thin layer of head which quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.

S - Scent is bready and malty, caramel, toffee and a hint of wooden peat.

T - The peat is very subdued and mild, the bready caramel malts dominate and a touch of leafy green hops on the finish.

M - Comes across a tad thin, could use a carbonation lift.

O - Given the style, it could easily have used a bit of a flavour boost. Too mild for my liking and by no means better than average for the style.

Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear copper brown colour with a fair size foamy off white head. Lots of carbonation showing, and also some decent lacing. The head dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell - this beer has some hops up front and some caramel notes. Also a nutty aroma and slightly metallic.

Taste & Mouth - Average amount of carbonation on the drink, light hops and malts at first, a pleasing not overpowering taste. The middle of the drink brings a malty/almond like sweetness, followed by a slightly bitter finish. It's too bad that the beer is a little on the watery side

Drink - A nice well rounded beer that has a little of everything. The richness of a dark beer, but the refreshing aspect of a light beer.

Photo of shamus
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't really my style of beer. It's a nice deep caramel colour and pours with a thin, quick to vanish, head.It's very malty and sweet. It starts off with some interesting flavours but leaves too much sugar in the rinse. Still it's pretty good for out of can. This isn't a completely fair trial though since I did eat a fresh basil leaf earlier which is going to throw the taste off.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can
4.1% ABV

I tried this beer on November 3, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a very nice translucent red into the glass with a small white head. The aroma was a combination malt, hops, and nuts. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, mild carbonation, and creamy. The flavour is malt, nuts, and a slight hint of hops detectable by a slight bitterness.

Photo of TheHammer
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured with two fingers of creamy head, that sadly doesn't lace or sustain itself. The beer itself is a nice, clear dark brown with orange highlights. I see a lot of carbonation is going on with this beer, a little too much.

Smell - Has a bit of a smokey scent to it, with some definite sweet malts with a slight biscuit scent in the background. Something is a little bit off though, as someone dropped a few drops of malt vinegar into the mix.

Taste - Starts with a sweet malts, with a little bit of a nice, toast flavor. Transitions into a nice taste of smooth, buttery biscuit flavor with a touch of soft hops. The beer finishes with that hoppy taste, but that malt vinegar makes an appearance just as it goes down. Sadly the end of the experience leaves a bit of a coppery aftertaste. It's pretty good, but there is room for improvement.

Mouthfeel - As stated, this beer leaves a coppery aftertaste which does lingers just a little bit too long and the vinegar like sensation isn't pleasant. It does go down smoothly, but the carbonation is also a bit excessive.

Drinkability - This beer is gassy, it seems to keep it's carbonation until it hits your stomach. It's medium bodied, not very refreshing but would be good with food and there isn't much of a problem getting it down. However I wouldn't want more then a couple.

Final Thoughts - All in all, this beer is better then average and enough off the beaten path to make it an import worth buying. It does some things right, and other things wrong but the pros outweigh the cons. I probably wouldn't get it again unless it was offered or was the only option, but for the most part it was a solid offering. If you like this, I'd suggest Newcastle Brown Ale.

Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a amber colour with thin head with a small amount of lacing on some parts of the glass. Smells of caramel and bread with maybe the faintest hint of hops. Small bitterness, but more sweetness comes through in the flavour. Fairly thin mouthfeel. I would like to try this on cask as I suspect it would be much better.

Photo of mattcrill
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bugsy's in St. Catherine's, Ontario.

Appearance: carmel brown with a nice vanilla-colored head. There must be something about the beer here in Canada but this is another one that leaves awesome lacings down the glass.

Smell: sweet cream. Not overpowering but just a nice sweet smell to it. Understated like vanilla ice cream.

Taste: A mild malt flavor. Toasted and carmel-like but again, not overstated.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy. This had some nice body to it.

Drinkability: Very easy and smooth. This malty beer balanced out the brewhouse chili. The sweetness of the beer balanced out the spice of the chili.

A good but not great beer

Photo of cfrancis
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is faint, but there is malt, woodsmoke and barley. Colour is a gorgeous brown/gold colour. Taste is malt with a woodsmoke aftertaste. Great mouthfeel and good balance. Funny that they call this a bitter since there is very little bitter taste to it.

Photo of MMansfield
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Maxwell's Plum, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Appearance: A reddish copper colour with a huge frothy head. The head maintains it's lush properties for the duration of the drink.

Aroma: Not much to note here. I pick up very faint caramel notes.

Taste: Slight bitterness in the finish, but as with the aroma, lacks in flavour.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy! It's saving grace. Goes down extremely smooth, perhaps due to its lack of flavour.

Final Statement: A Scotish take on an Irish cream ale? Lackluster. Looks good, but has little flavour. Stick to Kilkenny.

Photo of flyingpig
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour with hints of amber, it has a tanned white head with a thin bubble texture to it but is short lived.

A dark, nutty aroma to it although the smell is not the most pronounced. It has an almost smoky aroma too it and includes some mild fruit smells & a nice caramel scent too.

Not dissimilar to the the smell with a strong caramel flavour and some sort smoky taste and the back end. Again there is a nutty presence but this is only a small one at the end that is coupled with some sweet flavouring.

Medium bodied beer with a smooth texture that is appealing & is followed up by a mild tang when drank thanks to some good carbonation. Overall the drink has a nice feel to it & is very easy to drink.

Not a bad beer at all, very enjoyable & easy to savour. There is a large smoky presence to this one & the flavours are pretty nice, especially on the nose where the competing smells are very well balanced.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown, nice and clear, with a respectable if not particularly showy head.

The aroma is malty with hints of freshly torn Italian bread crusts with a bit of herbal hops and aluminum.

The taste is similar, very bready and malty with only a hint of herbal hops in the finish. Nuts. There's a weird metallic dryness in the aftertaste I find off-putting. It's all a little watery.

Mouthfeel is a little harsh. I'd like to try the nitro-can or cask version for comparison. I think it would help.

It's drinkable enough I suppose but not one I'd seek out again any time soon.

Photo of jonnypopgun
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant enough drinking, if not exceptional. Only the faintest of aromas, not the best in that department. Flavour is chiefly sweet and malty. Nicely carbonated. Pretty much no bitterness at all. Good session beer, but prefer Deuchars IPA from this brewery. Would like to try on tap and have spotted it somewhere, so may report back...

Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep copper/ruby colour. Fizzy, creamy two finger eggshell head. Mild to medium carbonation. As head fades, it remains in the form of a nice cap, leaving a small amount of lacing. Bright.

S - Toasty, sweet, quite malty, caramel. Very mild.

T - Metallic, sweet caramel, and that toasted or smoky sort of characteristic is present again. Not overly sweet, but fairly malt forward. Nice but not overly tasty or complex.

M - Fair amount of body for such a low abv, clocking in around medium. Low to medium carbonation with a sweet finish.

D - Nothing seriously deep or interesting about this, but it's easy to drink and quite flavourful. The smokiness is what really dominates the taste, making it somewhat difficult to get down quickly, but the sweetness backing it up is a good balance. Not bad, not amazing, I'd drink it if someone offered it.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on October 20, 2006 best by 20 Apr 07. A 500 ml bottle and I notice that the front label only Caledonian 80 (having dropped the /- that makes it 80 shillings). Back label says Caledonian 80/- (ABV as 4.1%).
Poured a nice russet brown clear brew with a nice tan head. Leaves lacing on the glass.
Smell fairly subdued; some hops.
Tastes pretty good, hoppy with malts and a slight metallic touch.
Mouthfeel slightly syrupy.
A nice drinkable ale. Caledonian Brewery is always pretty reliable.

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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.