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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

132 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 132
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 I’m no expert with the English style of beer.

Phyl21ca, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, May 27, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

biboergosum, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

BlackHaddock, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer on cask recently at my local Wetherspoon's pub in East End London. A pretty fresh barrel when I had my pint... lucky!

A: it pours a clear, dark amber hue, with a caramel hint; thin layer of off-white foam with good retention, leaving just as tight and fine lace.
S: smoothly sweet, crystal-malts and light caramel underlined by an underlying, soft, aromatic/fruity hop aroma... the overall aroma does change or evolve much but sustains quite well.
T: light caramel-like dark malt flavour hits the palate with a touch of toffee, lots of fresh ripe dark fruits, as a lively texture of floral, hayish and deeply grassy hoppyness (a bit like Fuggles?) develops and intensifies on the palate, leading to a dryish, clean, but lingering bitter aftertaste.
M&D: smoothness resulting from the good structure between maltiness and (restrained) bitterness is clearly felt deep down the palate, while the freshness of this beer's condition makes it consistently lively on the tongue. Overall a delicious malty bitter at such low alc. strength and a rare treat on cask deep down south in London rather than up north in Edinburgh... it could even be a good session beer~~

wl0307, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Caledonian 80/- looks the product of layers upon layers of brown and amber shades laminated one atop the other; it is a deep-set tone with a heavily lacquered tawny overlay. It has as much clarity as a whiskey but a much denser, heavier look and is crowned with a loose splashing of stagnant white suds that travel part of the way up the glass.

I feel as though I've just stepped into some kind of secret garden; the smell of scorched earth and peat reverberates with tremendous presence. A mead (fermented honey)-like sweetness silently stoops behind the notes of heather and peaty tree bark. Vapors of fruity esters and a little kettle caramelization rounds things out nicely.

Caledonian 80/- doesn't smell or taste much like I remember it smelling and tasting. It is much more distinct than I recall, with a far more pronounced peatiness and is buried knee deep in a smoky, scorched earth flavour. Chances are hops could be partly behind that earthiness, although the beer's bitterness is not by any means compelling.

I might be mistaken, but my first (and last) few times trying this beer were from a nitro-can, which would explain why this sample doesn't possess the same creamy texture I remember it having. It also provides a clue about why the beer seems so much more rounded, complete and confident; the unapologetic peat, gritty earthiness and smoky, dry finish.

Caledonian 80/- should be exactly what you think of when you close your eyes and imagine a Scottish ale. It has a distinctive peaty character that portrays the true charm of Scotland, something that North American (or English) brewers are simply incapable of capturing. It certainly earns a spot alongside haggis in the Scots' gastronomic highlight reel.

biegaman, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange/red, small and loose white head forms, little spotty lacing, some retention. Smell is sweet and malty, brown sugar, peat, and caramel. Taste is sweet, grassy peat smoked middle, some smoky caramel in the finish, a nice nuttiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Tons of flavour for the ABV and a bargain at just over $2 for a pint can. I think this will be my session beer of choice from now on. Had it on nitro tap once, and the can is much better.

Viggo, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of DrJay
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
Photo of Derek
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
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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.

spinrsx, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of champ103
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
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.

tbeckett, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Cask at the Bow Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Quite nice really. A dark reddish amber brew with a soft head of light khaki foam. Aromas are of sweet caramel malts, a bit of booze, some scotch undertones, and faint (near dead) hops. The taste is sweet and boozy up front with soem nice hints of scotch flavor, and caramel malts in the middle. The finish is sweet, with some toffee flavors in there as well. Mouthfeel is nice for a cask brew, pretty full bodied, and the drinkability is good as well. A nice scotch ale on cask in it's homeland ;-)

francisweizen, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the Grove Inn, Leeds. Listed on the Pubs chalkboard as “Caley 80/- (4.1%) £2.05” for an Imperial Pint from the Handpump.

Appearance: Dark copper brown body with an initially firm beige colored head that settled and relaxed slowly. Creamy rings throughout the drink. Perfect conditioning for a Cask Ale.

Nose: Sweet malts with a light recessive hop character. Predominantly malty with a defined Scotch in the nose.

Taste: Just as the nose suggests, there are no surprises here. Entrance has some caramel and soft scotch sweetness, but the malts dominate this one with the dry hop aspects only coming in at the finish to round things off.

Mouthfeel: Great feel for a 4.1% Cask Ale, lots of depth in the body with some toffee chewyness probably due to the predominant malts no doubt. Not often I feel impelled to give a Cask brew 4.5 for Mouthfeel but this one certainly deserves it.

Drinkability: No worries with this one, a high end Session brew that slips down very easily.

Overall: As one of locals in the Pub retorted "Tasty stuff that Eight Bob", and it sure was a real pleasure to cross its path again. A solid performance from this Cask Ale. Recommended - well at least if you don’t mind the maltier Scotch beers that is.

TheLongBeachBum, May 22, 2005
Photo of Brent
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Brent, Feb 11, 2002
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the way these cans pour. Poured a hazy, browninh-amber liquid with Creamy tannish head. Smell is a delightful combination of toasted malt, dark fruits (dates, plums, cherries), and a strong whiskey scent. Taste is also superb, with a goodly amount of toasted malt and caramel combining with an almost milk-like creaminess. It almost feels as if each taste is giving me a milk moustache. More caramel in the finish, which is very pleasant. An excellent easy-drinking beer.

tgbljb, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of StJamesGate
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale rosy tan with a loose off white head that surprisingly holds. Whisky brack nose: raisin, barrel, malt. Sugar roasted almond malts and prickly ginger spice tea hops Dry finish. Minty linger. Lively, light-medium, some stick.

Balanced and the flavors work very harmoniously together. Especially appreciate the hops presence - first conscious experience of WGV, which are seemingly a high alpha Goldings variant.

One of the better examples of the style.

StJamesGate, Dec 07, 2010
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.

andrenaline, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

80/- pours a nice rich copper colour with a fluffy off-white head, that keeps a cap on throughout and throws the odd streak of lace on to the side of the glass. Sweet malt aroma of caramel and fruit with a hint of earthy hops. The flavours are very malt forward, finding expression in wholegrain bread, caramel and nuts. In the finish there's a peaty smokiness that reminds you that this is a Scottish creation. However, there's also some brown sugar to keep it in check. The mouthfeel is full considering the low strength of this beer, but I felt the carbonation was a little too aggressive and harsh. I would have preferred a softer mouthfeel, which would have felt more in keeping with the flavours going on here.

I had the Neustadt earlier in the evening, and although this is the higher regarded beer, I preferred the local to this. Still, its a decent ale, and should be a must for lovers of the Scottish styles.

bobsy, Apr 23, 2009
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.

kwjd, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 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
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.

rastaman, Aug 06, 2002
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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.