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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

130 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 130
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-29-2006 05:33:27 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 15:29:26 | More by Phyl21ca
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2005 00:04:58 | More by oberon
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

02-19-2010 08:26:12 | More by biboergosum
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 19:03:48 | More by BlackHaddock
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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~~

Serving type: cask

10-10-2005 14:30:28 | More by wl0307
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2011 19:12:43 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

02-03-2006 06:02:19 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-06-2004 02:56:39 | More by DrJay
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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!

Serving type: can

01-31-2006 01:29:10 | More by Derek
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-28-2013 16:14:16 | More by GraduatedCashew
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

08-23-2010 00:13:49 | More by spinrsx
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champ103

Texas

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.

Serving type: cask

06-15-2010 21:46:47 | More by champ103
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francisweizen

Alaska

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 ;-)

Serving type: cask

11-18-2004 07:42:24 | More by francisweizen
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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.

Serving type: cask

05-22-2005 19:54:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 23:40:34 | More by tbeckett
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2002 16:10:41 | More by Brent
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-15-2005 01:20:09 | More by tgbljb
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StJamesGate

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 10:13:34 | More by StJamesGate
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

04-23-2009 17:29:08 | More by bobsy
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:40:51 | More by andrenaline
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: cask

08-06-2002 00:22:59 | More by rastaman
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-10-2012 21:33:28 | More by Molson2000
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-06-2000 20:42:38 | More by Todd
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 80 shilling scottish ale is a real treat whether in a can on tap.It pours a lovely copper brown with a slight head.A nice caramel aroma that carries on thru the taste as well.Goes down smooth and its hard to believe the ABV is only 4.1-a lot of flavor for such a small beer.Overall a great session beer-you could drink a lot of this from those great "imperial pint" glasses you get in Scotland.Between this,Mcewens Export and Tennents Special-the "average man's" Scottish beers are hard to beat.

Serving type: can

06-20-2003 15:22:59 | More by lackenhauser
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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.