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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: 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 11-06-2000)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

whatsgoody, Nov 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

dmcclurejr, Nov 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

bigox420, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of brewskifan55
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Kenilworth, Edinburgh

A: Cola brown. A frothy one finger head that lingers. Wondrous lacing.

S: Malts come on strong. Sweet, toffee.

T: Smooth, light, malty, a bit smokey.

M: Light, watery. Not much carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. Recommended.

brewskifan55, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +6.4%

ThinkAgain, Jul 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

Graze, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

WeissBoy, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

RedAleMan, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Rlombardi75, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

beerhunter13, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kelvarnsen, Jan 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

mbmyers3, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous brown sugar coloured red hued body with a thick just ever so slightly off white big bubbled head that halved quickly but kept.

A subtle aroma of toffee, pepper and tequila, have to put your nose in but its worth it.

Nice well rounded taste of bold malts sweet smacks of grain and then swept around and out with a lovely hoppy finish.

good carbonation if slightly lively
and a decent mouthfeel makes a right little treat on a cold friday night

EmperorBevis, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rijtjeshuis, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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 fostachild
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best before 30 06 12.

nice clear dark brown amber, only a bit of head fades quick - barely any lacing.

smell is interesting - fruit, malt aromas with a bitterness to it.

taste is nice and similar to the smell with the malt, bitterness but also some sweetness and roastiness. overall pretty easy going, but you still get some nice flavours each sip - solid offering.

fostachild, Sep 27, 2011
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3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a translucent copper colour topped with an ample, puffy off-white head. Retention is respectable; a decent cap remains in place for the duration of the session along with some stringy lacing on the sides. The smell is subdued but pleasant; roasted caramel malts with a nutty character to them.

Flavour is similar - toasted bread and caramel malts, vanilla toffee and roasted nuts. A little smoky throughout, with some leafy hop bitterness in the dry finish. Not really sweet or bitter, there's a good balance here. Maybe it's a genetic thing that comes with my Scottish heritage but I have always liked the taste of 80/-. Medium-bodied and quite creamy with low carbonation. Due to the low alcohol and exceptional smoothness, this is a great session ale.

It's been a few years since I've had this stuff, but I think it deserves to get back in the rotation. Nothing especially complex, but a highly satisfying ale and definitely worth a try.

[Updated April 10 2014]

Another can. This is a beer I seem to purchase in spurts... it has a very smooth, gentle mouthfeel, sort of like a nitro beer, but not quite that soft as there is a noticeable mild bite. The nutty, toffee-like malts are also stronger (and tastier!) than most brews of that ilk, and it is possibly one of the most drinkable beers I've ever purchased. Caledonian 80/- isn't flashy, but it's a damn fine ale all the same.

Final Grade: 3.91, a B+.

thehyperduck, Jul 25, 2011
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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flyingpig, Jul 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 17, 2011
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

paxkey, May 31, 2011
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
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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
Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.