Caledonian 80/- - The Caledonian Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.25/5 rDev +13%
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.
10-18-2010 07:40:04 | More by Zimbo
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
A- Dark Auburn brown, orange hints in Colour. Very clear. Head poured very foamy, and dissipated fairly quickly and did not really linger, just some spots of the head remained for any real amount of time
S- Heavy Caramel smell, lots of Vanilla as well. Can also smell the nice lightly roasted malts. Can also detect the alcohol in the smell. There is a light hint of some coffee (from the malts) as well, but not very much. Also fairly yeasty smell can be detected.
T- Tastes heavy of the caramel and vanilla combination. The malts are very heavy tasting as well. The taste of the alcohol comes through a little, but is not that bad cause it's not overpowering at all. The coffee flavour is also there but only just a hint. There is also an unpleasant flavour of yeast that is detectable the longer the beer sits on the tongue.
D- Very drinkable, but nothing special. Tastes just like a standard Scottish Ale, almost like a Red Ale to me.
10-04-2010 03:39:00 | More by case4816
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a deep amber colour with fluffy off-white head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves a few sporadic gobs of lacing.
Aroma is all malt; bread and caramel.
Flavour is malt-heavy, as expected. Sweet caramel and bread notes with a light roastiness; very rich tasting. The roasted malt flavour lends a touch of bitterness to maintain balance. Some very slight fruitiness detected, presumably the hops trying to make their presence known.
Medium body and carbonation.
This is successfully malt-dominant without being overly sweet. That being said, while an enjoyable beer, more than one would probably be too much. Would have enjoyed more fruity hoppiness, which would've definitely helped its drinkability for me.
09-29-2010 01:38:01 | More by MattyV
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-23-2010 13:59:23 | More by roadhouse
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
09-12-2010 14:49:33 | More by kwjd
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
08-23-2010 00:13:49 | More by spinrsx
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a nice rich and clear orange-red with a moderate head, but no lacing. Very enjoyable aroma with notes of caramel, toffee and bread. Taste has many of the same notes, but it seems thin at times, almost watery. No substantial bitterness nor hop aroma. The thinness is the only drawback to the beer, killing the mouthfeel. Nevertheless, an enjoyable and drinkable beer.
07-10-2010 13:50:32 | More by kjyost
4.53/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
06-15-2010 21:46:47 | More by champ103
United Kingdom (England)
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
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...
05-30-2010 20:32:14 | More by jonnypopgun
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A: Pours a clear brown with an off white head. Enough of the head retains to leave a small amount of lacing.
S: Sweet, light fruit and brown sugar.
T: Sweet but nicely balanced, with some subtle but noticeable hops on the finish.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation.
D: Drinks very nicely, would be a good session beer.
05-12-2010 00:00:41 | More by seand
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured out of a 500ml bottle purchased at the Odd Bins on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.
Pours out a dark gold, almost brown colour. Some lacing remains, even almost half an hour after pouring.
Tastes of nuts and malt, slight citrus notes, coriander. Really tasty. Just enough fizz that one can tell it's there. This claims to be "the definitive Scottish style ale", and tastes like a good benchmark to start from. Feels just heavy enough in the mouth, not syrupy, but with a presence.
Definitely a good choice, certainly better than the Tennent's that started the night.
03-14-2010 21:41:08 | More by imprezawrxsti
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
Caledonian 80/- pours a bright amber with a nice lingering layer of head. The aroma is malty and fruity, with some caramel, toffee and butterscotch. The flavor is nice and malty and a bit sweet without being cloying. There is a bit of ripe dark fruit, and some darker crystal toasted sweetness. Some light buttery diacetyl comes through in the end. The finish is crisp and almost heavy, very flavorful for a beer of it's strength.
03-03-2010 03:08:54 | More by ericj551
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
02-19-2010 08:26:12 | More by biboergosum
2.75/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
01-20-2010 03:07:53 | More by jhall00
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
11-15-2009 19:40:28 | More by cfrancis
2.75/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
11-13-2009 16:57:10 | More by zoso493
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
11-11-2009 02:21:36 | More by MeisterBurger
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Drinkability - very easy to drink. This is a slightly earthy-hop type beer so it's not my personal favourite - but it's definitely worth a try.
Appearance - a nice clear dark copper with a good head to start and recedes to a thin layer.
Smell - malty chocolate-caramel sweet with some clean herbal hops in the balance.
Taste - The malt isn't too sweet off the start and the transition is smooth to some slightly earthy hops. There's also some faint smokiness present.
Mouthfeel - thin / watery and smooth. Low carbonation and quite refreshing. Slightly course in the finish.
09-27-2009 01:39:45 | More by ecoastman
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a light chestnut colour with creamy head
Smells of malt and hops with slight floral and herbal character
Tastes of the above - well balanced
Mouthfeel is adequate for the sztyle - a bit flat
Yes definitely drinkable but not great will try again though
09-11-2009 18:36:25 | More by DerBayer
United Kingdom (England)
1.88/5 rDev -50%
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.
09-05-2009 21:45:00 | More by crowncapcollect
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
On Cask, served at what appeared to be slightly above room temperature, at The Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow, Scotland, April 20, 2009:
A: The beer appeared a dark copper-ish color with a decent white head that was not well retained.
S: Malty aroma, with a hint of a buttery/bready aroma as well. A touch of hops could also be detected as well as a hint of smokiness.
T: The taste was good, a nice well rounded malt flavor to it, with a little hint of sweetness and a slight bitter aftertaste.
M/D: The beer had a medium body to it, the carbonation was not noticeable, due to the cask, very smooth, creamy and one could drink this all day long. Overall, a good beer and one that I will try again when given the chance.
04-30-2009 18:18:09 | More by PhillyStyle
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
04-23-2009 17:29:08 | More by bobsy
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Picked up a 500 mL can of this. And, I got to learn a fun fact about the old Scottish shilling system from Wikipedia! Apparently by being an 80 shilling beer this is "export" class, going back to 19th century barrel-pricing by alcohol content standards. I have no idea how the step below is called "heavy" but the step above is called "wee heavy", but that's Scottish terminology for you.
Pours a nice dark brown with amber hilights, a decent-sized beige head that faded away. Smells pretty good - caramel, chocolate, malty, with a bit of rough smokiness too.
Pretty tasty, too - chocolate, malt, toastiness, but altogether the ideal word would be smooth. Goes down just as velvety smooth, a bit of a hoppy tinge, altogether well-balanced mouthfeel. Hugely drinkable, especially given the creaminess and the relatively low alcohol content, you can pound back one of these like a dessert.
Altogether a well-made, tasty beer.
04-14-2009 19:04:23 | More by atomicbolt
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
500 mL bottle. I bought this on holiday in Scotland--had to try it while there. Unfortunately I had no proper glass though so I drank it straight from the bottle.
Smells great--of buttery malts.
The malt taste comes through nicely, caramelized sweetness, not fruity or grainy, just nice and balanced.
Feels great on the mouth (wish I'd had a proper glass to release more of the mouthfeel).
High drinkability. Would love to try again from a different serving type.
04-11-2009 16:23:24 | More by fullsweep
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
03-15-2009 01:31:11 | More by TheHammer
Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.