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Bulldog Strong Ale - The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Suds on 10-11-2002

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up recently from a B&M store - dirt cheap. Some of the label is in Italian, suggesting that this usually gets exported to Italy. It mentions that this ale undergoes 'warm conditioning', followed by dry hopping.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Nice lacing trails down the glass. Aroma of weak caramel malt, fruity ale yeast, earthiness and mild stewed leaves. A twinge of sourness in the background, similar to natural yoghurt. Uninspired.

Tastes of subtle caramel malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of fruity ale yeast, grain, faint earthiness, stewed leaves and a hint of cardboard. Well-attenuated and slightly acrid, with a twinge of solventy booze in the background. A delicate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a nice, creamy body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity ale yeast, stewed leaves and cardboard.

Hmmmm so-so. Perhaps a tad old. It looks tasty, with flawless carbonation and a great head. However, the aroma and flavour are rather dull and one-dimensional. Ale yeast dominates - I suspect that the fruitiness and solvent hints might be due to the warm maturation described on the label. Good body, but not good enough to save this from being mediocre. An enhanced hop character would improve things. Worth trying at the price I paid, but I'd probably pass on this in the future. No need to hunt it down.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

Enjoyed in Italy.

A: Pours a dark orange to amber color. Clear. Forms a medium yellow creamy and persistent head. Lots of spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Strong caramel in the nose. Quite fruity too. Notes of wood and scotch. flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Quite bitter end. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, wood, scotch malts. Nice bitter stingy end

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Hoppy bitter end

O: Good drinkability. Good scotch malt character. Not bad

Photo of djura
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it from Italy.

A - Honey orange color with decent amount of bubbles and nice white to brown thin foam.

S - Not so strong smell of sweet malt and fruits

T/M - I thing that 2 bottle in a row will be enough. Very bitter after, and extremely positive aroma of apricot and quince. Medium to low sweeter taste with medium carbonation.

O - This is award winning strong ale, and it deserve to be.

Photo of vsls
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ramicek
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[bottle & tap]

good appearence. nice head which fades slowly and rather dense-looking body.

the smell is sweet, and such is the taste.
dried fruits, caramel with a hint of alchool. actually, probably a bit too sweet for the style, but still not unpleasant and finely rebalanced by the hops.

high drinkability, i definitely like it.

Photo of dolzan
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a golden coloured ale, with a head that quickly vanishes down to a thin layer. I found the taste a bit strong, like too much alcohol would make a heavy impact on the palate. Mostly sweet, just barely a taste of the balancing bitterness. A bit different, but not something I'd look forward to returning to.

Photo of adamette
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a single 300 ml bottle purchased at a grocery store in Lido, Italy for 0.99 Euro into a clean, clear glass on 6 17 09.

A Translucent brown body under a minimal 1 cm head.

S Apricot! Other dark fruits may have been detected such as raisin. I also smell a bit of alcohol. Interesting and inviting.

T Sweet Apricot thankfully carries right over into the taste. Really, quite interesting.

M Moderate feel with the dark fruit and reasonably high ABV.

D Good due at least to the nice fruit smell and taste.

Notes: A pleasant surprise!

Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this brew from a supermarket in Italy. It's a light honey-colored liquid with a slight head. The head, however, is white and produces an remarkable sheen of lace. The beer has a mildly sweet smell, which is punctuated by a malt character. The flavor is of bread and caramel, but a hint of butterscotch in the background. The beer has a medium body, but a nice balance. It has a bit more sweetness and warming than the ABV would suggest. There's a little hop bitterness in the finish, but it's a little shy. This is a nice, relaxing, sit around brew. I'd go to this one again for sure.

Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From my notes 6/10/07 pours a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Malty/fruity nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is malty with a malty/cidery finish. Brewed Oct 31, 2006. €4 ($5.48) for a 330ml bottle from the Holiday Inn Venice, Italy

Photo of benmiliron
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.79 euro for a bottle. Good color. Perfectly transparent, a light smoked blond color. Smells ok, heavy sweetness, some astringent. Smell is eliminated very fast with the first taste. Very strong taste, musty, alcohol, resin, almost like a bit of scotch was added. Different, but not too good. Mouthfeel is creamy and watery at the same time. Former from the excellent carbonation characteristics, latter from the excessive alcohol with nothing much else to back it up.

Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper body with a sticky, medium-sized, dirty white head. Good lacing. Smells of vague sweet dried fruits, mixed with toffee and buttery bread malts. Faint hops, and some alcohol as well. Taste starts with toasted, anise-edged toffee malts. Turns to fruity, estery fruitiness before moderately bitter hops try to balance it all. Finish is mostly sweet with trace spicy bitterness. Medium bodied, kinda chewy, like toffee I guess. Not bad.

Photo of Crosling
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy.


Mildly aromatic with notes of mollasses, caramel, pit fruit, butter and alcohol.

Biscuit like malt provides a dry and nutty character throughout while other notes of banana esters, apples and toffee are present. Medium bodied. A pleasant offering.

Photo of John
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange gold color. Persistent layer of tight foam lasts until the end. Fruit (white grape) and sticky bread dough dominate the aroma. The fruitiness is carried over to the flavor along with some toasted malt and caramel. The yeast also lends it's fairly clean character. Hops contribute to a dry finish. A respectable effort toward a traditional strong ale.

Bulldog Strong Ale from The Caledonian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.