Cauld Reekie | Stewart Brewing Ltd

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Cauld ReekieCauld Reekie

Brewed by:
Stewart Brewing Ltd
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by biboergosum on 06-26-2012

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Stewart Brewing of Edinburgh, Scotland through the LCBO, Bucky bought a 500 ml bottle of Cauld Reekie Stout. 6.2% ABV with a ‘best before’ date of August 2017 printed on the back label.

Cauld Reekie poured an opaque near-black colour, with cola coloured edges when backlit. Pouring produced about ½” of beige head that slowly faded away over the next 4-5 minutes, leaving a collar and thin film of foam that left some sporadic lacing down the far side of the glass. Its aroma was a mix of caramel, chocolate milk, dark-roast coffee and vanilla…tempting stuff. The taste was sweet up front with caramel, milk chocolate and a touch of vanilla coming through, finishing with a mild dark-roast coffee bitterness. The dark-roast bitterness lingered on the palate for a few seconds, but then was gone. Cauld Reekie had a soft and silky mouthfeel with a nearly non-existent carbonation level that works well for the beer, and is medium bodied. Bucky’s first venture into the beers of Stewart Brewing, and based on Cauld Reekie he looks forward to sampling another of their beers. Selling for $4.90 per 500 ml bottle at the time of writing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with sweet liquorice notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also a mix of sweet liquorice notes with some light roasted malt notes and sweet chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Enjoyable stout though on the sweeter side of the style.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky, deep brown cola colour - not quite black, but certainly opaque. It is topped off with nearly two fingers of loose, beige-coloured head that gradually seeps away over the next five minutes or so, eventually leaving behind a wide, bubbly collar and a thin cap. Uneven patches of lace are scattered around the inner circumference of the glass. Somewhat fruity on the nose, with notes of red licorice, prunes and cherries surprisingly manage to outdo the more traditionally "stouty" features, such as molasses sweetness and cocoa. Subtle hints of vanilla and anise also rise to the surface as it warms.

Not a bad stout, though the roasted malts come off quite muted compared to most other examples. Rather, it is sweet notes of molasses and treacle that are allowed to dominate, overlapping fruity undertones of plum and black cherry. Dark chocolate and vanilla are minor contributors, showing up only during the finish, which also features some earthy, herbal hop bitterness. Ends with a touch of blunted licorice spice and roasted malt; hints of coffee ground slowly percolate on the palate, only showing up a few moments after each sip has been swallowed. Medium-bodied, with light carbonation levels and a soft, silky-smooth feel on the palate. Highly drinkable for the abv - the alcohol does not quite cross the perceptibility threshold, and this stout's excellent balance makes it hard to stop sipping.

Final Grade: 3.78, a B+. Stewart Brewing's Cauld Reekie is a pretty good stout, but "superior" might be a bit too superlative. I was expecting a much more roasted malt-heavy experience, but truthfully this stout has very little of that - and by my personal tastes, that's a bit of a bummer. While it may not be particularly tailored towards my preferences, or worth going out your way for, it's still quite well-made, with flavours that harmonize nicely. A solid way to celebrate Stout Day 2015.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Guinness shaker pint. Purchased for about $5 CDN from the LCBO.

Appearance - very very dark cola brown beer poured, nearly black. Nice finger or so of head on top, minimal retention and no lacing.

Smell - aromatic, plenty of dark fruits like plums and prunes, a hint of Lear for good measure. Some sweet chocolate and maybe a hint of liquorice, but the fruit is the star.

Taste - pretty yummy with the flavours not quite as bold as I would've expected. Still equal parts dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, black liquorice, and coffee make for a tasty brew. Improves considerably as it warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick with a bit of an oily characteristic, but simultaneously the body is a little thin. Would have loved this to be a bit chewier.

Overall - almost a superior stout. Cauld Reekie has plenty of flavor and interesting mix of aromas and is just a very good stout all around. With a more intense flavor profile, I could probably call it one of my favourite stouts but the body seems just a touch thin for something that could be packing so much punch.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black, thumb of head with some retention and no real lacing. Nose is malted milk and musty cocoa with toasted bread. Flavour is much the same with malted chocolates and burnt toast with hints of leafy greens. A tasty brew but not something I would go out of my way to procure.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO 500 ml bottle for just under the $7.00 mark. Served at 8deg C in a goblet. Time for the goblet to get some work LOL

A- Opens with a mighty pop which I never expected in a stout. Pours almost no head at all and it's gone in seconds. Very dark almost black colour.

S- Very interesting bubble gum scent so you know the hop..... Utopia Jane! Funny thing though as the hop scent is rather powerful as soon as you pour it. 5mins later it's almost gone and replaced by chocolate and malt.

T- Slightly smoky. Molasses and heavy caramel. Hint of clove. This one reminds me of a Scandinavian stout. Has very little bitterness to it. Starts out a good stout but then just falls off in the mouth fast to something light. Not a big bold stout. More English mild like stout which is where this brew is from. There is a touch of chocolate however not like it smells 5mins after pouring.

M- Kind of watery but with these low alcohol stouts this is the general style.

O- Pretty good brew. Won't buy again but am glad I did get a chance to try it. English stouts just are not my thing overall. Sure they are good in their own right but just not for me for regular enjoyment that's all.

Food Pairing

This pretty good light stout went well with....... Very heavy flavored cheeses and a palate breaker like a chili jelly and poached pear or quince.


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Photo of biegaman
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Advertised by the brewery as "the perfect winter warmer" Cauld Reekie does indeed looks suited to cold weather drinking; its body is pitch-black and adorns the glass with a few little snowflakes of glistening lace. I have to hold it directly into the light to notice the sediment but it's definitely in there.

Beyond the roasted malts and iced coffee undertones is just the faintest degree of spiced fruitcake. Blindfolded I might have guessed it a Baltic Porter owing to the plum and currant notes that lend a faint Port-like complexion to the aroma. There's a very perceptible black licorice presence too.

If we were to arbitrarily (unfairly) divide all stouts into two camps - those that are simple and 'sessionable' and those that are rich and robust - Cauld Reekie falls almost exactly halfway between the two. It has dark chocolate and mocha cake flavours but they don't exactly drown the palate.

In fact, it's the licorice taste as well as slightly sweeter vanilla, dark caramel and dried fruit notes that are most impressionable (coffee grinds are a distant runner up). Some sips seem stronger than the stated 6.2% while others are more lightweight; flavours are substantial but the mouthfeel is smooth.

Scottish microbreweries aren't really yet on anyone's radar but, mark my words, it's only a matter of time. I've tried a few offerings from Stewart and most have impressed. Cauld Reekie is a solid offering, the kind of stout a brewery can really hang their hat on. It's a good one for those interested in craft beer but will equally suit the mainstream. I'd be difficult to find a stout drinker that doesn't like it.

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Photo of mmapes
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traded from Craig - thanks.

Bottle says it's a full bodied contemporary stout from "Scottish Dark Ale Malts." My bottle is the 2011 batch, drunk in late 2012.

Pours dark brown, nearly black, with very little head. Strong smell of carmel/vanilla malt, maybe a hint of dried fruit.

On first sip, the dried fruit comes forward. It's brighter than you'd guess from the look and smell. Light/medium body -- so a little watery for a stout. Hops are more noticeable to me than they were to the previous reviewer, but this is mostly a malty stout. Strongly grainy.

Would buy again (if we could) - a refreshing, drinkable malty beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, cheers to the good folks at Noseworthy Imports, and Sherbrooke Liquor store for the sample. 'Cauld Reekie' is apparently a play on 'Auld Reekie', a popular term for the city of Edinburgh, i.e., 'Cold Stinker', vs. "Old Stinker" - nice.

This beer pours an opaque black, with cola edges when exposed to backlighting, and two fingers of frothy and foamy beige head, which settles somewhat in a hurry, leaving a low broken berm of lace around the glass in the process.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, rich bittersweet chocolate, a bit of boozy vanilla, some tart black fruit, and leafy and earthy hops. The taste is dark, vaguely sour caramel malt, some backed-off baker's chocolate, woody vanilla, very faint coffee grounds, a bit of dry anise, and pretty tame leafy hops for an offering with a purported 65 IBUs.

The bubbles are very, very subtle, and almost an afterthought, the body medium-light in weight for the style, and conversely, appropriately, dead smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt still large and in charge, aided and abetted by the fruit and licorice notes, and not so much by the lame hop addenda.

Since there's no Scottish Stout category here, English it is (ducks reflexively), despite the proclaimed Scottish malts, Scottish water, and um, Scottish passion. All that aside, this could be a slightly uneven chocolate bomb of a stout, from almost anywhere - I'm not getting any specifically Scottish malty tones, though the lack of expected hop character flips that argument on its head. Huh. Let's just call it a British stout, and drink it, enjoying the cheeky slanted cocoa, vanilla, and licorice tendencies.

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Cauld Reekie from Stewart Brewing Ltd
3.79 out of 5 based on 26 ratings.
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