Caledonian 80/-
The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Scottish Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #28,091
3.81 | pDev: 15.49%
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
Caledonian 80/-Caledonian 80/-
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fisherman34 from Canada (MB)

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Canned sample. Dark amber / light brown in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of mild fruit, minerals, and a bit of chocolate. More mild fruit in the mouth along with notes of roasted malt, a bit of caramel, and some interesting fruity-earthy hop combo. Medium body. An above average canned bitter. A nice surprise from the Kenora LCBO.

Aug 02, 2006
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No fancy nitro widgit in this can...the pour gave me a tawny-copper colored clear ale with a nice frothy 1 finger cap that lasted well and laced the glass ( the result of wheat protiens). Modest carbonation. More like a cask version of this standard Scottish ale than the nitro engine steroid version.

Aroma: Toasty grainy, caramel sweetness with a nice herbal medicinal hop twang.

Body: Medium and very silky smooth

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Taste profile: The malts show up early where a nice chewy dose of toasty amber, golden, black and crystal malts meet the palate....the hop mixture of fuggles and a couple of golding varieties give a nice "grassy" decernment that rides along slightly in the back of the malt mixture...the finish goes dry with ( I'm sure) some detectable unmalted wheat and the whitbread goldings providing a medicinal bittering. Not a harsh but mellow type of dry finish...wonderful!

There are few ales I find this extremely drinkable.

A very well put together ale just made for sessions.

Feb 19, 2006
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francisweizen from Alaska

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ;-)

Nov 18, 2004
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slitherySOB from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alot of my buddies drink this beer straight from the can. So have I, and decided to give it a proper review. Pours from the can a deep, rich amber with about a two finger head. The head ever so slowly disipates, leaving a small amount of lace. Herbal hop scent upfront, with some malt, toffee and caramel lingering in the nose. Taste is light and sweet. Some toffee and caramel candy, slight bready taste, and enough grassy and herbal bitterness to make it refreshing. Bes of all, this is a smooth beer. It's almost like drinking homogenized milk smooth. Creamy, delicious, full body and nice. Very drinkable, both as a session beer and as a complex beer as well. Overall, delicious.

Sep 26, 2006
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lackenhauser from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Jun 20, 2003
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: sparkly copper brown, great clarity, dense layerof off-white spongey foam, excellent head retention, some lace

Aroma: rich malt character with an edge of roast, chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla, smoke

Flavor: full maltiness without being sweet; faint acidity; roast burnt cinnamon, bananas, herbal hop flavor; mild but hard bitterness; finishes dryish with an aftertaste of burnt caramel and hop leaves

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, mild carbonation, surprisingly crisp

Other comments: I was surprised at how crisp and hoppy this beer is(relatively speaking for a Scotch ale). It's good, don't get me wrong, I was just expecting it to be more malt heavy. Deuchars IPA is still my favorite of their range and one of my top UK beers.

Aug 24, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Mar 07, 2006
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at a local bar

Pours with a light amber body, slightly creamy, thinish head

Smell, hint of fruit, some nice esters coming off, phenols

Taste, dry and slight hint of musk, esters of fruit

Quite a good scottish ale, not too sweet, quite well balanced overall

Oct 08, 2004
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JustinBathurst from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark ruby-brown with a small tan head that mostly stays as lace.

Aroma is extremely grainy and malty. Smells roasted. Smells sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery with low carbonation, true to style.

The taste is roasted malt, burnt cookies, a bit of sweet cola, a slight hoppy finish, and diluted lemon juice.

All in all, a nice ale.

Sep 08, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Jan 29, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-lake, it went great with the Shephard's pie.

Its an intense bronze amber color. An impenetrable collar of tan foam drapes the glass in lace. The aroma is a malt fest with plenty of caramel, fruitcake, cookie dough and peat. The taste is fruity with some smokey notes and a slight grainy astrigency. Hops are very light. The mouthfeel is very full bodied and creamy with carbonation, its almost like this is a nitro tap. Lingering malt makes up the finish.

This is a great Scottish ale, especially on tap. Its redolent with many malt flavors. Try it if you ever make your way to the Angel Inn.

Dec 31, 2005
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Doiv from England

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

I loved this in can form, lets see how it holds up in the bottle:

500ml brown bottle. Pours a dark copper colour with an off-white head that leaves nice rings of lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malts, citrus fruits, and caramel. All very powerful.

Taste is roasted aswell, with caramel, coffee, and many smooth ambiguous hints that make it very complex to review. Slightly citrus bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, and it drinks brilliantly.

Jun 04, 2004
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Dec 15, 2005
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mattcrill from Ohio

3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bugsy's in St. Catherine's, Ontario.

Appearance: carmel brown with a nice vanilla-colored head. There must be something about the beer here in Canada but this is another one that leaves awesome lacings down the glass.

Smell: sweet cream. Not overpowering but just a nice sweet smell to it. Understated like vanilla ice cream.

Taste: A mild malt flavor. Toasted and carmel-like but again, not overstated.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy. This had some nice body to it.

Drinkability: Very easy and smooth. This malty beer balanced out the brewhouse chili. The sweetness of the beer balanced out the spice of the chili.

A good but not great beer

Nov 16, 2004
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ericj551 from Canada (AB)

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Mar 03, 2010
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JohnfromDublin from Ireland

3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on October 20, 2006 best by 20 Apr 07. A 500 ml bottle and I notice that the front label only Caledonian 80 (having dropped the /- that makes it 80 shillings). Back label says Caledonian 80/- (ABV as 4.1%).
Poured a nice russet brown clear brew with a nice tan head. Leaves lacing on the glass.
Smell fairly subdued; some hops.
Tastes pretty good, hoppy with malts and a slight metallic touch.
Mouthfeel slightly syrupy.
A nice drinkable ale. Caledonian Brewery is always pretty reliable.

Oct 23, 2006
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DrJay from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Jul 06, 2004
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Feb 03, 2006
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tatterdash from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery red with an expansive tightly packed off-white head that is here to say for the night. The aroma is lots of malt, some toffee, and a bit of wood and smoke. Finally, after months upon months of hoppy beer madness (which I definitely love), it is nice to finally have a malty scotch ale to welcome the fall. Sweet malty front, getting plesantly woody and Fruity (mainly raisins) in the middle, with some mild hops and raisins creeping in at the end. Mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat thin, and not cloyingly sticky. I am looking forward to the fall, and hope to try more fine ales like this.

Sep 07, 2006
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bloberglawp from Canada (QC)

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at fish restaurant in Ontario.

A murky cooperish brown, thin head and little lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and biscuit. Flavor is of dark caramel malts and a faint hint of bitterness.

Tha hop presence is just enough to make you not call this ale to malty-sweet. A rather delicious ale to complement fish and chips.

May 29, 2008
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Bestuurder from Canada (ON)

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber colouration. A frothy white, smooth head, with excellent lacing throughout the glass.
Hoppy aroma, with a well balanced bitterness aroma, as well as taste.
Full bodied and unforceful to the palate. Ambitious drive of flavours.
Easy to drink; eventful is all I can say. More and more, it will be the same. Another round for me and boys would be nice?

Mar 07, 2008
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wl0307 from England

4/5  rDev +5%
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~~

Oct 10, 2005
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

Jan 31, 2006
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear coppery red with a thick, foamy head. Lots of little bubbles rising. All sorts of lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Roasty and malty. Almost stout-like (but a bit milder).

Taste: Some light coffee-like flavours and some sweetness. Nice fruitiness as well. Some bitterness later in the drink, but it doesn't linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body than I expected. Not bad though. Maybe the nitro versions are better (my can seems like a normal can).

Drinkability: Good. Easy to drink, and not at all heavy.

Jan 05, 2006
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jayc333 from Canada (ON)

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

Poured a dark amber with over a finger of off-white head. Many tiny bubbles rise to the top slowly. The head lasted throughout.

Sweet smelling with hints of caramel and biscuits, which is balanced with what I can only describe as more of a dank hop character.

All aspects of the smell are in the taste, but are also accompanied with a nutty profile. A somewhat burnt aftertaste follows.

Thin and watery mouthfeel with a little too much carbonation. Maybe that's just me though, as I have been drinking more draught lately.

Pretty damn good. A nice change of Scottish beers for me because I'm so used to drinking Wee Heavies.

Mar 10, 2006
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