Caledonian 80/- | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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Caledonian 80/-Caledonian 80/-

Brewed by:
The Caledonian Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 11-06-2000

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Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 14.9 fl. oz. can with widget. (Pub Draught Ale)

Appearance: Rich amber, clear and clean. The head is *incredibly* creamy due to the nitro-widget. Froth is light tan in colour, very sticky and lasts all the way to the bottom.

Smell: Cold, clean nose. Some soft toasty caramel aromas. Herbal hop aromas.

Taste: Smooth, oh so damn smooth. Heavenly smooth. Sweetness and consistency on the palate could be likened to a malt milk beverage. Body is medium. Malt is light but very well pronounced with light, sweet toasted caramel flavours. Hops are delicate, herbal, flowery and blend nicely with the malt profile. Beer finishes very clean with toasted/malted milk notes in the end.

Notes: I never knew a beer in a can could be so damn good? A very toasty beer, and a lovely light Scottish Ale. I'll have another please.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 500 mL can into a mug.
Colour is translucent, light reddish-orange. Largish light tan head retains nicely until almost the end. Nice lacing.
Smells of sweet malts, with oak and floral notes.
Tastes of deliciously sweet, milky cream malt, smooth, with hints of hoppy bitterness near the end. Dryish finish, but not overpowering. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, smooth as all get out. Hugely drinkable. Fantastic Scottish ale.

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Photo of kmacphail
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the benchmark beer in Scotland that all 80/- should aspire to. It is one of the few beers that is available in just about any town/city throughout Scotland, that alone is a testemony to this beer.

A nice amber pint with a thick creamy head gives off a variety of bitter sweet aromas, a mixture of nuts, caramel, hops and roast malt.

The taste is truly great, very easy to drink with a great combination of roast malt with a hint of caramel, sometimes bordering to a very slight hint of chocolate. Once swallowed this leaves a suttle refreshing hint of citrus. Not too heavy that it can't be drunk all night, but meaty enough to enjoy just a couple of. Excellent both on tap or in the bottle. One of the best beers in Scotland.

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Photo of Derek
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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Photo of DrJay
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 500-ml can into a pub ale glass.

Appearance - amber ale with a short-lived head, very little surface bubbles. Nice colour.

Smell - caramel scents permeate a nice malt aroma. Fantastic on the senses.

Taste - chocolate, caramel and even a hint of peat of all things! Ah, well, it's from Scotland. A short, dry finish marked by a punctuated hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, even mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation to keep it interesting throughout.

Drinkability - definitely a great choice. Lots of flavour and low ABV make it a great beer to keep coming back to.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of haggis
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to be able to get this at Spirithaus in Amherst and got a case in for Thanksgiving one year with a Scottish mate of mine. We polished the lot off almost before the turkey was served. This ale is very drinkable and one of the better draught cans to make it over the Atlantic. If you chill this right you simply cannot pour a bad pint. It is smooth, malty but does lack a wee bit of bite.

For an exiled Scot is simply is a must have. It is better than Belhaven Scottish Ale (the only Scottish beer you seem to be able to get on tap in the US), light years ahead of any Tennents or McEwan's product that you can get at your nearest liquor store.

If you see a can, buy it. You will not be disappointed as it truly is the closest you'll get to a REAL Scottish pint even though you're 5 hours behind the pubs in Alba. And it comes in a can.

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Photo of Bestuurder
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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?

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Photo of funkengruven
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a bronze brown with a tan head. Smell didn't really say a whole lot to me, bit of a cabbage smell actually. Taste is wonderful, mellow malts make their way to a subtle bitterness with the smoothest finish I've ever had in any brew i've tasted to this date. Exceptionally smooth and exceptionally drinkable. And this is the one in a can too. Many a day would go by in the past where I'd order this at the local pub back home. Next time I go back i'll have to review this on-tap

All i have to say is, get this. you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of crwills
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap before in Ontario, but the cask version I had (several different places) in Scotland is much, much better. Same deal in terms of flavour and aroma (still a little weak in the latter), but the near-perfect mouthfeel just makes it so much more drinkable. I fell back on this (bottles too) whenever there was nothing but Tennants available (which was sadly often).

Highly recommended.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured from the can with a very attractive creamy golden cascade, settling into a golden amber liquid topped with a creamy dollop of white head. As expected, lots of sticky lace forming rings down the glass, with great head retention.
The aroma is mainly a sweetish malt, with plenty of caramel and some toasty scent. Fruity esters are definitely apparent, lending an apple and pear sweetness, along with some floral notes. The hops are rather mild, definitely english in origin, imparting a subtle herbal aroma with a touch of citrus. A slight buttery creaminess, like the whipped butter you get with pancakes at a diner. Nicely balanced, with no detectable tinniness from the nitro.
The flavor starts out very smooth and creamy, with sweet caramel and toasty malt traveling into a moderate apple and pear fruitiness. Some mild hops make an appearnce towards the finish, with a soft herbal flavor and a touch of citric bite. Some caramel and apple flavors carry into the aftertaste, lingering and urging you to take another gulp. A bit of creamy butter flavor adds to the soft sweetness, with a suggestion of hazelnut. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, almost lactic, with tingly nitro carbonation and a light to medium body. This is an after-work pint if I've ever had one.
I'm usually not much for nitro cans, but I thought this stuff was great. The four pack was gone in one sitting. Incredibly smooth and creamy, without the characteristic nitro metallic flavor. It didn't seem deadened out from the nitrogen, either. This is one of those beers where I can't help but take long pulls from the glass, draining it way too quickly to properly savor, without another immediately after. Excellent.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty perfect bright brown. Soft off white head. This was served on nitro so the look is especially pillowy. It is a creamy, nutty (almonds), toasty concoction that is extremely pleasant to drink. Lots of brown ales are too heavily hopped, but this had some subtlety and finesse that is much appreciated.

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Photo of wjimson
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, I haven't review this beer until now, although I have been admiring this beer for a while.

My first impression of its taste was of its notable grassy, earthy maltiness. That beer was from the tap at the summer patio of the waltzing weasel in London Ontario. That was one perfect drink for the occasion.

I am having this one now in a can. The head foam did not form the intimidating roaring like other beers. Soft, and just right in carbonation to give around 3/4 inch. Dark amber, but clear.

Smells of grain husks and sour alcohol. The mouthfeel is soft and silky, carried along with the grassy and malty taste of something roasted. There could be a small amount of smoke malt as well, maybe to bring along that slight touch of sourness. The maltly flavour finishes off with a subtle and light hop finish. The drinkability is enhanced by its soft body and lower alcohol level.

A fine example of an Scottish ale.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitro-tapped at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario. Served in a Caledonian 80/- branded nonic pint glass.

Classic Caledonian amberish body under a white head; absurd amount of lace.

Lots of roasted malt in the nose, heather, oak. Perhaps a bit of coffee.

Palate has great roasted malt character (coffee), herbal hoppiness, supremely well balanced and sessionable. Much better on tap than from the can.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ericj551
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of MM3
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Caledonian 80 has a beautiful red/brown color and a small and creamy head.

The beer smells sweet and malty.

The taste is sweet and malty like the smell. There is a bit hop bitter after taste.

The mouthfeel is really smooth.

I think this beer is really easy to drink. This is because the carbonation is smooth and the taste is not very dominant.

There is a difference between the cask version of this ale and the bottled one. The cask version is a bit sweeter and smoother than the botteled beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice deep amber with a two finger creamy white head. Smell is malty sweet with some chocolate and biscuit. Taste is very sweet, but the chocolate becomes much less prominent. A slight hop finish balances this one out really nicely. The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth and the drinkability is excellent. This beer seems like a heavier one despite its low alcohol content. Overall, a really great brew and would love to have another.

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Photo of ecoastman
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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