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Caledonian 80/- | The Caledonian Brewing Company

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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 seanyfo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at local wetherspoons

A: copper teak bronze in colour with 1 finger whispy head, produces good brussels lacing

S: no hops here, lots of nuts and sweet malt

T: malts are very apparent and as you let the ale linger on the tongue, lots of nutty goodness comes through giving a nice character, no hop bitterness to speak of but finishes very cleanly

M: smooth and easy drinking, average for a scottish ale, not watery

D: a classic scottish session ale.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light copper tone with a very tight nitro head which leaves thick walls of lace all down the glass. Smell is distinctly muted, the nitro really taking a toll here. Light caramel malts show, along with a minor hop note. You can tell that there's more to be had here, but the format just won't let it come through. Taste is better, deep caramel is at the forefront with roasted grains and just a touch of coffee as well. Light hop notes in the finish, with a bit of scotch as well. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but has plenty of body, and drinkability is quite good. Not bad, but I'd much rather get it without the nitro to see what it really ought to taste like.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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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 MMansfield
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Maxwell's Plum, Halifax, NS, Canada.

Appearance: A reddish copper colour with a huge frothy head. The head maintains it's lush properties for the duration of the drink.

Aroma: Not much to note here. I pick up very faint caramel notes.

Taste: Slight bitterness in the finish, but as with the aroma, lacks in flavour.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy! It's saving grace. Goes down extremely smooth, perhaps due to its lack of flavour.

Final Statement: A Scotish take on an Irish cream ale? Lackluster. Looks good, but has little flavour. Stick to Kilkenny.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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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 mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a light coppery amber colour with some orange tinges... Slightly off white head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to thin layer... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light toffee malts, peppery, nutmeg notes, lemonade hints, pine, light spicy fresh hops, some treacle notes...

Taste – Very light toffee malts, light nutty sweetness, peppery hints, earthy, light hop bitterness - all slightly underwhelming....

Feel - Quite smooth with some light spritzy notes underneath. Light bodied. Quite drinkable - would make a pretty good session beer...

Overall - An OK good beer... There's just something missing from this one - probably still worth a try though....

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Photo of shamus
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This isn't really my style of beer. It's a nice deep caramel colour and pours with a thin, quick to vanish, head.It's very malty and sweet. It starts off with some interesting flavours but leaves too much sugar in the rinse. Still it's pretty good for out of can. This isn't a completely fair trial though since I did eat a fresh basil leaf earlier which is going to throw the taste off.

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Photo of jayc333
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 allergictomacros
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 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 wl0307
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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~~

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep rich amber color with a thinner slightly off white head,sweet malt dominated aromas but that was expected,caramel and cherry with maybe a little brown suger thrown in.Mild but flavorful in my opinion caramely sweet and nicely toasted grain but some herbal/minty hop comes thru in the finsh adding to the drinkablity of this nice little ale.A real session ale here something that could be drank all night socializing.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Sampled at the Grove Inn, Leeds. Listed on the Pubs chalkboard as “Caley 80/- (4.1%) £2.05” for an Imperial Pint from the Handpump.

Appearance: Dark copper brown body with an initially firm beige colored head that settled and relaxed slowly. Creamy rings throughout the drink. Perfect conditioning for a Cask Ale.

Nose: Sweet malts with a light recessive hop character. Predominantly malty with a defined Scotch in the nose.

Taste: Just as the nose suggests, there are no surprises here. Entrance has some caramel and soft scotch sweetness, but the malts dominate this one with the dry hop aspects only coming in at the finish to round things off.

Mouthfeel: Great feel for a 4.1% Cask Ale, lots of depth in the body with some toffee chewyness probably due to the predominant malts no doubt. Not often I feel impelled to give a Cask brew 4.5 for Mouthfeel but this one certainly deserves it.

Drinkability: No worries with this one, a high end Session brew that slips down very easily.

Overall: As one of locals in the Pub retorted "Tasty stuff that Eight Bob", and it sure was a real pleasure to cross its path again. A solid performance from this Cask Ale. Recommended - well at least if you don’t mind the maltier Scotch beers that is.

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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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