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 francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 ;-)

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Photo of mattcrill
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of cypressbob
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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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 Doiv
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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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 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 BeerResearcher
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this ale on tap at a hotel bar in Paris. There was no indication on the tap where it was from, so I assumed it to be French or maybe Spanish. Upon the first gulp, however, the unmistakable Scottish Ale peaty flavor shined through. The barmaid didn’t know where it was from, so I took my notes and looked it up on the net when I got home. Ah ha! Scotland! This gave me a boost in confidence that I was beginning to understand small nuances in beer styles. Miles and miles to go, but this beer sampling is a never-ending quest! Dull amber with a creamy off-white – not overly carbonated head. Sweet malt, tea and dried peat aroma. Thin herbal malt and tea like bitter hops and a lime finish. Interesting! BTW - I think 801 is an area code, though I'm not sure about that.

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Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really that good, very creamy palate, with a soft butter-toffee flavour, very light and an extremely short finish. A tiny bit peaty aswell. In the end though, a bit thin and slightly sweet, not my type of beer.

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

My tasting was a draught pint can with a widget ball, which obscured some of the ale's flavor. Much lighter than I expected of an 80/-, but, again, some of that may have been the nitrogen infusion. Very smooth, with some grape notes emerging from the malt.

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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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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
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