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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mick303
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut colour with decent head and good lacing. Little in the way of carbonation.

Smell has mainly caramelized malt, with a nutty aspect. some coffee

Taste is good, a nice complimenting balance of malt and bitterness on the end. Every bit a scottish ale. Not too sweet, there's a nice bitter finish on it. A nice coating semisweet maltiness. If its not especially deep, it is quite pleasing.

Mouthfeel is quite light, it is very refreshing and sessionable.

An easy drinking tasty scotch ale, doesn't try to be anything its not, and balanced quite well. Lacks a bit in body.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Kenilworth, Edinburgh

A: Cola brown. A frothy one finger head that lingers. Wondrous lacing.

S: Malts come on strong. Sweet, toffee.

T: Smooth, light, malty, a bit smokey.

M: Light, watery. Not much carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous brown sugar coloured red hued body with a thick just ever so slightly off white big bubbled head that halved quickly but kept.

A subtle aroma of toffee, pepper and tequila, have to put your nose in but its worth it.

Nice well rounded taste of bold malts sweet smacks of grain and then swept around and out with a lovely hoppy finish.

good carbonation if slightly lively
and a decent mouthfeel makes a right little treat on a cold friday night

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3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can to nonic

look -- pours a rich amber colour, 23-25*SRM. The head is good, it comes up to about two and a half fingers and falls at a reasonable rate to a cap that lasts. Little lacing. Colour of the head is off-white to cream. Clarity is very good.

smell -- a good hit of sweetness off the top. Very malty. I get caramel malt with a bit of dark, carmelized aroma in there and just a hint of smoke. Ther being said, the aroma wasn't too strong. A hint of crispness on the end, bit no real hop or yeast. Still a touch too sweet for me.

taste -- a good improvement on the nose. the leading flavour is really full caramel, which is deepened by some richer malt flavour (perhaps kettle caramelization). A hint of smoke, but no real peat flavours. Moderate hop bitterness, but no real flavour, no real yeast flavour.

feel -- medium high body and lower carbonation. There's a bit of butteriness that lends a bit of velvet feel to the finish. Finish is drier than expected.

I quite like this one, a good show for the malts, without getting too sweet. Good drinkability.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear, dark copper colour, with a thin layer of head which quickly recedes and leaves no lacing.

S - Scent is bready and malty, caramel, toffee and a hint of wooden peat.

T - The peat is very subdued and mild, the bready caramel malts dominate and a touch of leafy green hops on the finish.

M - Comes across a tad thin, could use a carbonation lift.

O - Given the style, it could easily have used a bit of a flavour boost. Too mild for my liking and by no means better than average for the style.

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3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

best before 30 06 12.

nice clear dark brown amber, only a bit of head fades quick - barely any lacing.

smell is interesting - fruit, malt aromas with a bitterness to it.

taste is nice and similar to the smell with the malt, bitterness but also some sweetness and roastiness. overall pretty easy going, but you still get some nice flavours each sip - solid offering.

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3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a translucent copper colour topped with an ample, puffy off-white head. Retention is respectable; a decent cap remains in place for the duration of the session along with some stringy lacing on the sides. The smell is subdued but pleasant; roasted caramel malts with a nutty character to them.

Flavour is similar - toasted bread and caramel malts, vanilla toffee and roasted nuts. A little smoky throughout, with some leafy hop bitterness in the dry finish. Not really sweet or bitter, there's a good balance here. Maybe it's a genetic thing that comes with my Scottish heritage but I have always liked the taste of 80/-. Medium-bodied and quite creamy with low carbonation. Due to the low alcohol and exceptional smoothness, this is a great session ale.

It's been a few years since I've had this stuff, but I think it deserves to get back in the rotation. Nothing especially complex, but a highly satisfying ale and definitely worth a try.

[Updated April 10 2014]

Another can. This is a beer I seem to purchase in spurts... it has a very smooth, gentle mouthfeel, sort of like a nitro beer, but not quite that soft as there is a noticeable mild bite. The nutty, toffee-like malts are also stronger (and tastier!) than most brews of that ilk, and it is possibly one of the most drinkable beers I've ever purchased. Caledonian 80/- isn't flashy, but it's a damn fine ale all the same.

Final Grade: 3.89, a B+.

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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour with hints of amber, it has a tanned white head with a thin bubble texture to it but is short lived.

A dark, nutty aroma to it although the smell is not the most pronounced. It has an almost smoky aroma too it and includes some mild fruit smells & a nice caramel scent too.

Not dissimilar to the the smell with a strong caramel flavour and some sort smoky taste and the back end. Again there is a nutty presence but this is only a small one at the end that is coupled with some sweet flavouring.

Medium bodied beer with a smooth texture that is appealing & is followed up by a mild tang when drank thanks to some good carbonation. Overall the drink has a nice feel to it & is very easy to drink.

Not a bad beer at all, very enjoyable & easy to savour. There is a large smoky presence to this one & the flavours are pretty nice, especially on the nose where the competing smells are very well balanced.

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