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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Photo of irishkyle21
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head that keeps a thin but creamy layer above the copper colored beer. Nice lacing to boot.

Smells of toffee, caramel malts, a bit of butter and dates.

Tastes of buttery caramel popcorn (in a good way), sweet malts and a bit of bitterness in the finish.

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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 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 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 cyrenaica
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can
4.1% ABV

I tried this beer on November 3, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a very nice translucent red into the glass with a small white head. The aroma was a combination malt, hops, and nuts. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, mild carbonation, and creamy. The flavour is malt, nuts, and a slight hint of hops detectable by a slight bitterness.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason I've always passed on this, despite my love of Scottish ales. No time like the present.

Colour is not particularly tempting. A rich brown leather. Very nice tan head, two finger widths. Lacings are fairly thin.

Very nice caramel and toasted bread on the nose. A really wonderful aroma that deserves quite a bit of attention, take this one in. A little bit of fruity tartness.

Butterscotch in the mouth, a little bit of vanilla. I know this isn't oaked, but I do pick up some scotch character, similar to an Innis and Gunn. Really quite mellow, fits the definition of a scottish session ale perfectly. Caramel and toast are evident. Slightly sour finish.

Nothing bad to say about the mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth, subdued carbonation.

One of the gold standards of the style.

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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 jaz58
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is a well crafted scottish brew, I found this quite appealing. Copper red and clear in the glass with a blonde creamy head. Somewhat effervescent throughout. The nose was a good sweet malt. Mouthfeel was good. A tart malt flavour with a hint of strawberry in the finish which kind of mellowed the beer.

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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 JustinBathurst
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, copper colour with an off-white or cream coloured head about a half inch initially, reduced in time to a lacy film that coated the glass nicely. Even when almost finished, a swish of the glass brought back a frothy top. Moderate carbonation throughout with a mild watermelon or cantaloupe aroma, just a touch of floral boquet happening here. The taste is dry with balanced bitterness and a hoppy character, smooth texture and a modest, malty aftertaste. I found this a wee bit gassy but still a most enjoyable ale that is welcome in my refrigerator anytime.

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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 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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Caledonian 80/- from The Caledonian Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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