Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Bitter
Edinburgh, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
Pasteurised versions in bottle, can and keg.

Russet-brown best bitter with a malty fruit aroma and a good balance of dryness.

worldbeertaste's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, - OCT 25, 2012
Clear dark amber with a nice fizzy, lacy, disappearing beige head. Smells of sweet caramel malt, light roast, and dry bread. Medium oily body. Sweet taste of malt, nut and caramel with notes of straw and a bitter acidic hop finish. Very average bitter with general good qualities but nothing much to stand out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hackobock (3286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2016
August 14, 2015. Bottle, as Caledonian Edinburgh Castle.Tasting at omhper, thanks for sharing!
Amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty with caramel, some dark bread, slight buttery and floral. Taste is light to medium sweet malty, light bitter with with some floral notes and a touch of citrus, a very light sour note as well. Medium bodied, average, small bubble carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (2165) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2016
Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is sweet and roasted. Body is mild, chocolate, sweet. A roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Godfather50 (176) - SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2016
Nice head but after that could have been a mass produced 80 shilling on keg. Nothing stood out but then Iím not really a fan of the malt heavy style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerViking (3984) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Bottled as Edinburgh Castle, deep brown with a big off-white head, faintly sweet malt and metal nose, gassy, sweet and lightly earthy hop-bitter on the palate, a distant metallic twang and a touch of toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
theprof (449) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Cask. Under the name Edinburgh Castle. Aroma of roasted malts and stone fruits. Chestnut brown with white foam head. Tastes earthy, malty and rich with a pleasantly refreshing aeration and cereal finish. Iím glad to get some more Caledonian beers down in Nottingham since only a few places keep Deuchars IPA and the bitter and stout are equally session worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (5169) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
Nice red brown colour. Aroma and flavour are malty with light nutty and caramel notes. Good session bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
Cask at The City Hotel, Durham, £3/pint. Good-looking red-amber beer with a smooth, off-white head. The nose has sweet cereal, buttered popcorn and a hint of tropical fruit. The palate is smooth but the taste is a little too bitter with loads of grassy hop flavours. Reasonable bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
AndySnow (6496) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
How: Bottle, as Caledonian Edinburgh Castle.
Where: Tasting at omhper, 2015-08-14.
Appearance: Light brown colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet malt, caramel, hops.
Body: Thin body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet malt, some butter, a bit of caramel and grass. Rather boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SarkyNorthener (3917) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle from homebargains, wednesbury. Mahoghany beer with medium head. Aroma is malty, some toffee and some light smoke. Taste is malty, light yeast and caramel. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (6085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2015
500ml bottle on 25th Sep 2015 during a random tasting evening with myself. Clean amber body, off-white head that didnít start deep and soon turned into a wisp and collar. Malty brew and semi-sweet in nature. Not got an 80 Shilling depth of flavour or body texture compared to what I remember when living up in Morayshire in the 1980ís but enjoyable all the same.
Earlier Rating: 5/13/2012 Total Score: 4
July 2008: Dark brown 500ml bottle, caught just before it went out of date (in three weeks). Poured into my new La Chouffe glass two and a half times. Deep, clear mahogany colour with a good foaming slightly off-white head. Looked good to me. A real chocolate aroma to it and some toasted caramel with a coffee hint too. Rich roasted malt flavour, the chocolate, caramel and coffee in the aroma are not so prominent, but they are present in the taste. This isnít a creamy thick beer, but nor is it a wishy washy thin one. It is just about right. Impressed, this is good and an ideal winter drinking beer, even at the low 4.1%, it punches well above its alcohol weight.

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