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Caledonian Chocolate Drop

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
Cask; Seasonal - Spring. Originally a special in March 2008.
A bit of a malt teaser for Easter.
An attractive chocolate colour and luscious, silky chocolate flavour, crammed with hints of malt, roast and caramel.
Ingredients: Malt; Challenger, Golding and Willamette hops; Organic chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1568) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2011
First tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley in April 2008. Cask, handpump dispense.Dark plum red in colour with a thin white head. Whiff of drinking chocolate powder in the dusty aroma. Smooth but thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a sweet buttery caramel flavour laced with smooth melted chocolate. Slight note of hop flowers in this but aftertaste gives a roasted grain note if anything. Finish is sweet and dominant with drinking chocolate flavours. A speciality beer for having a tasting pint but would be too sickly sweet for a major session!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (42844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ Nags Head, 5 Russell Street, Reading, Berkshire, England RG1 7XD.

Clear dark red brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dusty chocolate, light caramel. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20110427]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zexpe (40) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
Unusual dark ale. Very drinkable solid offering from Caledonian. Would choose again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4190) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2011
Cask @ Bertís Bar, Edinburgh. Medium brown colour with a good head. Sour grassy chocolate malt aroma & flavour. Quite smooth. Chocolate aftertaste. Average bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4353) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 18, 2011
Cask @ Sir Walter Scott, JDW. Brown colour, tan head. Aroma is toasty, malty, bit of vegetables. Flavour is light roasty malty, bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
April 2008. Smooth dark brown ale. Dry with a very light touch of hop. A noticeable but subtle chocolate tone in the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2008
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford during their recent International beer fest. Chocolate brown with a lacy white head. Some chocolate in the aroma. A light, refreshing beer with an attractive though not stunning flavour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2025) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
[cask at Back of Beyond, Reading]Slightly worrying pink reflection from bottom of glass. Gave off such a strong chocolate aroma (american sweet candy chocolate rather than decent chocolate) that I had to move this beer some way away in order to actually be able to appreciate the other beers I had. Chocolate pronounced in taste, and oddly does actually taste like chocolate drops rather than chocolate - not sure how this is possible, and wonder if itís by autosuggestion from the beer name. Despite the chocolate flavour the beer itself is as thin and watery as the ABV suggests, with a conflicting roasted & bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink and unusual to have the chocolate flavour with a best bitter, but one canít help feeling that thereís a reason why chocolate flavour is normally only added to stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9543) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Aromas are chocolate and weetabix malts with earthy hops. Some citrus and herbal notes. Flavours are chocolate malts with roast notes and hops bitterness. Prickly towards the finish. Oily on the palate. Tasty for its strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7676) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
Cask-conditioned at the Berkeley, Bristol (JDW) 17/4/08. Medium brown coloured with a slight tan head. Sweet toffee and chocolate aroma with a hint of roastiness. Sweet flavours with plenty of chocolate and a slightly dry finish. Ok in small quantities.

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