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Caledonian Deuchars Imperial

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


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Cask; Special.
Brewed to commemorate 21 years of Robert Deuchar’s inspirational Pale India Ale being reborn at The Caledonian Brewery.
Sparkling golden pale beer, lemon citrus and grapefruit on the nose. Lemon sherbet on the tongue followed by a luscious mouthfeel of zesty tingling and ending with a lingering dry bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (1046) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2014
Bottle from Vino Wines. Clear amber body with a thick white head. Steady carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma of earth, biscuit and sorrel. Flavour of grass, earthy hops, butterscotch and a dull floral quality. Thin body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Soft fizz. There’s nothing imperial about this whatsoever. Although it’s not as bad as I thought it might be, I couldn’t finish the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mighty_meadow (145) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - MAR 13, 2014
Pours like a slightly darker lager with quite a large head. Smells fresh, grassy, slightly citrus. Tastes sweet, herby, cloves(?) and a very small hint of liquorice. Finishes sweet with just a hint of orange marmalade. Almost perfect mouth feel. Leaves you wanting more, more, more.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zimbo (482) - SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Off white head. Crystalline light gold colour. Dirty nose. Generic beer taste. A bit fizzy. A bit green to the taste. Pretty poor really. If this the best that Heineken can get from the Caledonian brewery then they really need to sell it to someone who cares because this is just unacceptable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
allmyvinyl (2165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2014
500ml bottle at home, Sainsbury’s I think. Pours clear gold, thin white head. If there’s grapefruit in this I can’t find it behind the butterscotch. Honey malt flavours perhaps a hint of lemon. Sticky sweet finish. Not very nice. And as Jim Royle might say, "Imperial my arse!"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (613) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle quality save. Amber colour foamy white head. Aroma is floral toffee malts. Taste is slight hops floral sweet malts good bitter finish. Medium body low carbonation. I liked this way better than there ipa offering!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MalcolmTucker (669) - SCOTLAND - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle. Typical Caledonian malt flavour with minimal hop character towards the end. Boring but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottled 14/12/13. A golden coloured beer with an off-white head and lace. Sweetness seems to dominate with some toffee. Very typical Caledonian. A bit of extra body. Unexpected zesty fruitiness late on. Drinkable enough. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Philym (692) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Appearance: Clear amber with 2 finger thick white head. Aroma: Toast, burnt malt, citrus notes with subtle caramel. Taste: Low sweetness, medium bitter and sourness. Palate: Fairly thick grainy texture, light body, average/prickly carbonation, dry/sour/bitter burnt malty lingering finish with light citrus. Comments: Tasty and glass lace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
worldbeertaste (1546) - AUSTRIA - DEC 1, 2013
Clear gold with a thin, white, lacy lasting head. Smells of caramel and floral, fruity malt. Medium soft body. Tastes of nice floral and caramel malt. Dry and hop to the end. Lots of malt and fruitiness. A easy to drink and enjoyable bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
500ml Bottle: BBD 31st Mar 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 22nd Oct 13 during a random beer evening at home with myself. Poured a clean golden yellow with a thin white covering for a head. The aroma stretched from citrusy hops to caramel maltiness with traces of toffee and floral notes in between. The taste was also a mixture of flavours: no clear dominant feel, hop dry and bitter towards the end of each sip with a sweeter, maltier front. Delicate and subtle more than robust or strong flavoured, this isn’t to be rushed: that way the beer can be fully appreciated: I detected both honey and vanilla notes within the sweetness and nutty, earthy hints in the dryness. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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