mr_h (2446) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear dark red brown, creamy tan head, some lacing, dry oaty aroma, potent initial mealtimes with subdued dry hopped finish
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th November 2009
Spoons Fest. Clear and very dark brown - red beer. Light semi soft palate, semi dry as well. Soft dark malt with an undertone of banana, bubblegum and a little peach. Finishes light and dry and minerally. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Not bad if a tad dry.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - coffee and chocolate
A - coke with frothy head
T - sweet with some sour
P - mid and soft
O - o.k.
rosenbergh (6105) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Bow Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dark reddish brown colour with tiny tan head.
Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and mild coffee in aroma.
Mild roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and dry hoppy balance in flavour. Very smooth. Dry aftertaste.
Scopey (5530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 Cask at the Prince of Wales, Aberdeen. It pours very dark brown, with ruby highlights and thin beige head. The nose is roasted malt, liquorice and some sulphur. The taste is roasted malt, charcoal, meat, liquorice, a touch of tangy dark fruit and some wood, with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Not a bad brew from Caledonian.
anders37 (15568) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The Falcon, Clapham Junction SW11. Pours a dark ruby almost black color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity roasted malty chocolate and caramel aroma. Fruity roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
WASW (50) - - FEB 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Quite light and hoppy for it’s time. Whilst there were some roasted malts to it, it lacked the richness and fullness of flavour I’d want from the style. Quite pleasant if you’re looking for a more easy-going stout.
AshtonMcCobb (2119) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Sir Walter Scott at Edinburgh Airport. Pours like a coffee with a hint of red. Cloudy with a decent head. The nose initially has a hint of rotten eggs, then dry malt or biscuits. The taste is therefore a bit of a revelation - lovely chocolate digestive biscuits. The palate is medium to full bodied, big and creamy in texture and relatively clean on the end. After a poor start, this was a surprisingly good beer.
stravale (1898) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Appearance Black with ruby light edges, thin white head.
Aroma Butter popcorn malt, chocolate, sweet roasted malts - light aroma for a stout.
Taste Chocloate, sweet dark caramel malts, light roast, bit of burnt crust, bit of Caley popcorn malt showing through. Quite bland for a stout but flavour reasonably good.
Palate Soft carb, thin body. Finish - sweet dark malt, some lingering burnt roast bitterness and slightly metallic.
Overall For a stout (at this abv) this was quite bland. Perhaps it’s more like a bitter-porter hybird, but not a great example of an oatmeal stout. I would say, though, it is better than average and one of the better Caledonian beers.
jvhemert (313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Caley Sample Rooms
AROMA: chocolate, coffee, bit burnt
APPEARANCE: black, minimal brown head
TASTE: medium bitterness, light sweetness
PALATE: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, nice bitter aftertaste
OVERALL: really well balanced stout with coffee vs chocolate, more burnt than roast, slight creaminess adds a nice touch