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Caledonian Double Dark (Cask)

Brewed by Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: Stout
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask: Originally a November 2009 special. Scheduled as a Winter seasonal for December 2010/January 2011.
A modern tribute to the famous stout style of the 18th and 19th centuries. Dark roasted malt flavours with a hint of caramel and liquorice balanced with a subtle hop flavour.
Hops: Pilgrim
Malt: Barley, Wheat malt and Pinhead Oats

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (6476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Cask at the Alexander Graham Bell. Pours black, nose is creamy, chocolate, taste is similar, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (3636) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (18127) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
A - coffee and chocolate A - coke with frothy head T - sweet with some sour P - mid and soft O - o.k.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8548) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (9000) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
WASW (50) - - FEB 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3922) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 23, 2011
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.

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