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Caledonian Edinburgh Strong Ale (Cask)

Formerly brewed at Caledonian (Heineken UK)
Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
Cask; Occasional.
Rich copper ale. Delicate hop aroma. Fascinating fusion of malt flavours and hop characters with a bold finish.
Roasted malt and Crystal malts are used to generate distinct nutty characters. Super Styrian hops from Slovenia give a satisfying bitterness and delicate citric aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (8766) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Notes found recently from a 2010 Wetherspoon Beer Festival. Not as strong a tasting bitter as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1595) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2004. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark copper in colour with a thick creamy white head. Strong malty aroma of vinous fruits and caramel. Robust creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Pale malt complex gives rich moist maltloaf with dollops of raisins, figs, banana and maple syrup. Slight note of dusty hop resins but short lived as the aftertaste becomes dry and vinous. Finish has an alcoholic brandy like warmth with hints of christmas spices to it. A Scottish strong ale in the tradition of Broughton’s Old Jock. Well recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (40833) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
From cask at Counting House as Edinburgh Strong Ale. Pours clear and golden brown with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malty, breadish and light hops fruity. Sweet malty to breadish flavoured. Distinct bitterhops note coming through giving the beer and overall bitter feel. Ends dry and bitter. Simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
downender (7958) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Van Dyke Forum, Bristol 31/10/10. Copper coloured with a frothy white head. Big aroma of butterscotch, bananas and marmalade. Flavour was sweet and sticky, with chunky caramel, more fruit and a touch of diacetyl in the finish. A bit overpowering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (6067) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
Cask at the Claude du Vall (JDW), Camberley. Definitely in the "heavy" style. Reddish gold with a dense cream head; malty aroma; a sweet chewy malt body with some apricot fruit; that hides the finish, although there is a noticable alcoholic burn. Not something I’d try again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2010
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, in ’Spoons Beer Festival ’10. Amber brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet, creamy, buttery toffee. Thick malty taste, doughy and near cloying, like a Bakewell Pudding doused in golden syrup. Any bitterness is concealed to the very last moment. Overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
[Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading] Deep copper with a small off-white head and a slight fizz. Inviting malt and toffee aroma. Sweet toffee taste with a bit of cough mixture, some peardrops and a hint of vanilla and herbs. Comforting, lasting buttery finish - I know some people here moan about "diacetyl" (what’s wrong with "butter...?"), but personally I think it works rather well in some of the stronger UK ales. Overall it’s a decent winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 3, 2010
JDW Fest Autumn 2010
Cask @ Sir John Moore, JDW. Copper colour, white head. Aroma is caramel malts, bit fruity. Flavour is malty, some fruits, slightly sweet. Slightly dry finish. Not too special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
Cask handpull at Society Rooms, JDW, Maidstone. Very deep brown/gold burnished I guess. Thick lasting cream head. It’s a strong fruity tasting ESB. Quite bitter on finish. It’s pretty good to be honest. I liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22315) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
27th October 2010
Spoons Fest! (As Edinburgh Strong Ale). Clear darkish amber beer. Residual suddy white head. Sweet malt and sweet orange dominate a light sulphur note. Palate is low carb and dry. Light tones of sweet toffee and a whisper of banana. After 20 mins of swirling and standing the sulphur is mostly gone and whats left is a flat sweet strong tangy-fruit beer. Not bad.

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