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Caledonian Santas Little Helper

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

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 111   ABV: 3.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - December.
Tawny, tanned appearance. Delicate hop and sweet raisin aroma. Smooth, creamy with a perfect balance of sweet and sour, a highly sessionable festive ale.
Hops: Northdown and East Kent Golding


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BlackHaddock (3515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
Hand pulled pint in my local Wetherspoon’s pub: 19th Dec 2011. The beer poured a mahogany brown colour with a good off-white head on top. The smells were weak, some malty molasses and caramels with hints of Christmas type spices. The taste was as the aromas but bland and boring, the beer being a poor, soft bitter with no life or umph. Almost didn’t finish it: but at £2.35 a pint I felt duty bound to neck it. Not be having another.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stravale (2062) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 21, 2011
Cask @ JDW Inverness
Appearance Dark amber brown, thin dense white head, good lacing.
Aroma Caledonian popcorn malt aroma, some caramel malt, faint hint of spice.
Taste Typical Caledonian malt, some bitter hops, bit of roasted malt, metallic - darker, poorer version of Deuchars
Palate Soft carb, thin body. Finish - cereal malt with a bit of a bitter and sour metallic tail.
Overall Not great. Not one of their best.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (3975) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2011
Cask @ Sir Walter Scott, JDW. Amber colour, medium off-white head. Nose is caramel malts, slight sourness, bit of fruits. Flavour is light caramel malts, a bit creamy, sour fruits, slight bitterness. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Decent enough.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3211) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Cask @ The Sir John Moore. Sour vegetable caramel malt aroma. Medium brown colour, reasonable head. Sour caramel flavour, bitter aftertaste. Similar to but worse than most of Caledonian’s bitters.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 cask at standing order ... copper ... thin tan head ... creamy caley toffee woddy nose ... light dry woody hop ... creamy caley malt ...blah

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2008
Cask, Dec 2007. Copper coloured, slightly cloudy, but with a good head. Scents of toffee malts. Carbonated, watery, with lots of sugar present, leaving a sticky mouthfeel. Moderately bitter with a dry end. Hoppy and honey present, but rather disappointingly bland. Served too cold.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Cask at the Windsor Castle, Notting Hill, 30th Dec 2007. Copper with an off-white head that subsides quickly. Hoppy aroma with a hint of liquorice. Taste has a definite herb character at first, then a good refreshing finish. Palate is a bit weak though. Enjoyable and drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 18, 2007
on cask at the york in angel. ruichly red, prune aroma, full and bready with some red berry sharpness, quite alright

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7817) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Dark chestnut; B.C. "H.". Sweet malts, bread, cacao powder. Nice hops!! Sporting an original flavour of holly leaves - appropriate! Ends wry, nearly tart. Dry-out effect! What is this? In the aftertaste, I get acorn, and yet again bitter cacao powder. Light to medium bodied. Nice beer, as light as it may be.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-A sheet of foam rests atop the reddish copper.
-Caramel maltiness reigns in an otherwise storyless aroma.
-Leafy hops and fruity caramel sweetness are politely introduced.
-The svelte body is very drinkable, and doesn’t show any thinness.

What if you dig deeper?
-Muscular leafy hop bitterness is smothered by a high caramel tide in the end.
-Competent balance is reached, but watery passages decrease my appreciation.
-Even though it lacked personality and substance, this was a nice pint of bitter.

On cask at the White Hart Inn, Edinburgh.


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