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


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; Special - August 2009.
Its Augusts famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Everyone should enjoy these benefits. A classic dark Scottish ale. Deep mahogany colour with a superb creamy head and creamy texture. Hints of caramel and vanilla complement the slight hop tang.
Hops: WGV

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Graham77 (505) - - AUG 25, 2013
Cask at the Pot Still, Glasgow. Pretty average really. Short review as did not take notes at the time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
Dark amber. Mellow, malty, soft body, hint of toffee but generally easy-drinking. They do this every year, I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 2, 2013
on cask at the oxford bar in edinburgh. mahogany with a lingering thin head; caramel aroma; very nutty flavours with some dusty bitterness and not a whole lot else going on

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ladnewton (1880) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
Cask at the Ship Tavern, London on 6th September 2013. Dark copper with fine off-white foam. Sweet caramel and spicy aroma. Sweet biscuit malt and berry fruits in-mouth - strawberry ice cream. Sweet end with soft fruits and caramel. Mildly carbonated and a light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6488) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
August 21, 2013 - hand-pull cask at the Edgar Wallace. Lovely refractive deep burnt copper with a small frothy beige head. Aroma of light cocoa powder, dry floral bitterness and slightly fruity. Taste follows but a tad harsh - more slightly tart fruit, not much but some alcohol presence. Light body, astringent, mildly carbonated - quickish finish with a surprisingly sweet floral aftertaste. Ehh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (5254) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Cask by handpump at Camperdown Place, Glasgow - clear amber brown, thick creamy beige head, sweet malty, roasted malty aroma, poor lacing, creamy malty, fruity flavour, smooth, very drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnRMurdoch (4673) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2013
Cask @ Camperdown Place JDW. Rich chestnut brown, big foamy head. Toasted malt aroma. Bland leafy caramel malt flavour. Sour aftertaste. Very average bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dogbomb (1173) - ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2013
Cask. Dark mahogany red ale with a good cream head. Nose of dark stewed fruits. Plum, strawberry and a bit of peach. Taste is stewed plum and pear with a solid sweet malt. Decent dark ale but nothing Mindblowing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2011
[cask at Teviot Union Building, Edinburgh] The 2009 Edinburgh Festival beer, brewed by the Caley for the month of August while the festivities are ongoing. Dark, malty Scottish ale obviously brewed to be like an old-time heavy. Only slightly hoppy on the nose, its a lovely burnt sugar colour and goes down really easily. Dark and with a bit of molasses sweetness, I doubt everybody will like it, but I did. Im guessing because there wasnt much trademark diacetyl in evidence from the pint I had [11082009]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2010
Cask (handpump) at the Museum Tavern, Bloomsbury, August 2009. Could someone please have a word with the brewers at Caledonian and tell them that making beers laden with diacetyl is not a good thing. And it is not just the odd beer, it is pretty much every Caledonian beers Ive tried over last couple of years. The aroma reeks of the stuff. Creamy caramel and butterscotch toffee dominate the palate. Ugh. Not my thing at all. Looked good enough though.

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