Caledonian 80/- ABV 4.1%

Since the 1880s beer brewed in Scotland had been categorised by the shilling wholesale price per hogshead, a barrel of 54 gallons. 80/- shilling beers were beers of the highest quality brewed for the markets of North East England and export. 80/- shilling or Export is comparable to the category of Best Bitters in England. The shilling system is recognised as one of Scotland's contributions to the overall history of brewing. 40/- ale was a very light beer often supplied to farmhands. 50/- and 60/- beers were also reasonably light and mild. 70/-, 80/- and 90/- were progressively stronger, export-quality beers. The shilling system continued to be used to indicate the beers’ quality and was legally recognised in 1914.

The scoop

‘A predominately malty, tawny beer with caramel and roast notes throughout. Smooth and rounded with a sweet taste that dries in the finish.’ The Good Beer Guide, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)

‘The russet-brown colour of autumn leaves. Robustly malty-fruity aroma, with suggestions of raspberry, smooth and creamy…. Very easily drinkable’

Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter

CAMRA inaugural Champion Beer of Scotland.

Tasting notes

Brewed with three different varieties of hop and a multitude of malts, Caledonian 80/- has hidden depths. Satisfying and timeless, this beer is the essence of Scotland in a glass.

The definitive classic 80/- ale: full-bodied, complex malt and hop flavours, dry but spicy. Characterised by a superb creamy head and hoppy finish.

Food match

As this is a malty Scottish ale it is well suited to all manner of great pub food, and complements red meat dishes, pies and hearty soups. For those looking for a more satisfying long drink this beer hits the mark, being smooth, creamy and very easy on the palate.

Caledonian 80/- at home

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Scottish Beer Shop LogoRusset brown, smooth and creamy with a malty/fruity aroma. The definitive 80/- ale, full bodied, complex malt & hop flavours, dry but spicy. Characterised by a superb creamy head and soft hoppy finish. Caledonian 80/- is available in 500ml bottles. You can pop out and buy some, click here for stockists.