Caledonian 80/- ABV 4.1%

Beer in Scotland was traditionally categorised in shillings, according to the amount of tax charged per hogshead – a giant barrel of which contained 42 pints. 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.

Caledonian 80/- pump and pint

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

Caledonian 80/- is available in 500ml bottles. You can pop out and buy some (click here for stockists).