Tuesday, 14 November 2017

499: Caledonian – Edinburgh Castle

20171027_193901What they say: “We shook hands and made the deal with Historic Scotland, allowing us to use the world-famous landmark and its name for our 80 Shilling Ale. Without doubt, this is an Edinburgh icon both inside and out……Since the 1880s beer brewed in Scotland had been categorised by the shilling wholesale price per hogshead. The shilling system is one of Scotland’s contributions to brewing history. Edinburgh Castle writes another delicious page in that history…….Brewed with no less than five malts this russet brown classic has a malty caramel and fruity aroma and a superb creamy head. Its complex bittersweet and satisfying malt flavours deliver a soft hoppy finish that’s dry and spicy…….This malty Scottish ale is well suited to great pub food, especially red meat dishes, pies and broths. Smooth, creamy and very easy on the palate, this is a satisfying long drink that hits the mark.”

Yep, that fruityness was a bit off putting for me and it was more hoppy than my awkward palate prefers. Clearly the long journey south didn’t do it any harm though – it was in excellent condition. 4.1% A.B.V

The Swan Inn, Denham, Buckinghamshire. October 2017