80/- (Eighty Shilling) - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 67
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.20% ABV

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-23-2009

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent, but a little boring. Light brown pour with little foam. Aroma of malt with some caramel. Flavor is a little watery, but still smooth and malty. Nothing overtly wrong with this beer, just low abv and associated lightness all around. (239 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copperish-light brown, low white head to sticky lacing.
Label says it's emphasis is on malts, and the smell confirms it: toasted (close to roasted) grains, biscuits, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts and some low fruitiness.
Rich malts in the taste, caramel biscuits, chocolate, not too sweet, but not too roasted either. Fruitier than the smell, but still not much: there's citrus from start to finish, also some vague berries and apple. Toffee and some dark spices, with a touch of cinnamon and cocoa powder. Roasted nuttiness. Dry leafy hops towards the finish, mildly bitter.
Body is medium, with a buttery feel. Somewhat watery, would have liked it to be a bit more creamier. Light roast and bitterness in the aftertaste, really clean.
A refreshing traditional treat. (773 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish ale that's actually made on Scotland. Novel idea.

This has some potential, but it seems to thin out not long after the initial hit. If it were a little more firm, I think it'd be better. Feel is decent. Overall this is okay. I'd like more of a punch though. (269 characters)

Photo of JayReq
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am such a fan of this brewery, and after reviewing the Fraoch Heather Ale I decided I should probably go ahead and review this while it still sat in the fridge. I served it in a pint class from a chilled bottle.

Appearance: Nothing really to it, it is a transparent dark brown color, almost a nice mahogany. Weak, foamy head that surprising lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, so that is nice. Overall a very simple beer to look at.

Smell: Sweet dark malts, definitely has some caramel in there, as well the slight hint of vanilla. There is enough there that you know you are drinking a craft ale.

Taste: This is where the beer shines. Beautiful sweetness (toffee, some chocolate and a good dash of bitterness from some hops) blends well with an earthy quality. I love the taste of this beer, though the finish is a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Not really much of one, but the taste makes up for it. Creamy texture with a nice dry finish, and this is very drinkable (it should be at 4.2% ABV!)

I have had this beer many times and was never disappointed, and it is just a nice pub beer that would fit on any decent menu. It would be great if I could get it on tap somewhere, but the bottle is fine. (1,206 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Morrisons (£1.50):
Dark mahogany brown colour with a pretty thin looking, foamy head that is light brown in colour and stays as a consistent covering.

Rich with some chocolate and darker malts initially plus some sweeter malts and a hint of caramel and toffee. There are a few lighter, caramel hops and some milk chocolate.

Sweet and milky chocolate plus some good, darker malts. The chocolate was backed up with a little spice, a nutty caramel flavour and some light hints of toffee towards the end. The beer is pretty creamy tasting and is rounded of with some earthy hops and a touch of bitterness.

Medium bodied but still fairly thick and with a good, creamy texture. There is a good smoothness to the beer and carbonation is moderate with a dry finish and some nice sweetness throughout.

Quite a nice sweet and milk chocolatey flavour that seemed more like a light milk stout than a Scottish ale but an enjoyable offering regardless and one that I'd have again. (989 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany; not much of a head, however, though it does leave quite a few dots and dashes behind

Smell: Peaty, malty, tea-like aromatics, along with nut skins

Taste: Toffee, raisins and tea, up front, with the peat developing at mid-palate; quite a bit of tartness arrives, after the swallow, along with a bitter nut skin character

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation; somewhat aqueous

Overall: I was expecting something different here, as the word "Heavy" is displayed prominently on the label; this bottle was a couple of months past its prime but I don't think that made too much of a difference (645 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this a week or so ago, for around $4 for a 0.5l bottle. Am wondering why they call it a "heavy", and 80 Shilling, when it's only 4.2% ABV... Those monikers usually denote stronger biers... Anyhow, to the quaffing...

The bier was clear, and a deep ruby/garnet - a truly lovely color! Head was tan and a bit thin, though still fine and creamy. Also had some decent lacing in the glass. Nose is mild, with some toffee and caramel, but way too light. It was fairly smooth, all in all, with a close to medium body.

Flavor has some light sweetness, with more caramel and toffee present. Nothing in the way of peaty or smoky character at all, though. In fact, the maltiness falls far short of what I expect in a scotch ale. Has some subtle intimations of fruitiness with a touch of hopping in the dry finish. Overall, a rather bland representation of the style. Should be called a "Scottish Light - 20 Shiling Beer". Prosit!

3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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Photo of gfreed
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly Scottish but not very wee heavy, this is about as thoroughly average a beer in this style as I've had. Color, aroma, taste, feel... all average. Nice, but average. Can you say "Mr. Five?" Worth a try on a chilly night in New England, but not something to save for a special occasion. Enjoy *one.* (306 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown with a cream-colred head that disappears to a skim and later a ring. No lace.

Nice nose on this one. Malt, browned stone fruit, even a whiskey barrel note, without the alcohol.

Malt forward, with nice toasted malt notes. Killer on this one is that it is watery thin in flavor. Sweet, toasty, with toffee and fruit. Ok finish, if you get much at all.

Thin thin thin. Loose, watery.

I liked this more in the beginning of the pint. Lacks depth and intensity. Drinkable and not filling, but it is a trade off. Just OK. (543 characters)

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark brown. clear, but dark. ruby highlights. brown head. good retention. good lacing.

very malty aroma. very roasty. slight hop aroma. caramel and dark chocolate. floral hop notes.

initially slightly sweet. fair malt flavor. mostly flavors of roasted malts(chocolate). no real hop flavor. slight hop bitterness, balanced with a slight roasted bitterness.

thin. soft. smooth. very drinkable. crisp finish.

this is a good beer, a little thin, but good. (456 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that quickly dissapates and leaves sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is very subtle with aromas of light burnt toffee,caramel and candied figs,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied and only average but the tastes are abit better with hints of burnt toffee,candied figs,wheatgrass,fruity malts and finished with a subtle bitterness and overall its above average and easy to knock back but wouldnt buy it again cheers. (478 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinged amber with a creamy khaki head. Definitely looks interesting.

S: Aromas of toffee, cream, vanilla, and bread are present on the nose. The smell is gentle and malty, and is definitely comparable to many other Scottish ales.

T: A smooth, rich entry gives way to notes of cream, vanilla, roasted nuts, toffee, milk chocolate, minerals, dark bread, amd earthy, mild hops. The finish is rich with flavors of earthy hops, nuts, cream, and toffee easily detected.

M: Medium bodied and on the dry side for the style. Carbonation is spritzy, somewhat distracting really. Once the carbonation dies down a bit, the beer feels a bit thin and watery, though the dryness makes up for it to a limited extent.

O: This is a decent enough Scottish ale, and would serve as a fitting introduction to the style. In the end, it doesn't bring anything new to the table and will need a bit of refinement if it is ever to stand out from the crowd. Don't pass this one up, yet don't go out of your way to find it either. (1,027 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's a pretty mahogany-garnet with sudsy thin froth above. smells of kettle caramelization and some butterscotch and maybe some husky nut. boy, that smells like wet moss on a rock under a stand of firs by a brook with a bagpipe soundtrack coming from the clouds. it actually smells a bit of pumpkin or squash, too, which is unexpected

sweet and caramelly, but hardly mouthy or big. a touch of hop flavor just because. "heavy" it is not, and probably not 80/-, either. right? but it is quaffable (and i'm not reviewing the label) (529 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a single 500mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville WI in Fall 2011 as part of a closeout sale for $1.99.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick fluffy head. Much like the ingredient list on the back, there are scent of malted barley, malted wheat, hops, and yeast which gives it an almost caramel scent. Starts out making you think this will be a heavy tasting beer with its malted ingredients like a stout but instead it finishes rather light. Drinks rather smooth as the malted ingredients really hit the taste buds. Finishes rather clean smooth. A decent beer with a rather interesting drinking experience. (617 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sniff in the bottled showed this to have a fairly penetrating richish malty nose. Poured a decent rick magnolia head revealing a failry deep brown hazy colour with an orangy sparkle. Some slight haze in there too.

On the tongue there was some just burnt caramel and medium earthiness with a sort of a red ale twist. Some sharpish acidity here with a light sour edge. Over time head thins but never comes close to disappearing as it leaves long wispy waves of head clinging around the glass.

Another Williams Brothers beer which is very likeable and with more potential than the score might indicate. But because it comes across as a sort of out of style beer, with as many red ale qualities and that of an 80, I find it hard to give it a higher recommendation. (769 characters)

Photo of Eramen
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, best before May 2012.

A - Pours an earthy brown and dark red with a tiny beige head that quickly dissipates. Leaves no trace of lacing. At this point is looks more like a glass of cola.

S - A very pleasant malt and toffee aroma, add cherry and fruits.

T - Watery in the beginning but then a rich nutty maltiness, biscuit, toffee, with a touch of fruitiness comes through; highly enjoyable. True to the style it is lightly hopped.

MF - Body is decent if not a little thin. The carbonation amplifies the rich, sweet malts.

O - This is a great session beer, but I think I'd prefer something with a little more hops. (632 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Williams Brothers Brewing Co.
Scottish Heavy Eighty Shilling Beer
Best Before July 2011 (I guess I missed that!)
500 ml. bottle; $3.99 at Whole Foods, Union Square, NY

Appearance: The clear deep-mahogany body has a ruby cast to it but appears almost black in the full pint. The head is a creamy khaki covering. The head retention is good and the lacing is quite nice, leaving lots of splashes behind as it goes.

Smell: Malty. Somewhat chocolatey. Fruity with notes of soft berries and juicy apple.

Taste: True to style, the gently chocolatey and darkly caramelish malts dominate with only hints of hops appearing here and there. There's lots of brown sugar and nuttiness to it; and some underlying spent-hop character that's kind of leafy. There's a nice bit of yeasty fruitiness (berries, raisins) to it as well, which helps to balance it, and it finishes fairly dry with some residual toffee and nuttiness as the malt fades.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and supple; more towards the lighter end of the style. Fairly smooth across the palate with a gentle bristle from the median carbonation.

Overall: Flavorful. Far from overdone. Highly drinkable. A great session ale. (1,172 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down yet left lacing and a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some nutty flavors and a slight amount of initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a sitting because it’s not very filling. (673 characters)

Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours an attractive deep brown with a fairly substantial off-white head. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel with a bit of earthy, peaty malts. Coffee and brown sugar finish off the nose. The taste is a bit watery at first, but pulls through at the finish with nice caramel malts with just a touch of peat, some coffee and chocolate, and a bit of earthy hops and fruits. The mouthfeel is nice, it's coating at first and then finishes drying. The drinkability is very good. Overall, an enjoyable beer that's very drinkable. (579 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mid sized bottle, "best before date Jul 2011"

Pours murky, very dark brown, under a super long lasting medium khaki head, nicely creamy, dense and then leaves ample strands and ribbons of fine lace.

Caramel sweet nose.

Things start to go a bit down hill with the first few sips....where is the flavor...def on the thin side on flavor and mouthfeel/body.

Thin caramel note, lighter malts, vanilla all picked up. Slight astringincy in the finish. Easy drinking and highly sessionable at 4.2%.

Ehh, nothing special, lacking in any sort of depth of flavor and complexity... (574 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a lighter "Heavy" that is for sure,is this the traditional way of the style?Poured into an imperial nonic a rich mahogany with beige colored 1/2 finger head that faded quickly,the rich color got the high mark.Caramel toffee aromas along with some brown sugar and a slight metallic note.Lighter feel for such a rich looking beer,I know the abv. is low but I was expecting a little more richness and fullness.Very malt accented to be expected,caramel and firm toffee to go along with lightly sweet biscuit malt element.Its not overly sweet and its not smokey like most American versions of the style,but its not nearly as rich and/or complex either. (655 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, very-easy-drinking, exceptionally clean 80/- from a brewery whose ales I didn't realize I've had before (their historic gruit ales like Alba and Fraoch).

Astonishingly dark - a deep copper/ruby - wasn't expecting it to that degree. Little more carbonation than I would have guessed - swift rise of light tan head to about an inch before it collapses into a thin film on top and tight collar, leaving some creamy splotches of lace. Good so far.

A soft, crisp outdoorsy, perfumy green aroma accents bolder yet still somewhat soft malts, torte-like and spiced with perhaps cinnamon and allspice. Lovely, but less spice more caramelly malt is what I'd prefer to perceive. Faintly whiskey-ish? Nip of roastiness. A bouquet easily apparent yet quite weak.

Vaguely fruity, light-medium caramel quality to the malt. All the flavor hits immediately up front and abruptly drops off a precipice into the void. Leaves behind only that perfumy whatever lingering long after a spectral 1/4 teaspoon of candyish malt drips through. Tiny tingly pricks on the tongue. Surprisingly lacking on depth in body for a heavy.

If this is their heavy, I'm really curious to see what their 60/- offers. It's a real sessionable ale no doubt, but I need a wee more flavour. Perhaps toning down the bubbles and/or roasted barley will do it? Attractive bottle, by the way. (1,351 characters)

Photo of Suds
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love a good Scottish ale. It's just too bad that this isn't one. It's a beautiful beer, no doubt...deep brown with rich reddish hues and a soapy off-white head. The aroma is lacking...very mild, a touch of malt, and that's about it. The taste is light, drier than expected, and disappointing. There is a little toast-crust flavor, but it's not the rich scotch ale that it could be. A little too much carbonation. Very weak in body. This one is forgettable. (458 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful deep copper/burgandy color with excellent head and lacing. Very nice malty scent, hints of peat in the nose. Great flavor! A wonderfully deep and satisfying, thick maltiness with nice caramel and toffee tones and just the slightest hint of peat in the background. Goes down wonderfully well! This has a lot of flavor for a low abv brew. Wonderful stuff! (371 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Not many Eighty Shilling Ales make it to the US ... we have a dark session ale among us. This beer is brownish garnet and crystal clear, with decent lacing that lasts for the duration. Burnt malt aroma of lightly roasted coffee and brown sugar are in the nose. This brew has a lush smoothness with some body. A faintness of toffee with a drawn out, dried- hay graininess and faint dried-plum fruitiness are all present throughout this beer. More watery char flavor shows up in the finish. This is an OK beer that lacks depth. The watery burnt flavor takes away from the drinkability a bit. (647 characters)

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80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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