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

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BA SCORE
84
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63 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-23-2009)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle with an expiration date of July 2011. Sampled on July 17, 2010. The pour is copper-amber with a little red hue held to the light and great clarity. There is lingering lacing on the glass. Malts are the main aroma. Malts and sweetness. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium with a sweet and dry malty taste. It is actually very easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear chestnut body with a small khaki head that stays around for the session and leaves attractive patchy lacing.

Aroma is subdued, with toffee and toasted barley notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a light medium body and average carbonation.

Taste has lots of toffee maltiness, with a hint of mineral water metallics, restrained dark roasty malts, vague hop bitterness, and a suggestion of smoky peated malt.

Very nicely done for the style. Sessionable.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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...

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, reddish-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: earth, chocolate, toasted malt, and caramel

Taste: earth, chocolate, toasted malt, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderately sweet, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable because of the abv, but I did not feel as though the flavors were as strong here as I have had in other examples of this style. An average beer that I will have again, but nothing to rush for.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a tight khaki colored head, settles into stellar cap. The aroma is of brown bread, light grain, some brown sugar, honey, and some peat. The aromas are not over the top but are very solid. The taste is of a woodsy chestnut brown malt, a touch grainy, some mineral or metallic flavor, and a tea like dry and lemony flavor. There is some light milk chocolate notes as well. I must say for a 4.2ABV brew this has some great flavors. The Scot has a moderate to heavy feel with soft and airy carbonation; starts sweet and finishes a bit astringent. This is an excellent beer considering the ABV, heck it is a good beer not factoring in the ABV. Where can I get a case of this stuff, I can drink it all day during football season.

Photo of bum732
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby pour with a thin layer of white head. Receded to a ring fairly quickly.

Toffee caramel and malt dominate the aroma.

Taste matches malt, caramel and a slight earthiness to it. A little tea/charcoal finish.

A lighter body with ample carbonation. Drinkability is very good though with the lightness to it.

A good drinker, if not all that outstanding.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, best before July 2011, label says "Scottish Heavy/Eighty Shilling Beer". Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toffee, toasted malt, and some butterscotch. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some nuts and dark fruit noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. And with just a 4.2% ABV, it would be a decent choice as a session beer. It certainly wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. Not a bad overall brew.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hermuli
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Brown bottle, best before Nov 2010, reviewed on a wet and windy evening two weeks before that date.

Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' tankard. Dark amber in colour until held up to the light, it then shows its true colours: a wonderful clear ruby red. The off white/cream coloured head looked great at first, it however fell away a bit too quickly for me, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Malty molasses aroma, not overly sweet, but molasses without a doubt lead the smells from this beer.

The taste follows the smell, semi-sweet malty flavours dominate the flavours within the mouth. There is a hop bitterness hidden away within the tastes, but it only really appears towards the end of the mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink and seems to be a lot stronger than the 4.2% ABV it claims because of its depth of body. An ideal cold weather beer.

Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of shand
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Danny1217
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark rust color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, hint of roasted malt, and hint of spice. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, coffee, hops, and slight grain. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of JayReq
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.