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

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84
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45 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-23-2009

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 69
Photo of JamesS
4.76/5  rDev +27.3%
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 soulgrowl
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Teak brown, solid and thick with fiery highlights ranging from blood orange to Meyer lemon, capped with a smooth, cappuccino-beige head. Delightful, beguiling nose floats spicy pine, grass, and citrus notes atop a well of chocolate, Earl Grey tea, caramel, and sweet grape- and strawberry-like fruitiness. There are earthier tinges of resin and roasted peanuts as well. Robust but quick flavor, surging with a rush of coffee, cocoa, nuts, and orange oil before closing with a bittersweet finish that leaves just a shadow of acrid roasted char. Sprightly carbonation works perfectly with a thick, malt-forward mouthfeel to achieve an overall balanced and dry impression. Complex, robust, and at only 4.2%, a wonderful session beer! (730 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Natural510
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, best-before date Jul 2011

Pours a dark, opaque amber with dense, creamy tan head. Outstanding look in an imperial pint glass.

Malty nose with hints of caramel, cola and tea leaves.

Smooth malt-bath in the mouth. Nutty caramel flavor with a hint of smoke in the background. Dry hop at the finish.

Body is well carbonated, but cask-smooth, in line with the style.

Simply superb microbrewed Scottish ale. Also one of the most flavorful beers I've been able to find in the States in the 4% ABV range. (515 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Although fairly simple and straightforward, this is a nice, solid and extremely drinkable Scottish ale.

Very deep red brown, it has a medium tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring, with a little bit of foamy lace.

Aroma is toasty malty with toasted rich whole wheat bread, some dark fruits, wood, caramelised grains and raisin, brown sugar, tea. It is very nice and has some complexity.

Taste is lightly sweet-sour fruit strong up front then joined by toasty caramelised bread crust, dry leafy-woody & tea-like hop with hint of pepper. Startig lightly sweet-sour, it becomes balanced and drier. It has some subtle complexity at firts, but this fades and it soon becomes flatter and less multifacted in character, mostly dryish darkly toasty with light caramel, faint hint of winey sweet-sour fruit and faint hint of woody-tea hops. Drinkability is always high. (880 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Fruit, malt, medium , some kettle caramelization, no hop aroma, light fruit, no peat. Medium malty sweetness. Appearance: Deep copper, 1” creamy head, quickly dissipates, brilliant – very clear. Flavor: rich and malty but the malt is not overly strong, fruit and caramel, not much hop flavor, balance to the malt, finishes dry. Mouthfeel: smooth, medium low carbonation, creamy. Overall Impression: clean malt, dry finish. (433 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A ruby red colour, with a small creamy off-white head and very little carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty aromas, with lots of toffees and candy sugar, alongside heaps of dark sugary fruits like raisins, and figs.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts up front, with toffee-like brown sugar taste, with rich butter shortbread. The middle begins to show more bitterness with light floral flavours and some darkened fruit.

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the palete, with a smooth creamy texture.

Drinkability: Awesome beer, well balanced moreish flavours with a silky feel. Definitely the best in the Williams stable, and one of the best, if not the best, Scottish Ale I have had the pleasure to try. (695 characters)

Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is chestnut brown with a large, lively beige head that is long-lasting and leaves nice lacing.
Smell is burnt caramel and butterscotch, with a background of vanilla.
Taste was like a dark scotch ale, subtle and bittersweet, with a dry finish.
Very nice beer, easy to drink, interesting and amusing. (309 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +7%
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 thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : dark amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted and fruity malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted, caramel, chocolate notes, moderate hoppy and bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scottish Ale. (275 characters)

Photo of JayReq
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Lemke10
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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 shand
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 fullsweep
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: cola-coloured ale sits underneath a root beer-like foamy head in a beige/light brown head.

S: spicy, herbal, earthy

T: roast (almost porter-ish), caramel, root beer, a mild bitterness, with a slightly metallic finish that lessens further down the glass. All in all a complex, tasty beer.

M: smooth and mildly syrupy with a nice level of carbonation

D: would definitely drink again! (435 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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 tekstr1der
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: nearly clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick even surface foam and patchy lacing

s: Caramel malt

t: Ripe light fruit, mainly pear, over a mild caramel malt base which later on comes to dominate the flavor. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, light carbonation tingle.

o: A good session Scottish ale, but falls short as a Wee Heavy simply because it is rather light on both flavor and ABV. Good dinner accompaniment and decent sipper, but like the Parallel 49 Salty Scot I had recently, not something outstanding enough to come back to on purpose at $3.50 a pint. (618 characters)

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80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.