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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 69
Photo of Suds
2.39/5  rDev -36.1%
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 gfreed
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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)

Photo of Bierman9
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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 brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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 ADZA
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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 tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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 RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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 wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, this ale seems to be a new product by the Williams Bros. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, filtered and likely pasteurised - judging from the BB date: NOV 2010; served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark russet brown hue with great clarity and pretty restrained carbonation, topped with a light off-white foamy head.
S: extremely malty and sweet, featuring toffee, ground nuts, chocolate malts, and brown sugar; given a swirl, a light note of berry fruits, citric hops, kidney beans and sweet herbs develop. But overall the aroma is more like a treacle-added Dark Mild due to the dominating brown-sugary note.
T: light-bodied malts upfront taste a bit like toffee, brown sugar plus a little raisin-like dried berries, followed by an intensifying flow of aromatic nuttiness; the aftertaste comes really light with a dry-ish touch, seemingly a gift from the hops, as well as a an undertone of sweet black tea. Overall, just like the beer label suggests, the flavour is only lightly hopped, but the malt body is still a bit too light to render a kind of gravity in the middle.
M&D: effervescent on the carbonation, medium-minus bodied, and pretty light on the palate as far as a malty ale is concerned. Not a bad beer, not even boring if one considers the flavour profile typical for a 80/-, but the quality of malts used in this brew is not impressive enough to result in a remarkably intensive malt feast in the glass like some of its counterparts have managed. (1,527 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Eramen
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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 kmacphail
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 500ml bottle from the Skye Brewery in Uig whilst waiting for the ferry.

The beer poured a copper bronze colour with a cream head, very typical of a beer of this style.

The nose was toffee, caramel, roasted malts; the ingredients are there but just a bit mild for an 80/~. Sadly this theme continued through to the taste; a sweet malty taste with a hint of fruit and toffee but again too mild in flavourings.

The mouthfeel was about right for a beer of this style, decent and above medium in the mouth. At 4.2% it is a good all night beer, but the lack of significant flavours would make me look at another 80/~. William Bros normally produce very good beers, but this is a bit disappointing. (708 characters)

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fair Wee Heavy, mono chord - like it should be - but lacking a bit in depth. Pleasing in any case.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but fair description. However it does not indicate clearly that this is the 80/- (Eighty Shilling) ale, but rather the Williams Brothers Scottish Wee Heavy Cask, while there is a margin for error all else seems to indicate that it is the Eighty Shilling. Notes Alc. by Vol. (4.2%) Served on a nonic glass.

A - Dark amber brown pour with a short head, average to low retention and good lacing throughout.

S -Faint nose with a sweet malty sense and a bit fruity.

T - Sweet caramel malt, a minimal note of fruit tied back to the malt.

M - Medium body with an expected low carbonation.

D - A bit mono chord for a cask offering but all things considered it flows pretty well.

Notes: True to style but lacking a touch to make it memorable in this incarnation. (915 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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)

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 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 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)

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