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

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BA SCORE
83
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
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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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

metter98, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
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

brentk56, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, May 05, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

BlackHaddock, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

wl0307, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

Billolick, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Tone, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

bluejacket74, May 30, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of mrfrancis
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

mrfrancis, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Gmann, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -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.

tigg924, May 28, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

ADZA, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Suds
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Suds, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Bierman9
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Bierman9, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

dcmchew, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

merlin48, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Bung, May 02, 2010
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Ciocanelu, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Daniellobo, Aug 07, 2010
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80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.