80/- (Eighty Shilling) - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-06-2011 15:29:13 | More by mrfrancis
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +18%
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)
11-22-2011 03:28:01 | More by bruachan
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
10-20-2011 04:10:51 | More by Lemke10
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
09-22-2011 20:08:17 | More by Zimbo
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-08-2011 19:46:32 | More by Eramen
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
08-03-2011 23:02:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
06-12-2011 02:33:15 | More by metter98
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-26-2011 07:01:45 | More by shand
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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...
03-27-2011 02:39:46 | More by Billolick
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-23-2011 20:14:48 | More by oberon
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
03-03-2011 04:17:00 | More by Bouleboubier
2.35/5 rDev -36%
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.
02-20-2011 02:32:00 | More by Suds
4.8/5 rDev +30.8%
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!
01-28-2011 13:05:46 | More by JamesS
3.08/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
01-11-2011 03:35:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-19-2010 18:24:26 | More by BlackHaddock
4.3/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
10-01-2010 06:43:59 | More by Natural510
4.25/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
09-25-2010 18:57:20 | More by Offa
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
09-17-2010 14:43:48 | More by Tone
4/5 rDev +9%
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.
08-27-2010 17:04:14 | More by thierrynantes
District of Columbia
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
08-07-2010 12:36:51 | More by Daniellobo
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-18-2010 02:25:52 | More by puboflyons
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
07-02-2010 03:19:45 | More by Gmann
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-29-2010 23:39:48 | More by bluejacket74
80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.