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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 Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +12%

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 bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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 29, 2010
Photo of kmacphail
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

kmacphail, May 28, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -9%

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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

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 merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

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 Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Travlr, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

PartyBear, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

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!

fullsweep, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%

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!

soulgrowl, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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