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180 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jhartley on 08-01-2014

In 1989 we opened our doors with our flagship, 90 Shilling. Still a favorite today, we’re celebrating our Silver Anniversary with a double version of the recipe that started it all. We’re a little bigger now, and 180 Shilling is too, with a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry. Thanks for 25 years of beers, and here’s to many more. Cheers!
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Ratings: 140 | Reviews: 25
Photo of Eaglefan344
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed this 9.6% 750ml corked bottle here in Austin, TX as soon as I saw it; I couldn't pass up on a double Scottish ale from what is likely my home state's best brewery. I'm not sure why this keeps getting categorized as a Strong Ale or Barleywine; there's nothing to suggest that this is anything other than a "bigger" version of 90 Shilling.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~4 inches wide. Pale khaki colour. Foamy and frothy, with a fairly creamy consistency. Appears soft. Retention is quite good for the high ABV - ~6-8 minutes.

BODY: Classic Scottish ale. It's a rich auburn indicative of toasted red malts. Translucent, seemingly well-carbonated, and appealing, with no yeast visible.

Looks solid for an imperialized Scottish ale, but it's not mind-blowing and has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Notes of lightly toasted red malts, brown sugar, faint bready malt, British toffee, a muted hint of cherry, and reticent oak. I wouldn't find the oak without prompting from the label, and I don't find the vanilla or plum promised by the label. Earthy hops? Sure, I guess. It's got an apt yeast profile for the style, evoking a Scottish ale feel through and through. This aroma is merely average in strength, but has me excited to try the beer. I can't say I'm salivating, but it's solid for the style, and has no off-notes, yeast character, or problematic overt hop notes.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It definitely has the core of a good Scottish ale, with a full body governed by toasted red malts and copper malts. The hop profile is toned down (to style), as is the yeast character - though this does have a Scotch ale character throughout. The oak aging is disappointingly muted and reticent, never contributing anything to the flavour profile aside from maybe some generic barrel sugars; I find no vanilla or toasted white oak whatsoever. Some hints of toffee help fill out the body, and there is some light vague fruitiness; I guess plum appears, but it's faint at best.

Overall, the flavour profile is surprisingly low-key. This is just a robust Scotch ale and nothing more. It's got merely average depth, and fails to reach the upper echelons of intricacy or subtlety. It's balanced, sure, but it's really not that much more expressive than 90 Shilling. Has average duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. There are no stand-out characteristics here.

The texture is equally standard, with your usual slight coarseness and dryness relative to the style. It's slightly overcarbonated and boasts apt thickness for a Scotch ale, but this mouthfeel never feels custom-tailored specifically to this beer's taste, nor does it elevate the beer. It suits it decently, but fails to accentuate any specific note(s).

OVERALL: A drinkable high shilling Scotch ale which will satisfy the discerning drinker but won't impress. Malts are appropriately the highlight, but some more oak presence would lend it needed complexity. Why not play with some smoked malt or peated malt or something? This is pretty forgettable overall, and the contents of the bottle fail to justify the price point - not to mention the promises on the label. A rare disappointment from Odell, if only because I expected better from their anniversary ale. This is the kind of beer that would be fine in a year round 6 pack at a more reasonable price.

B- (3.32)

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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of svenness
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmurray10
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clausr
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BDooley
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirrrty_Kurty
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a small tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toasted malt, and oak.

Has a sweet malty taste with caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark fruit, oak, and a little vanilla. Not overly sweet, tastes just right. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9.60 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. I'm glad I had a chance to try this. It's a nicely made beer.

Photo of James_Kane
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malt and booze balance nicely. Seems like more than a double of 90 Schilling. Awesome beer.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer that I thought would've been better given Odell made it...
smooth and tasty, but lacking something I couldn't put my finger on.


I have one in the cellar for their 26th anniversary.

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3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of polopaul20
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zander4dawin
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with exploding, fluffy head. Boozy, burnt sugar nose. Cherry, port, big malt base, some sawdust, and smokey malts. Silky mouthfeel.

Photo of erushing
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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