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180 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company

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180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale

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very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 26 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: jhartley on 08-01-2014)
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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed reddish/brown color. A two finger, dense beige head forms. The big bubbly head gently recedes to leave plenty of lace behind.
S: A light grassy, hop bitterness up front, but that fades in an instant. What is left is a great malty aroma of caramel malts, baked bread, light wood and vanilla.
T: More malty smoothness here. Caramel, and some sweetness. Toasted malts, baked bread, with a very light wood flavor. Vanilla, some dark fruits. I love the warm malty character.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation, but ultra smooth at the same time. A nice warming sipper. A really enjoyable bottle.

The oak/wood flavor is very subtle, but is there. Everything I have read has said this is "Oak Aged." Great Divide says that on some of their bottles as well, in which they mean using oak chips, and not really aged in a barrel. I am thinking Odell did the same thing here, but I have nothing to back that up. Anyway, this is a really well made barleywine/strong ale/Wee Heavy.

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3.69/5  rDev -6.1%

The barrel flavors are a litter weaker in this beer. Oaky, but not much of showing. Caramel and toffee are the big malts. Plums. Molasses. Dried red apples.

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Worth every penny.

SOOO good. Replaces 90 Shilling for me 10-fold.

Reminds me of Dogfishead. In love.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle No. 03168-14.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, vanilla, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice nut and vanilla characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +17%

Pulling off the cork releases spicy malt and alcohol joined by vanilla notes. Pours brilliant chestnut under a finely bubbled frothy light tan tinted white foam cap that provides god lace. A big rich spicy malt palate joined by gig dark sugar flavors is seasoned by light alcohol, light caramel and a hint of butterscotch in the background. A balancing alcohol and hop bitterness arise on the finish. Very creamy and chewy with medium carbonation and a slight warming on the finish. Comes across like a wee heavy on steroids that is leaning towards a barley wine.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of timontheroad
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a good tan one finger head. Aroma is a bit of malty sweetness, woody characters and some piney hops. Taste is heavy dark malt, vanilla, toffee and some resiny bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy, very nice. Overall, quite nice, a pretty good Barleywine - I'd buy this one again.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.