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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

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 14
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: 144 | Reviews: 26
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from the 750mL bottle.

I've got to stop and admire the head on this beer. It's a beautifully fluffy, chewy, cream-colored masterpiece. Beneath is a dark, black body with robust, aggressive carbonation. 4.25

Interestingly, the nose throws me for a loop. It's got some grape or raisin, toasted coconut and caramel. Everything seems subtle and light. 4

Taste-wise, the aromas become more pronounced and make a bit more sense, as this beer is thick and layered. Heavy caramel, dark fruit, almost grape-like at first, before transitioning to a yeasty, floral and slightly wine-like. 4

The feel on this beer is an impressive blend of creamy thickness and bubbly effervescence. There are some Belgian qualities to this. In general, it's smooth and enjoyable. 4.25

This is only gonna get better with age. Buy a couple to age.

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

Photo of timontheroad
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

750 ml bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet.

180 Shilling, side by side with it's little brother, is a noticeably darker shade of the same hue. The head is thick and has great retention.

Aroma is has similar malty sweetness but with the addition of vanilla character from the oak aging. It's also stronger and a little boozy as you might expect given the 9.6% ABV.

Flavor is much more bold, almost like a concentrated version of 90 Shilling. There is still the Scottish ale sweetness with hints of tobacco and leather. Then there is the roasted malt and dark caramel. The hops are more forward too but not so much that they dominate. Rather just enough to balance. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overwhelming. It would be interesting to see how it ages. I suspect it would quite well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced but strong and not at all lacking in depth.

Overall a very interesting and enjoyable imperial version of what has become a classic American version of the style.

Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a finger of cream colored head. Great head retention & very nice lacing

S: Plums, leafy hops, some boozey notes (delicate)

T: Plums, cherry notes, oaky notes, black currants & even a little blackberry & a little bit of woody hops up front. Leafy hops ( cherry pipe tobacco ) & a little bit of tangerine as this warms, some jammy notes as well. Finishes warming with cherry, a little oakyness & a bit of toffee & a little bit of smokeyness as well, nice figgy notes as well

MF: Medium bodied/thick, moderate carbonation, warming, skews fruitty

Drinks alright, seems more like an English Barleywine, I do think this will age pretty nicely unless you're looking for hops

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

RB

C+C 750 picked up at the COOP a couple nights ago for a pretty pricey $14ish.. This will be significantly more expensive at the other bottleshops around town...

Enjoyed tonight from my Funkfest goblet... Short lived tannish head.. no lacing and no real cap either... flimsy. The brew is fairly clear deeeep amber.

Nose is malty, but certainly not "double" the 90... Instead I honestly believe the big-boned promise actually decreases the complexities in favor of ABV and a bit of EtOH burn.. not much going on at all.

Flavor shows dark toast and some brown sugar and dark caramel essence... better on the palate than the aroma for sure... finishes quickly with some dry toast and dark burnt sugars.. seriously drops off quickly and that is the only place I am getting "oak".

Surprisingly light body given the ABV and the Odell pedigree... Honestly makes for a quicker drinker but not a "thinker" at all. Okay, but seems very thrown together.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5

Photo of libgotti
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Worth every penny.

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

Reminds me of Dogfishead. In love.

Photo of James_Kane
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
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 chappy88
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Pour: Poured a beautiful dark amber head. Very effervescent. Head stayed around for a good 8-10 minutes. 4.75

Nose: Woody/oaky. 4.50

Taste: Same woody/oaky taste but there is a lot going on that I struggle to put a taste bud to. 4.25

Mouth-Feel: Medium body. Surprised me based on the look and color; I was expecting heavy. Very Belgian-like. 4.50

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
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)

Photo of RockAZ
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Winter warmer someone said? Yes, that's it, great for the cold weather coming. Sweet, higher abv with some Belgian yeasty tones beneath a subtle fresh oak. Raisins, dates and vanilla are there but subdued.Poured from the 750ml bottle I got a lot of carbonation at first with heavy lacing but it settled down fairly quickly not leaving much on the sides of the glass.

A couple bottles laid down for a year might be good for it to blend the flavors a bit more, the yeast/oak/sugars could each mellow the others out over time, I think. The potential is here for a real winner when aged.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, brownish copper-colored body with a thick, rocky, cream-colored head. Big, sweet malt nose with notes of plum, cherry, and fig. Rich, caramel and molasses flavors; robust alcohol burn riding atop a soothing hop bitterness. Heavy bodied without hammering you with heaviness.

By its name I wasn't sure what to expect, style-wise, yet this is a very approachable big beer. It comes across sweet without a sugary heaviness; bitter without brash harshness; heavy bodied without feeling leaden; and rife with big malt flavors and dark fruit character without slamming your taste buds. The 9.6% ABV makes itself known but blends in well with all the other beer qualities. This will make a fine cold weather beverage...

Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

Photo of ManBearPat
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber with a caged corked bottle top. Bottle # 07406-14

L - Amber red with not much clarity, 1/4 finger of head

S - Bready malts, brown sugar, oak barrel

T - Sweet, rum, double malts. 90 shilling X 2 for sure!

F -Medium bodied, thin, low carbonation

O -Take the 90 Schilling and double it and add awesomeness

Photo of ThomasC
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Malty, roasted notes, biscuit and subtle hints of Oak.

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml caged and corked from BevMo Glendale in late October for $14.99. Bottle # 02069-14.

Beer poured a deep reddish-brown with a nice tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose has hints of oak, dark fruit, some sherry.

Taste is plums on light oak on a huge bed of caramel malts. Hopping is light but enough to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, very nice.

Overall this is a nice double recipe. Glad I had the opportunity to try though it was very pricey.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

It pours a clear copper with a 1 finger head of foam, good lacing.

It has a malty albeit not so sweet aroma..I get a hoppy bite in there. There are suggestions of dark fruit and toffee.

Malty taste with dark fruit, raisins perhaps plums, toffee, some hop bitterness, bit of booze. Overall, it is quite earthy.

On the high end of medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Since this is a double of their 90 Shilling, I thought it would be a Wee Heavy/Scotch ale. It sure drinks like one.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle that I bought against my better judgement, ODdell corked and caged are never worth it. Dark amber color, huge head overflowing, uh oh. Aroma is weird, sort of tart, oak, not my bag. Flavor is oak, mild tartness, malt. I wonder if this is infected (wouldn't be a first for them) or if my palate is just way off. Either way, did not care for this.

Photo of dcscientist
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what the name implies - 90 Shilling that's been doubled. It's basically a Hans and Franz version of the classic beer from my favorite brewery, and the pumped-up variety did not disappoint. One of the things I like so much about Odell is that they don't jack up the alcohol content on a beer just because they can, so when they do, you know there's a reason for it. This limited-edition beer is a very good reason.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is a well made beer, everything from odell always is (with very very few exceptions), but whats the use? i see no real need to double down on a recipe like 90 shilling, a barley sessionable extremely full bodied english type that finishes extremely sweet. this is just more of that, sweeter, bigger, tougher to drink much of. i guess with the colorado winter coming it will have a use as a winter warmer type, but it seems an odd choice to me. its not complex enough on the grain front to compare with the best barleywines out there, and its got so much sugar in it that i have to share one several ways. i do like its frothy mouthfeel before the sugar sets in, and the fresh caramel and molasses bread base tastes really good in small doses. the booze is well hidden but has to be huge, and the finish lingers forever. i can see a small glass after dinner when its icy out, but in an early autumn context, its a bit of a clunker. just my opinion though, go try it, it may suit your tastes better than mine.

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On Tap


Creamy, chewy malt bomb and a half. Pours a ruby amber with a tight little head of creamy off-white with miniscule bubbles. It is medium-full bodied with some detectable alcohol, but not hot or even warm. Lots of nutty layers with dark fruits, dark bread, cherries, burnt sugar and more. Very good beer, definitely worth a shot. Especially if you are a fan of 90 Schilling to begin with.

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180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.