Odell 90 Shilling Ale - Odell Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear ruby-hued copper, with 1 ½ fingers of rocky looking eggshell-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger that just drenches the sides of the glass with rich thick swathes of lace. Just a great look to this. The aroma has notes of caramel and toast, which mingle at first, and then is pretty much taken over by, an earthy ripe fruitiness. There is maybe just a touch of a grassy feel that hangs on the edges of the nose.
The taste has a lot of sweetness but not only from the malts, as there is a good bit coming from some softer dark fruit character as well. This also has a surprisingly assertive earthy citric bite to this, while a light roastiness lingers in the finish along with a raw pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively prickle on the tongue at first that then gets much more smooth and creamy as this works its way across the palate.
While initially heavy on the malt and fruit, I found myself liking what the hops brought to this after a while, making this much more accessible to me than what I normally found in the style. This is a decidedly American take on a Scottish Ale and I overall mostly dug it!
07-26-2011 18:44:10 | More by Kegatron
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
Color is on the amber/copper side, under a huge head of foam. Aroma is on the dry side, soft, herbal, slightly floral, vegetal. Hops are minimal, malt is huge and thick. Taste is a little mellow for me, and a bit too sweet. Drinks well, slides easily down the tongue. Full, rich, malty mouthfeel, but a little too low on hops for my taste. A fine micro Scottish, but not for me.
10/19/03 tweaked the numbers some, after realizing that I let personal prefererence interfere witha judgement of a perfectly good expression of this style, yet not among my favorites at that time. I'm still growing, folks...
I totally forgot I reviewed this 6 1/2 years ago.
Here's my notes from last night just for fun:
Odell 90 Shilling
Clear, caramel-brown, nice, if small, beige head.
Sweetness in the nose, big malt, lush and lovely.
Tasting it:...sweet and smooth, fine and mellow...a light, easy-drinking scotch-style ale. Very drinkable. Toffee and caramel tones dominate, sweet and tasty reigns supreme.
I can see this being very popular. On the other hand, it doesn't quite hold enough interest for me. Ah, well.
02-12-2003 11:56:13 | More by feloniousmonk
4.22/5 rDev +9%
Poured into my New Belgium glass. At the time of this review, this is the #10 Scottish Ale on beeradvocate.com. Beer is brown and clear with an off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, mild carbonation.
Aroma is caramel and mildly roasty.
Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet with a surprisingly dry finish, the overall beer is nice on the palate and I enjoy it a lot. Perhaps it is because I have had so little beer recently but the beer I drink I seem to really enjoy, I'd have this again.
09-21-2011 03:03:38 | More by drabmuh
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
A - Pours a murky deep amber with a rocky white head leaving plenty of lace
S - Mellow smoke and toffee notes with caramel sweetness in the scent.
M - Round, full, deep malt complexity. creamy smooth layers with adequate bitterness in the follow through.
T - First sips give off waves of roasty slightly toasty, smokey smooth malts with woody spiciness. The flavors marry into a gentle relaxing ale with a elegant finish.
D - a great malty, medium bodied sweet beer with nice hop balance. Minimal carbonation and nuance in the grain bill make for a tasty brew with a hint of smoke.
04-10-2007 03:17:03 | More by Slatetank
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a decent creamy 1+ finger head fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, mostly clear ruby amber orange red color.
Nose brings semi sweet toasty reddish malts, little syrupy, caramel, light fruity, slight earthy and some herbal hops, a light sweet mild hop as well.
Taste starts with a rich malty flavor, dark malts, reddish toasty malts, a bit of a rich creamy roasty porter, caramel, chewy malts, then a light herbal slight earthy hops and some bitterness but not much. A hint of a juicy fruity yeast addition I think. Finishes a bit syrupy, touch sweet, little bitterness, bit coppery, lingering malts and light juicy flavors.
Mouth is slightly heavier bodied, decent carb.
Overall pretty good, nice dark malts, bit of hoppy bitterness, herbal hops are not quite my thing but fit the style.
06-16-2011 03:14:53 | More by jlindros
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
a damn good session. the flagship beer from what i consider to be colorado's finest brewery, it is an amber, but much much more. doesnt have the residual malt sweetness of a typical amber, instead a quicker, more dry finish with a slightly toasted mellow vibe and a bigger body. this one can drink all afternoon evening and night with zero diminishing marginal utility. not my favorite odell brew, but it fills a very important beer drinking niche, especially here in denver
10-20-2011 06:00:41 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +3.4%
The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts as well as a light hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a wonderfully malty flavor that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts along with a mild hop taste and finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Scottish ale. It has good malt flavor and balance; a fine sessions beer.
06-21-2005 12:31:40 | More by WesWes
3.73/5 rDev -3.6%
Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.
Pours copper with a thin white head that stays.
The smell is of caramelish/grainy malt with some citrus and earthy notes.
The taste is malt-accented - caramel and grainy with leafy, earthy bitterness mixed in. A tad clashing, rather than balancing - though it maintains a nice flavor overall. It becomes a bit nutty and roasty as it progresses. Finishes bittersweet and dryish.
Ok carbonation - it hits medium-bodied.
Easy to drink. Not a classic example of the style - esp. "90 shilling", but who cares in this case.
04-18-2008 00:19:30 | More by jwc215
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces four-fingers of amber stained, tan colored head. The beer is a rich red color that shows a brilliantly clear, deeply red stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet crystal malt, with a touch of toasted grain character, but also has a touch of berry and herbal hop character to it. The finish smells of freshly crushed, nicely browned whole grain bread crust, some hay like grain notes and even a touch of sweet tea character. The nose is definitely malt focused, but it has a bit too much crystal malt character. A greater malt richness from kettle caramelization might help, but I do like the light, but noticeable hop influence that is here in the nose.
Dry toasted malt, and caramelized bread crust notes are noticeable as this beer first hits my tongue. As it rolls across the palate the beer picks up a caramelized sweetness and a fruity berry character that sticks to the palate beyond what a beer of this strength would suggest. The viscous heft is kept from being cloying by a solid, biting bitterness and a sharp herbal hop character that adds some nice spiciness to the finish. The fruitiness is fairly noticeable here and I think comes from all three of the malt, hop and fermentation derived sources; it is mostly berry like with perhaps just a hint of citrus character.
The hop character plays a much bigger role here than one would expect in a more stock version of the style, but I definitely like the addition as it is needed to keep this from being cloying and from allowing the crystal malt character to run rough-shod over the profile of this beer. Not bad, and in fact even enjoyable. I could wish for a bit more richness in the malt character, but I am happily consuming my bottle of this beer right now.
08-08-2009 16:51:57 | More by Gueuzedude
2.98/5 rDev -23%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a dark amber, with a thick soapy white head. Thick lace.
S: Burnt toast, some bitter melon, bonfire, not really an appealing smell.
T: Lots of toast/grain flavour. Light hop - lemon/soil, has an American influence for sure.
M: Medium-bodied, crisp, nice overall body.
D: Another one of my must tries in AZ, I wasn't a huge fan of this, but I guess you can't like 'em all.
07-31-2010 18:29:58 | More by Halcyondays
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
Served on draught into a hefeweissbier glass in Colorado. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is an amber-copper.
Sm: A light scent in which all I can detect is cream on account of my broken nose. All apologies, lads.
T: Cream, caramel, amber hops, caramelized malt, and full barley. Simple but nicely built. Balanced decently.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Fairly complementary of the flavours.
Dr: Nice drinkability at a very expensive price (6 USD).
Good quality. I'd have it again, but not at this price.
08-21-2011 00:42:02 | More by kojevergas
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
I am continuing to up my bottle numbers to a nice, round 400 so that I CAN refocus on The CANQuest (TM).
From the label: "One day, we wondered what would happen if we lightened up the traditional Scottish ale. The result? An irresistibly smooth and delicious medium-bodied amber ale. We're a family-run brewery that loves beer. When experimenting with new brews, we strive to hit on something that's even better than the last beer we went crazy about. And then, and only then, will we serve it up to our friends."
My slow pour into a glass did not allow for the development of much head. Color was a deep amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, leaving no doubt as to its style of origin. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pleasant, yet not overwhelming sweetness on the tongue. I have long copped to not being a sweet beer kind of drinker, preferring palate-ripping AmeriCAN IPAs, but when I am off-reservation, this is the kind of taste that I CAN get behind. The finish was sweet, but not cloyingly so, which is my usual complaint about the style. I could drink a couple of bottles of this at a time.
12-12-2010 12:28:40 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
First off...this is not the greatest beer on Earth nor does it deserve a 5! To each is own I suppose. Poured a light copper colored with an off-white fluffy head .Nose is malty, a little biscuity, slightly sweet, very inviting. Flavor is initially thickly malty, a little chewy, no hop profile. Hints of toffee and sweet fruit, but these are understated. Very smooth, very malty without being overpowering. Smooth and even mouthfeel.
02-25-2008 03:12:53 | More by barleywinefiend
4/5 rDev +3.4%
12 ounce bottle, best before dating(?) etched onto label. Pours clear, dark honey amber. Head is large and lucious, darker khaki, long lasting and leaves plenty of well developed and thick sheeting/lace. The old sniffer picks up maple malt, fruit and some hops in the background. Pleasing scottish ale, more maple and caramel sensed along with some astringent hops notes in the finish. I like my scotts more on the sweet and malty side, but this one is smooth on the tongue and tasty from start to finish. Another worthy offering from Odells
02-19-2009 01:05:57 | More by Billolick
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to mikey711 for this 12 oz bottle. For the record, Odell didn't coin the term 90 Shilling, so shame on them...
A: The ale is cuprous red color, dark enough to be opaque even though it retains an orange glow. A finger and a half of white head lasted for 10 or so minutes before fading away.
S: The maltiness of the ale stands out, roasted (not burnt) grains and caramel vie for attention. Nutty aromas also run around.
T: Nice and malty, this ale is a good companion following a day of intermittent shovelling. Dark fruits match the caramel malts, all elements strong and grainy. Hoppiness is an afterthought, hiding behind the layers of warming malts. With the word 'Shilling' in the name, I was expecting a wee bit o' smoke but there's none to be tasted here.
M: The mouthfeel is malt-driven, full and tasty. The biscuity, caramel flavors are soothing.
D: The lower abv really helps the drinkability. A good ale for a cold night.
02-07-2010 01:46:34 | More by akorsak
3.96/5 rDev +2.3%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel and toffee malts with light aromas of toasted malts.
T: Upfront the flavors of the beer are all malts - toasted and caramel with some light amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. Light amounts of earthy hops which contribute just a touch of bitterness to the finish of the beer which does not linger for long.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: While being somewhat of a malt bomb, this beer is not overly sweet and is quite easy to drink. I really enjoyed this beer though I sometimes find the style to be a little sweeter than I prefer, especially in the hot southern summer. Overall, very well balanced between the sweet and the bitter.
07-25-2014 01:24:45 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A-This beer has a warm reddish-brown body with a thick rocky off-white head and a light carbonation of tiny bubbles.
S- The smell of soft toasted malt comes through with a light dryness.
T- The flavor of dry biscuit malt flavor with coffee roasted malt has a slight earthy note and a finish of bitterness that is soft with a hop hint. There is a slight tartness to the hop bitterness that comes through as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish fills out the mouthfeel.
D- This beer has nice roasted flavor but it is very smooth and drinkable.
05-19-2007 04:33:18 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Here's my nightcap, a scottish ale from a brewery I can't get locally. On to the beer:
It is a dark colored beer, looks like black cherries, but shown through a light it glows redder. Creamy head on top. Aroma....peat, dirt, rustic dry crackery malt, bread crust. A very dry aroma.
Dry, astringent malt is what hits the palate first. A bit of peat is mixed in, dried prunes, tea leaves are also tasted. The flavors together are mixed at the right proportions to create an extremely easy on the palate treat which isn't too light, and goes down without a hitch.
A good, and very drinkable scottish ale. I would call for another bottle, but I only brought home one.
03-25-2009 04:56:25 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.
Color is a musky bark brown with slight dark ruby red. Slightly white yellow head. Leaves some splattered lace.
Aroma is very sweet. Burnt carmel, light chocolate, and pine hops.
Taste is pretty solid. A slightly toasted flavor but not overdone. The hops are present. Carmel as well. Very well balanced.
Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, but overall clean. Great carbonation. Dry/sticky aftertaste.
Overall, this beer really surprised me. It was well rounded and had a lot of flavor. Very drinkable. I am bummed that I didn't buy an entire 6 pack.
03-18-2009 22:16:49 | More by mothman
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a nice clean clear amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which quickly disappears, some lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, slightly bitter, with some nice caramel tones thrown in. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew from Odell.
02-01-2007 00:47:26 | More by Wasatch
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
12 ounce bottle, best by 08/18/11. Pours slightly hazy red-orange color with a dense 2 finger light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a decent sized lacing cap. A bit of fairly thick lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, roasted malts, bread, and spices. Decent aromas with decent strength. Taste of huge caramel, molasses, light chocolate, roasted malt, and some spiciness. Decent amount of bitterness is present on the finish and linger with caramel, light chocolate, spices, and roasted flavors. Medium body and medium carbonation; with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel, with very nice drinkability. No alcohol in the taste or finish as expected. Very nice balance of all flavors. Overall, an excellent scottish ale that has tons of flavor and balance. My first brew from Odell as well.
08-22-2011 04:02:24 | More by superspak
Odell 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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