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91 Shilling - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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91 Shilling91 Shilling

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BA SCORE
83
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 10-17-2012)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Capturing the essence of Scottish Ales isn't easy- make it malty, but not sweet. Earthy, but not smoky. Dark, but not roasty. There's a lot of finesse in making these bold flavored beers, and Two Brothers pulls it off effortlessly.

91 Shilling pours with a masculine medium-dark brown hue. Hazy, the beer seems to put up a wall to protect it from what's outside. But a glimmer of light at the edge of the glass reveals a tawny bronze coloration that's a little more forgiving. Releasing a thick blanket of foam, once again, the beer seems to put up a shield of off-white foam between the beer and the mouth. Well defined rings of lace trail the beer with each sip. It's simply a manly looking ale.

Medium-toast aromas shy away from roasted notions but play on the malt backbone of deeply caramelized toffee, light coffee, earthy cocoa, slight peat and campfire. Mild alcohol notes wrap around fruit esters of grape, almost-cherry, and almost licorice for added depth in its overall scent.

Where the aroma is a bit modest, the flavors share no such thing in common- dense and robust flavors of overcooked grain sweetness and the body to boot gives the impression of a full flavored dark ale. But the sultry taste turns toasty, nutty, and lightly woodish to finish- giving a slim glimpse into the hops that aid in balance. Again, the dark fruit esters add complexity to the beer's finish but remain understated in its complementary role.

Medium-full in body, the beer's early but subtle carbonation quivers incrementally as the beer traverses across the palate and leads to a remarkably dry beer in finish despit its richer upstart. Surprisingly refreshing and drinkable even for a "Wee Heavy", the beer flirts with grainy and watery textures as the carbonation has dissipated in those last few drinks.

91 Shilling has all the pieces and parts that are needed to make a proper Scottish Ale, but the depth and complexity of those pieces are simplistic in their portrayal and keeps me wanting more from the ale as well. Authentic versions would have pushed the malty-dry finish, peated character, burnt sugar, and fruit components a bit further.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 19:01:07 | More by BEERchitect
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Part 13 in the Brothers' 15-part anniversary series. This stuff pours a clear deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of ashen khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-roasted caramel, buttery toffee, a few pinches of cocoa powder, and a vague sense of earthiness. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch more cocoa, a slight nuttiness, and a tiny oak component. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a solid, unassuming Scotch ale, one that, though technically proficient, doesn't wanna make things swing.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:08:52 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tawny light brown pour, dark brown in the glass, tan foam on the surface. Texture is on the creamy side, with minimal spotty lacing in the glass.

Nutty and woody aroma, malty and possibly peated but no actual smoke resent. Dry, not sweet.

Flavors follow suit, malty and smooth, creamy with a nicely full feel, though it's actually fairly light on the palate. Lightly toasty and bready with a vague dried dark fruit note and a dry bitter finish. pretty smooth and drinkable, would pick this up again before it's gone for another decade...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 00:29:49 | More by emerge077
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-24-2012 19:08:23 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a light beige sticky head that last as a thin film. There are a few random bubbles slowly gliding up the sides of the glass

S- The clean brown malt aroma is dry and a hint mealy but otherwise doesn't have a lot of dimension.

T- The taste of stale toasted malt with some soft brown malt flavor blends with a cola note and some faint pot caramel/ cardboard hint in the finish. There is a hint of sweetness in the finish but it is otherwise pretty clean.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice but soft malt flavor but it is a bit dull and doesn't have a lot of character to it. I just got tired of drinking it after the first glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 14:40:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-01-2013 17:39:15 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the 91 Schilling...its not an overthetop scotch ale. Its a nice smooth easy drinking beer. It pours an nice rich mohagony with thin offwhite creamy head that is leaving a nice lace. The smell is weaker than most scotch ales, but there is definitely hinst of malt and earth. The taste starts slightly bitter then the caramel/peat malts kick in to balance the pallet leaving a very nice taste. The mouthfeel is a lighter medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall I think this is a good beer and would have it again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 00:29:16 | More by WoodBrew
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champ103

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Number 13 of 15 in the Retro Release Series.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Two finger rocky and pitted beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring. A filmy lace is left behind.
S: Bready and caramel malt. Some fruity esters. Kind of dank and metallic.
T: Again, bready and caramel malts. Lightly toasted grains and some fruity peppery spice from the yeast.
M/D: A medium body with a bit higher carbonation that I was expecting. Fairly watery though. Not hard to drink. The bottle will be gone in no time, but probably not something I am coming back to often.

Pretty average example. A simple bread and caramel malt component, not overly sweet though. Which can be a problem, especially with many American made versions. Though still, just not a lot here that keeps me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 02:03:48 | More by champ103
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

#13 of 15 Beers for 15 Years Series - had on tap at Two Brothers Tap House - Warrenville, IL

Poured a deep chestnut color with some ruby hues, topped with a thin, beige head, decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, peat, woodsy, malty. Tastes are earthy and malty, peat, woody, brown sugar, nutty, caramel, toffee, raisin. High point of this ale is the mouth-feel: medium-to-full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Finishes a bit spicy with a tingle on the tongue. Overall, nice representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 00:01:41 | More by barnzy78
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Brenden

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This red-hued medium-dark brown beer, with moderate opacity and a bit of a haze, grows a well-sustained and sizeable tan head that develops a creaminess to it both in look and in feel, which translates essentially to plenty of stick and a mixture of webbing and legging on the glass in plenty.
Malts are steady and produce a firm foundation for a sweetness of toffee, caramel and raisin-like dark fruits to set on a toasty note and balance against a peaty earthiness and a hint of an herbal note. A light, unoffensive metallic note, a staple of varietals, both malt and hops, that are English in origin, is present throughout. ThiDespite its listing, as I understand it the intent is a traditional Socttish ale rather than a Wee Heavy, whereas that is the Old 1713 (in the same anniversary line). It doesn't posess the strength required of a Wee Heavy, but I'll grade to the brewer's intenet rather than the inaccuracy provided.
The body is medium, on par for the style. Semi-dry, the slightly chalkier dryness plays into the feel as it tends to with traditional rather than American styles. It has a firm but soft crispness that rides out the full session and a steady smoothness as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 12:27:06 | More by Brenden
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Bung

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. A dark brown/mohoghanny pour, thin layer of off white on top. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, Caramel, toffee, leather and some toasted malt.

Taste, very peaty, leathery. Toasted malt, burnt brown sugar, walnut. Some herbally tea. Sweetness is pretty subdued. Maybe just a tad much on the herbal notes. Maybe not though, just favors the nutty, leathery, peaty side of the style.

Heavier side of light body, good carbonation. About right here, drinks well, would have like a richer sweet side though. Still certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 03:07:00 | More by Bung
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matjack85

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-15-2013 03:50:42 | More by matjack85
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 00:49:28 | More by ssimpson89
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, released in November 2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Two Brothers' 91 Shilling is a fairly average Scotch ale: identifiable malt components of caramel and bread overwhelming a minor amount of bittering hops. The flavor, despite its freshness, is underwhelming: the malts just don't express much, and the creation comes across as rather boring. One they should have left retired.

Pours a 2cm tall head, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, tan in color. Head retention is about average, lasting a minute or two as it sinks to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Modest lacing is present as the head recedes, leaving a few washes of lace and spotty blobs on the glass' sides. Beer's body is a very dark brown to nearly black, opaque, with light bringing out virtually no changes in color: this is dark. Carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma is rather subdued, of caramel sweetness, brown to dark colored malt sugars, and slight cumin. There's not much depth or complexity from the malt usage here.

Taste is of brown bread, minor caramelized sugars, papery cardboard, mild European hop bitterness, and an underlying sweetness. Opens with caramelized sugar sweetness, brown bread crumbs, and a bit of generic grain and cardboard flavor. Mid-palate of brown bread, modest caramelized sugar sweetness, paper/cardboard, and European hop bitterness. Back of palate finds modest bread and caramel sweetness and greater emphasis on the mild bitterness. Aftertaste of caramelized, slightly charred sugars and residual hop bitterness.

Beer is medium bodied with apparently low carbonation levels. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth with minor fizziness. Unfortunately, as what carbonation there is wears off quickly, this becomes a bit stagnant on the palate. Closes dryly, with some modest stickiness across the palate. Above average, but plenty of room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 05:25:39 | More by falloutsnow
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jschott75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-04-2013 01:25:33 | More by jschott75
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vande

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%

03-30-2013 19:44:35 | More by vande
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coz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-22-2012 18:36:15 | More by coz
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-26-2013 17:37:20 | More by MNBeerGeek
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JimGlonke

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-21-2012 01:18:24 | More by JimGlonke
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-06-2013 21:52:33 | More by DrFunkenstein
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11%

11-22-2012 02:34:44 | More by Envelopes
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-29-2014 21:42:35 | More by beersdmf17
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mvdillman

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-01-2013 22:11:20 | More by mvdillman
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-20-2013 18:40:06 | More by TheSSG
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Chrixsus

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-03-2013 00:20:45 | More by Chrixsus
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91 Shilling from Two Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.