80/- (Eighty Shilling) | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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80/- (Eighty Shilling)80/- (Eighty Shilling)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wl0307 on 08-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
For Trade:
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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Suds
2.39/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love a good Scottish ale. It's just too bad that this isn't one. It's a beautiful beer, no doubt...deep brown with rich reddish hues and a soapy off-white head. The aroma is lacking...very mild, a touch of malt, and that's about it. The taste is light, drier than expected, and disappointing. There is a little toast-crust flavor, but it's not the rich scotch ale that it could be. A little too much carbonation. Very weak in body. This one is forgettable.

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Photo of petluo
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of gfreed
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly Scottish but not very wee heavy, this is about as thoroughly average a beer in this style as I've had. Color, aroma, taste, feel... all average. Nice, but average. Can you say "Mr. Five?" Worth a try on a chilly night in New England, but not something to save for a special occasion. Enjoy *one.*

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Photo of cbnz
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

Not many Eighty Shilling Ales make it to the US ... we have a dark session ale among us. This beer is brownish garnet and crystal clear, with decent lacing that lasts for the duration. Burnt malt aroma of lightly roasted coffee and brown sugar are in the nose. This brew has a lush smoothness with some body. A faintness of toffee with a drawn out, dried- hay graininess and faint dried-plum fruitiness are all present throughout this beer. More watery char flavor shows up in the finish. This is an OK beer that lacks depth. The watery burnt flavor takes away from the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JoeYarchak
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice dark color but the flavor was lighter than expected. Nice but not great.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought this a week or so ago, for around $4 for a 0.5l bottle. Am wondering why they call it a "heavy", and 80 Shilling, when it's only 4.2% ABV... Those monikers usually denote stronger biers... Anyhow, to the quaffing...

The bier was clear, and a deep ruby/garnet - a truly lovely color! Head was tan and a bit thin, though still fine and creamy. Also had some decent lacing in the glass. Nose is mild, with some toffee and caramel, but way too light. It was fairly smooth, all in all, with a close to medium body.

Flavor has some light sweetness, with more caramel and toffee present. Nothing in the way of peaty or smoky character at all, though. In fact, the maltiness falls far short of what I expect in a scotch ale. Has some subtle intimations of fruitiness with a touch of hopping in the dry finish. Overall, a rather bland representation of the style. Should be called a "Scottish Light - 20 Shiling Beer". Prosit!

3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Danny1217
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany; not much of a head, however, though it does leave quite a few dots and dashes behind

Smell: Peaty, malty, tea-like aromatics, along with nut skins

Taste: Toffee, raisins and tea, up front, with the peat developing at mid-palate; quite a bit of tartness arrives, after the swallow, along with a bitter nut skin character

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to moderate carbonation; somewhat aqueous

Overall: I was expecting something different here, as the word "Heavy" is displayed prominently on the label; this bottle was a couple of months past its prime but I don't think that made too much of a difference

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Photo of ADZA
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper hue which leaves a creamy two finger head that quickly dissapates and leaves sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is very subtle with aromas of light burnt toffee,caramel and candied figs,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied and only average but the tastes are abit better with hints of burnt toffee,candied figs,wheatgrass,fruity malts and finished with a subtle bitterness and overall its above average and easy to knock back but wouldnt buy it again cheers.

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Photo of tigg924
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, reddish-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: earth, chocolate, toasted malt, and caramel

Taste: earth, chocolate, toasted malt, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderately sweet, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable because of the abv, but I did not feel as though the flavors were as strong here as I have had in other examples of this style. An average beer that I will have again, but nothing to rush for.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice, very-easy-drinking, exceptionally clean 80/- from a brewery whose ales I didn't realize I've had before (their historic gruit ales like Alba and Fraoch).

Astonishingly dark - a deep copper/ruby - wasn't expecting it to that degree. Little more carbonation than I would have guessed - swift rise of light tan head to about an inch before it collapses into a thin film on top and tight collar, leaving some creamy splotches of lace. Good so far.

A soft, crisp outdoorsy, perfumy green aroma accents bolder yet still somewhat soft malts, torte-like and spiced with perhaps cinnamon and allspice. Lovely, but less spice more caramelly malt is what I'd prefer to perceive. Faintly whiskey-ish? Nip of roastiness. A bouquet easily apparent yet quite weak.

Vaguely fruity, light-medium caramel quality to the malt. All the flavor hits immediately up front and abruptly drops off a precipice into the void. Leaves behind only that perfumy whatever lingering long after a spectral 1/4 teaspoon of candyish malt drips through. Tiny tingly pricks on the tongue. Surprisingly lacking on depth in body for a heavy.

If this is their heavy, I'm really curious to see what their 60/- offers. It's a real sessionable ale no doubt, but I need a wee more flavour. Perhaps toning down the bubbles and/or roasted barley will do it? Attractive bottle, by the way.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Scottish ale that's actually made on Scotland. Novel idea.

This has some potential, but it seems to thin out not long after the initial hit. If it were a little more firm, I think it'd be better. Feel is decent. Overall this is okay. I'd like more of a punch though.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark reddish brown with a cream-colred head that disappears to a skim and later a ring. No lace.

Nice nose on this one. Malt, browned stone fruit, even a whiskey barrel note, without the alcohol.

Malt forward, with nice toasted malt notes. Killer on this one is that it is watery thin in flavor. Sweet, toasty, with toffee and fruit. Ok finish, if you get much at all.

Thin thin thin. Loose, watery.

I liked this more in the beginning of the pint. Lacks depth and intensity. Drinkable and not filling, but it is a trade off. Just OK.

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Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, this ale seems to be a new product by the Williams Bros. Coming in a 500ml brown bottle, filtered and likely pasteurised - judging from the BB date: NOV 2010; served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark russet brown hue with great clarity and pretty restrained carbonation, topped with a light off-white foamy head.
S: extremely malty and sweet, featuring toffee, ground nuts, chocolate malts, and brown sugar; given a swirl, a light note of berry fruits, citric hops, kidney beans and sweet herbs develop. But overall the aroma is more like a treacle-added Dark Mild due to the dominating brown-sugary note.
T: light-bodied malts upfront taste a bit like toffee, brown sugar plus a little raisin-like dried berries, followed by an intensifying flow of aromatic nuttiness; the aftertaste comes really light with a dry-ish touch, seemingly a gift from the hops, as well as a an undertone of sweet black tea. Overall, just like the beer label suggests, the flavour is only lightly hopped, but the malt body is still a bit too light to render a kind of gravity in the middle.
M&D: effervescent on the carbonation, medium-minus bodied, and pretty light on the palate as far as a malty ale is concerned. Not a bad beer, not even boring if one considers the flavour profile typical for a 80/-, but the quality of malts used in this brew is not impressive enough to result in a remarkably intensive malt feast in the glass like some of its counterparts have managed.

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Photo of mytu420
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skydogpenn
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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