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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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of JayReq
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am such a fan of this brewery, and after reviewing the Fraoch Heather Ale I decided I should probably go ahead and review this while it still sat in the fridge. I served it in a pint class from a chilled bottle.

Appearance: Nothing really to it, it is a transparent dark brown color, almost a nice mahogany. Weak, foamy head that surprising lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, so that is nice. Overall a very simple beer to look at.

Smell: Sweet dark malts, definitely has some caramel in there, as well the slight hint of vanilla. There is enough there that you know you are drinking a craft ale.

Taste: This is where the beer shines. Beautiful sweetness (toffee, some chocolate and a good dash of bitterness from some hops) blends well with an earthy quality. I love the taste of this beer, though the finish is a bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Not really much of one, but the taste makes up for it. Creamy texture with a nice dry finish, and this is very drinkable (it should be at 4.2% ABV!)

I have had this beer many times and was never disappointed, and it is just a nice pub beer that would fit on any decent menu. It would be great if I could get it on tap somewhere, but the bottle is fine.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from Morrisons (£1.50):
Dark mahogany brown colour with a pretty thin looking, foamy head that is light brown in colour and stays as a consistent covering.

Rich with some chocolate and darker malts initially plus some sweeter malts and a hint of caramel and toffee. There are a few lighter, caramel hops and some milk chocolate.

Sweet and milky chocolate plus some good, darker malts. The chocolate was backed up with a little spice, a nutty caramel flavour and some light hints of toffee towards the end. The beer is pretty creamy tasting and is rounded of with some earthy hops and a touch of bitterness.

Medium bodied but still fairly thick and with a good, creamy texture. There is a good smoothness to the beer and carbonation is moderate with a dry finish and some nice sweetness throughout.

Quite a nice sweet and milk chocolatey flavour that seemed more like a light milk stout than a Scottish ale but an enjoyable offering regardless and one that I'd have again.

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Photo of Viceroy
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 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 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 bum732
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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 petluo
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark brown. clear, but dark. ruby highlights. brown head. good retention. good lacing.

very malty aroma. very roasty. slight hop aroma. caramel and dark chocolate. floral hop notes.

initially slightly sweet. fair malt flavor. mostly flavors of roasted malts(chocolate). no real hop flavor. slight hop bitterness, balanced with a slight roasted bitterness.

thin. soft. smooth. very drinkable. crisp finish.

this is a good beer, a little thin, but good.

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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 eerbayman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinged amber with a creamy khaki head. Definitely looks interesting.

S: Aromas of toffee, cream, vanilla, and bread are present on the nose. The smell is gentle and malty, and is definitely comparable to many other Scottish ales.

T: A smooth, rich entry gives way to notes of cream, vanilla, roasted nuts, toffee, milk chocolate, minerals, dark bread, amd earthy, mild hops. The finish is rich with flavors of earthy hops, nuts, cream, and toffee easily detected.

M: Medium bodied and on the dry side for the style. Carbonation is spritzy, somewhat distracting really. Once the carbonation dies down a bit, the beer feels a bit thin and watery, though the dryness makes up for it to a limited extent.

O: This is a decent enough Scottish ale, and would serve as a fitting introduction to the style. In the end, it doesn't bring anything new to the table and will need a bit of refinement if it is ever to stand out from the crowd. Don't pass this one up, yet don't go out of your way to find it either.

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Photo of bruachan
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's a pretty mahogany-garnet with sudsy thin froth above. smells of kettle caramelization and some butterscotch and maybe some husky nut. boy, that smells like wet moss on a rock under a stand of firs by a brook with a bagpipe soundtrack coming from the clouds. it actually smells a bit of pumpkin or squash, too, which is unexpected

sweet and caramelly, but hardly mouthy or big. a touch of hop flavor just because. "heavy" it is not, and probably not 80/-, either. right? but it is quaffable (and i'm not reviewing the label)

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Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Lemke10
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a single 500mL bottle from Woodman's in Janesville WI in Fall 2011 as part of a closeout sale for $1.99.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick fluffy head. Much like the ingredient list on the back, there are scent of malted barley, malted wheat, hops, and yeast which gives it an almost caramel scent. Starts out making you think this will be a heavy tasting beer with its malted ingredients like a stout but instead it finishes rather light. Drinks rather smooth as the malted ingredients really hit the taste buds. Finishes rather clean smooth. A decent beer with a rather interesting drinking experience.

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Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sniff in the bottled showed this to have a fairly penetrating richish malty nose. Poured a decent rick magnolia head revealing a failry deep brown hazy colour with an orangy sparkle. Some slight haze in there too.

On the tongue there was some just burnt caramel and medium earthiness with a sort of a red ale twist. Some sharpish acidity here with a light sour edge. Over time head thins but never comes close to disappearing as it leaves long wispy waves of head clinging around the glass.

Another Williams Brothers beer which is very likeable and with more potential than the score might indicate. But because it comes across as a sort of out of style beer, with as many red ale qualities and that of an 80, I find it hard to give it a higher recommendation.

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Photo of Eramen
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, best before May 2012.

A - Pours an earthy brown and dark red with a tiny beige head that quickly dissipates. Leaves no trace of lacing. At this point is looks more like a glass of cola.

S - A very pleasant malt and toffee aroma, add cherry and fruits.

T - Watery in the beginning but then a rich nutty maltiness, biscuit, toffee, with a touch of fruitiness comes through; highly enjoyable. True to the style it is lightly hopped.

MF - Body is decent if not a little thin. The carbonation amplifies the rich, sweet malts.

O - This is a great session beer, but I think I'd prefer something with a little more hops.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Williams Brothers Brewing Co.
Scottish Heavy Eighty Shilling Beer
Best Before July 2011 (I guess I missed that!)
500 ml. bottle; $3.99 at Whole Foods, Union Square, NY

Appearance: The clear deep-mahogany body has a ruby cast to it but appears almost black in the full pint. The head is a creamy khaki covering. The head retention is good and the lacing is quite nice, leaving lots of splashes behind as it goes.

Smell: Malty. Somewhat chocolatey. Fruity with notes of soft berries and juicy apple.

Taste: True to style, the gently chocolatey and darkly caramelish malts dominate with only hints of hops appearing here and there. There's lots of brown sugar and nuttiness to it; and some underlying spent-hop character that's kind of leafy. There's a nice bit of yeasty fruitiness (berries, raisins) to it as well, which helps to balance it, and it finishes fairly dry with some residual toffee and nuttiness as the malt fades.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and supple; more towards the lighter end of the style. Fairly smooth across the palate with a gentle bristle from the median carbonation.

Overall: Flavorful. Far from overdone. Highly drinkable. A great session ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down yet left lacing and a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some nutty flavors and a slight amount of initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a sitting because it’s not very filling.

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Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours an attractive deep brown with a fairly substantial off-white head. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel with a bit of earthy, peaty malts. Coffee and brown sugar finish off the nose. The taste is a bit watery at first, but pulls through at the finish with nice caramel malts with just a touch of peat, some coffee and chocolate, and a bit of earthy hops and fruits. The mouthfeel is nice, it's coating at first and then finishes drying. The drinkability is very good. Overall, an enjoyable beer that's very drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mid sized bottle, "best before date Jul 2011"

Pours murky, very dark brown, under a super long lasting medium khaki head, nicely creamy, dense and then leaves ample strands and ribbons of fine lace.

Caramel sweet nose.

Things start to go a bit down hill with the first few sips....where is the flavor...def on the thin side on flavor and mouthfeel/body.

Thin caramel note, lighter malts, vanilla all picked up. Slight astringincy in the finish. Easy drinking and highly sessionable at 4.2%.

Ehh, nothing special, lacking in any sort of depth of flavor and complexity...

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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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