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%
 
 
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2
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1
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a lighter "Heavy" that is for sure,is this the traditional way of the style?Poured into an imperial nonic a rich mahogany with beige colored 1/2 finger head that faded quickly,the rich color got the high mark.Caramel toffee aromas along with some brown sugar and a slight metallic note.Lighter feel for such a rich looking beer,I know the abv. is low but I was expecting a little more richness and fullness.Very malt accented to be expected,caramel and firm toffee to go along with lightly sweet biscuit malt element.Its not overly sweet and its not smokey like most American versions of the style,but its not nearly as rich and/or complex either.

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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 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 JamesS
4.76/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a wonderful deep copper/burgandy color with excellent head and lacing. Very nice malty scent, hints of peat in the nose. Great flavor! A wonderfully deep and satisfying, thick maltiness with nice caramel and toffee tones and just the slightest hint of peat in the background. Goes down wonderfully well! This has a lot of flavor for a low abv brew. Wonderful stuff!

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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 BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Brown bottle, best before Nov 2010, reviewed on a wet and windy evening two weeks before that date.

Poured into an 'Abbot Ale' tankard. Dark amber in colour until held up to the light, it then shows its true colours: a wonderful clear ruby red. The off white/cream coloured head looked great at first, it however fell away a bit too quickly for me, leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.

Malty molasses aroma, not overly sweet, but molasses without a doubt lead the smells from this beer.

The taste follows the smell, semi-sweet malty flavours dominate the flavours within the mouth. There is a hop bitterness hidden away within the tastes, but it only really appears towards the end of the mouthfeel.

Very easy to drink and seems to be a lot stronger than the 4.2% ABV it claims because of its depth of body. An ideal cold weather beer.

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Photo of Natural510
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, best-before date Jul 2011

Pours a dark, opaque amber with dense, creamy tan head. Outstanding look in an imperial pint glass.

Malty nose with hints of caramel, cola and tea leaves.

Smooth malt-bath in the mouth. Nutty caramel flavor with a hint of smoke in the background. Dry hop at the finish.

Body is well carbonated, but cask-smooth, in line with the style.

Simply superb microbrewed Scottish ale. Also one of the most flavorful beers I've been able to find in the States in the 4% ABV range.

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Photo of Offa
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Although fairly simple and straightforward, this is a nice, solid and extremely drinkable Scottish ale.

Very deep red brown, it has a medium tan head slowly shrinking to a wispy top and foamy ring, with a little bit of foamy lace.

Aroma is toasty malty with toasted rich whole wheat bread, some dark fruits, wood, caramelised grains and raisin, brown sugar, tea. It is very nice and has some complexity.

Taste is lightly sweet-sour fruit strong up front then joined by toasty caramelised bread crust, dry leafy-woody & tea-like hop with hint of pepper. Startig lightly sweet-sour, it becomes balanced and drier. It has some subtle complexity at firts, but this fades and it soon becomes flatter and less multifacted in character, mostly dryish darkly toasty with light caramel, faint hint of winey sweet-sour fruit and faint hint of woody-tea hops. Drinkability is always high.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark rust color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, hint of roasted malt, and hint of spice. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight yeast, coffee, hops, and slight grain. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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

Beer bottle (50 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : dark amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted and fruity malt aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted, caramel, chocolate notes, moderate hoppy and bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Scottish Ale.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fair Wee Heavy, mono chord - like it should be - but lacking a bit in depth. Pleasing in any case.

Presentation: 12 oz draft serving. Menu offers a short but fair description. However it does not indicate clearly that this is the 80/- (Eighty Shilling) ale, but rather the Williams Brothers Scottish Wee Heavy Cask, while there is a margin for error all else seems to indicate that it is the Eighty Shilling. Notes Alc. by Vol. (4.2%) Served on a nonic glass.

A - Dark amber brown pour with a short head, average to low retention and good lacing throughout.

S -Faint nose with a sweet malty sense and a bit fruity.

T - Sweet caramel malt, a minimal note of fruit tied back to the malt.

M - Medium body with an expected low carbonation.

D - A bit mono chord for a cask offering but all things considered it flows pretty well.

Notes: True to style but lacking a touch to make it memorable in this incarnation.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle with an expiration date of July 2011. Sampled on July 17, 2010. The pour is copper-amber with a little red hue held to the light and great clarity. There is lingering lacing on the glass. Malts are the main aroma. Malts and sweetness. The mouthfeel comes in at about medium with a sweet and dry malty taste. It is actually very easy to drink.

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Photo of Gmann
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a tight khaki colored head, settles into stellar cap. The aroma is of brown bread, light grain, some brown sugar, honey, and some peat. The aromas are not over the top but are very solid. The taste is of a woodsy chestnut brown malt, a touch grainy, some mineral or metallic flavor, and a tea like dry and lemony flavor. There is some light milk chocolate notes as well. I must say for a 4.2ABV brew this has some great flavors. The Scot has a moderate to heavy feel with soft and airy carbonation; starts sweet and finishes a bit astringent. This is an excellent beer considering the ABV, heck it is a good beer not factoring in the ABV. Where can I get a case of this stuff, I can drink it all day during football season.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, best before July 2011, label says "Scottish Heavy/Eighty Shilling Beer". Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is toffee, toasted malt, and some butterscotch. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some nuts and dark fruit noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. And with just a 4.2% ABV, it would be a decent choice as a session beer. It certainly wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these at a time. Not a bad overall brew.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 500ml bottle from the Skye Brewery in Uig whilst waiting for the ferry.

The beer poured a copper bronze colour with a cream head, very typical of a beer of this style.

The nose was toffee, caramel, roasted malts; the ingredients are there but just a bit mild for an 80/~. Sadly this theme continued through to the taste; a sweet malty taste with a hint of fruit and toffee but again too mild in flavourings.

The mouthfeel was about right for a beer of this style, decent and above medium in the mouth. At 4.2% it is a good all night beer, but the lack of significant flavours would make me look at another 80/~. William Bros normally produce very good beers, but this is a bit disappointing.

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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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby pour with a thin layer of white head. Receded to a ring fairly quickly.

Toffee caramel and malt dominate the aroma.

Taste matches malt, caramel and a slight earthiness to it. A little tea/charcoal finish.

A lighter body with ample carbonation. Drinkability is very good though with the lightness to it.

A good drinker, if not all that outstanding.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle pours a clear chestnut body with a small khaki head that stays around for the session and leaves attractive patchy lacing.

Aroma is subdued, with toffee and toasted barley notes.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with a light medium body and average carbonation.

Taste has lots of toffee maltiness, with a hint of mineral water metallics, restrained dark roasty malts, vague hop bitterness, and a suggestion of smoky peated malt.

Very nicely done for the style. Sessionable.

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Photo of Travlr
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is chestnut brown with a large, lively beige head that is long-lasting and leaves nice lacing.
Smell is burnt caramel and butterscotch, with a background of vanilla.
Taste was like a dark scotch ale, subtle and bittersweet, with a dry finish.
Very nice beer, easy to drink, interesting and amusing.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A ruby red colour, with a small creamy off-white head and very little carbonation.

Aroma: Rich and malty aromas, with lots of toffees and candy sugar, alongside heaps of dark sugary fruits like raisins, and figs.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts up front, with toffee-like brown sugar taste, with rich butter shortbread. The middle begins to show more bitterness with light floral flavours and some darkened fruit.

Mouthfeel: Heavy in the palete, with a smooth creamy texture.

Drinkability: Awesome beer, well balanced moreish flavours with a silky feel. Definitely the best in the Williams stable, and one of the best, if not the best, Scottish Ale I have had the pleasure to try.

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

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: cola-coloured ale sits underneath a root beer-like foamy head in a beige/light brown head.

S: spicy, herbal, earthy

T: roast (almost porter-ish), caramel, root beer, a mild bitterness, with a slightly metallic finish that lessens further down the glass. All in all a complex, tasty beer.

M: smooth and mildly syrupy with a nice level of carbonation

D: would definitely drink again!

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Teak brown, solid and thick with fiery highlights ranging from blood orange to Meyer lemon, capped with a smooth, cappuccino-beige head. Delightful, beguiling nose floats spicy pine, grass, and citrus notes atop a well of chocolate, Earl Grey tea, caramel, and sweet grape- and strawberry-like fruitiness. There are earthier tinges of resin and roasted peanuts as well. Robust but quick flavor, surging with a rush of coffee, cocoa, nuts, and orange oil before closing with a bittersweet finish that leaves just a shadow of acrid roasted char. Sprightly carbonation works perfectly with a thick, malt-forward mouthfeel to achieve an overall balanced and dry impression. Complex, robust, and at only 4.2%, a wonderful session beer!

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