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:
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Added by wl0307 on 08-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,262
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
75
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of dcmchew
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours copperish-light brown, low white head to sticky lacing.
Label says it's emphasis is on malts, and the smell confirms it: toasted (close to roasted) grains, biscuits, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts and some low fruitiness.
Rich malts in the taste, caramel biscuits, chocolate, not too sweet, but not too roasted either. Fruitier than the smell, but still not much: there's citrus from start to finish, also some vague berries and apple. Toffee and some dark spices, with a touch of cinnamon and cocoa powder. Roasted nuttiness. Dry leafy hops towards the finish, mildly bitter.
Body is medium, with a buttery feel. Somewhat watery, would have liked it to be a bit more creamier. Light roast and bitterness in the aftertaste, really clean.
A refreshing traditional treat.

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Photo of shand
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 fullsweep
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mrfrancis
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 tekstr1der
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent, but a little boring. Light brown pour with little foam. Aroma of malt with some caramel. Flavor is a little watery, but still smooth and malty. Nothing overtly wrong with this beer, just low abv and associated lightness all around.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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 scotorum
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: nearly clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thick even surface foam and patchy lacing

s: Caramel malt

t: Ripe light fruit, mainly pear, over a mild caramel malt base which later on comes to dominate the flavor. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Light to medium, good body, light carbonation tingle.

o: A good session Scottish ale, but falls short as a Wee Heavy simply because it is rather light on both flavor and ABV. Good dinner accompaniment and decent sipper, but like the Parallel 49 Salty Scot I had recently, not something outstanding enough to come back to on purpose at $3.50 a pint.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of namasaya
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mizx
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 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 Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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 spitInTheOcean
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 kmacphail
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 utahgiebs
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eramen
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ChipMurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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80/- (Eighty Shilling) from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 75 ratings