180 Shilling Ale
Odell Brewing Company

180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #40
Ranked #7,768
4.01 | pDev: 11.22%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale
Notes: In 1989 we opened our doors with our flagship, 90 Shilling. Still a favorite today, we’re celebrating our Silver Anniversary with a double version of the recipe that started it all. We’re a little bigger now, and 180 Shilling is too, with a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry. Thanks for 25 years of beers, and here’s to many more. Cheers!
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alexipa from Colorado

4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most unique and awesome beers I've had in literal years. It made me reset my password and write this review after a few years of being away from this website. It's basically an imperial amber, perfectly balance, with tons of alcohol, that you can't taste at all. I'm not sure how the sorcerers at Odell made this, but it's extraordinary.

Dark fruits, some oak, caramel sweetness, but really balanced. Easy to drink despite the full flavors.

Sep 26, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

180 Shilling is the big brother to the flagship beer 90 Shilling. It is a quad style ale with lots of dried dark fruits and malts. Very oaky with a beautiful rich dark caramel color.

IG: @firesidewithphil

May 31, 2020
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 500th review. Seems only fitting that it be an anniversary ale, right? I picked up a single 12-oz bottle of this at Central Market today while on a grocery run. This is also my first review since our stay-at-home order was issued by the mayor back in March. Such a weird time to be doing much of anything. Except drinking beer. It seems like the perfect time to drink beer.

Pours a very pretty mahogany color with bright oranges and deep reds blending together visibly when held up to the light. A really beautiful beer. No lace to speak of, though. The nose is rich and complex, with notes of plum and dark cherry, fruit cake, vanilla, and maybe maple syrup? This beer may be from Colorado but it looks and smells like New England in the fall. The taste is malty sweet (too much so?) with a strong molasses and vanilla presence. I also detect some dark fruits here with dense spice (cinnamon? nutmeg?). Maybe a faint hop presence in the finish, but only very faint. Mouthfeel is dense and creamy, especially as the beer warms to room temp.

I've always thought the Odell 90 Shilling was an okay beer. It's never had much of a wow factor, but it's always been okay. This 180 Shilling takes it to a new level, and I appreciate the effort. I feel the flavor profile is a bit too sweet (which, I get it, is par for the style) for my own personal taste, but the nose is intense and it's clear a lot of time and care went into this beer. Hopefully, for the next Odell anniversary ale, I won't be house-bound and we'll be clear of this awful virus. Everybody stay safe.

Apr 09, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep reddish brown topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger and a half of light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of some nice caramel and toffee notes with some fruity esters. Toasted malts as well
T: Taste is caramel, toasted bready malts, hints of fruity esters, touch of spicy alcohol, and sticky toffee. On the finish there's a little faded hop, caramel, toffee, toasted bready malts, and a little more spice.
M: This beer is on the heavier side of medium in body. Carbonation is adequate and comes close to being effervescent while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is pretty solid. It has some good flavors and a nice amount of complexity. The flavors are also well balanced. I'm not sure how long I've been sitting on this one, but it's been in my cellar for awhile. It's definitely held up well. I'd say it's a solid representative of the style.

Dec 11, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown and smells floral and of molasses. Taste is a little stronger than the 90 shillings and can be attributed to the oak barrel. A second whiff brings a nice sweet smell to the nose. This beer is smooth and easy to drink, it doesn't have an alcohol flavor or bite to it and is surprising due to the 9.9% ABV. Head retention is amazing and the lacing is beautiful too. After 5 minutes the head is still at least an inch thick. Tiny and dense beautiful bubbles. I love 90 shilling as it is my go to beer choice in the northern colorado area(which is saying something). The 180 shillings version is nice, but the oak aging is better for other brews. Not disappointed, like I said earlier- for such a high alcohol content this beer goes down like water. Overall a wonderful beer.

Oct 30, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz, bottled 2019; 30 year anniversary. A rigorous pour reveals a brown colored ale that is capped with a frothy tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass as it fades. Rich malty aroma: toffee, caramel, grain, leather; and earthy hops. Flavors are very bold and very rich with notes of toffee, caramel, earthy peat, leather, prune, tobacco, pepper, and earthy hops. Full body, ample carbonation, alcohol is well concealed, balanced finish. Definitely a sipper and well worth the purchase.

Jul 13, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with a bottling date/batch number "2019 A" printed on the label. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a bit and leaves behind a thing foam ring and a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a very dark, reddish brown color.

Smell: Its a sweet and musty scent that starts off with some dried fruit, pie crust and grains. It finishes with an earthy wood aroma.

Taste: It's sweet, rich and complex with notes of malt, caramel, vanilla and cherry. There are some more bitter notes in the background of charred wood, toasted bread and cocoa powder but they're more subdued. A hint of alcohol shows up at the end but it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and medium bodied with medium carbonation. Despite the big, sweet character this beer has, it's not cloying at all.

Overall: A rich, complex, beautiful beer that takes the wonderful "90 Schilling" up a notch. It's a shame this beer is an anniversary special for Odell. It should be available widely and more often.

Jun 17, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Released March 2019; drank 5/23/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque purple/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice khaki head; strong, thick lace.

Oak, caramel, apple cider & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Sticky, medium thick mouthfeel.

Dry oak, dill pickle & caramel flavors up front; mild raspberry notes on the finish.

Way too oak forward at the moment; maybe a little time would help with balance. As-is, it's not one I'll return to.

May 24, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

$ 9.49 (Including shipping)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.791 /oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 5/21/19.
“BOTTLTD 2019A” stamped on bottom of label. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.75.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Body – Dark brown, opaque, slight effervescence. When held to the light, it appears garnet and clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.4 cm, aggressive center pour), light yellow-tan, high density, average retention, diminishing to an undulating six to ten mm crown fed by effervescence, and a complete rocky cap.
Lacing – Fair.
Aroma – 4 – Caramel and “dark fruit”.
Flavor – 3.75 - Begins with a slight oaky/tannic acid bitterness and some malt flavor. Neither the caramel nor the “dark fruit” from the nose are present. By the end, oak dominates. No alcohol (9.9% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl
Palate – 3.25 – Medium, watery, lively to fizzy carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.75 - A bit bitterer than expected from scotch ale/wee heavy as well as less malty. As I’ve said before, not every beer style is improved by aging in barrels.

May 21, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Murky dark chocolate brown with lighter highlights at the bottom when held up to the light. Half a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Dough, mild spicy hops, a little chocolate.

Taste: Bread dough, a slight savory note that almost reminds me of bacon, a little smoke, and some definite booze. Very minor hop bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel: Average body and good carbonation.

Overall: Not quite up to snuff for its reputation and marketing. Still a good beer, but I've had better Scotch ales.

May 04, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it from tap in a snifter. Cloudy brown color with a good beige head and lacing. Slightly sweet fruit smell and taste. Flavor is bready, malty and earthy. Mild dark fruit nice roast malt. Enjoyed it!

Apr 20, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is malts and slightly burnt/nutty/vinous. The flavor is fruit, mild dark fruit, malts and a very complex/almost Imperial Stout yeast/vinous into the finish.

Apr 09, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the single-serve bottle into a tulip.

Pours cloudy dark caramel with a touch of garnet highlighting. A single-finger beige head quickly gives way to a skein of foam and then a thin lacing.

The aroma is rather muted compared with the expectation. Aromas of brown sugar, cashew, bourbon, vanilla, and smoky malts.

The flavor yields dark malts, hints of oak, a touch of bourbon booze, and some smoke. The dark fruits promised on the label are not evident.

The mouthfeel is a good attribute. Just medium-bodied, even for the style and ABV. Decently carbonated, and not sticky. It finishes with some booze and smoke.

Overall, an interesting variation on the Scotch Ale style. Very drinkable considering the ABV.

Mar 31, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Odell 180 Schilling Ale, 9.9% ABV. Pours dark brown with a one-finger off-white head. Nose is sweet caramel. Taste is roast malt and sweet caramel, with a slight bitter hop close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I liked 90 schilling, and this steps it up, but only slightly. This is less sweet, owing to the increased alcohol.

Mar 24, 2019
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium caramel in color, with a modest, but persistent, fine-beaded, off-white head. Patchy broken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Rich notes of sweet caramel, earth, and sweet vinous alcohol, dominate the aroma. Toasted malt, nuts, and vanilla are present as well, though less pronounced. While the alcohol is a strong presence its manages to avoid being pungent.

Taste: The taste opens with strong notes of caramel and toffee, and sweet vinous alcohol, followed by toasted malts, nuts smoke, and earth. As befits the style, there is little notable hop presence. The wood, while subtle, seems like oak, and provides a pleasant counterpoint to the sweetness of the malt and alcohol. Late in the taste, there is a little bitter apple rind, and hints of dark fruit, perhaps ripe plums. Finishes with a lingering note of smoke, earth, and toffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth and velvety, very full, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Potent, but very drinkable, an elegant compliment to a holiday dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber, with a cork and cage, served in a standard Pilsener glass. Bottle No. 13220-14.

Nov 24, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours very dark with an enormous, thick pillowy head that lasts forever.
S - Aroma is mild, caramel and malty.
T - Taste follows the nose. Caramel and toffee notes dominate. A bit of alcohol on the finish.
O - I bought this on a whim over a year ago, wasn't sure what I was getting. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have more.

Jun 01, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky mahogany in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red + amber highlights, The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet toffee malts with light aromas of oak and toasted malts. Light aromas of vanilla.

T: Upfront there is moderate flavors of toasted and nutty malts with a moderate amount of sweet toffee malts. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of oak and vanilla with a hint of caramel. Light amounts of pine and earthy hops in the finish which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and pretty easy to drink for how big it is and a nice complexity of flavors/aromas. Slightly lighter in body than some of the others in the style.

Dec 13, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that died down a bit but left lots of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toffee and oak are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark malts along with notes of caramel, oak, and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable compared to other beers in the style as it seems to be lighter in body compared to other scotch ales and hides any traces of alcohol in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 13, 2015
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispensed a clear, amber-golden body with a smallish, loose-knit, off-white head.

Smell: Caramelly cooked sugar nose atop toasted, browned maltiness with an airy fruit quality, a hint of spice and a little alcohol.

Taste: Expectantly sweet start of toffee and scantly nutty caramel atop lightly toasted breadcrust and biscuit tops. Cherry 'n' plum fruitiness to it. Lightly spicy, earthy. A rather relaxed oak presence with just a hint of vanilla showing. Sweet, easy warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with some noted stickiness to it. A nice medium-plus carbonation keeps it drinkable.

Overall: Likable, with a good, plush maltiness present and the easy, breezy carbonation is more than appreciated.

Aug 22, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, the beer is a lovely ruby-dark brown with a bubbly, tan head.
The aroma is like beer candy. Toffee, sweet biscuit, spice, vanilla and some underlying dark fruit.
The taste is big and layered. I get the sweetness first, including caramel and raisin the some booziness and a hint of plum with a finishing flourish of vanilla and oak and a pleasant warmth.
Mouthfeel is medium-plus and almost creamy.
Overall, simply outstanding. Wish I had another.

Jun 27, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what the name implies - 90 Shilling that's been doubled. It's basically a Hans and Franz version of the classic beer from my favorite brewery, and the pumped-up variety did not disappoint. One of the things I like so much about Odell is that they don't jack up the alcohol content on a beer just because they can, so when they do, you know there's a reason for it. This limited-edition beer is a very good reason.

Apr 13, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nabbed this 9.6% 750ml corked bottle here in Austin, TX as soon as I saw it; I couldn't pass up on a double Scottish ale from what is likely my home state's best brewery. I'm not sure why this keeps getting categorized as a Strong Ale or Barleywine; there's nothing to suggest that this is anything other than a "bigger" version of 90 Shilling.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~4 inches wide. Pale khaki colour. Foamy and frothy, with a fairly creamy consistency. Appears soft. Retention is quite good for the high ABV - ~6-8 minutes.

BODY: Classic Scottish ale. It's a rich auburn indicative of toasted red malts. Translucent, seemingly well-carbonated, and appealing, with no yeast visible.

Looks solid for an imperialized Scottish ale, but it's not mind-blowing and has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Notes of lightly toasted red malts, brown sugar, faint bready malt, British toffee, a muted hint of cherry, and reticent oak. I wouldn't find the oak without prompting from the label, and I don't find the vanilla or plum promised by the label. Earthy hops? Sure, I guess. It's got an apt yeast profile for the style, evoking a Scottish ale feel through and through. This aroma is merely average in strength, but has me excited to try the beer. I can't say I'm salivating, but it's solid for the style, and has no off-notes, yeast character, or problematic overt hop notes.

TASTE/TEXTURE: It definitely has the core of a good Scottish ale, with a full body governed by toasted red malts and copper malts. The hop profile is toned down (to style), as is the yeast character - though this does have a Scotch ale character throughout. The oak aging is disappointingly muted and reticent, never contributing anything to the flavour profile aside from maybe some generic barrel sugars; I find no vanilla or toasted white oak whatsoever. Some hints of toffee help fill out the body, and there is some light vague fruitiness; I guess plum appears, but it's faint at best.

Overall, the flavour profile is surprisingly low-key. This is just a robust Scotch ale and nothing more. It's got merely average depth, and fails to reach the upper echelons of intricacy or subtlety. It's balanced, sure, but it's really not that much more expressive than 90 Shilling. Has average duration, intensity, and amplitude of flavour. There are no stand-out characteristics here.

The texture is equally standard, with your usual slight coarseness and dryness relative to the style. It's slightly overcarbonated and boasts apt thickness for a Scotch ale, but this mouthfeel never feels custom-tailored specifically to this beer's taste, nor does it elevate the beer. It suits it decently, but fails to accentuate any specific note(s).

OVERALL: A drinkable high shilling Scotch ale which will satisfy the discerning drinker but won't impress. Malts are appropriately the highlight, but some more oak presence would lend it needed complexity. Why not play with some smoked malt or peated malt or something? This is pretty forgettable overall, and the contents of the bottle fail to justify the price point - not to mention the promises on the label. A rare disappointment from Odell, if only because I expected better from their anniversary ale. This is the kind of beer that would be fine in a year round 6 pack at a more reasonable price.

B- (3.32)

Mar 24, 2015
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky ice tea brown with a thin tan cap, no lacing but some legs when swirled. Aroma is faint caramel and roasted malt. Flavor is the same but has a slight acidic taste in the finish. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a decent beer.

Feb 01, 2015
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a small tan head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, toasted malt, and oak.

Has a sweet malty taste with caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark fruit, oak, and a little vanilla. Not overly sweet, tastes just right. The alcohol is well hidden for a 9.60 % abv beer.

Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. I'm glad I had a chance to try this. It's a nicely made beer.

Jan 31, 2015
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ManBearPat from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer that I thought would've been better given Odell made it...
smooth and tasty, but lacking something I couldn't put my finger on.

I have one in the cellar for their 26th anniversary.

Jan 28, 2015
180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 210 ratings