180 Shilling Ale
Odell Brewing Company

180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale
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Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #56
Ranked #12,163
3.98 | pDev: 11.31%
Nov 15, 2021
Aug 01, 2014
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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Photo of Parmesan
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a dark amber brown with a very small tan head and very little lacing on the glass.

S:. Starts with a note of figs and light cherry, which leads to vanilla wrapped up with some caramel and a very light hop, lots of malt in this beer.

T:. Sweet caramel, intermingled with some vanilla, a touch of cherry, and figs, a hint of berries.

F:. The booze definitely burns a touch in this one, smooth carb, medium to large body.

O:. This one is always a treat whenever they release it.

Nov 15, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by robwired from Kansas

This review is for the cellar series 2019.
Poured a thick, dark amber with a tan-colored head. Thick mouthfeel, also, with some hoppiness.
As for flavor, plum/cherry was dominate with a malt-forward base.
It finished smooth with boozy edges.

Apr 23, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky brownish-red color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a caramel smell mixed with a big degree of breadiness as well as some notes of brown bread, caramel, and molasses. Along with these smells comes a big showing of brown sugar and some sweeter dark fruit smells of cherry and plum. Rounding it all out comes some light notes of a booziness as well as a touch of oak and smoke.

Taste – The taste begins with a big malty and brown-bready flavor that is dominated by sweet sugary tastes of molasses, toffee, and brown sugar. Along with these flavors comes notes of dark fruit of cherry as well as a touch of vanilla. The sugary sweet and bready tastes remain the dominant taste throughout, while the initially lighter notes of vanilla and cherry grow slightly stronger. All the while there is also an increase in some warming boozy tastes as well as a touch of an herb and oak, leaving one with a sweet and rich, robust warming taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the sweeter and rich taste of the brew the feel is good and makes for a nice slow and thick sipper.

Overall – A rather nice thick and hearty strong ale with a big and sweet flavor. Not sure if it is really worth the large price tag for the 12 oz. brew (especially when compared to brews of a similar nature such as Founders Old Curmudgeon, Backwoods Bastard, or DFH Palo Santo), but any which way, it is fun to give a try to at least.

Jan 15, 2021
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4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by alexipa from Colorado

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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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

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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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Atlas1 from Texas

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
4.09 by jkaczinski from Iowa on Mar 13, 2020
4.15 by imnodoctorbut from Texas on Feb 21, 2020
4 by denver10 from New Mexico on Dec 20, 2019
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
3.98 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Nov 30, 2019
3.66 by EBdos on Nov 19, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Highaltituderun

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
4.19 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Oct 02, 2019
3.97 by nruhlig from Minnesota on Sep 15, 2019
4 by mdfb79 from New York on Aug 21, 2019
4.18 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Aug 12, 2019
Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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
4.59 by rarigney from Washington on Jul 10, 2019
4 by Eziel from Ohio on Jul 10, 2019
Photo of VoodooBear
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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
4.16 by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri on Jun 16, 2019
Photo of jacobdunne
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jacobdunne from Colorado

Cherry and plum forward. Reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Ale. Yummy. So much better than 90

Jun 07, 2019
4 by Musineer from Texas on May 27, 2019
4 by Furlinator from California on May 27, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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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3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 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
4.35 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on May 17, 2019
4.4 by Dalbeast from Wyoming on May 11, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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
3.75 by Stengelfoot from California on Apr 27, 2019
Photo of KS_Augsburg
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

A wonderful beer. Had this on draft at Odell taproom in RINO district Denver. Reminds me of the best double bocks from Germany.

Apr 26, 2019
4.09 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Apr 25, 2019
Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

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
Photo of jzlyo
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by jzlyo from Iowa

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
4.14 by WDJersey from Colorado on Apr 01, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

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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4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pegasus from Texas

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
4.04 by spoony from Colorado on Nov 20, 2017
180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 213 ratings