180 Shilling Ale | Odell Brewing Company

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180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.6/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -17%
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)

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Photo of hardy008
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ManBearPat
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with exploding, fluffy head. Boozy, burnt sugar nose. Cherry, port, big malt base, some sawdust, and smokey malts. Silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 22oz bomber with a caged corked bottle top. Bottle # 07406-14

L - Amber red with not much clarity, 1/4 finger of head

S - Bready malts, brown sugar, oak barrel

T - Sweet, rum, double malts. 90 shilling X 2 for sure!

F -Medium bodied, thin, low carbonation

O -Take the 90 Schilling and double it and add awesomeness

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Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On Tap

Creamy, chewy malt bomb and a half. Pours a ruby amber with a tight little head of creamy off-white with miniscule bubbles. It is medium-full bodied with some detectable alcohol, but not hot or even warm. Lots of nutty layers with dark fruits, dark bread, cherries, burnt sugar and more. Very good beer, definitely worth a shot. Especially if you are a fan of 90 Schilling to begin with.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml caged and corked from BevMo Glendale in late October for $14.99. Bottle # 02069-14.

Beer poured a deep reddish-brown with a nice tan head that has some great hang time.

Nose has hints of oak, dark fruit, some sherry.

Taste is plums on light oak on a huge bed of caramel malts. Hopping is light but enough to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, very nice.

Overall this is a nice double recipe. Glad I had the opportunity to try though it was very pricey.

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Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed reddish/brown color. A two finger, dense beige head forms. The big bubbly head gently recedes to leave plenty of lace behind.
S: A light grassy, hop bitterness up front, but that fades in an instant. What is left is a great malty aroma of caramel malts, baked bread, light wood and vanilla.
T: More malty smoothness here. Caramel, and some sweetness. Toasted malts, baked bread, with a very light wood flavor. Vanilla, some dark fruits. I love the warm malty character.
M/D: A medium to full body. Crisp carbonation, but ultra smooth at the same time. A nice warming sipper. A really enjoyable bottle.

The oak/wood flavor is very subtle, but is there. Everything I have read has said this is "Oak Aged." Great Divide says that on some of their bottles as well, in which they mean using oak chips, and not really aged in a barrel. I am thinking Odell did the same thing here, but I have nothing to back that up. Anyway, this is a really well made barleywine/strong ale/Wee Heavy.

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Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%

The barrel flavors are a litter weaker in this beer. Oaky, but not much of showing. Caramel and toffee are the big malts. Plums. Molasses. Dried red apples.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottle No. 03168-14.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, vanilla, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice nut and vanilla characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +15%

Pulling off the cork releases spicy malt and alcohol joined by vanilla notes. Pours brilliant chestnut under a finely bubbled frothy light tan tinted white foam cap that provides god lace. A big rich spicy malt palate joined by gig dark sugar flavors is seasoned by light alcohol, light caramel and a hint of butterscotch in the background. A balancing alcohol and hop bitterness arise on the finish. Very creamy and chewy with medium carbonation and a slight warming on the finish. Comes across like a wee heavy on steroids that is leaning towards a barley wine.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a good tan one finger head. Aroma is a bit of malty sweetness, woody characters and some piney hops. Taste is heavy dark malt, vanilla, toffee and some resiny bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and chewy, very nice. Overall, quite nice, a pretty good Barleywine - I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of chappy88
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Pour: Poured a beautiful dark amber head. Very effervescent. Head stayed around for a good 8-10 minutes. 4.75

Nose: Woody/oaky. 4.50

Taste: Same woody/oaky taste but there is a lot going on that I struggle to put a taste bud to. 4.25

Mouth-Feel: Medium body. Surprised me based on the look and color; I was expecting heavy. Very Belgian-like. 4.50

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent orange/amber with a finger of cream colored head. Great head retention & very nice lacing

S: Plums, leafy hops, some boozey notes (delicate)

T: Plums, cherry notes, oaky notes, black currants & even a little blackberry & a little bit of woody hops up front. Leafy hops ( cherry pipe tobacco ) & a little bit of tangerine as this warms, some jammy notes as well. Finishes warming with cherry, a little oakyness & a bit of toffee & a little bit of smokeyness as well, nice figgy notes as well

MF: Medium bodied/thick, moderate carbonation, warming, skews fruitty

Drinks alright, seems more like an English Barleywine, I do think this will age pretty nicely unless you're looking for hops

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

It pours a clear copper with a 1 finger head of foam, good lacing.

It has a malty albeit not so sweet aroma..I get a hoppy bite in there. There are suggestions of dark fruit and toffee.

Malty taste with dark fruit, raisins perhaps plums, toffee, some hop bitterness, bit of booze. Overall, it is quite earthy.

On the high end of medium bodied, lively carbonation.

Since this is a double of their 90 Shilling, I thought it would be a Wee Heavy/Scotch ale. It sure drinks like one.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Winter warmer someone said? Yes, that's it, great for the cold weather coming. Sweet, higher abv with some Belgian yeasty tones beneath a subtle fresh oak. Raisins, dates and vanilla are there but subdued.Poured from the 750ml bottle I got a lot of carbonation at first with heavy lacing but it settled down fairly quickly not leaving much on the sides of the glass.

A couple bottles laid down for a year might be good for it to blend the flavors a bit more, the yeast/oak/sugars could each mellow the others out over time, I think. The potential is here for a real winner when aged.

Edit: opened another bottle two years later - it just gets better, and it is not a barleywine but a rich scottish ale. Even better mouthfeel, booze is hidden better with a less sweetness, the yeast is still strong with this one but more like bread dough now. Excellent foamy carbonation that is lasting on the glass. Going to wait one more year on the last bottle.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

750 ml bottle served slightly chilled into a goblet.

180 Shilling, side by side with it's little brother, is a noticeably darker shade of the same hue. The head is thick and has great retention.

Aroma is has similar malty sweetness but with the addition of vanilla character from the oak aging. It's also stronger and a little boozy as you might expect given the 9.6% ABV.

Flavor is much more bold, almost like a concentrated version of 90 Shilling. There is still the Scottish ale sweetness with hints of tobacco and leather. Then there is the roasted malt and dark caramel. The hops are more forward too but not so much that they dominate. Rather just enough to balance. The alcohol is definitely there but it's not overwhelming. It would be interesting to see how it ages. I suspect it would quite well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nicely carbonated. Balanced but strong and not at all lacking in depth.

Overall a very interesting and enjoyable imperial version of what has become a classic American version of the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


C+C 750 picked up at the COOP a couple nights ago for a pretty pricey $14ish.. This will be significantly more expensive at the other bottleshops around town...

Enjoyed tonight from my Funkfest goblet... Short lived tannish head.. no lacing and no real cap either... flimsy. The brew is fairly clear deeeep amber.

Nose is malty, but certainly not "double" the 90... Instead I honestly believe the big-boned promise actually decreases the complexities in favor of ABV and a bit of EtOH burn.. not much going on at all.

Flavor shows dark toast and some brown sugar and dark caramel essence... better on the palate than the aroma for sure... finishes quickly with some dry toast and dark burnt sugars.. seriously drops off quickly and that is the only place I am getting "oak".

Surprisingly light body given the ABV and the Odell pedigree... Honestly makes for a quicker drinker but not a "thinker" at all. Okay, but seems very thrown together.


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Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, brownish copper-colored body with a thick, rocky, cream-colored head. Big, sweet malt nose with notes of plum, cherry, and fig. Rich, caramel and molasses flavors; robust alcohol burn riding atop a soothing hop bitterness. Heavy bodied without hammering you with heaviness.

By its name I wasn't sure what to expect, style-wise, yet this is a very approachable big beer. It comes across sweet without a sugary heaviness; bitter without brash harshness; heavy bodied without feeling leaden; and rife with big malt flavors and dark fruit character without slamming your taste buds. The 9.6% ABV makes itself known but blends in well with all the other beer qualities. This will make a fine cold weather beverage...

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180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
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