180 Shilling Ale
Odell Brewing Company

180 Shilling Ale180 Shilling Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #40
ABV:
9.9%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,035
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 11.22%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
211
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Odell Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
89
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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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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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from the 750mL bottle.

I've got to stop and admire the head on this beer. It's a beautifully fluffy, chewy, cream-colored masterpiece. Beneath is a dark, black body with robust, aggressive carbonation. 4.25

Interestingly, the nose throws me for a loop. It's got some grape or raisin, toasted coconut and caramel. Everything seems subtle and light. 4

Taste-wise, the aromas become more pronounced and make a bit more sense, as this beer is thick and layered. Heavy caramel, dark fruit, almost grape-like at first, before transitioning to a yeasty, floral and slightly wine-like. 4

The feel on this beer is an impressive blend of creamy thickness and bubbly effervescence. There are some Belgian qualities to this. In general, it's smooth and enjoyable. 4.25

This is only gonna get better with age. Buy a couple to age.

Oct 05, 2014
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BillEvans from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Sep 25, 2014
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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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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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clausr from Iowa

4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 03, 2015
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atom714 from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 09, 2015
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Lesmiserobert from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%

Nov 01, 2014
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Bobloblawlawblog11 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 01, 2015
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BDooley from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 25, 2015
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Egriego

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Nov 25, 2014
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Twan from Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%

Nov 17, 2014
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Kimrkimr

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%

Nov 19, 2014
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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
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erushing from Texas

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan 17, 2015
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libgotti from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +24.7%

Worth every penny.

SOOO good. Replaces 90 Shilling for me 10-fold.

Reminds me of Dogfishead. In love.

Dec 06, 2014
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BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 12, 2015
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James_Kane

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malt and booze balance nicely. Seems like more than a double of 90 Schilling. Awesome beer.

Jan 31, 2015
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Stengelfoot from California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 27, 2019
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Dirrrty_Kurty from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 20, 2015
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Matt141 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 09, 2015
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AppaZappa from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 10, 2015
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MattMorin from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 25, 2015
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 16, 2019
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Musineer from Texas

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

May 27, 2019
180 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 211 ratings