90-Schilling Scotch Ale | Taps Fish House & Brewery

9 Ratings

Brewed by:
Taps Fish House & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Boilermaker88 on 04-03-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by PuckLSHS:
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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For someone who does not excel at the standard beer reviews looking at mouthfeel, describing the individual notes that are harnessed or exposed beneath the beer, I can talk about the standard man's drinking ability in regard to brews.

I purchased the 90-Shilling with a plate of shrimp nachos...the beer greeted me with splended malty flavor and aroma. It gave me an even more thrilling mouth feel and remnants of warmth from the strength of the beast that was in the glass in front of me.

I have told Victor countless times that this beer, the Thomas Jefferson and the Barleywine are my absolute favorite beers at TAPS. Also, now that he has been experimenting with dry hopping the beers, I have grown more accustom to ordering some of the more common fare. The 90-Shilling being the beer that I look forward to every year. Reading the review below will describe the flavor and the texture a bit more, but it is one of the better scotch ales that I have had the pleasure of tasting. Malty goodness is how I refer to it. Enjoy and give Victor a nod while you are at it. He deserves it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with the entree at the Taps Spring Forward Beer Dinner on March 30 and one of two growlers I had filled before leaving. This Scottish ale had a uniform dark brown coloring topped by a creamy 1/2" light tan head that slowly dwindled down to a thick ring, leaving wheets of lace behind.
The smell was almost all toasty malts, a hint of peat, and a prevailing note of alcohol fumes. The flavors of caramel and toasted malts were dominant up front. A light flavor of peat smoke briefly came up on the radar before sinking back down as the notes of herbal hops and alcohol took control as the finish approached. Full-bodied, almost chewy.
This was a real good pairing with the duck entree at the beer dinner, as the duck brought out some of the herbal hops quality. Easily, maybe dangerously, drinkable. A good attempt at the style.

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Photo of James_Kane
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Taps in Brea

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a moderate off-white head on top.

S: The nose is full of sweet caramel, toffee, and butterscotch. There's a bit of peat to it, and some toasted malts as well.

T: The flavor is not quite as good as the nose, unfortunately. While there is still some toffee and caramel, the diacetyl is a bit overwhelming and becomes more butter than butterscotch.

M: The body is medium with a low, creamy carbonation.

D: I was a bit disappointed by the flavor, but the nose was really enjoyable. Not the best Taps beer, but not the worst.

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Photo of MacTeo
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a light off-white head, some spotty lace.

S: Some nice caramel, cookie, bready, but in the end, not giving me a ton.

T: Lush caramel, very malty. A simple direct flavour, but a really nice effort. It's doing one thing, but what it's doing it's doing well. Fans of Belhaven Wee Heavy will enjoy this.

M: Medium-bodied, with a hint of ethanol mouthfeel. Creamy carbonation.

O: A solid example of the style. Wish there was a little more to it, but I enjoyed this effort.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

90-Schilling Scotch Ale from Taps Fish House & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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