Colonsay 80/- Ale | Colonsay Brewery

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Colonsay 80/- AleColonsay 80/- Ale

Brewed by:
Colonsay Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CliffBrake on 04-29-2012

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by CliffBrake:
Photo of CliffBrake
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated best before Aug 2013.

Dark amber color with a fine carbonation that produces an off-white head that lasts as a thin slick of foam and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass.

Malty aroma with a bit of roasted grain and chickory, on the nose. Light malty flavor of brown bread and caramel. Hop character is very light as is fitting for the style and contributes a slight herbal flavor. A bit tart.

Medium light body with a light carbonation. Lingering caramel flavor but with a dryish finish. Easy to drink and refreshing after a day tromping around the islands in the sun and wind.

 598 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of jakea
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle from Appellation Wines in Edinburgh:

5.2% ABV. Served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: Head is ~2 inches wide. Khaki colour. Creamy, smooth, wet, even. Average complexion. ~5 minute retention.

Body is a deep dark auburn. No yeast is visible within.

A typical 80 shilling appearance. Not unique or special, but it fits the style.

Sm: Dark malts, burnt sugars, caramel, toastiness, malty sweetness. Cream, brown bread. Hints of fruit.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Malty sweetness dominates - as well it should given the style - but the malt profile is generic...caramel, dark Scotch ale malts, breadiness. Where's the rich toffee? The hints of burnt and toasty character? I find cream and brief suggestions of fruit, but overall this is a shallow, underwhelming beer.

I taste no hops nor yeast nor booze.

Mf: Medium-bodied. Smooth, wet, and of moderate heft and weight on the palate. Well-carbonated.

O: Drinkable. It's a passable 80 shilling, but isn't amongst the best in the style, nor is it particularly worthwhile. It'll scratch one's Scotch ale itch, but it won't impress the discerning drinker.

High C (3.0)

 1,138 characters

Photo of stcules
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown color, scarce foam, beige in color.
In the smell a decent maltiness, lightly toasted, but quite light.
In the mouth a strong hazelnut note, maybe a bit too strng, some biscuit, and maltiness.
Watery, a bit too watery body.
Well, very drinkable, but it lacks a bit of personality.
Hazelnut and some hop in the aftertaste.
More than honest beer, after all.

 368 characters

Photo of mick303
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a clear plastic cup as that was all available, still a sticky tan white lacing and good film. Colour is a dark brown with a very active carbonation.

Smell has a lot of rich malty notes, roasty, coffee, some citrus and baked fruit, sticky caramel.Decent malty heft and not much bitterness. Some interesting and complex thing here with a good richness. Some nuttiness as well.

T - a milky malty start, dry roasty notes, and an underlying creaminess, some mild coffee notes, caramel. Towards the end it is more drying with an upfront chewy toffee. Some fruits in there somewhere, this mostly a malty ale with a slight roastiness, little sweetness and mild hop character. Mild taste to it, smooth and definitely light and sessionable, a bit of a lingering aftertaste.

M - light, detectable maltiness and a fair bit of carbonation but also just a bit watery. Performs as expected I guess, but a bit of cloying feel on the end.

An average scotch ale. Tasty and sessionable but doesn't really live up to be really remarkable. I would have it again if offered but wouldn't go out of my way to buy for myself. Good 80/- nonetheless.

 1,141 characters

Colonsay 80/- Ale from Colonsay Brewery
3.41 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.