Tale Of The Shony | Church Street Brewing Company

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Tale Of The ShonyTale Of The Shony

Brewed by:
Church Street Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our traditional 80 Shilling Scottish-style ale. Chocolate and roasted barley malts contribute to this dark-colored brew, rounded out by notes of sweet caramel and mellow roast. Robust, yet drinkable, this beer can be enjoyed in the cold months of winter or the dog days of summer.

32 IBU

Added by TMoney2591 on 03-14-2013

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 15
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of tmcfad
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into St Arnold's barrel glass.

Look is a dark dark brown with ruby red highlights. A thin head white head sits on top.

Aroma is intense malt. Rich molasses with a light roasted coffee note.

Taste is an awesome study of malt. Rich a molasses sweet with a hint of dry roast. Not much hopping to speak of.

Overwhelmingly malty beer but in a wonderful way. Like a said before a study in malt, and a more intense version of this style than I've ever had.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A maroon body poured on draft carries no head into a pint glass, but the banana esters are obvious in the aroma.
The flowery taste is ok and an unexpected pleasure.
Malt, as expected, covers a hop flavor, and the mouthfeel is typical to the style.
Overall a nice drinkable change of pace.

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Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike412
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bear1964
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, syrup, hint of hop, slight alcohol, and a hint of toffee. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight syrup, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of toffee. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend, but more carbonated than I would have liked.

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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of matjack85
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pik - n - Go liquor store in Bloomingdale, IL. $6.99 for a six pack of 12oz brown bottles. This is a new local brewery that opened in 2012, so I'm looking foreword to trying my first beer from them. No freshness date.

The beer poured an iced tea color with a reddish tint to it - sort of like a raspberry iced tea. It only made a ½-finger of off-white head that lasted about a minute, and lacing was minimal.

It had a pleasant smell to it of roasted malts, chocolate, and sugar.

Roasted malt flavor with a touch of sweet caramel and chocolate. Tea-like hops provide a mild bitterness and good balance.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A very well made and tasty Scottish ale. This is my first taste of anything from this local brewery. Hope their other offerings are as good as this one.

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Photo of beercatbrew
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Another from the latest beer clkub shipment. Church Street is not available in my state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an English nonick pint.

a: Nearly clear orange/copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Lightly of caramel malt.

t: Follows the nose with more authority, followed by some smokiness and moderate hope bite. Sweet to bitter finish.

m; Light to medium, ok body and good carbonation tingle.

o; Good Scottish ale, lighter than a Scotch ale as it should be. On point as a representative of the style, though the smoky notes from the roasted malt is exceptional.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is sienna in color with a white, wispy head. The aroma is malty, with plenty of caramel scents. The aroma transfers nicely to the flavor...malt, sweetness, and a little hop notes for balance. Creamy, lightly carbonated, and very satisfying. Full in flavor and body. Nice.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft sample at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect.

Reddish tone with bright clarity, ample offwhite foam on the surface, depositing some spotty lacing around the edges. Good retention, the foam doesn't break until after the first few sips.

Toasted specialty grains, dry huskiness.

Similar flavors of toasty grains, husks and all, dry hop bitterness in the finish. Dry with no sweetness, body is light with ample carbonation. Seems a bit light for a Scotch Ale, but it's pretty drinkable nonetheless. Glad to finally try a beer from this new brewery.

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Photo of nwestby
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall a solid Scottish Ale. Pours a deep copper, with just a tinge of light breaking through at the corners of the glass. Head in my pour was thin. I had to let it splash hard in the glass to get a .25 inch of head the quickly dissipated. Smell is full of pleasant malty, nutty aroma. Taste is malt dominated and has touch of caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style in my opinion. Overall a average to above average Scottish.

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Photo of jws7968
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown in color. The aroma is very nutty with some banana. The taste is malty, with almost a taste of Lipton Iced Tea. The feel is somewhat watery. Overall, OK but I would not run out to try this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ffshore545
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Tale Of The Shony from Church Street Brewing Company
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