Tasting Room Series: 80 Shilling | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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3.77/5
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Tasting Room Series: 80 ShillingTasting Room Series: 80 Shilling
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our take on a classic Scottish style, 80 Shilling falls near the middle of a family beers typically categorized using the “shilling system.” Light chestnut in color, Tasting Room – 80 Shilling opens with toasty/biscuity malt aromas provided by Simpson’s Maris Otter and Crystal Light layered with Dingeman’s Amber 50. Flavors of the same present in a light to medium bodied beer with subtle, lingering malt sweetness punctuated by just enough bitterness from Magnum hops. European malt and Scottish yeast take center stage in this super sessionable ale.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
17
pDev:
9.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of red_5_sooner
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was visiting with a former student in the take-out section of 551 West, where she works as a counter clerk, when she tells me that she has some singles with which she was unfamiliar & knowing my propensity to buy such things, she suggested my taking a look. This was one of them & with it, I set forth on a new Coup de Boule adventure!

From the bottle: "Scottish-style Ale"; Release 001 Year 2018"; "25 IBUs".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into my awaiting glass. Unbidden, it did me the favor of forming a finger of dense, foamy, light-tan head with moderate retention that withered in the face of the rising humidity of the day. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet, very much of caramel and almost like toffee. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not far beyond it, either. The taste was slightly sweet, more towards caramel than toffee, but with a light smokiness. It was perfectly aligned with the site's style description! Jeez, even as a hophead, I could drink this all day. It was very pleasant, unobtrusive & very easy-drinking. Finish was in that twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. Very nice!

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Photo of sparx1100
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Initial impression from a bottle:

Malty but not big and bold, bringing flavour without heft or booze. Chewy caramel and toffee are present alongside pale malt sweetness.

A very basic by-the-numbers Scottish ale with a low ABV.

Drinkable but underwhelming.

C (2.92) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Suds
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a hazy, honey-colored beer with a slim head. The aroma is lightly malty, with just a little hop scent. Caramel and toast. The taste is lightly sweet with a little bitterness keeping it centered. Full in body and very nice.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of roasted malt, peat and some smoke. Nice smokey/peaty flavor with a nice roastiness, too.

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Photo of Brucebeernut
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper-toned body; thin yet lasting head; dense and creamy. Aroma of honey and caramel malts. Diluted caramel taste; some brown sugar; mild hop bitterness. Medium-light body; watery; faint warmth.

Not bad but seems really weak for the style.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bump8628
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date "08AUG2018".

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear, dark. copper color with one-finger, off-white head that quickly dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is light lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation.

SMELL: faint to the nose, bread and caramel.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and bread, very little hop profile detected.

PALATE: medium body and higher than average carbonation.

OVERALL: I'm not a huge fan of this style but enjoyed this for what it is, it's a malt dominated beer to be sure but I like the lower ABV 4.1%, I've had some boozy versions of this style so I like the fact can have more than one, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You're getting a very light, almost session-style Scottish beer here, not a Scotch Wee Heavy. Take note - it's only 4.1% ABV. That said, it's very refreshing and a bit dry on the finish, almost like a lager. They've also experimented with a Dry Helles so I'll want to see how similar those two are. I would not compare this beer to anything on the comparables list on this site, as it is much lighter than a winter ale or anything else listed in the Scottish ale category. They called it 80 Shilling to avoid comps to Odell Brewing's 90 Shilling, though they are friends and have collaborated in the past. But those are two completely different beers, which Boulevard acknowledges by calling this one the "less taxing" of the two. This name makes sense in that light.

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Tasting Room Series: 80 Shilling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 17 ratings