Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

91 Shilling | Two Brothers Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
91 Shilling91 Shilling
37 Ratings
91 Shilling91 Shilling

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 10-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of BEERchitect
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Capturing the essence of Scottish Ales isn't easy- make it malty, but not sweet. Earthy, but not smoky. Dark, but not roasty. There's a lot of finesse in making these bold flavored beers, and Two Brothers pulls it off effortlessly.

91 Shilling pours with a masculine medium-dark brown hue. Hazy, the beer seems to put up a wall to protect it from what's outside. But a glimmer of light at the edge of the glass reveals a tawny bronze coloration that's a little more forgiving. Releasing a thick blanket of foam, once again, the beer seems to put up a shield of off-white foam between the beer and the mouth. Well defined rings of lace trail the beer with each sip. It's simply a manly looking ale.

Medium-toast aromas shy away from roasted notions but play on the malt backbone of deeply caramelized toffee, light coffee, earthy cocoa, slight peat and campfire. Mild alcohol notes wrap around fruit esters of grape, almost-cherry, and almost licorice for added depth in its overall scent.

Where the aroma is a bit modest, the flavors share no such thing in common- dense and robust flavors of overcooked grain sweetness and the body to boot gives the impression of a full flavored dark ale. But the sultry taste turns toasty, nutty, and lightly woodish to finish- giving a slim glimpse into the hops that aid in balance. Again, the dark fruit esters add complexity to the beer's finish but remain understated in its complementary role.

Medium-full in body, the beer's early but subtle carbonation quivers incrementally as the beer traverses across the palate and leads to a remarkably dry beer in finish despit its richer upstart. Surprisingly refreshing and drinkable even for a "Wee Heavy", the beer flirts with grainy and watery textures as the carbonation has dissipated in those last few drinks.

91 Shilling has all the pieces and parts that are needed to make a proper Scottish Ale, but the depth and complexity of those pieces are simplistic in their portrayal and keeps me wanting more from the ale as well. Authentic versions would have pushed the malty-dry finish, peated character, burnt sugar, and fruit components a bit further.

 2,146 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tawny light brown pour, dark brown in the glass, tan foam on the surface. Texture is on the creamy side, with minimal spotty lacing in the glass.

Nutty and woody aroma, malty and possibly peated but no actual smoke resent. Dry, not sweet.

Flavors follow suit, malty and smooth, creamy with a nicely full feel, though it's actually fairly light on the palate. Lightly toasty and bready with a vague dried dark fruit note and a dry bitter finish. pretty smooth and drinkable, would pick this up again before it's gone for another decade...

 540 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the 91 Schilling...its not an overthetop scotch ale. Its a nice smooth easy drinking beer. It pours an nice rich mohagony with thin offwhite creamy head that is leaving a nice lace. The smell is weaker than most scotch ales, but there is definitely hinst of malt and earth. The taste starts slightly bitter then the caramel/peat malts kick in to balance the pallet leaving a very nice taste. The mouthfeel is a lighter medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall I think this is a good beer and would have it again if offered.

 534 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Part 13 in the Brothers' 15-part anniversary series. This stuff pours a clear deep ruby-brown topped by a finger of ashen khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-roasted caramel, buttery toffee, a few pinches of cocoa powder, and a vague sense of earthiness. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch more cocoa, a slight nuttiness, and a tiny oak component. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, a solid, unassuming Scotch ale, one that, though technically proficient, doesn't wanna make things swing.

 608 characters

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. 22 oz. bomber poured into a thistle. L: A brilliant chestnut pour produces a 1” tan foam collar with a very fine bead and produces intricate lace. S: Rich malt aromas. T: Rich malts with dark caramel, dark sugars, malt spiciness, some dryness from unmalted barley, and a light hop bitterness. F: Very creamy smooth O: A very easy to drink Wee Heavy.

 371 characters

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a light beige sticky head that last as a thin film. There are a few random bubbles slowly gliding up the sides of the glass

S- The clean brown malt aroma is dry and a hint mealy but otherwise doesn't have a lot of dimension.

T- The taste of stale toasted malt with some soft brown malt flavor blends with a cola note and some faint pot caramel/ cardboard hint in the finish. There is a hint of sweetness in the finish but it is otherwise pretty clean.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice but soft malt flavor but it is a bit dull and doesn't have a lot of character to it. I just got tired of drinking it after the first glass.

 751 characters

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

#13 of 15 Beers for 15 Years Series - had on tap at Two Brothers Tap House - Warrenville, IL

Poured a deep chestnut color with some ruby hues, topped with a thin, beige head, decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are earthy, peat, woodsy, malty. Tastes are earthy and malty, peat, woody, brown sugar, nutty, caramel, toffee, raisin. High point of this ale is the mouth-feel: medium-to-full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Finishes a bit spicy with a tingle on the tongue. Overall, nice representation of the style.

 534 characters

Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Number 13 of 15 in the Retro Release Series.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Two finger rocky and pitted beige head forms and gently recedes to a ring. A filmy lace is left behind.
S: Bready and caramel malt. Some fruity esters. Kind of dank and metallic.
T: Again, bready and caramel malts. Lightly toasted grains and some fruity peppery spice from the yeast.
M/D: A medium body with a bit higher carbonation that I was expecting. Fairly watery though. Not hard to drink. The bottle will be gone in no time, but probably not something I am coming back to often.

Pretty average example. A simple bread and caramel malt component, not overly sweet though. Which can be a problem, especially with many American made versions. Though still, just not a lot here that keeps me coming back.

 784 characters

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. A dark brown/mohoghanny pour, thin layer of off white on top. Some minimal lacing.

Aroma, Caramel, toffee, leather and some toasted malt.

Taste, very peaty, leathery. Toasted malt, burnt brown sugar, walnut. Some herbally tea. Sweetness is pretty subdued. Maybe just a tad much on the herbal notes. Maybe not though, just favors the nutty, leathery, peaty side of the style.

Heavier side of light body, good carbonation. About right here, drinks well, would have like a richer sweet side though. Still certainly worth a try.

 533 characters

Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This red-hued medium-dark brown beer, with moderate opacity and a bit of a haze, grows a well-sustained and sizeable tan head that develops a creaminess to it both in look and in feel, which translates essentially to plenty of stick and a mixture of webbing and legging on the glass in plenty.
Malts are steady and produce a firm foundation for a sweetness of toffee, caramel and raisin-like dark fruits to set on a toasty note and balance against a peaty earthiness and a hint of an herbal note. A light, unoffensive metallic note, a staple of varietals, both malt and hops, that are English in origin, is present throughout. ThiDespite its listing, as I understand it the intent is a traditional Socttish ale rather than a Wee Heavy, whereas that is the Old 1713 (in the same anniversary line). It doesn't posess the strength required of a Wee Heavy, but I'll grade to the brewer's intenet rather than the inaccuracy provided.
The body is medium, on par for the style. Semi-dry, the slightly chalkier dryness plays into the feel as it tends to with traditional rather than American styles. It has a firm but soft crispness that rides out the full session and a steady smoothness as well.

 1,189 characters

Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of vande
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, released in November 2012
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Two Brothers' 91 Shilling is a fairly average Scotch ale: identifiable malt components of caramel and bread overwhelming a minor amount of bittering hops. The flavor, despite its freshness, is underwhelming: the malts just don't express much, and the creation comes across as rather boring. One they should have left retired.

Pours a 2cm tall head, composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, tan in color. Head retention is about average, lasting a minute or two as it sinks to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer. Modest lacing is present as the head recedes, leaving a few washes of lace and spotty blobs on the glass' sides. Beer's body is a very dark brown to nearly black, opaque, with light bringing out virtually no changes in color: this is dark. Carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma is rather subdued, of caramel sweetness, brown to dark colored malt sugars, and slight cumin. There's not much depth or complexity from the malt usage here.

Taste is of brown bread, minor caramelized sugars, papery cardboard, mild European hop bitterness, and an underlying sweetness. Opens with caramelized sugar sweetness, brown bread crumbs, and a bit of generic grain and cardboard flavor. Mid-palate of brown bread, modest caramelized sugar sweetness, paper/cardboard, and European hop bitterness. Back of palate finds modest bread and caramel sweetness and greater emphasis on the mild bitterness. Aftertaste of caramelized, slightly charred sugars and residual hop bitterness.

Beer is medium bodied with apparently low carbonation levels. The resulting mouthfeel is smooth with minor fizziness. Unfortunately, as what carbonation there is wears off quickly, this becomes a bit stagnant on the palate. Closes dryly, with some modest stickiness across the palate. Above average, but plenty of room for improvement.

 1,930 characters

Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
91 Shilling from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 37 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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