91 Shilling | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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91 Shilling91 Shilling

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of coz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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...

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Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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91 Shilling from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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