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Williams Brothers 80/-

Rating: 3.65

A return to my second most visited brewery now, this one will be my fourteenth beer from the Williams Brothers brewery based in Alloa, Scotland and my second in as many weeks, following on from their Joker IPA I tried again last weekend. This particular offering is an eight schilling style Scottish Ale, a style I’ve had a few of in the past, initially thinking it’s not a style I’m going to enjoy but for the most part it is one that is usually done quite well. This one was another bottle I bought in Morrisons over the weekend due to the fact it was a new beer for me and that it was slightly reduced, my only hope was that it would be drinkable and as it turned out it definitely was; it’s one to keep an eye out for but it’s probably not a classic.

Williams Brothers Eighty Schilling

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark mahogany brown colour with a pretty thin looking, foamy head that is light brown in colour and stays as a consistent covering on top of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): Rich on the nose with some chocolate and darker malts initially plus some sweeter malts and a hint of caramel and toffee. There are a few lighter, caramel hops and some milk chocolate towards the end.
Taste (7/10): This one starts with some sweetness and a good blend of milky chocolate plus some good, darker malts. The chocolate was backed up with a little spice, a nutty caramel flavour and some light hints of toffee towards the end.  The beer is pretty creamy tasting and is rounded of with some earthy hops and a touch of bitterness.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied but still fairly thick and with a good, creamy texture. There is a good smoothness to the beer and carbonation is moderate with a dry finish and some nice sweetness throughout.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad beer overall, for some reason I always think this isn’t going to be a style of beer that I enjoy but it usually turns out to be not a bad offering every time I pick an eighty schilling style beer up, perhaps I’ve just been lucky but either way this was a beer that I enjoyed. Quite a nice sweet and milk chocolaty flavour that seemed more like a light milk stout than a Scottish ale but an enjoyable offering regardless and one that I’d have again.

Brewed In: Alloa, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Full Name: Williams Brothers Eighty Schilling Scottish Ale
First Brewed:  circa. 2009
Type: Scottish Ale
Abv: 4.2%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.50

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