Brewed by Belhaven (Greene King)
Style: Bitter
Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Regular.
80 Shilling is Belhaven’s classic, hand-pulled, cask-conditioned ale - just like great great great grandpa would have had. It has a classic red appearance in the glass, rich and smooth. An Austrian Emperor once described 80/- as ’the burgundy of Scotland’. Not sure how many he’d had, but the man clearly had taste.

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Grumbo (3980) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Cask at the Plough, Ipswich. Pours dark amber/brown with a small lasting off-white head. Aroma of fruit, sour berry, caramel, malt, bread. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, touch sour. Light to medium body, slightly oily and watery texture, soft carbonation. Not great, and not what it used to be.

jfb (6665) - GERMANY - FEB 21, 2017
(cask) clear copper colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of melted wax and grainy pale malts, with some light burnt toffee and cardboard. flavour is mostly gently roasted malts and treebark, with a hint of yeast, some grain and a semi-dry roasty finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

Sissio (1751) - Orsenigo, ITALY - AUG 14, 2015
Red brownish with cappuccino head. A little bit odd old fashion cellar aroma, malty and cereal taste with bitter ending. Enjoyable

aleksander9 (1898) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2015
Dark red with creamy white head. Coffee, roasted malt and some floral notes. Sweet, chocolate and caramel finish. Overall: lovely.

harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
4.2% Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2015. Clear mid brown colour disappearing head. Brown twiggy bitter. Headgerow fruits. Good fruit I thought somewhere between strawberry and rhubarb. Enjoyable enough. Ok condition decent drying hop on the finish.

RickFifty (1399) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2015
Cask. Copper color, thick light beige head. Caramel nose, malty, metallic note. Malt forward taste, caramel, hint of fruit, earthy notes. Medium body, soft to flat carbonation, thick texture.

Stuu666 (14881) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
Cask at SRAF. Pours copper brown, nose is dull toffee, caramel, taste is dry toffee, sweet, thin.

allmyvinyl (11026) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Cask at The Scottish Real Ale Festival 2014. Pours clear brown, no head. Malty sweet aromas, not as raisiny as I was expecting, light sulphur note too. Taste is sweet, finishes clean enough. OK.

ChrisSc (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Cask ale into pint glass Overall: An okay beer, though not my style to be fair. Probably wouldn’t drink again. App: amber in color. This layer of white head to top glass aroma: light hops aroma. Not much there. taste: bitteer, slightly sweet. Texture: creamy and thin.

jjsint (3496) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2015 Cask at the Hereward, Ely. Reddish brown, pancake flat, almost no head. Hint of biscuity malt aroma. Taste is sweet with a medicinal woody bitterness. Finish is more balanced, with an attractively savoury tannic note at the end. Weak body. Not a complete shambles, but the bad outweighs the good.

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