Friday, December 19, 2014

Odell 180 Shilling Ale

This is a 9.6% ABV oak-aged and bottle conditioned beer from Odell Brewing Company of Fort Collins, Colorado. In celebration of their 25th anniversary, it doubles up on the recipe of their 90 Shilling Scottish ale.

The beer pours a dark brown and glistening dark ruby. There is a relatively short head of very light tan foam, somewhat creamy. The aroma is caramel and cherries, with subtle effects from the oak. The taste follows the aromas, rich and deep caramel, dark fruit, mostly cherries, with an astringent oakiness. The finish is dry, more woody than bitter, and a bit spicy and/or alcohol heat. It has the fine, but intense carbonation of bottle-conditioning. 

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