Beer No. 78 Original 80/-

Beer Type:  Dark Heavy Ale

ABV:   4.8%

Brewer:  Harviestoun

Bottle conditioned:  No

Bottle size:   330 ml

Country of origin:  Scotland

What the label says:

We Scots have always known the value of a shilling.  And why not? After all it’s our virtues of thriftiness and ptudence that have helped preserve the best things from our heritage, like our 80 Shilling ale.

Named after the levy charged on beer in the 19th Century when the stronger better quality ales attracted more tax, Harviestoun Original 80 Shilling is a traditional brew that harks back to the classic Scottish ales of yesteryear.  Dark and malty, the colour of russet tinged mahogany in the glass,  It’s rich with fruit loaf flavours of treacle, toffee, dates and butterscotch with a hint of spice.

And while the shillings in our pocket might not go as far as they used to, a bottle or two of this in our sideboard, makes us feel very rich indeed.

What the Beerdrinker says:

A dark beer with a good strong head.  A yeasty apple nose with hints of walnut and leaf mould.  This beer probably undersells itself and could do with being a touch stronger in alcoholic content.  As a consequence it is quite watery with none of the malty ovaltine, coffee and black forest gateau cherries  developing much intensity.  If the beer is left to flatten, it loses a lot of flavour.

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