I was at a Columbus Blue Jackets game tonight, and for a number of reasons, I was forced to drink Miller Lite instead of a local craft brew or one of my Canadian favorites. Needless to say, I was thirsty after a tie game, overtime, and a shoot-out (which ended in a CBJ loss -auuugh). On the way home I decided to pick up a six pack of something local: my choice was Columbus Brewing Company’s 90 Shilling Ale.
As soon as I opened 90 Shilling Ale, I could smell its spicy nose. Its aroma reminded me of A Winter’s Ale I had on a cold December some years ago. Like that beer, this one had a copper color, but lighter than the winter brew.
Initially, it tastes like a winter brew, but it did not have the spicy undertones. The flavor is slightly nutty, with just a hint of aged scotch. It gave me a comfortable feeling like I might feel sitting before a fireplace completely relaxed and warm. It’s dry, fine bubbles make sipping more favorable than gulping. Its perfect for a cold November.
Unlike many winter brews that are only available in the Winter (go figure), 90 Shilling Ale is available all year round. I enjoyed it on this forty degree night, but I can not imagine sucking one down after mowing the grass on a humid ninety degree day. Nor could I see myself drinking one while watching football. It’s just too refined. Drink it while winding down on a blustery Autumn day, and you’ll be sure to enjoy 90 Shilling Ale.