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Port Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.

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Port Barrel Aged Scotch De SillyPort Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly

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BA SCORE
88
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-14-2013)
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful, dark ruby-amber color. Mostly opaque. Pours a rich, foamy and super creamy head that leaves a fluffy layer over the brew throughout the entire drink. Layers of lace cling to the glass like soap suds.

Big aroma of dry, red wine. Mild oak. Burnt sugar.

Sweet malt character of brown sugar, prunes and figs. Subtle oak. Semi-dry red wine. Hint of hop oils. Yeasty clove flavor. Great complexity and balance of flavors.

Full bodied and semi-dry. Well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles. Smooth texture.

Love the innovation. Its a great scotch ale with wine character and a Belgian edge. Only the most passionate brewer could create a beer of this quality and creativity. Love the complex wine character coupled with the rich malt. Simply fantastic.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it with friends, just a few quick notes:

2013 limited edition, had the same year; smells of vineous red fruit/red wine, vanilla, oak, citrus and caramel;
taste is fruity at first, with a nice complexity; there the classic dark fruit spectrum, mixed with tart/sour cherries, vineous red grapes, crisp citrus (oranges, lime, with lots of peel) and big acidic pear/red apple;
big red wine feel, more alcoholic and spicier, thus revealing the port notes; malts come second, with a low roast but a decent amount of caramel; bigger barrel notes than in the Bordeaux version, with lots of oak chips and astringent earthiness, also huge tannic presence; hops are not the star, but provide a nice bitter finish;
the booze/taste balance is nice throughout, going from port wine to sherry, sometimes with the booze bigger, especially after more sips, as it warms; still a nice barrel scotch ale, the first port one i've ever had, and leaves me wanting to try more;
had the beer pretty freshly bottled, some cellaring would have helped, i guess

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4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Port Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly is dark garnet with a tan head leaving sticky, foamy lice. Light and quickly dissipating for bottle conditioned Belgian.

Smell is very nice soft, fruity esters, a little chalky minerality.

Taste is similar, the esters play really well with the port, which is robust. Not very malty, but nor is regular Scotch De Silly, which is more of a Belgian Amber. A little heat, but clean.

Mouthfeel is soft and silky, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability very high, I find this to be an exceptionally tasty beer. Admittedly lacking depth, but the notes it has really sing.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The incredible fusion of port wine into strong Scottish ale creates a resounding complex taste with fruit folding in, barrels projecting and a surprising high rate of drinkability for an ale that's just a wee heavy.

Its tawny-brown hues simply look like port, even though the ale trends a few shades dark in ruby than do the average port. Also, its creamy light-tan head slowly emerges from the beer's body. Its strong retention and thin lace specks the glass evenly and confidently.

Powerfully complex, the beer's aroma isn't shy with the port contributions. As the ale's already maltiness reveals the scent of slight toffee scorch, molasses, coffee and hints of chocolate, its oaken-smoke grape character extends beautifully from esters to sweet and savory port wine.

To taste, the beer trends much more merlot or cabernet as the fruit acidity slices through the rich malt flavors with ease. Those molasses, toffee and chocolate notes are no match for the peppery wood spices, sweet port alcohol, and the tart vinous character from grape and barrel. Decorated with prunes, cherries, dates and figs- the earthy and savory flavors march on. The ale develops nicely toward a tangy fruit finish and slim bitterness.

Likewise in taste, the barrel cuts into the beer's body as well, reducing it from "wee heavy" to powdery dryness, equipped with sharp acidity and spicy tannin. Saved by a refined creamy carbonation, the ale is soft and quite delicate on the palate before finishing dry, plaster-like and with spicy wine-like warmth.

The flavor that the port barrel gives to the Scotch ale is incredible, but comes at the sacrifice of body and supporting malt sweetness. Either a more robust ale would stand up to the barrel better or less time in those barrels would pull the beer better into balance.

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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights; the tan head leaves some squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Elements of the Wee Heavy (toffee, molasses and butterscotch) mingle with the fortified wine tones imparted from the Port barrels

Taste: The Port barrels impart a strong taste to this wine, bringing a vinous and slightly tart, fruity character; underneath, the toffee, molasses and butterscotch tones mingle with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very interesting beer that highlights an underused barrel that nicely complements a malty base beer

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Port Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.