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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Reviews: 17
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-14-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2015-02-13
750ml corked caged bottle poured into a pair of snifters. Apparently there was a date or a code on the top of the cage, but it mostly rubbed off.

Pours cloudy brown with a small head and little carbonation. Smell is yeasty, chalky, belgiany, a little smokey (but not very). Some dark fruit.

Taste is very Belgian with a definite grape juice hint. Tasty, but not terribly exciting. I'd like more of that smoke, less of the grape juice.

Mouthfeel is very light and airy. Surprisingly dry. Overall, not bad, but not great. (533 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 edition.

Dark and murky with a deep reddish mahogany color. Exciting crest of rising head. Amounted to an inch and a half, at first, then subsided to a small cap with a lace-down lip.

Belgian dark ale phenols, musty malts with a Scottish bent, vinous notes, soft oakiness, red grape, prune, and some Band-Aid offness.

Oh, the port barrel is pronounced now. Chianti, raisin, savory barley, grape skin tannins, oak barrel, faint red apple, tartness with hints of Brett, medicinal/clove notes, and lingering mintiness in the finish. That combo reads funny, but is a good collective of flavors.

Has that tannic dryness and light tartness, but still flexing a wooly body. Carbonation is just a bit on the coarse side. Brushy, maybe.

Great Scotch Ale with that flair of port wine barrel aging. First port barrel-aged beer in my brew-scography. Not as good as the Bordeaux, but excellent, nonetheless. (904 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a medium to dark reddish coppery amber with a fine two finger tan head with great retention and thick, pillowy lacing. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel malt, mildly oxidized fortified wine and a slight minerally element. Flavor is mild caramel malt and wood, thinning out to a more vinous, fruitier taste with hints of caramel, dark fruit and oak. Finishes with the vinous notes and a slight tartness overwhelming the caramel, which returns in a lingering mild toffee and light hop finish. Medium bodied. An interesting, but odd barrelling of Scotch de Silly. The vinous, slightly tart fruitiness of the port did seems a awkward fit with the sweet maltiness of a Scotch ale. This is surprising, because I really enjoyed the previous Bordeaux aging of this ale and usually prefer the Port style treatments over wine. Somehow the previous wine barrelling enhanced the Scotch flavors and this leans more towards a tart Port with hints of caramel malt in the background. It is still enjoyable and I finished it more quickly than I expected (the ABV is well hidden), but I really like Scotch ale flavors and they were too subdued in this treatment. Glad I got to the try this treatment, but hope for a more complimentary barrelling next time. Dare I hope for whiskey next time? (1,317 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice red-amber color with a short lived head.
My sample produced a small nose with a bit of green apple hints.

Flavor starts with a mild hints of hops and green apples. To a lesser degree are hints of caramel and malt. Finish makes a
stronger showing with tartness and effervescence on the pallet.

Mouthfeel is a cordial but lively combination of effervescence and tartness.

This was an enjoyable beer but I'm not convinced that my beer dollars produced the top level beer satisfaction.

Still a nice beer worth enjoying if you get the chance. (557 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.56/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

When this came onto my local's shelf, I was excited: the solid Scotch Silly aged in a port barrel? I'm in. It pours a clear faded garnet seen through a sepia filter topped by a meek finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wet wood, mild maple syrup, even milder red wine (not port, more like a deep Italian red), a stiff breeze of heather, and a dab of booze in the background. The taste hints at some maple syrup, some dark greens, some flowers, and some caramel, but it unfortunately focuses on the barrel, which comes through as a harsh mass of Rossi port-soaked wood. It's like when a mean-spirited asshole guffaws in your general direction, aiming his terrifying halitosis straight at your nostrils. Only on your tongue. Awful, just plain awful. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this was a waste of port barrels (and cheap, crappy ones, at that) and a waste of Scotch Silly. Boo this noise. (999 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, 2013 bottling. Pours very hazy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, pear, apple, fig, toast, toffee, molasses, red grape, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and port barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, raisin, fig, pear, apple, red grape, oak, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy tannin-like tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, molasses, raisin, fig, pear, apple, red grape, oak, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and barrel flavors; with a nice malt/tannin balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice scotch ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and port barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,404 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$13.99 for a 750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage.

A: deep copper color, thin lacing throughout
S: interesting with winy qualities and some mustiness that resembled a hint of oxidation
T: a nice beer but somewhat one-dimensional, malty, definite port-like qualities with a bit of heat in finish
M: a bit of heat, malty but not cloying
O: decent beer but I was expecting more (366 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (637 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,803 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Medium golden brown with a thick ivory/tan head.

S - Sharp red fruit, wine barrel, butterscotch, and a malt back.

T - Oak, red wine, malt sweetness, slight metallic tinge.

M - Lighter than expected, fine consistent carbonation, dry finish.

The barrel dries the sweetness out of the scotch ale. A great beer for a red wine lover as it carries many wine-like characteristics. (427 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.58/5  rDev +19%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer has a russet body with a small off-white head. Oak, red wine, dessert wine, port, malt, maybe a touch of vanilla. Smooth flavor. A velvety dessert beer. Sweet, but not too. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Not a ton of traditional scotch ale or wee heavy flavor. Like a sweeter, slightly more robust Belgian amber ale. Pretty good. (389 characters)

Photo of Doshkin
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - nice dark copper amber color, cloudy, and topped with an inch of cream colored head that dwindles to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Looks enticing. A little bit of sticky "wet" lacing left behind where I poured onto the back side of the glass (opposite of where I'm drinking from)

S - little bit of funk seems to be the most prominent smell, some dark fruity undertones and some malty sweetness

T - Rich, complex sweetness with just a touch of twang that hits the the tip of the tongue at first and then comes back to hit the top back of the mouth on the finish. Getting some more bitterness in the aftertaste the further I get through the bottle. Also getting some more of the 9% starting to shine through.

M - medium, creamy, and smooth with a dry finish. The alcohol isn't crazy but it adds a pleasant touch of wamrth

O - really glad my lhbs owner recommended this one. Definitely worth the $12.59 I spent for the 750ml bottle! This is my first beer of the night and I really enjoyed it (1,003 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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 (1,041 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml into a large snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a moderate light beige head.

S: Lots of port in the nose. Raisin, cooked figs, grape must, vinous oak.

T: Taste is a little more balanced, with toffee, sweet red wine, lightly astringent earthiness, dark booze, maple.

M: Thick-bodied with moderate-to-high carbonation.

O: Pretty heavy on the port barrel, but the beer stands up to it. I prefer whiskey to port for barrel-aging but this is pretty nice. (464 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Found this tonight at Brewer's Haven on Vista for $13ish... A deep amber/red brew poured into my HotD goblet producing a super long lasting 1" dark tan head.... great lacing.

The nose is immensely complex... tons of maltiness with big fruitiness, wood, and vinous notes... not as much caramel maltiness as in most traditional wee heavies, but the barrel presence adds pretty interesting elements.

Oak sawdust combines with fruity port elements much more on the front end of the palate... big and fruity moves into a lite darker maltiness... a bit earthy with warmth and then finishes the same way it begins with tangy fruits and dusty oak.

Body is medium... good carbonation... Honestly could use more body and fewer bubbles IMO.

Decent... I appreciate it, but don't necessarily like it.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.25/3.5 (814 characters)

Port Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.