Port Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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2.49/5 rDev -36%
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.
03-24-2014 18:12:57 | More by TMoney2591
3.33/5 rDev -14.4%
$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
03-02-2014 02:38:46 | More by wisrarebeer
3.49/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
11-14-2013 05:27:03 | More by JohnGalt1
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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
12-30-2013 00:58:10 | More by Doshkin
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
03-28-2014 22:58:44 | More by gueuzeonhigh
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-24-2014 04:44:31 | More by thecheapies
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
03-16-2014 00:44:16 | More by superspak
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-22-2013 01:21:23 | More by Etan
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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?
05-12-2014 03:49:03 | More by LiquidAmber
Port Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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