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
87
very good

66 Ratings
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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.49/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brentk56
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of ccrida
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of REDAMI
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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