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

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Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De SillyBordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

100 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged for 6 months in Bordeaux Oak barrels.
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Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

The core of the beast in the tulip is like staring into the soul of the garnet in all its January-honoring glory. There ain’t no murk lurkin’ here, just lazy clarity. Above, a creamy cap of khaki seems to serve both as a welcoming hearth and a warning of what may lie beneath. Fuck you, I’m Beowulf, and I’m taking the plunge, witch!!

Call it the power of suggestion, call it reality, call it maybe, but I definitely get a sense of tannic red wine here from the get-go. Now, unless that wine was fortified with Everclear instead of aguardiente, there’s also a heavy dose of straight booze hanging along with the wine up front. A lesser man’d start feelin’ the world turn on him already, the ‘hol working its magic without having to work its way through the bloodstream. Luckily for us, though, I’m not a lesser man than I. See, I even have command of near-tautologies. Once the strong Bordeaux clouds pass, the Earth gives forth what’s left of its bounty in the glass: buttery caramel, earthy greens, oak, spicy seaweed, and the faintest possible hint of used-up charcoal way off in the distance. Things are certainly brighter than in the un-barreled days, but that ain’t saying as much as first glance might let on. In fact, it seems as though a different atmosphere settled on the same planet: Sure, there’s gonna be some influence on the surface, what with new winds and precipitation and whatnot, but it’s mostly just in the air.

Turfside, the wine has certainly been absorbed by the still-cardboardy sweet bread plains. What results is a base cake of wet box, heather, rye crust, and earthy greens, all drizzled-o’er with the musty grapes of a plummy port. If this is Bordeaux, it’s strangely mineraly, watered-down just like the container that once held my old refrigerator after a few hours in the rain waiting for collection and interment. The end result isn’t necessarily better than the bare version: it’s not pure evolutionary growth, just radial evolution.

Beyond that, Venus is pretty much just like Earth, what with a middling mass for a terrestrial planet and a token amount of tectonic and tidal activity. Yup, if it weren’t for that barreling, I’d think I’ve got two bottles of the same beer here, and I’d have to go back to the store and challenge what my receipt and their shelf-tags told me. The similarities continue into the general impressions, which remain fairly tepid. I can’t in good conscience call this stuff great beer, nor really all that tasty or enjoyable. Still, I hesitate to go too far in my condemnation, as it’s not technically bad, just broadly kinda crappy-tasting.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich red/copper color. One-finger head of loose khaki brown foam dissipates quickly to sloppy islands across the surface. Beer is a deep red rosewood color and moderately opaque.

S - Rich toasted malts and dark caramels. Hints of dried cherries, amaretto, and milk chocolate. As it warms, smokey peat can be coaxed out of the glass.

T - Grainy bread mixed with 50% chocolate and rich caramels. Nicely toasted malts. Deep, rich red fruits in the background at the edges - almost as shadows. Hints of vanilla appear as it warms. Not at all sweet or cloying, but no hop bitterness, either - perfectly balanced. No signs of booziness in spite of the 9% ABV. Very true to the style, and absolutely delicious!

M - Moderately fizzy, but smooth. Nice structure with a solid body. Light, short finish.

O - A simply outstanding beer, this was a treat to savor and enjoy. The flavors are rich and wonderful; it's clearly made from high-quality ingredients. In fact, it's almost a Scotch-Belgium dopplebock. One of the best beers I've tasted in a long, long time, and will definitely be a required purchase when it's on the shelf.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of samtrillo
4.09/5  rDev 0%

No where on the bottle does it say Bordeaux barrel were the ones used but based on the pictures I've found of my bottle and the others listed, I believe I'm in the right place. Very silly label it is.

Anyway, the beer pours a murky brown. Looks as if someone poured some chocolate into root beer.

I get a sweet yeasty brown malt presence on the nose followed by red wine tartness.

Wow, I can't believe this is a 9% barrel aged scotch ale from the mouthfeel. It's very soft and has some crisp carbonation.

Brown sugar and cherried red wine notes pervade the initial sips. Vanilla as it opens up with, yep I wanna say root beer woodiness. It's warming now; I'm getting more of the classic dried prunes and date feel of a scotch ale. Some bitterness at the end blends nicely with a smokey finish as the sweetness of the malt also sticks around a bit.

Overall, I gotta say what comes to mind is cherry-vanilla-root beer. If there is such a thing. I think the one downside to this was the carbonation, thus the soda comparisons. I think this would be even better aged. Get it while you can.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of bashiba
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty orange/amber with a thick off white head. Not much lacing or retention.

The smell was dominated by the fruity wine barrel esters and caramel malts mixing together for a big sweet nose.

The flavor was sweet as well, big sweet scotch ale malts mixing in with a lot of dark fruit flavors, very grapey and just a touch of oak in the finish.

The mouthfeel had nice levels of carbonation with a moderate creamyness.

A fun strange Scotch ale, nothing great but at least it was interesting and unusual.

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a thistle glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch light tan had that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like red wine, dark fruit, caramel, peat and a bit of vanilla. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like caramel and bready malt/grain, dark fruit (cherries, raisins), vanilla, red wine and some peat. Gets only better the longer I drink this. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and slick and has moderate carbonation. It's smooth and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. $13.99 a bottle.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BeerNFood
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Gevetyn
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red amber with a fine two finger light tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark dried fruit, bready malt, Belgian yeast, hints of cherry and red wine. Flavor follows with rich dark fruit juice, dried fruit, light cherry, bready malt and Belgian yeast. Finishes with dark fruit, light hops and a hint of red wine and wood. Proabably closer in taste to a Belgian dark than a scotch ale (not much peat or smokiness), but I'm not complaining, this is really tasty. Medium body with a pleasant light creaminess. Glad I got one of this in the nanosecond they were on the shelves and will look for it again.

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So drinkable. 

Lots of dark fruit. Little vanilla in the nose. Some caramel. 

I smell the red wine barrel. 

The taste has cherry. Dark woods. 

Slightly heavy and not really my favorite style but this is randy. 

Huge cherry aroma 

Big quad like taste. Super smooth quad-esque 

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Craigory
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of throwback
4.5/5  rDev +10%

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Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.