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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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:
Aged for 6 months in Bordeaux Oak barrels.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-10-2012)
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

ScottStache, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

darcange, Nov 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Apathetiq, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

pjkelley82, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

s4s, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Immortale25, Sep 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

throwback, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

CJS, Dec 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

amalburg, May 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

shigg85, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Vierenner
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Very interesting beer. It's mildly sweet with a beautiful blend of distinct flavors and negligible hop bite. As opposed to so many ales on the market this one has personality! I certainly get red wine overtones in both smell and taste. I also get caramel and a hint of vanilla. I suppose some fruit too ... but that's a bit of a stretch for my palate. Overall delicious!

Vierenner, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Kevinpitts, May 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Lukass, Sep 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

randylangford, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, ruby, with a thin head that goes away fast, and doesn't really stick to the glass.
Smells of plum jam, honey, toasted malts and somewhat floral.
Taste is straight up dark fruit (lots of raisin, plums, figs, dates), combined with molasses, creating a jam-like aroma. Some low red apple also, but bigger red grapes. Malts are toasted, but not aggresively, with a very low bitterness. Lots of caramel, Belgian sugars and a sugarcane component that somehow reminds of black rum, considering the warm alcohol, speaking of which, is pretty well hidden.
Main spice is vanilla, with some low "wine-spices", like some faint clove and cinnamon. Also some light pepper. Hops provide some nice bitter green notes in the finish.
Not a lot of barrely notes, considering this is 1.a scotch ale and 2.barrel aged. Weirdly, the bottle doesn't say anything else about the barrels or the aging. Still, low woody notes, some oak, and very faint whisky, wanted more.
Finally, this beer is definitely aged, but the barrel doesn't scream out. Could easily be considered a Belgian strong dark that was left in the cellar for a few years. Nevertheless, a perfect dark ale, nothing bad to say about it.

dcmchew, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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 

Patrickbrusil, Sep 21, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So extremely smooth. I'm not the biggest Scotch Ale fan, but I could sip on this all day. Pours out a nice clean copper/amber color. Sweet maltiness on the nose with a hit of wine characteristics. Soft on the mouth with bits of vanilla and a touch of caramel. As the beer warms up, the Bordeaux comes it, with a bit of tartness and just a slightly dry finish, but not to the extend where your tongue feels like a cotton ball. Very very enjoyable beer. Would love to compare this to the regular Scotch Silly....

homebrewedchristian, Dec 18, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I knew this girl was a bit of a rarity, but I had no idea just how rare. I wish I had bought 3-4 more. I have had one of these bottles already about 3 months ago and it was just divine. One of my favorite beers of all time. I am thoroughly looking forward to this.

A – A deep chestunut ruby that is somewhat see through. A huge gorgeous cinnamon head that lasts forever and leaves clumps of lacing. This is a gorgeous beer right from the get-go, I’m giddy with excitement already.

S – It has a caramel and floral aroma to it, dark fruits to be certain, and what I can only describe as a creamy cinnamon element to it as well. It also smells a little bit like a very sweet scotch, and you get some of the indicators of the red wine barrel aging in the nose as well. It kind of smells like candied bread, if that’s possible.

T – The taste is good. I’m sitting on judging it for a minute because right now I am actually not blown away. I think I need to let it heat up a little bit. But for the flavors you get a mild scotchyness, some caramel, a slight combination of sour and sweet that works rather nicely… You have to wait for this thing to get real warm in order to enjoy it. Do not drink this if it is cold in any way or you will be kicking yourself. A little chilled is fine and anything in that region to slightly below room temperature is where it starts tasting totally awesome. There are a lot of dark fruits and a slight wine element coupled with the malty factor. It has a very sweet taste to it, no sour now really, and it also has a nice vanilla aspect to it as well. It’s really a very good beer, it is not, however, as good as I remembered it being. I would call it great, but not quite excellent, or world class.

M – The mouthfeel is medium-full body with limited carbonation and has a creamy texture to it.

O – Overall this beer is totally awesome. I would absolutely buy it again, but it is not one my favorite beers of all time as I had remembered it being. Still though, this is something for the brewers to hold their head high over, great beer all around.

KKB, Dec 17, 2012
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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a tan head. In the aroma, red wine and a small caramel like maltiness. In the taste, caramel malt and oaky red wine. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry and oaky red wine in the aftertaste. Red wine and oak is huge in this, very nice and enjoyable.

OWSLEY069, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

BKotch, Aug 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Birdlegs, Feb 17, 2013
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Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.