Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly - Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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3.3/5 rDev -19.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2013 02:26:55 | More by TMoney2591
3.76/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Corked and caged 750ml bottle that had a plain and simple sea green/black/blue striped label with the name of the beer in bold letters and the brewery crest in the background. The back label only contains the mandatory US info. What kind of barrel is it aged in? Tequila? Rum? What? If I didn't have Internet access, I wouldn't know.
When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this silly beer appeared to pour a dark brown color, but rays of light showed this beer's true color. The beer was actually a dark cherry amber with some faint burgundy highlights. The color of the beer was better than the head of foam. All I received was a tiny thin tan like head of foam. It acted like it somewhere to be so it receded away very fast. It only managed to leave behind a small number of rings along the side.
The aroma was a little bit on the sweet side. Right up front was the lightly toasted caramel malts. After that, this beer smelled like a red wine. That's the Bordeaux barrel aging shining through. This red wine part of the aroma consisted of red grapes, a few black cherries, a plum or two, and some subtle oak in the back. You can tell the barrel aging ruled over the aroma.
It wasn't the lightly toasted caramel malts that kicked off the taste. Instead it was the dark fruits that started things off. Up front was the red grapes, dark cherry, and a drop of plum. The fruits don't stick around for very long. That's when a small taste of toasted malts comes in. When the malts are done, the taste then finishes up with a dash of sweet caramel and a pinch of oak. It was the barrel aging that controlled the aroma, but it was the dark fruits that took over the taste.
This was a medium bodied barrel aged Scotch Ale that had its fair share of carbonation and a faint aftertaste. The aftertaste was both lightly dry and sweet with toasted malts, red grapes, black cherry, and a dash of oak. This aftertaste will not linger. It didn't have enough power to linger.
Silly Rabbit, barrel aging isn't just for Imperial Stouts or Barleywines. Not a bad beer, but this beer is a tad bit expensive. I would have liked more red wine and oak to come out. Would I buy another bottle to age? No, one bottle is fine.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2013 23:54:23 | More by AltBock
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
poured from a 750 ml into snifter.
A - deep cherry, light brown, small fast dissipating head
S - light red wine, dark fruits, light booze
T - hints of wine, lots of dark fruits, cherry and vanilla
M - on the lighter side, havent had very many scotch style ales, a bit creamy tho
O - somewhat of a strange brew for me, its not anywhere near my favorite but it is good. dont know if id have it again
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2012 02:29:23 | More by r0nburgundy69
3.94/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 16:43:11 | More by bashiba
Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
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