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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

94 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged for 6 months in Bordeaux Oak barrels.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-10-2012)
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I shared at my tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, and some red wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of earthy bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Jarad for sharing this with us. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears amber mahogany quite clear with big bubble formation that is quick to fade.

The smell is sweet and malty with a hint of oak and oxidation. Mild papery aspects give way to a faint smoked and candy sugar appeal. A light touch of something vinous is also present but pales in comparison to the rest of the attributes.

The taste is sweet with a mild vinous touch mixing with paper-like oxidation and oak. As it warms up, it gets a faint hint of smokiness only noticed in the finish and into the aftertaste. It has a nice contrast of malt verse barrel and smoke, I dig it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a low amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden. The overall integration of flavor is exceptional and the subtle touch of smoke is very well received in this style. Having never had the base beer, I assume I would be a pretty big fan of it considering how well the flavors worked here in this barrel treatment.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, pear, date, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light clove, red wine, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity of dark fruity notes with good malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, date, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, toffee, light chocolate, clove, oak, red wine, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, pear, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, clove, and light red wine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark fruit and malt flavors with moderate wine barrel presence; with a great malt/fruity balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent scotch ale! All around great complexity and balance of dark fruit and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.