Let There Be Silence | Blackberry Farm Brewery

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Brewed by:
Blackberry Farm Brewery
Tennessee, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Belgian-style dark ale, aged for six months in whiskey barrels with native flora

Inspired by the gift of empty whiskey barrels used in the first run of Tennessee Rye Whiskey by our friends at Pennington Distilling Co. in Nashville, Tennessee, we set out to raft a beer that would complement this stories batch. The result is a Belgian-style dark ale aged six months in barrel with native flora. A garnet-hued quadruple with aromas of molasses, leather, cocoa, tobacco and port accompanied by hints of toffee, oak, tart dried fruit, and spice on the palate. With bright effervescence, it is spiritedly on the palate with gentle acidity and a soft, spicy, drying finish.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 6
Reviews by BEERchitect:
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3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Blackberry Farm supplies the darker, stronger Belgian style of beer while Pennington Distilling Company brings the bourbon barrels. The merging of the two promises to elevate the spice of the ale while adding a multitude of whisky and wood complexities after a nice long six month slumber in those barrels.

Rusty red and with a mahogany brown haze, the tawny but foggy hues release a trickle of creme that falls short to more resemble madeira and sherry. And those resemblances are just getting started as the whisky teases the nose with vinous spice, dark fruit, oxidized sweetness, weathered oak and a twinge of fresh funk. A sweet introduction takes the shape of toffee, brown sugar sorghum and almond for a malty and nutty first impression with the tastebuds.

Much of the sweetness becomes a long memory as the spices hit the middle palate with the strong hit of rum spice, whisky heat and a lightly tart red wine impression. Fold in the fruit esters and the cherry, date, fig and grape flavors pull the spicy sweetness once again into the realm of sherry wines. Moderate bitterness pulls from a peppery spice and links up with the flavors of oak, leather and booze for a heated and prickly late palate.

Medium full in body, the beer's maltiness suggest a fuller mouthfeel, but its whisky spice and abrassive wood tannins give the beer a discernible dryness and an unsettled powdery texture. A long and spicy aftertaste is laced with a funk-filled retro olfactory action of cellar conditions and musty attic woods.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Let There Be Silence from Blackberry Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 6 ratings