Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Silly
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch SillyBourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Silly
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Brasserie de Silly S.A.
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Dec 22, 2022
Oct 01, 2015
Very Good
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
75cl. corked bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a trappist glass. Brwon color,, mediuim head and retention, average lacing.
Aroma of caramel, vanilla and raisins, all very week. No hint of barrel.
Medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Sweet finish.
Taste follows the aroma, with soome wine notes.
just as the Pinot Noir one, dissapointing.
Dec 22, 2022
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jul 12, 2019
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Rated by Avitra from California

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5
Pleasant grapey aftertaste but it doesn't feel like much. Unique but in a weird way
May 08, 2019
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by sisterofba from Maryland

Mar 29, 2018
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3
Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a J. Wakefield Brewing OG teku glass.

A: Rich deep brown, mildly translucent. The thin tan head fades quickly, and low visible carbonation after the initial small bubble rush during the pour.

S: Sticky caramel, toasted toffee, light whiskey (though I suppose it's actually bourbon) and a punch of vanilla from the oak. Some alcohol-soaked raisins and dark fruit as well, but not as much as some offerings of this style.

T: Toffee, caramel, raisins and dates. Bourbon/whiskey and lighter oak than the nose suggested. Vanilla and more caramel. Then it all fades into a sticky sweetness with residual fruits and ethanol heat. Decent flavors, but nothing really stands out.

M: Not so good here – the body is very thin, even watery. The low carbonation doesn’t help this effect at all. The alcohol presence is fairly restrained for the style, but there’s still some heat lurking underneath.

O: The mouthfeel is the killer here. The flavors aren’t terrible, although there are lots of better barrel-aged scotch ales. Definitely not great. Not really even good. But it stops short of being undrinkable…though I’m not sure I’m going to finish the bottle.
Further thoughts: This is getting worse as it warms up. The flavors don’t open up, and the watery character is more accentuated. It still stops short of being offensive, but I ended up dumping it out unfortunately.
Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Oct 18, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by cwkash from Kentucky

Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 4 by Scepter from Texas

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a hazy, murky walnut brown with a fine half finger light brown head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma similar to the the other barreled Silly Scotch ales, with caramel malt, apple and pear juice, Belgian yeast and light clove, little bourbon character. Flavor is caramel and bready malt, plums, dates, raisins, Belgian yeast, clove, mild whiskey. Finishes with nice fruit, light oak; spicy with clove and cinnamon (for some reason). Medium bodied with light creaminess. This has more Belgian dark ale character than Scotch ale to my taste, although the malt seems appropriate; no peat detectable. There is just barely a hint of bourbon, although the fruit flavor combination is reminiscent of whiskey. Surprisingly similar to the other barreled examples, the barrel effect here could have been from almost anything, even distilled wines since it is so fruity. This is a year old and perhaps has lost a little of its distinctive barrel influence and mellowed a bit. Still very flavorful and balanced and pleasure to drink. I look forward to the next iteration of this next year.
Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Dec 08, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by ricknelson from Vermont

Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Birdlegs from Washington

Jul 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
I'm sorry but a sour, bourbon barrel-aged scotch ale just doesn't make sense. Not horrible but the combination just doesn't work in my opinion. Not a fan.
Jul 06, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by riotontheroad from California

Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Fabiand from Texas

Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by justinp444 from Michigan

4.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured into a tulip it has a thick slight beige persistant foam head of a half inch with and brown body. Smell is candi sugar, stone fruit, belgian yeast esters, spice, caramel, slight vanilla, apple, and light bread-y malt. Taste is bourbon-y caramel apple, spice, slight vanilla, bread-y malt, and plum. Mouth feel is full and creamy as well as body and a moderate carbonation. A great beer all around, very cool mix of styles.
Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by KensWorld from Florida

Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Freshness date on top of the cage cap is illegible.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Estery Belgian yeast aroma brings to mind fig, raisin and vanilla. Bourbon barrel presence is noticeable but not over the top.

T- More dark fruit flavors with a bit of banana and spice coming along for the ride. The bourbon is subtle but detectable. The ABV is extremely well-hidden among the sweetness and richness of the yeast and malt profile. Tiny trace of oxidation.

M- The beer's only lacking characteristic. Typical scotch ale feel with not much creaminess to speak of. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Though this is not bourbon-forward in the least bit, it's still just as tasty as the other versions.
May 25, 2016
Rated: 3.33 by hopkrid from Florida

May 23, 2016
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I thought this was excellent! You get the sweet syrupy Belgian beer, a slight tart funkiness, and just the right amount of bourbon and oak to not dominate all in a full but spritzy feeling beer. I love it. Cheers!
May 15, 2016
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Reviewed by corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Pours a turbid brown color with deep copper/mahogany edges. Completely opaque with a two finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into thick, lasting ring. Decent retention, lingering most of the way through with sporadic splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet and somewhat boozy aroma with prominent barrel character decently integrated into the sweet malt and subtle roast of the base. Delicately charred oak with coconut, vanilla bean, and a strong sun tan lotion character. Also has a somewhat buttery/butterscotch like presence. Oak stave and toasted coconut come through as it warms. Spirit takes a back seat with a generic alcohol presence. Underneath, there's a sweet, somewhat nutty malt presence that's unfortunately lacking in roast. Lots of caramel and toffee along with biscuit and dark breads. Could use some smoke, roast or robust bitterness to counter the sweetness.

Lighter body than expected with a somewhat watery finish. Dry and bitter with a bland barrel character integrated into a one dimensional malt bill. Strong hints of burnt oak and only faint sweet notes usually associated with barrel aging. Some vanilla and butterscotch but not as interesting/complex as in the nose. As it warms, I'm picking up more oak stave along with butter, vanilla, sun tan lotion and artificial coconut. Base is overpowered but as it warms the sweet malt notes forward. Caramel, toffee, hazelnut and a touch of English barleywine characteristic with boozy sweetness and vinous dark fruits. Overall, the barrel presence is bland and the malt bill is weak and one dimensional. Lacking in balance and complexity. Very disappointing.
May 01, 2016
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance – The beer poured a dark murky brown color.

Smell – Notes of grapes and yeast highlight the nose.

Taste – Light booze, grape skin, juniper berries, cherries, and banana notes all make appearances. The backbone is slightly medicinal. There are some definite Belgian qualities to this one. With all that is going on, the aftertaste fades to a dry boozy after.

Mouthfeel – The beer sticks to the mouth allowing the booze to seep into every taste bud.

Overall – This is a little unusual for the style, but I liked it.
Apr 19, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by nyrblue2 from New York

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 3.26 by 3-Ball from Georgia

Mar 30, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by calcutron from Texas

Mar 28, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Mar 27, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by tommy5 from Michigan

Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by mlockman from Indiana

3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
While the dark color of this brew promised malty-sweetness, I found its flavor to be relatively mild, much more like a Scottish Ale than a Wee Heavy. Overall, this beer receives low marks by all accounts as the bourbon flavor, while perhaps adding an underlying layer of complexity to the brew, was virtually undetectable.
Mar 17, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Mar 15, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 12, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
having never tasted the base beer, it was hard to immediately place this brew in context, on tap at jakes in littleton. its a very strong scotch ale base, lighter in color than many, but loaded with aromas of earthy peat, minerals, sweet toffee, dense crystal and caramel malt, molasses, wet oak, and oddly enough, ultimately a wild yeast on the back end. thats what kind of throws me here, is this supposed to be a sour or wild ale? i didnt think so, but its here for sure, in that slight vinegar tartness that you get in a good flemish red, just not that intense. the bourbon is there in the nose too, but seems almost inconsequential in terms of complexity, this beer easily has enough going on without it, but it adds the inviting and warming vanilla and booze profile to the mix. the flavor is great, seems like too much going on to be cohesive, but it works somehow. the tartness is again the oddball, but i like what it contributes. the mild acidity cuts some of the sweet, and it makes it more drinkable as well as more nuanced. its not sour necessarily, but its getting there. right in the middle too. the bourbon is there all in the finish, sweeter again, with the wood to mellow the booze heat. its a long drinking experience, almost smokey up front before moving into that sweeter malty scotch ale middle, and then the yeast, and then the barrel. its great, but its huge. definitely nothing else like this on the market that i am aware of.
Mar 03, 2016
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at Madison Pourhouse in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark-purplish brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like syrupy dark fruits, a little bit of bourbon, and oak.

This has some good qualities to it, but it's really, really sweet, and barely recognizable as a scotch ale. It definitely feels more just like a Belgian dark ale of some sort, with it's super pungent and syrupy dark fruit character. The bourbon is there, but somewhat overwhelmed by the dark fruit character. I get a little bit of oak, and some yeast esters. I enjoyed the 5 oz pour I had, but even that was a little bit too much, given how sweet this was.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty syrupy mouthfeel, and a moderate-to-low level of carbonation.

It's definitely interesting to try a BA scotch ale from Belgium, but it's in the lower echelon of scotch ales that I've tried for sure.
Feb 29, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Feb 26, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Antyk from Belgium

Feb 23, 2016
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Feb 20, 2016
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Reviewed by CoreyC from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
750 ml
A - Nice dark brown color with big tan head
S - Surprising and interesting sour tart smell
T - a bit different than the nose, little tartness, very mild - too mild in flavor for me
M - a bit thin
O - very light overall especially for a BA beer or even a scotch ale - a little disappointing
Feb 20, 2016
Rated: 2.45 by Masterson89 from Maryland

Feb 02, 2016
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Jan 30, 2016
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