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

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Silly S.A.

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged for 6 months in Bordeaux Oak barrels.

Added by Jason on 08-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WormGod
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captaincoffee
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml format. This beer answers the eternal question of what happens when you take a pretty average (rated 3.7) beer like Scotch de Silly and give it the old barrel treatment. Jumping to the punch line, it is better...although IMHO not as much as others here would lead you to believe. Pours a somewhat unattractive murky brown with tiny head that goes and leaves nothing. Nose makes a nice comeback with quite a bit of brown bread and sweet caramel. Like a good quad more than a scotch ale, but not really much in the way of barrel notes. Taste doesn't quite live up to the nose. Sweet malt, same scotch ale/quad mix that I was anticipating from the nose, caramel, and maybe a bit of tobacco in there. Again, not much if anything from the barrel. Perhaps it is my fault for letting this sit in the cellar for a year. Oh well. Overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy but modest head; spots of lacing but the retention was below average

Smell: Toffee apple, pear, brown sugar, fig, date and oak

Taste: Toffee apple and pear forward, with the dark fruit and brown sugar tones building; through the middle, an aggressive vinous and oak character emerges, with Bordeaux flavors developing, after the swallow; the finish is a nice blend of the various elements

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Mouthfeel issues aside (and that could be due to the age), this is a very interesting take on a Wee Heavy; a lot going on here in a style where few have shown much creative interest

Thanks, IndyDad, for the opportunity

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mlockman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall, this is perhaps the best barrel-aged Scotch Ales I've ever had. The flavor from the barrel was delectable, not too intense but also quite perceptible; it lent a mellow quality much akin to if one took a very bourbon-forward barrel aged scotch ale and cellared it for over a year.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ARoman
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

*Transferred from old notes - 12/27/2013* 75 cl bottle poured into an 8 oz nonic glass. Served with a meat and cheese tray (Grayson, aged cheddar, salami, summer sausge). Very strong grape (bordeaux) aroma is the initial impression. Some light coffee and caramel notes poke through as it warms up. Deep, rich, brown-red color, nearly opaque with a light brownish head. Very small, even lacing in the head. Heavy sweet with medium sour and light bitter notes to start with - definitely strong on the bordeaux to start. As it warms, it gives way to the scotch ale’s caramel malt, but the overall sweetness mellows out. It’’s full body and feels thick with a nice, light carbonation - a bit more than I’m used to in a Scotch Ale. I’m not much of a wine drinker, but it brought to mind a very thick, chocolate red wine at first, and morphed into a sweet scotch ale by the end. A nice little treat, makes me curious what their non-barrel aged scotch ale tastes like.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Impressive—a beer like this should be a signal to all Belgian brewers to start thinking a bit more outside the box (perhaps not in big production volumes, but just enough to make some noise). We’ve heard that some beer geeks have regretted not picking up a bottle or two, and they should feel that way. We’d love to see more expressions of this beer.

STYLE: Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
ABV: 9.0%

LOOK: Tawny and hazy, sticky lacing

SMELL: Toffee, baked apples, crackers, wood, faintly vinous, mixed berry jam, whiff of alcohol

TASTE: Deep smoothness, creamy, chewy medium body, warming alcohol, ripe fruit, toffee, toasted bread, woody, faint cocoa, modest hopping, hazelnut, slightly vinous; drying, woody finish

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Photo of enelson
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxPowers
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EddieJoe
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattBreight
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of samtrillo
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%

No where on the bottle does it say Bordeaux barrel were the ones used but based on the pictures I've found of my bottle and the others listed, I believe I'm in the right place. Very silly label it is.

Anyway, the beer pours a murky brown. Looks as if someone poured some chocolate into root beer.

I get a sweet yeasty brown malt presence on the nose followed by red wine tartness.

Wow, I can't believe this is a 9% barrel aged scotch ale from the mouthfeel. It's very soft and has some crisp carbonation.

Brown sugar and cherried red wine notes pervade the initial sips. Vanilla as it opens up with, yep I wanna say root beer woodiness. It's warming now; I'm getting more of the classic dried prunes and date feel of a scotch ale. Some bitterness at the end blends nicely with a smokey finish as the sweetness of the malt also sticks around a bit.

Overall, I gotta say what comes to mind is cherry-vanilla-root beer. If there is such a thing. I think the one downside to this was the carbonation, thus the soda comparisons. I think this would be even better aged. Get it while you can.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%

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4.41/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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