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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Reviews by KKB:
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I knew this girl was a bit of a rarity, but I had no idea just how rare. I wish I had bought 3-4 more. I have had one of these bottles already about 3 months ago and it was just divine. One of my favorite beers of all time. I am thoroughly looking forward to this.

A – A deep chestunut ruby that is somewhat see through. A huge gorgeous cinnamon head that lasts forever and leaves clumps of lacing. This is a gorgeous beer right from the get-go, I’m giddy with excitement already.

S – It has a caramel and floral aroma to it, dark fruits to be certain, and what I can only describe as a creamy cinnamon element to it as well. It also smells a little bit like a very sweet scotch, and you get some of the indicators of the red wine barrel aging in the nose as well. It kind of smells like candied bread, if that’s possible.

T – The taste is good. I’m sitting on judging it for a minute because right now I am actually not blown away. I think I need to let it heat up a little bit. But for the flavors you get a mild scotchyness, some caramel, a slight combination of sour and sweet that works rather nicely… You have to wait for this thing to get real warm in order to enjoy it. Do not drink this if it is cold in any way or you will be kicking yourself. A little chilled is fine and anything in that region to slightly above room temperature is where it starts tasting totally awesome. There are a lot of dark fruits and a slight wine element coupled with the malty factor. It has a very sweet taste to it, no sour now really, and it also has a nice vanilla aspect to it as well. It’s really a very good beer, it is not, however, as good as I remembered it being. I would call it great, but not quite excellent, or world class.

M – The mouthfeel is medium-full body with limited carbonation and has a creamy texture to it.

O – Overall this beer is totally awesome. I would absolutely buy it again, but it is not one my favorite beers of all time as I had remembered it being. Still though, this is something for the brewers to hold their head high over, great beer all around.

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More User Reviews:
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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 BuckeyeSlim
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a rich red/copper color. One-finger head of loose khaki brown foam dissipates quickly to sloppy islands across the surface. Beer is a deep red rosewood color and moderately opaque.

S - Rich toasted malts and dark caramels. Hints of dried cherries, amaretto, and milk chocolate. As it warms, smokey peat can be coaxed out of the glass.

T - Grainy bread mixed with 50% chocolate and rich caramels. Nicely toasted malts. Deep, rich red fruits in the background at the edges - almost as shadows. Hints of vanilla appear as it warms. Not at all sweet or cloying, but no hop bitterness, either - perfectly balanced. No signs of booziness in spite of the 9% ABV. Very true to the style, and absolutely delicious!

M - Moderately fizzy, but smooth. Nice structure with a solid body. Light, short finish.

O - A simply outstanding beer, this was a treat to savor and enjoy. The flavors are rich and wonderful; it's clearly made from high-quality ingredients. In fact, it's almost a Scotch-Belgium dopplebock. One of the best beers I've tasted in a long, long time, and will definitely be a required purchase when it's on the shelf.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2%

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 bashiba
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pjkelley82
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  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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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of BeerNFood
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So drinkable. 

Lots of dark fruit. Little vanilla in the nose. Some caramel. 

I smell the red wine barrel. 

The taste has cherry. Dark woods. 

Slightly heavy and not really my favorite style but this is randy. 

Huge cherry aroma 

Big quad like taste. Super smooth quad-esque 

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

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 Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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