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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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 25
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a small amount of light tan head. Some surface film retains along with a ring around the edge of the glass, leaving reasonable lacing.

S: Darkly sweet molasses and spices. Nice complexity.

T: Thick and sweet, though not cloying. There's a touch of a woody note, presumably from the barrel aging.

M: Ful bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall, nicely constructed, and a bit different than the standard strong/sweet beers.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like sourdough bread and earthy toffee, with some oak and fig and copper hops.
T: It tasted like sweet toffee and raisins, with some tannic oak and sourdough bread, and maybe a bit of orange marmalade. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a great brew with a refined and very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth. It had well hidden alcohol too, so it was really easy to drink. Not sure how old this is, but seems like it might already have some age on it. It's just so smooth and integrated. Further age isn't necessary, but probably wouldn't hurt either. Recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle that had a plain and simple sea green/black/blue striped label with the name of the beer in bold letters and the brewery crest in the background. The back label only contains the mandatory US info. What kind of barrel is it aged in? Tequila? Rum? What? If I didn't have Internet access, I wouldn't know.

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this silly beer appeared to pour a dark brown color, but rays of light showed this beer's true color. The beer was actually a dark cherry amber with some faint burgundy highlights. The color of the beer was better than the head of foam. All I received was a tiny thin tan like head of foam. It acted like it somewhere to be so it receded away very fast. It only managed to leave behind a small number of rings along the side.

The aroma was a little bit on the sweet side. Right up front was the lightly toasted caramel malts. After that, this beer smelled like a red wine. That's the Bordeaux barrel aging shining through. This red wine part of the aroma consisted of red grapes, a few black cherries, a plum or two, and some subtle oak in the back. You can tell the barrel aging ruled over the aroma.

It wasn't the lightly toasted caramel malts that kicked off the taste. Instead it was the dark fruits that started things off. Up front was the red grapes, dark cherry, and a drop of plum. The fruits don't stick around for very long. That's when a small taste of toasted malts comes in. When the malts are done, the taste then finishes up with a dash of sweet caramel and a pinch of oak. It was the barrel aging that controlled the aroma, but it was the dark fruits that took over the taste.

This was a medium bodied barrel aged Scotch Ale that had its fair share of carbonation and a faint aftertaste. The aftertaste was both lightly dry and sweet with toasted malts, red grapes, black cherry, and a dash of oak. This aftertaste will not linger. It didn't have enough power to linger.

Silly Rabbit, barrel aging isn't just for Imperial Stouts or Barleywines. Not a bad beer, but this beer is a tad bit expensive. I would have liked more red wine and oak to come out. Would I buy another bottle to age? No, one bottle is fine.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Bordeaux Barrel Aged Scotch De Silly from Brasserie de Silly S.A.
4.12 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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