The Giant Made Of Shadows
Silver City Brewing Co. / Silver City Restaurant & Ale House

The Giant Made Of ShadowsThe Giant Made Of Shadows
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #121
Ranked #13,626
4.02 | pDev: 8.96%
Silver City Brewing Co. / Silver City Restaurant & Ale House
Washington, United States
Very Good
The Giant Made Of ShadowsThe Giant Made Of Shadows
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3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 15.48 (Including shipping and PA tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.703/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 10/19/19.
No identifiable date although “19191” is pressure-stamped in the silver band on the upper label and this is supposed to be the 2019 version. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium amber, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, some light penetration around the top. Very slight effervescence noted.
Head – Large - (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), dark tan, dense, short retention, diminishing to a four to five mm crown and a thin complete cap.
Lacing – None. Slightly surprising for an ABV of only 9.9%.
Aroma – 3 - Initially an odd sour malt smell with a bit of weak butterscotch/caramel/toffee after aroma.
Flavor – 3 – Really, not much distinct flavor. There is no taste of hops although the brew does have a slight herbal background taste. There are no fruitiness or yeast phenols dominance. No alcohol (9.9% ABV) flavor or aroma. Some medium gastric warming does occur. No dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Full, bordering on syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3 (-0.25 point for being undated personal container). One of the poorer examples of a Belgian strong dark ale. The flavor(s) is muddled and uninteresting and the aromas are mild and difficult to describe. There are two positive attributes: the initial pour and appearance are not off-putting, and the label delineates hops and malt varieties as well as ABV and IBUs. This may end up as a drain pour.

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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania, Oct 19, 2019
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4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A malty, dark, strong ale in the Belgian style of brewing. This beer is full flavored with rich notes of black cherry, warm caramel and a mild coffee character.

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JulietteWeiss from Washington, Aug 08, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 varient.

Look : One finger white head, very dark red body.

Smell : Dark fruits, caramel, cherry, mild grape.

Taste : See above, but with a slight spicieness.

Feel : High carbonation, medium-full body.

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Cthulhusquid from Washington, Jul 20, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and a thin tan head with poor retention. Roasty and yeast aroma with notes of alcohol. Some plum and roasted malt with caramel sweetness. Yeast and slight alcohol notes. Sharp feel with a smooth finish.

Interesting flavors upfront makes this a good beer but it disintegrated into basic caramel and alcohol flavors. Perhaps some aging may help. There was a very unique flavor that I could not identify because it was kind of fleeting but it was enough to make me come back for more.

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Briken from Washington, Jan 15, 2016
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange with a hint of a head that dissipated leaving only wisps around the edge of the glass; no lacing. Aroma of dark fresh and dried fruit, particularly plums and dates; caramel and faint Belgian yeast, not much malt presence. Unusual flavor of dried fruit, dates and figs, dark fresh fruit, toffee, earthy spices, light clove and Belgian yeast. Nice woody notes from the wine barrel ageing without too much vinous flavor. A lingering light, non herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with unexpected sharp carbonation (since there was little head). An odd, interesting and surprisingly good variant of the Belgian strong ale style. Not like anything I've had. It is malty, but the fruit flavors really mask any malt character. I liked this quite a bit.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Oct 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Sweet and boozy, this beer plays both like a dark belgian ale and a doppelbock. Really interesting and excellent. The finish is reminiscent of drinking root beer and/or a butterscotch soda.

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maltlab from California, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Deep, reddish brown, no lacing, thin head.

A: Dark fruit, caramel, toffee, very pleasant.

M: Silky smooth. Not as effervescent as other Belgians of this style. More like a creamy strong ale.

T: Rich dark fruit and malt. Almost too sweet but not quite. Mactrail's butterscotch is very prominent up front but fades as you get used to it. Dark fruit, subtle belgian notes (banana & clove), very malty.

O: Really, really rich and tasty. The bottle labels it as a "Belgian Style Strong Ale" which I think is an apt description. It's like an English Strong Ale with Belgian yeast. Pretty glad I picked it up. Really loving Silver City's maltier offerings. Cheers!

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HKUSPC40 from Washington, Sep 03, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +2%

This is some crazy stuff, but the creamy and fizzy mouthfeel invites you in. "Grand Cru" is what comes to mind with the sourish hint that greets you on first sip. Oaky aroma.

Taste is raisins and figs with a drizzle of butterscotch. The Belgian yeasty flavor is quite prominent as it warms. The drying effect provides that familiar foil to the sweetness. Highly aromatic. Really malty. Hint of cherries and cocoa.

Attractive rusty brown in the Troubadour tulip with long-lasting foam that renews itself with each sip. This one is worth a try for the flavorful and unusual Belgian inspiration. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.
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mactrail from Washington, Aug 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged in Tempranillo wine barrels, this ale has a very intriguing underpinning which is rather more earthy and savory than sweet, and reminiscent of leather and fresh tobacco leaves. These flavors blend nicely with the notes of chocolate, fig, date raisin, prune, imparted by the blend of malts, and banana, and clove esters contributed by the Belgian yeast.

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Impfan from Washington, Jul 29, 2014
The Giant Made Of Shadows from Silver City Brewing Co. / Silver City Restaurant & Ale House
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