Scotch Silly Barrel Aged – Brasserie de Silly
Purchased at Pangaea Bottle Shoppe ($15.49/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.
This barrel-aged Scotch ale from the Belgium-based Brasserie de Silly pours a prune-ish brown with a tight, off-white head. The boozy nose offers alcohol-doused caramel chews, plums and other dark fruits, as well as raisins and other dried fruits. Barrel Aged Scotch Silly has a relatively light mouthfeel for the style, with some woody bitterness on the aftertaste, and an alcohol flavor reminiscent of apple brandy. There is a bit more toffee on later swallows, with slightly more nuanced raisin and dried apricot flavors coming to the fore as it warms in the glass, at which point the alcohol taste begins to resemble dark rum. It is quite tasty if you’re in the mood for a big beer, with flavors that get progressively better.