Scotch Silly – Brasserie de Silly (Silly, Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Scotch Silly Scotch Ale – Brasserie de Silly, 8% ABV – 330ml., (Silly, Belgium)

from ratebeer.com:

“It offers a finely wooded nose hinting at hazelnut, and is therefore distinct from traditional British scotches. It has a more rounded taste letting a discreetly full-bodied bitterness come to the fore, and will naturally seduce you.
Ingredients: Water, pale ale malt, caramel malt, aromatic malt, sugar, yeast, Kent hop, hallertau hop”

  • Style: Scotch Ale (wiki)
  • Taste: Aggressively sweet caramel malts + alcohol
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor
  • How much: $4 (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., June 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours translucent cola brown, smallish dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of steady streams, the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy.

Nose: caramel malts, molasses (5/10-pungency)

Attack: intense caramel, creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sustained creaminess, caramel-(9/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, brown sugar, mild roast

Finish: sustained sweetness, alcoholic hit + astringency, malty bittersweet heavy finish.

Summary: The first half is full-bodied and decent. The latter half becomes overly sweet and leaves astringent bitterness similar to if you licked the peel of a pomelo fruit (Chinese grapefruit). It’s above average, but not breaking the 3/5 barrier.