Name: Scotch Silly
Brewery: Brasserie de Silly
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Silly, Belgium
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Alcohol Content (ABV): 8%
First Brewed: 1919
Pours an amber brown color and settles in the glass beneath a mild tannish head. There are notes of sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, and molasses in the nose. Flavor is sweet dark chocolate and brown sugar, with hints of spice and a mild alcohol burn.
I feel like I have had this beer before. I am a BIG fan of this style, so I am sure I will like it. It has a pretty cool story about how this beer came to be, too. I like big thick chewy sweet beers like this. Four Peaks makes a beer called Kilt Lifter that I absolutely love. It is also, when warm, thick and malty and pretty much awesome. I don’t like it as much now that I live here, but it is a great beer.
I also found an error in the book. They left out “de” in the brewery name. I don’t speak the language, but I have a feeling the “de” means something! Anyway, let’s drink. I have a tee time in a little bit. Cheers!
In the Glass: Before I talk about what the beer looks like in the glass, I want to mention the cap. It broke! I went to open the bottle, and the cap pretty much broke. Then, as I took the cap off the bottle, there was a thick layer of sediment on the rim of the bottle. I hope that doesn’t change our experience with the beer.
In the glass, it is quite carbonated. I don’t expect a beer like this to be carbonated. I want a wee heavy to be thick and chewy. The head also didn’t last very long, and the lacing is weak. This is making me nervous.
Nose: It’s WAY too cold, but it smells like a wee heavy should. It has nice caramel notes and you can smell the sweetness. I am getting an almost toffee aroma here. I am going to take a drink and then take a shower. I want to experience this both cold and near room temperature. If a beer tastes good warm, then you know it was brewed well.
Speaking of that, I tried Sea Monster from Ballast Point the other night at The Hungry Monk. It was too cold, but didn’t impress me. Then I bought a bottle. It was better in the bottle, but still lacked the flavor I was looking for. Then I left some in the bottle over night and tried it this morning. It was much better, and I could get more of the coffee flavors that I was expecting before. It was flat, and the booze really came out. But it was much better. I bet it would be a great beer for them to barrel age.
Flavor: Oh man, that is good. Wow. The sweetness just consumes my palate and while it is a bit too carbonated, the bubbles don’t really seem to bother me. This is a beer I could spend some time with and a beer that will really open up as it heats up. OK, I am going to take a shower. Be right back!
Mouthfeel: The bubbles are the first thing hitting my tongue, but they don’t really bother me. As I swallow this beer, the sweetness just sits there and every time I swallow I get those same caramel toffee notes that I was getting on the nose. I can imagine being a soldier wanting to have a beer like this to come home to. Yummy!
Aftertaste: The sweet just keeps on giving. As the sweetness starts to dwindle, it almost becomes smokey. Granted, this has nothing to do with actual scotch whiskey, but that is what I am getting. Take a sip of whiskey and wait a few minutes. I am getting that same smokey goodness that I love in a bottle of scotch.
This is a good beer. It’s a bit overpriced in my opinion, but I am glad it was on the list. Oh, speaking of the list, Dakine thinks we should write our own list. Maybe we will… One day. But for now, we are sticking to this list as we continue to enhance and expand our brand. I’ll drink to that!
Scotch Silly – The bottle says: NA
Rating: 4.5/5 (This is better than a 4, but not quite good enough to be a 5. I wish I could rate this 4.25. That is a more accurate rating!)
Well, so far the only thing I have to go on about this beer is that Ricky said it had some kind of funk around the cap when he opened it. That doesn’t sound too promising, and actually kind of gross. From the name, it sounds like a Scotch ale. Scotch-style ales tend to be decent or pretty good to me, usually. Probably one of the best ones that I’ve had is Four Peaks Kilt Lifter. It’s pretty popular here in the Valley, and probably the first beer that Ricky introduced me to here even before we moved. So let’s see if this one can come close to matching up.
It looks pretty much like a Scotch ale in the glass. There’s not a lot of head. It dissipated pretty quickly. It’s kind of a medium brown color, and looks really thick. You can’t see much through it. It smells kind of sweet, malty, and boozy. The ABV on this one is 8%, so that might be where that comes from. Let’s see how it tastes.
It’s got kind of a sweet brown sugar taste to it. It’s thick, but not quite thick enough to qualify as a “chewy” beer. It’s sweet and just a little bit malty. It almost reminds me of a barleywine. I like it, and I think I’d definitely buy it again. It still doesn’t quite match up to Kilt Lifter, but it is worth trying.