Flyers Bottleworks VIII (8th) Anniversary Oak Aged Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
The Bottleworks VIII 140 Schilling Strong Scotch Ale was brewed by Tony Savoy of Flyers Restaurant and Brewery in Oak Harbor, WA to celebrate Bottleworks’ 8th Anniversary. Brewed with a starting gravity of 26 degrees Plato, this rich, malty ale has subtle hints of Centennial, Chinook and Kent Goldings hops. A total of 1,263 pounds of pale, chocolate and roasted malts were used in two mashings to make just 7 barrels.

Took Bronze in the "Other Strong Ale or Lager" category for the GABF 2007.

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SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 22 oz. bottle - purchased in july 08 from bottleworks; dark brown with almost no head; sour scotch aromas are very strong and almost too much at first; also pretty sweet with some butter and cookies; quite a lot of strange sourness too; first taste is quite awful actually; thin texture, but kind of sticky too; can’t get past the buttery sourness; musky and oxidized; pretty gross and disappointing; either an off bottle, past its prime or just plain nasty IMO; overall rating = 2.7

10/31/08 Update: another bottle via either after4ever or bvc - thanks!!; certainly not nearly as bad as the bottle i previously rated, but at the same still a strangely sour scotch ale; so still not that enjoyable for me; overall rating = 3.2

BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Thanks to RiversideAK for this awesome brew. Pours dark brown with a minimal tanish head. This beer is not what I had expected at all. Aroma is of malts, some scotch, raisins, and sour hops. The strong alcohol I expected was not the slightest bit present. This tasted more of a sour ale/scotch ale blend than a straight up scotch ale. Immediate taste is sour, and is strongly balanced out with malts and scotch flavor. Extremely drinkable and tasty. I would buy this regularly if possible.

wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
tried at Another Santee Sampling. this time at toncatcher’s house. I love Bottleworks beers, and it is a real treat to try this rarity. I wish I liked it as much as everyone else at the tasting. Dark brown color. Small head. Oxidized sour yuckiness. Tastes spoiled. Malty aroma. Why is my description so much different that others who tasted the same bottle?

padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
9/20/2008 tasting at toncatchers house, with whetheral, weeheavy, fordest, alohac, and Jason. Thanks for all the great beers and good times. Another one of my favorites of the night. I liked the rich malts and a subtle hop flavor.

WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle via trade with OldMr.Crow shared at Toncatcher’s Tasting in Santee. Pours brown with a tan 1 finger head. Nose is sweet with a big malty bite, make me wonder whats to come. Taste was sweet and malty and overall a very very nice scotch ale, not a wee heavy but a great beer a solid solid showing.

Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
100% blind rating. Head is initially very small, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, chocolate, nuts), with notes of sherry, cola, plum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Zzzzz. Past its prime perhaps, and yet recent ratings are all high. *shrug*

3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Dark garnet purple colored body with a caramel brown colored head, grows quickly, dies quickly. Nose is at first a stinky BO/limburger cheese note, funky toe jam… ugh… there’s some scotch, buttery, oxidized scotch, pancakes, cheese bagel spread, what the fuck is going on? Narsty acidic milky cheese funk oxidized flavor… ugh. Something went wrong here.

kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a very dark brown body with a slight ruby hue when held to the light. Small fleeting beige head. The nose is uber-heavy maltiness with lots of dark fruits, roast, chocolate, just a slight hint of sherry-like oxidation, and a hint of licorice. Heavy sweet malt leads things off with a beautifully aged light note of oxidation , some bakers chocolate, roasty grain, and just a little bit of alcohol apparency on the finish. Really long lingering slightly sour tinged finish complements the sweet malt really nicely. Mouthfeel is oily and slick with perfect soft fizzy carbonation. Really mouth coating on the back end. This is the first time I’m having this, but it really seems to have aged very gracefully. The aged character really gives it that extra layer of complexity that boosts this to an amazing experience.

doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
22oz bottle. Thanks to Travisd13. Pours caramelly dark brown with red highlights, thin offwhite head. Smells very sweet and almost smokey and roasty malty with some dark sweet fruit, plums maybe. Tastes sweet and malty roasty with lots of dark, ripe, fruit flavors. Very good, very complex. Full bodied, subdued but good carbonation

Ungstrup (38941) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2008
A black beer with a red shine under a thin tan head. The aroma is very sweet malty with strong notes of berries and bourbon - and so is the flavor. The mouthfeel is very powerful. Just a bit too much for me.

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