Bottleworks Imagination Series VIII 140 Schilling Scotch Ale - Flyers Restaurant And Brewery
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Reviews by TheBungyo:
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
I was curious for a LONG time what the next style would be in the Imagination Series and who would brew and bottle it. I was thrilled when I found out it would be a Scottish ale. I'm thrilled to say that Flyers has knocked this one out of the park, even if that park boasted the green monster.
The body is dark as a chasm but if you study it, you notice it has a lavender and burgundy tinge to it. Head is miniscule but traces of it remain for quite a long time.
It isn't very aromatic. I get a trace of smokey malts and sweetness but that's about it.
My god this tastes good. Dear lord! Sugary dried red grapes, a strange milkyness, rich fruitcake and muted floral hops put this in the category of one of the best of this style. To top it off, the liquid slides down my throat like oiled velvet. Damn.
This is a damn fine treat. If this were available year round it would be Best of BA bound. I'll be stocking up on this.
03-12-2007 04:05:35 | More by TheBungyo
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3.08/5 rDev -19.8%
Gotten in trade, and the risk of trade. Infected like so many other bottles in the batch? Who is Flyers anyways? Nack with some white head. Lacey. Roast aromas. But then the taste does not live up to the style with sourishness, and lacto. Medium mouthfeel. Some chocolate, not that drinkable.
06-06-2010 23:13:19 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev +8.9%
Acquired this big ale through a trade, as an extra...thanks travisd13, you are way too generous! 2007 Vintage, 22oz. brown bomber with silver foil over cap/neck and a half wrap large white label with all the vitals.
Poured into a Chimay chalice a very dark copper-mahogany brown with a 1/2" of off-white foam head. Very subtle carbonation and a short lived head.
The nose is very malty with some sweet fruits and a slight tang. The taste starts off sweet and malt driven, with hints of plum and cherry. The sweetness quickly turns sour, then turns to grapefruit and a grassy hop, yet tart finish. I don't think the tart and sour are intentional, though they are not offensive at all by the same token...it tastes like it's mildly infected but still quite delicious. It doesn't have that band-aid type flavor, it really does taste Brett like to me. As the brew warms, the tartness seems to fade some.
Healthy body, low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel goes from smooth to slight tartness. Overall I really enjoyed this and would like to try again sometime for comparison.
12-19-2008 08:23:50 | More by scottoale
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
Poured in a big wine glass at 58 F/ 14.5 C.
Very dark red-brown, thick bubbly dark beige head, thick rings of lace.
Smells like raisins, sweet tart white grape juice, red wine... grapy and good. Complex raisins, dried cherries, grapes, and chocolate.
Hugely raisiny flavor, concentrated raisins, with refreshing acidity and fresh fruitiness, and a very healthy dose of chocolate. Certainly uniquely stylized, the closest comparison I can make is Triple Exultation. Great balance between medium fruity sweetness, soft roastiness, medium bitterness, and acidity. Lingering dark raisins. Very tasty indeed.
Smooth, rich, thick, highly sippable.
Very tasty interesting beer.
10-09-2008 08:55:53 | More by Beerzebub
2.96/5 rDev -22.9%
Shared at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013 by UncleJedi.
Pours dark woody brown, basically no head.
Smells mostly malty, touch of peat, touch of oxidity, some brown sugar. Smells like a good scotch ale that's been in the bottle too long.
Tastes the same way. Fairly malty, some peat and smoke but not too much, a little of that oxidized cardboard flavor but not so much that the beer isn't still more or less enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is okay, carb is a little low but not flat.
This is decent, probably would've been really solid a long time ago.
03-18-2013 16:57:34 | More by AlexFields
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
Pours a very dark ruby color with a nice head and a good ring of lacing.
Scent is great with strong malts, yeast, oak and sweet fruits. A strong, deep, and balanced scent, very enjoyable.
Taste is sweet, a little sour and bitter. More sweet fruity, malts, oak and yeast are noticeable, but there is much more going on here. Wonderful tasting stuff, and it doesn't hurt that it goes down very smooth.
Mouthfeel is heavy, clean and smooth, but almost sticky from the strong sweetness.
09-28-2008 22:08:46 | More by paco1029384756
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
Big thanks to Andre for hooking me up with this one, poured into a tulip.
Pours very dark for a scotch and looks almost black in the glass. It's a deep, deep copper when held up to the light and sits under a small tan head that dissipates to a small ring quickly and leaves little lacing.
The aroma is dominated by the sweetness of the caramel malts and the vanilla and bourbon of the barrels. There are some tobacco hints and some earthy undertones in the nose, not much left of the hops.
The taste isn't quite as good as the aroma and shows some signs of oxidation with a slightly sour twinge up front on the tongue. The underlying caramel malts and dark fruits are still present and the taste is still pretty intact with some brown sugar sweetness as well. It's got a slightly sour finish, more evidence of oxidation unfortunately.
The mouthfeel is slick and almost oil with little carbonation and slightly metallic in the aftertaste.
The nose held some promise in this beer, but I do think that it's started to go downhill a bit. Still good, but definitely not the beer I imagine it once was.
05-05-2009 02:00:21 | More by gford217
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
Thick rubied brown pour to settle nearly black in the glass. A medium-sized and very creamy head draws up quickly after the heavy pour and is dusty yellowed in color, almost tanned of a backside yellow leather. Long strings of lace are spread out over the glass like ice cream leftovers.
Aroma is dark and fruity with nice little rounded chocolate hint. Dark maple, molasses, fig, and plums is what I get mostly. Definately dark and kinda rummy too.
Flavors are immaculately woven into a stream of boldly darkened fruits that are delicately dancing in a great tone and balance of fun. Let's start it of with the notion of darkness, as this is heavenly set in a wonderful tone of dark malt, fruit, and sweet. The tang is very well-rounded and wrapped with a very silky sense of tootsie roll-like chocolate and dryness around the tang of dark fruity sweetness. Damn nice. Subtle smokeyness of earthen thickness sinks in with molasses, fig, vanilla bean paste, raisin, and red licorice root. Fabulous!
The feel is quite thick, bold, soothing, silky, rich, enthralling, dark, and down right nice to behold. The tone is nearly perfect with a feathery lightness of fluff and dryness of earth, dark fruit skins, and chocolatey nuances. My head is spinning with glee. This stuff rocks! Wow! What a surprise. And drinkable as any Scotch ale can get. A BIG thanks to cvschaller for throwing this stuff into the mix!
05-08-2007 01:20:58 | More by tavernjef
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Purchased at Bottleworks April 2007, Sampled November 2007
Pours with a fat two-finger thick, reasonably tightly beaded, caramelized, tan colored head that sits atop an opaque, blackened amber colored brew. It is dark enough that I didn't think I would be able to see through it at all, but when held up directly to the light it shows a gemstone-like clarity and a concentrated ruby-red color. AS the head recedes it leaves a touch of a layered lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. Rich and malty smelling, somehow it reminds me of a sweetened, preserved, holiday spice cake (though light on the spices). The spice notes, in particular that of candied orange peel, must surely be contributed by the hop character, which is actually still quite noticeable. The hops must have almost been pungent when this was fresh. Aromas of pine, marmalade, grapefruit zest, lychee and even a herbal note are all noticeable. It is interesting though, because this is so malty, and because it is supposed to be a Scotch Ale, I almost didn't recognize the hoppiness at first. Underneath the hop character is a slightly burnt malt character, some deeply caramelized notes, some concentrated fruit notes (raisins and dried berries), brown sugar glazed biscuits.
Rich tasting, definitely sweet, but flavorful enough that it is not cloying. Wow, this is clearly a slow sipping brew; really thick and chewy, chock full of flavor and complexity. Malt flavors run the gamut from chalky malt, muted black coffee, rich toffee, toasted grain, browned soda crackers and biscuit malt character. Once again, I almost missed perhaps the biggest component here, which is the hops. Pungently hoppy, despite all of the malt; flavors of orange marmalade, bergamot, pine, menthol and a sharp herbal character. Really though the hop flavors are focused on a pungently aggressive, yet smoothly fruity, citrus oil character. The beer finishes with a lingering citrus character, a sometimes sharp (though never really aggressive) bitterness and a clinging sweet maltiness. Somehow the hop character seems to hide the alcohol flavors, there is a bit of warming in the finish that you can feel radiating from my throat to my belly (yes, that is indeed a happy feeling).
I would almost characterize this as a much bigger brother of an Arrogant Bastard type of beer. It is perhaps not quite so hop focused, but it is close enough that the description is apt. This is certainly a long way from the BJCP guidelines; it is in fact an absolute failure as a Strong Scotch Ale, but is a very tasty example of a strong, malty, quite hoppy American Strong Ale. I am certainly enjoying this beer as a slow sipping night cap for the evening and night. My one complaint is that the hop character is so pronounced that it is sometimes hard to pick out the substantial malt flavors at times. It is definitely interesting how the style designation of this brew makes many people (even I missed it at first) miss that this beer is so aggressively hoppy. Somehow this beer makes me think of something that is a mix of a citrus cordial, brandy and a rich, smooth, single malt Scotch.
11-03-2007 04:11:31 | More by Gueuzedude
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Another awesome brew courtesy of fogdog!
A: Pours a nice deep dark flat black hue with no head or lace.
S: This one is dripping with dark fruit. Tons of raisin and fig right up front. Roasted sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee.
T: Tons of sweet malt and dark fruit right from the start. Waves of chocolate and subtle woody oaky notes.
M: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and pretty sweet.
D: A sipper.
04-23-2009 03:10:47 | More by tpd975
4.3/5 rDev +12%
Poured into tulip glass. Almost black color with a slight dark cherry color on the edges. Thin dark tan head that had a moderate dissipation rate and left a slightly less than medium amount of lacing. A very strong alcohol nose, once you get past that there is a lot of sweetly strong malt scents rushing at you. The alcohol burn is still on the hot side but after the first sip you don't notice as much. A lot of the toasted flavors are balanced by the peatiness and slight fruit hints. Huge, full, solid body. Very drinkable for the style, but this is an overwhelming beer, I was satisfied with just one glass. If you can get this beer it is a must try, a little more age should take those harsh edges off, and this beer may rate higher. As a footnote scotch ales are probably my least favorite style, which makes this beer even more impressive to me.
03-15-2009 05:43:48 | More by beertunes
4.55/5 rDev +18.5%
Amazingly, Flyers was still tapping this exquisite Scotch ale two years after brewing it as a Bottleworks limited release. I've heard it listed variously as 8% ABV and 10.9%. The discrepancy would seem significant though it's not suggested by the flavor, where alcohol notes are entirely tamed. The beer is dirty brown with an enduring sugar candy aroma and a soothing disposition. The taste evokes big sugars, modest peat, and delivers substantial retained bittering after two years. Candied figs and a gentle smokiness emerge. There's even a mandarin orange component adrift in the mix. It all adds up to an outstanding beverage that's worth getting acquainted with.
12-01-2009 03:41:38 | More by RedDiamond
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
This beer is infected for sure. Still decent now but don't wait any longer to drink this.
Pours dark red, clear, tall white head. Only looses points because of lack of retention and lacing.
Not overly aromatic but whats there is nice. Smells of sweet malts, definitely some fruits (cherry/plum), and a touch of alcohol. Also a hint of funk...
Flavor is a tad watery, malty, a little cherry-like. Doesn't taste sour yet but it will be eventually. It does have a strange funk, but not a nice brett flavor. It scares me but right now its still enjoyable. Light body.
11-13-2008 06:25:36 | More by t0rin0
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
On tap @ Brouwers. My man Joseph was sipping on one of these and didn't not recommend it. Trusting him, I went for it. A glass, please!
Blackish, or certainly, at least, pretending to be. In the darkness of brouwers, I see little evidence of light, sleuthing the glass as I am. Low carbonation. It looks exciting.
Oxidation, a bit of carboard, some stone fruit, slight tobacco.
It tastes okay, a combination of the above, with a little bit of sweet malt thrown in. The oxidation dominates this beer, leaving an unpleasant start and finish to the beer. After a long while, it has deteriorated quite a bit. Glad I got the chance to try it, there are still some cool malt flavors in there and a bit of the smokoe. Would've been much more impressive fresh, me thinks.
12-21-2010 03:14:24 | More by dragonWhale
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Bottle sample at Crown Liquor #19.
Pours a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted malt and yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration duration.
This is a standout beer.
12-12-2008 00:24:27 | More by tmoneyba
Bottleworks Imagination Series VIII 140 Schilling Scotch Ale from Flyers Restaurant And Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.