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Wood Aged Kilt Flasher - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Wood Aged Kilt FlasherWood Aged Kilt Flasher

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 8.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zaphodchak on 02-07-2012

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by Treyliff:
Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Devils Backbone tap room, served in goblet, 7.6 ABV

A- pours a dark brown with just a bit of ruby hue creeping through, small creamy light tan head with good retention

S- sweet caramel malt, woodsy oak and vanilla, a bit of booze

T- sweet and malty dominate the palate, just as expected from a scotch ale. Notes of caramel and sweet toffee, dark fruit notes. The barrel comes through nicely with notes of oak and vanilla and sweet brown sugar. The description notes that it is only wood aged, but I can almost taste bourbon flavors as well. The finish is sweet and malty with some woodsy notes on the linger

M- medium bodied, moderate carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel with a silky finish

O- by far the best DB I've had to date. Big barrel noted with a huge sweet and malt profile, awesome beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wood aged Kilt Flasher, on wood from Belmont Farm Distillery.

Thin white head, black body with garnet highlights.

Nose is solid bourbon (I can only imagine what type of whiskey Belmont Farms was mimicking) with some oak.

Taste is a rich of actual bourbon and cola spice-- not as thick or as sweet as a bourbon RIS, but picks up the character admirably. Some malt tang and oak afterward.

A bit fizzy and cola-like.

Nice example of a bourbony wood-aged wee heavy.

Photo of MDHopster
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pour dark bronze brown, small head, virtually no lacing. Light sweet vanilla bourbon aroma, much more flavorful. Excellent blending of malts and bourbon with lingering vanilla and caramel. Smooth but not velvety with mild carbonation. Excellent variation on Kilt Flasher. Might have to get another and cellar it a bit.

Photo of VeganUndead
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit thin, but a very impressive brew

Photo of bluedognever
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a huge fan of DB's regular Kilt Flasher so when I saw that a local gastropub had the Wood Aged Kilt Flasher on tap I grabbed my growler. I toook it with me to share with my brother in law the weekend before Christmas - we both enjoyed it immensely. Sorry for some of the lack of detail - I should've written this up immediately rather than over a week later.

deep red in color with a slight, tan head.

Soft but not quite creamy mouthfeel; light carbonation

Definite wood aromas - clean wood smell.

powerful yet mellow taste (I know it sounds contradictory), strong hints of whiskey (bourbon maybe?) with hints of creamy vanilla and spices & raisins (or maybe plums).

This was...gentler than some other barrel aged beers I've had - very drinkable and extremely tasty. It paired well with roasted chicken. Since it's seasonal I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to try it again

The barrels used to age this are from a distillary that makes "Virginia Whiskey" - a "triple grain whiskey (corn, wheat, & barley), double wood, and twice distilled" whiskey made in Culpeper, VA.

Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy glass.

An absolute looking jewel in the glass. The perfect deep red and ruby toned, and nearly clear body color, some very fine and minimal carbonation on some closer inspection, rising like a slow cloud. Head is a little minimal though with classic tan color, and a creamy three finger retention. Not particularly large but just a gorgeous nearly perfect looking brew.

A very unexpected aroma, and one that doesn't seem it should come first. Lots of wood. Specifically wood that doesn't even seem oaky. Huge notes of sawdust and teak and cedar aromas. Some real interesting clove phenol qualities almost somewhere like Belgian raisin character and nutmeg. Some faint vanilla and cream shows up later with time. Doesn't come off so much like a Scotch ale but has just some real amazing character.

Palate sort of lends to a bit of dissapointment, from such highs that come first. Pretty thin bodied noticeably, but flavors still manage to coat with a unique twist. Nutmeg and spice with a sandalwood and dusty character. Virtually no sweetness of classic caramel, but a real nice hinting wood spiced note, and some indistinguishable fruit (is this Rye barrels?). Lighter body makes for easy drinking as it doesn't come off as big and booming. That spicy wood character is all over on the palate, teak, cedar, sandalwood, everywhere.

It's a real unique beer, but sort of in the grand scheme of barrel aging is very different from other Scotch barrel ales I've had. Different angle, easily drinkable, but there's also some room for improvement.

Photo of nmann08
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a clear light brown with ruby hues, just a touch of light brown head that disappears from existence.

The nose is alot of spice, cinnamon, and wood pulp. The wood here is really dominant, I wouldn't call it oak, more like wet sawdust. There is just a touch of faint vanilla, but more than anything this smells a little earthy.

The flavor is much more spot on and enjoyable. There is a good amount of spice and cinnamon content, dark fruit, roasted dark malt, caramel and vanilla. This comes together nicely and the alcohol is barely apparent.

Overall, this is tasty, but the smell is a bit like a woodshop.

Photo of Csikic93
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown. Smells woody, with vanilla and even dirt, taste is woody, almost like you could chew on it. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic beer. Wood adds a nice element

Photo of uvachief
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Full 3 fingers of head that dissipated within a minute. Nice lacing. Color is a brilliant red mahogany. Smells of fruit, hops, caramelized sugar with a whiff of oak. Taste is thinner than expected. Light in the mouth but a good taste. I taste a little cherry or apple. Clean with a tiny oak taste. Hides the abv well. Savory. Easy to drink. Solid effort.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snider from a 22 oz bottle, very smooth, and a tiny hint of sweetness.

Photo of JandJMD
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

I'm not sure whether its me or the bottle I had, but I didn't pick up much of any of what is described in the previous reviews.
It was very subtle. Not bad, but I didn't pick up much of a wee heavy let alone a whole lot of bourbon. Cold, it had a bit of an off smell. Once it warmed, a little more came out in the flavor. Drinkable, but nothing great.

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter. It was a dark caramel brown color with minimal white lacing clinging to edges of the glass. Very nice looking color to it.

In the aroma I get some modest bourbon and oak flavors mixing with some sweet caramel malts. It felt a little light in the aroma compared to how flavorful the taste is, but still pretty good overall.

The taste has a very smooth and flavorful bourbon component to it with notes of brown sugar, vanilla and a little oak. The sweeter, malty flavors compliment it very well, but the bourbon flavors steal the show for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Very fitting mouthfeel for the style. Overall I thought it was a really good beer. I loved the smooth bourbon and the sweet, caramel, malty flavors complimented it very well. One of my favorites of the trip.

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper and nutty malt, with some oak and sweet caramel.
T: It tasted like rich caramel and oak, with some toffee and nutty malt and a little earthy copper. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a nice beer. The scent was bland, but the taste was rich, and the body was solid. The finish was smooth too, so it was easy to drink. No need to age, although it could probably last some years. Not quite top tier, but an enjoyable drink on a cold night.

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Wood Aged Kilt Flasher from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.