Kilt Flasher - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 31
Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed it and made a point to get it again.
Malty and you feel the alcohol - almost bourbon-like

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While it is a wee heavy, it goes down pretty easily. Yum!

Photo of BradTheGeek
4.51/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was what got me off hops and onto malt. I have had the original (which I drink now), wood aged, and whiskey barrel aged at Top of the Hops in 2013. All are very, very good.

Pours a dark brown with a mild to moderate head. Has a roasty, dark caramel smell as it opens up.
Taste is an explosion of malts, with a few residual sugars. Body is not the heaviest, but is certainly present.

I live fairly close to Devils Backbone and go out there occasionally, and while I like many of their beers, this remains my favorite from the brewery.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

As a fan of the style that normally is above average on Wee Heavy, this one disappointed. Had a late aftertaste that was not really bitter, almost like rubbing alcohol, that lingered in the back of the mouth. Despite not being extremely big you notice the alcohol, they did not disguise it very well. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle or something.

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, chestnut brown with a hint of red. Head was a thin layer of toffee-colored foam that lasted nicely and left fair lacing.

S: Fresh baked bread dominates. I also detect burnt sugar and some floral notes.

T: The bread in the nose dominates the taste as well, at least initially -- bready malt does yield to sweeter malts after a moment. Faint notes of molasses and rum are perceptible as well. Hops bitterness in the finish is medium, but not not complex.

M: Pretty moist, but well-carbonated. The warmth of the high ABV is certainly there as well.

O: Not very complex, but tasty enough. A decent but unremarkable Scottish ale.

Photo of Nels_BA
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First drink was sweet but not too sweet to my taste. Thoroughly enjoyed the brew.

Photo of MrBoh
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark deep ruby with a light mocha head which soon resides. Pretty good lacing.

Scent is sweet. Has a rum like molasses aroma, vanilla, French oak, caramel, sweet corn, and finishes very herbaly. Alcohol scent is pretty prevalent, but sweet and mixes well.

Taste is sweet and wonderful. Alcohol taste is pretty prominent, along with bitter charred oak, sweet corn and vanilla, and smoky molasses. Has an herbal medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel is relatively flat. Light carbonation, not oily or chewy, pretty velvety.

First wee heavy I've had in a while, makes me want to look for some more.

Photo of pbechtel
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the Eight Point IPA (also produced by Devil's Backbone) and Virginia beers overall (born and raised), so I decided to give this beer a shot. Pours a dark amber with minimal head and moderate lacing. Taste is very sweet, aromatic, citrus...Overall a great taste but nothing wildly unique or explosive. Goes down smooth with very little aftertaste. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again!

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is a dark brown/black with a ruby red glow when held to the light. The head i tan with a decent amount of small frog eyes.

S: There is a nice flour and baked bread aroma ,with a slight smokey smell.

T: Bread and a little caramel at the front. The finish is bread and syrup with a slightly smokey finish.

M: Medium in body, with a very lively carbonation, making it feel a bit lighter that it is.

O: Overall a pretty tasty brew, perfect for a fall day.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is one finger high, with a pale yellow shade. I love how soft the texture is, though it doesn't have the best retention. Splotches of lacing are left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Kind of weird. There is a large amount of caramel and stewed dark fruit befitting a typical wee heavy, but there's also a large yeast quotient to it. I'm wondering if it uses Belgian yeast - having said that, it's a very rudimentary presence, lacking in nuance. Actually, the nose of this is rudimentary and nuance-devoid in general. A shame, really. (2.75)

Taste: On the second sip, it hits me - it's a crystal malt bomb. Since this is designed to be malty, it doesn't bother me the way it would in an IPA. It opens up with caramel-laden flavors, before finishing with notes of toffee, bread, and earth. After a while, it becomes slightly smoky. I'm missing more definition from the taste to properly enjoy this, but it's ultimately far from awful. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, as it should be. Carbonation is slightly above average for the style, giving a bit more drinkability. It's fairly sticky, but not a total chore to drink (even with a less-than-stellar flavor profile). (3)

Overall: This is not Old Chub, that's for sure. It just seems too generic and nondescript in its flavor profile. Actually, it's my least favorite DB beer to date. (2.75)

2.8/5: Rather unimpressive, all told

Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice ruddy hue, leaning towards brown.There is a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves microscopic amounts of lacing. The aroma is pretty underwhelming, with only slight malt tones. The taste is a little bit more robust, with a nice generic malt profile and a decent hit of alcohol that threatens to overwhelm it but then dials back. There is also a nice earthy hops quality. THe body has a nice weight to it and a good thick feeling with just a hint of carbonation.

Photo of JoshSnow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Not much of a aroma, its my first scotch ale but I've got to say I like the sweet taste

Photo of beerrat
4.81/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark very little head.Not much smell.taste not too bitter smooth going down after taste a bit like Scotch. The right amount of alcohol to give it a kick.Drink a few of these and switch to a larger with less alcohol volume to keep the buzz.Outstanding beer from one of the best Devils Backbone.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a "pint" glass from a 12 oz bottle. Beer pours reddish orange with little head. Beer smells of fruitiness, this is inviting. Tastes of nice barrel aged taste with dark berries, not bad. Beer is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, an above average beer.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in double-walled insulated glass.

A: caramelized dark amber, relatively clear; thin-to-no head; good carbonation; promising lacing
S: very up-front malt, well toasted, alcohol noticeable; promising as far as a scottish ale goes
T: complex, well-spiced ale; closer, in fact, to a winter warmer than to a scottish ale; spicing includes nutmeg, mulled wine; somewhat mean after bite
M: viscous, thick

A bit of a disappointment, mainly because it seems off the category I was expecting

Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, reddish copper color. Only about 1/2 finger of off-white head, but what there is stays around for a moderate amount of time. Carbonation sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: A hefty punch of crystal malts starts off the aroma. Complemented by toffee, burnt sugar, and a decent amount of alcohol. Not amazingly complex or vibrant, but a good solid aroma.

T: The flavor shines a bit more than the aroma. Lots of malts, caramel, alcoholic phenols and a nice pepperiness, a slight hop bitterness on the finish. I actually think they they overdid it a bit with the alcohol, to me it largely overpowers the more subtle flavors of the brew.

M: A rather toothsome brew. moderate carbonation, but feels almost chewy in the mouth, and coats the mouth quite effectively.

O: This is a nice beer for a winter night. Doing a full review now, I notice the flaws in the beer a bit more. That being said, this is the last beer of the 2nd 6-pack that I picked up. It's a solid beer, works just as well out of the bottle as out of the glass, and it'll warm you up.

Photo of Pencible
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper hops and some toffee and nutty malt.
T: It tasted like copper and earthy toffee and nutty malt. It had an earthy bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an average scotch ale at best. The scent and taste and body weren't bad, but not that enjoyable. The finish was a little rough too, so it wasn't easy to drink or enjoy. Not recommended.

Photo of bluedognever
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark amber color with a nice head - very little lacing. Rather strong flavor but not overwhelming. Roasted caramel notes with a slightly bitter (but not too bitter). Very nice mouthfeel. Overall a rather tasty beer. Will be buying this one again.

Photo of mntlover
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown amber or almost iced tea color. Thumb sized tan head from an aggressive pour falls pretty quick no real lace.

Aroma is lots of caramel, hints of toffee some dark fruits and oaked booze notes. Some underlying earthiness peat like maybe a hint of vanilla, pretty standard Wee Heavy aromas.

Taste is like the nose lots of caramel and toffee, dark fruit hints. Some good boozy notes, vanilla hints, touches of oak and earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium with carbonation that is unassuming.

Overall not bad a wee heavy not the best but reasonably priced and quite drinkable, a big malty treat.

Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy ale glass.

An aggressive pour, brings a large frothy settling three finger tan and creamy head, fills the glass so nicely and settles slowly to a thick puck. The body color is an aggressive deep ruby garnet red, with a mix of cola and thin bubbles. The beer glows like a gem.

Nose is rather interesting. Thick sticky toffee malts and an array of interesting aromas. Cinnamon, soy sauce, black pepper and dense doughy barley in a way. Real fascinating if at time strange.

Light bodied palate with an interesting flavor. The malts don't seem to carry or provide a depth of toffee and thick sensing flavors. THere is a light bodied fruity sort of character to this with a hint of pepper like finish. Large pepper like aromatics on the finish that come on the swallow which is kind of jarring if not morbidly fascinating.

Overall it's also not quite boozy for the style, but the palate flavor is intriguing and enjoyable. Nice one to add to the Devils Backbone collection.

Photo of Leeshka410
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Who wouldn't love this by name alone?! I was a wee bit leery of the moniker of Scottish ale...I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. On first sip I tasted hints of black licorice and another sweetness that I could just cannot put my finger on...perhaps a true scotch-y flavor? Nonetheless I am savoring this pint, and sipping it slowly as this is not a quaff to be chugged.

Photo of Ac2013
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this after seeing it in the store. I had liked wee heavys in the past so figured it'd be worth it. Poured into a snifter from the bottle. Nice dark amber color with minimal head. Lots of smells, very complex. Can't put my finger on everything, but I get some nice malty backbone, apricot, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very much the same. Solid beer overall. Very happy I bought it.

Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

single, WF Alexandria

a: single bottle into a stubby cascade chalice, an off-white head falls back to a thin smattering across the surface, the beer itself a deep maple amber in color

s: malt heavy nose of toffee and brown sugar, sweet, a mild citrus rind hop aroma, dried fruits - raisin and apple in particular, nuts

m: carbonation light and prickly on the tongue, medium to full bodied with a sugary slickness

t: malty and quite sweet well into the finish, toffee, brown sugar, date and raisin sugars, well integrated alcohol, red apple, roasted nuts and toffee linger with sticky sugar on the pack of the palate, mild hop flavors and just a slightly acidic citrus peel bitter, sweet for my preference

o: a nicely malty scottish ale, alcohol only peeks out as it warms, not really complex but carries some good aromas and flavors

Photo of beer2day
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep rich mahogany red pour with 1.5 fingers of light cream head. Heavy lace and light retention. Gorgeous color.

Nose is very sweet. More red ale than scotch, though. Get more candied cherries than the earthy peat and tea flavors I like in this style.

Flavor is too sweet as well. Again with the candied fruit. Thick syrup coats the tongue and throat. Peat is trying to sneak through all that sweetness, but this comes across more as a winter warmer than a scotch ale to me.

Feel is very thick and rich. Heavy syrup.

For the style, I think they missed on this one. Love the brewery, just not this beer.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Mahogany with tiny cream head, little lacing.

S - Woody, earthy, oak

T - A bit boozy and unfinished. A hearty profile of sweet caramel, but an abbreviated finish. Some toasted notes, but lacks some complexity and a bit light on the ABV

M- Creaminess and I applaud the light carbonation allowing the flavors to come forward

Not a typical - nor above average - wee heavy. But a solid attempt and Certainly a couple will warm you on a cool night.

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Kilt Flasher from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.