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Kilt Flasher | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Kilt FlasherKilt Flasher
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
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

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Photo of beer2day
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of rjs246
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I keep trying scotch ales and I keep having the same feeling about them. Meh. You really feel this one in the pit of your soul when you drink it. It's almost like you can hear your hangover laughing at you before it has even begun. Anyway, I've decided that scotch ale is not my cup of tea, but for what it's worth, Kilt Flasher tastes similar to the others I've tried so I would rate it as average.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of brother_kenneth
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into snifter glass. Note: ABV is actually 8.0%, not 7.8 as mentioned on this post.

A- Has a dark brown / reddish color, with quite a bit of foamy head. Good lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

S- Nose offers some malty caramel and spices.

T- Not at all what I expected prior to opening the bottle. This is an interesting take on the style. I do notice the common "tea" like flavoring but it comes through rather spiced, almost like a farmhouse saison or something similar. Relatively sweet, with a good mouth -- slightly carbonated, smooth, drinkable.

O- I have not been a huge fan of DB offerings so far, but this is probably the best one I have tried yet. I am reminded of a Belgian influenced Scotch Ale, if you can imagine. Now that this brewery has expanded distribution across most of VA, it would be nice to see them take a step back and think about doing some more unique, perhaps "reserve" beers (a la Blue Mountain Barrel House, just down the road). We shall wait and see! I recommend giving this one a try though!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a decently-dark brown color with a good tan head. Spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some sweet caramel, and a bit of bread and toffee. Mild sweetness to the flavor and just a hint of fruit in the background. Body is medium. Good finish.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Deep copper color with a thin white head scattered across the top. Nice looking color.

Aroma has notes of caramel and toffee with a little bit of dark fruit presence to it. Pretty nice showcasing of the malts in the aroma without being overly sweet.

The taste follows with more of the caramel and toffee flavors to it. The dark fruits come out more in the finish along with some hop bitterness. Relatively well balanced for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the high side of the style. Overall, it's a pretty good version of the style. The malt flavors were nicely done and it was pretty drinkable and flavorful overall.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of 88caprice
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look: Dreamy medium brown with deep amber hues. Small head that retreats to a thin creamy foam. Lots of lacing.
Smell: Roasty malts, a slight caramel-like sweetness, and a faint tartness.
Taste: Malts, malts, and more malts. A great depth of grain roastiness with a caramel sweetness that is not overpowering. The alcohol presence is noticeable and lingers.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat thick but not cloying, a solid medium body.
Overall: A bottled celebration of caramelization. Great brew!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a deep garnet to ruby hued mahogany. a small tannish forms but lingers on for a little while, leaving behind a nice little lacing. darkness makes it opaque but has quite a bit of brightness to it when held to the light.

Smell: nice mix of smoky and chocolate and roasted malts. light dark fruits. lots of malt depth.

Taste: opens with a hint of smokiness that quickly blends into mineral water and lots of malts. malt character ranges from wooden to chocolate and a light roast. also some special roast malt possibly giving it a little bit of tanginess. some prunes to figs comes in along with this tang. ends with more of the subtlety smokey yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. not quite chewy but on the road. low to moderate alcohol warmth. finish a bit drier with a small amount of bitterness.

Overall: lots of good character on this one but just doesn't quite fit what I see/like the style to be. the flavors are very laid back and almost non-existent when cold. it opens up nicely when warmed, but the flavors still seem slightly muted.

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Photo of JohnboyE
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into standard pint glass. Dark brown with a thin head that quickly dissipated.

S- mild fruity aroma

T- tastes just like it should. Rich, fruity and roasty. Alcohol is not apparent. Really full flavor as it warms.

M- Good carbonation level but could be a little smoother. There is a bit of a bite from the sweetness.

O- one of Devil's Backbone's best offerings. Not trying to be anything other than a solid example of the style.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice and creamy light tan head that dissipates quickly but it still leaves a nice film on the surface. The beer itself is a clear amber brown that looks very nice. It's not exactly common for the style but it has a really nice hue.

The smell is a nice caramel and slight butterscotch note but it isn't super powerful. There isn't much else and it's not a super complex aroma.

The taste is just as good as the smell but with a bit more power to it. The malt note is mainly coming out as a caramel note with a bit of butterscotch. It's not bad but could have been better.

The feel is okay but it's a bit light for the style. It's a medium bodied beer with a nice smooth feel but feels like it's missing the texture you would get from a beer made with malts.

Overall, a good beer on its own terms and an okay beer for style. It's definitely worth considering and getting if you enjoy these kinds of beers.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, Warming, Hefty, Toasty

We’ve got a massive malt bomb here, very true to style with a hulking maltiness. The noticeable level of alcohol gets a little warm but is needed to help keep the maltiness in check, especially since the hopping was kept to a minimum (per style of course). A toasty, grainy finish with a mild lingering sweetness. Sometimes staying true to style and relying on subtle nuances can win a beer drinker over. Job well done.

STYLE: Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale | ABV: 8.0% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of Leeshka410
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A:Dark chestnut brown with some ruby redness around the outside and darker then cloudy, but not totally opaque. There is a thin tan head that leaves a thin lacing that goes around the outside.

S: lots of malt that hints of sweetness not too much else there

T: follows the nose with a sweetness in the malt it isn't quite roasted but definitely more toward caramel. There is is almost some hop character pretty drinkable

M: crisp and rather oily it is light and thin goes down easy bit not much character

O:I don't normally drink this style but this wasn't that bad I wouldn't go back but if its your thing seems worth a try regardless goes down fast for the abv so there is that

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours will into the glass, brown with a moderate tan head. Malty flavor hits your nose and tongue. Alcohol is noticeable but definitely within reason and it goes down easily. Yum!

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Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a rich dark copper color with a 1/2" light tan head that soon becomes a ring around the glass and an island of foam over parts of the liquid. Sipping creates lots of scattered speckles and small patches of lacing. Before long there's only a small ring of tiny bubbles around the glass that pretty much persists to the end of the beer.

The aromas include caramel and toffee with some hints of dark orchard fruits in the mix.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the sweet caramel and toffee showing up front and the dark fruits in the background. There's also some earthy hop mixed in there.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as the caramel and toffee sweetness begin to fade allowing the dark fruits to become more prominent before they give way to the earthy hop bitterness which trails off into dryness.

This seems a reasonably good beer and I could easily see having another. It is definitely a beer that should be allowed to warm a bit before drinking to help integrate the aromas and flavors and it is a beer for sipping, not drinking. That said there are others of the same style that I have enjoyed more that are also much more easily available here in SE PA. So I doubt I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of Ac2013
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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