Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this to me in a recent trade (I think it was an extra, but I'm not really sure)!
Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily, leaving a half inch wall of lacing. Pours a hazy red brown and leaves occasional spots of lacing.
Smell: Very very bready, like cutting some reasonably hearty bread and putting your nose directly into it. Some dark fruit and molasses in the background. Gets a little smokier and more malty with time, but remains mostly crusty bread. I like it.
Taste: Wow, first sip indicates that this is a very well put together beer. Up front it feels very full bodied and creamy, with mostly caramel, cake, and dark fruit flavors. These flavors are actually neither decadent nor profound, but rather subtle (welcomely so; it's not overly rich or sweet). Transitions into a dry, bready finish. Next sip brings out some East Kent Goldings hop flavor tying everything together through the middle.
With time, more prune flavors come out. As it often does in beers where it's present, the Special B malt plays a prominent role in the flavor, but it's not as distinct or overpowering with the dark fruit flavors... it's subtle and matches well with everything else that's happening.
The overall flavor is not extraordinarily complex, but very pleasing. Despite the variety of malts used to create the beer, the flavor is tight... caramel, bread, EKG, and great malty, dark fruit highlights.
Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied, mildly low carbonation, dry finish. Feels fuller bodied at first. Tingle of alcohol heat, but mostly hides its 8% ABV.
Overall: This beer speaks of very skilled brewers. It has a unique mouthfeel and overall flavor profile, but neither are weird--they're just very distinct and refined. This is the kind of deftly crafted beer such that even if you don't like it, you ought to recognize how well made it is, while if the flavors they chose to go for match your tastes, you would probably want to drink it every day.
Myself, I liked it very much.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2012 03:33:10 | More by Pahn
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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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