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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2002)
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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

22 oz bomber, poured into a large mug.

A: Muddy reddish-brown color with a modest off-white head.

S: Lots of toasted notes and caramel. Very sweet nose, but not sickly sweet.

T: Intense caramel and toffee sweetness dominates the taste. There's just enough hop presence to keep it from becoming too sweet. A warm, toasty character wraps it all together. Pretty nice.

M: A sturdy medium body, and on the lower end of the carbonation scale. Feels silky and a tad slick on the tongue. Warm, caramel aftertaste.

D: A sipping beer, and it gets more complex as it warms.

This is what I envisioned a good Scotch ale would be. Big and robust, sweet, toasty and smooth. The 8% alcohol might keep this from being an everyday beer, but I could certainly make it a regular in my fridge. This may not be the beer for you if you don't like toasted caramel flavors. I loved it!

05-13-2009 02:01:04 | More by PirateUlf73
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

I have enjoyed the Moylans bews I have had and this was no different but not earth shattering,poured a chill hazed amber/brown with a thinner off white head leaving spotty lace.Deep fruit aromas with some molasses and brown sugar almost like a Xmas fruit cake,not as full bodied as most Wee Heavy styles I have come across but it adds to its drinkability.Flavors are on the sweeter side with brown sugar and alcohol dipped dark fruit up front as it warms a little a light leafy hop presence is noticed but it is there only in token form and honestly for the style thats all it should be.A quaffing big Scottish style ale not bad not bad at all.

11-03-2006 03:18:05 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance – Beautifully thick and cloudy and brown in color. I had to control the big head at the pour, but it went down rather quickly and left the glass dry.

Smell – Nice (but faint) malt aroma with some sharp sugary sweetness that, along with the tinge of alcohol, smells a little bit like a good scotch.

Taste – The sticky alcohol-laced sweetness comes out more in the taste. The malt steps back a bit here and gives way to the “scotch” flavor from the nose. There’s a hint of bitter hopping as well.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was a little light for “wee heavy,” but I liked the low carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This went down well and was a pleasure to drink.

11-25-2003 02:19:42 | More by RoyalT
Photo of cbg79


2.55/5  rDev -31.3%

This is the second of Moylan's brew I have had and the first scotch ale I have tasted. Not really sure how to rate this one as it is the first "scotch ale" I have had. Sadly I didn't care for it much at all. It has a bland taste which I was not at all impressed with. The smell was very nice, If Moylan's could bottle the smell and make a candle out of it the candle lovers of the world would be astonished. Which for me the taste fell very short. I'm gonna try some other "scotch ales" so i can give a better review, but who knows maybe I'm just not a "scotch ale" fan.

12-18-2010 18:14:38 | More by cbg79
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Deep orange, almost brown pour with a sturdy frothy head. Deep sweet aromas with slight hints of hop presence. The hint of hops on the nose rushes to the front of the flavor profile. A mouth watering first gulp that finished sweet with only a slight hop finish. THe hops really concentrate on the sides of the tongue and back of the pallet leaving a pretty clean finish. There is a noticable alcohol presence as the drinking conintues, with a warming of the throat and chest. The body of the brew is on the thin side, not leaving a lot of texture. Still cannot detect the actual hop presence in the flavor through the nose. The flavor does not really resonate with me and ends up being relatively bland once the initial hop bittnerness goes away. I am not a fan of the mouthfeel, a bit thinish.

05-14-2011 21:41:15 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-06-2013 02:38:17 | More by SanFranJake
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into a .5 liter glass from a bottle.

Pours a dark copper color with a slight haze. Moderately dense off-white head dissipates quickly to a single layer of bubbles and a heavy ring at the glass. Lacing is pretty light.

Aromas are malty, earthy malts, like you would expect to find in a wee heavy ale. Other than the fact they are very enjoyable, there isn't anything else beyond average about it.

The tasting experience can be summed up in a word: balance. Although leaning to the malty side of beer, the weight, flavors, carbonation, and hoppy bittering is all pulling in the same direction toward great taste. Malty at the top and just shy of heavy in the mouth, the flavors mellow toward the swallow and then finish quickly, leaving a nice linger of earthy malt and very light earthy hop bitterness.

This brew just went down smooth for me and I found myself wanting another!! This is a big bottle of beer and at 8%, it's easy to get carried away by it. Nice brew! Definitely recommended.

12-13-2009 21:00:39 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-06-2013 06:41:42 | More by Drunkenass
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Pleasant surprise. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting too much from this beer.

It was a very rich mahogany color with a thick tan head.

It had a toffee, sweet caramel aroma.

Major toffee taste, some caramel. Kind of a roasted impression. Alcohol noticeable, but in a pleasant way.

A rich, rewarding beer. One to savor on a cold winter night.

08-25-2011 21:16:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-01-2014 14:27:05 | More by Doomcifer
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-06-2013 21:18:40 | More by Beerswag
Photo of merlin48


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

22 oz bottle pours a clear, ruby mahogany, with a rocky, two finger, beige head. Minimal patch lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is malt and toffee, with a surprising pine needle hops presence in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Taste is interesting and complex. Alcohol warming is noticed right away, before yielding to some tasty layers of malt flavors. Caramel/toffee is upfront, with some dark fruits and overripe pears in the picture, as well. There is a noticeable pine needle hoppiness that, for the most part, keeps the powerful malt presence in check. Midway through, near room temperature, a charcoal, peaty malt presence emerges to add additonal complexity. Finishes with a malty note, and slightly bitter English hop aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well masked, for the most part, and the warming effect of the 8.0 abv is quite welcome.
A pretty good Scottish style ale, though not the best around. Definitely worth a try by fans of the style.

03-26-2004 20:18:43 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -7%

Bomber bottle, without freshness indication, pours typical almond amber, slightly cloudy, with a slight tan head and not leaving much if any lacing. Minor malty nose. Smooth, malty brew, decent sessioner if this style is your thing. For me this style is dull and this version lives up to my preconcieved notions...fairly dull, well crafted and malty smooth, but dull. The best thing I can say for scotch ale is that it works well as a cooking or marinating liquid.

05-22-2006 00:35:28 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

The label does not lie, this beer is a meal. Clear brown pour with minimal tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt, and some nuts. Lots of earthy, peat-like flavor, as if the beer was finished in a scotch barrel. The caramel and nuttiness there throughout compliment it nicely. A really good beer, especially if you don't plan on doing anything afterward.

12-10-2008 22:09:14 | More by magictrokini
Photo of beerkittycat


3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

Appearance is hazy copper brown with red hues and a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Full malty nose that's earthy, musty, grassy, and a hint of peated smoke. Flavor has tons of fruity and grassy malts with notes of chocolate and toffee. Kind of like a Heath Bar. Medium mouthfeel way too thin for a wee heavy. This is a very tasty beer but I would characterize this as a Scotch Ale rather than wee heavy.

08-29-2008 17:45:50 | More by beerkittycat
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-15-2011 03:08:38 | More by bpfrush
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-01-2013 15:10:46 | More by Cynic-ale
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-19-2012 01:23:20 | More by jmbraxton
Photo of sarahspat


4.18/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours a dark rusty/amber color with a caramel-tinted head, which departs too quickly. Very little retention.

Smells of caramel, toffee and scotch. Not too complex, but near perfect for the style.

All of the above also make appearances in the taste along with some dark fruits, coconuts, and peaty/woody/earthy notes. Caramel and toffee are by far the most forceful... and they taste fantastic, so that's okay with me.

Medium bodied, but very smooth and drinkable. Although alcohol heat is evident on the palate, it is not strong enough to adversely affect drinkability or flavor.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable and easy drinking (even for an 8% ABV) Scotch Ale. I would definitely drink it again.

05-14-2009 03:31:13 | More by sarahspat
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3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

Opaque reddish-copper color with a light tan 2-finger head. Medium+ retention with a fine structure to the carbonation and a moderate level of lacing in the glass.

Light caramel, butterscotch, christmas pudding, white pepper, light hop spice and light brown bread on the nose. Feels a little sweet and disjointed.

Brown butter, caramel, butterscotch, brown malt and a light spice. Light bitterness on the palate.

Medium+ bodied and sweet. On the verge of cloying. Medium length to the finish.

08-20-2013 16:11:19 | More by Libationguy
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3.03/5  rDev -18.3%

What a sweet scotch ale! Pours mahoganny brown, good swirl effect, a natural earth wood smell, with a hint of coy sugar.

Taste, again, very sweet, not a malt bomb or overly heavy Scotch ale, even though it clocks in at 8%. Lots cf toffee/caramel may be the cover for the alcohol. True to style, not much in hops or bitterness. Mouthfeel you get a little used to it, but at the same time, it isn't going to leave you clammoring for more.

12-27-2009 23:19:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-28-2014 17:29:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-06-2013 13:50:15 | More by timontheroad
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North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-09-2013 22:38:26 | More by Oelschlager
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-17-2012 05:05:44 | More by jpbebeau
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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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