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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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634 Ratings
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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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 pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - This russet hued brew is cloudy and thick looking, with a nice solid finger of high quality foam. Lacing is fine and abundant, and a quick swirl brings the tightly compacted head back up to about a full finger of thickness.

S - Tootsie rolls, butterscotch hard candy (the cheap kind that comes wrapped in a gold cellophane wrapper), pumpernickel bread, and creamy milk chocolate.

T - Oooohhhh... two words MALT BOMB. This sucker is super-sweet... almost too much for me, but the flavors follow the nose and provide a desert-like taste. There are a few traces of hops to back it up, but just traces. This has the flavor of a grape tootsie roll pop as you are pretty much done with the sucker (grape) and are just chomping into the tootsie roll inside... when the tootsie roll only has a crackling shell of broken sucker-candy left on its outer surface. As the sugars fade and the beer warms, there is a woody campfire note that comes out and makes me appreciate this beer more than I did at first sip.

M - Sugary, sugary, sugary. Makes my teeth hurt just thinking about it. Full bodied, slimy with sweetness, and chocolaty-sweet on the finish.

D - Might be ok with some chocolate, but otherwise I would skip this bottle of liquid sugar the next time around. One plus, however is that due to the chocolate-cake soaked in butterscotch-cloying sweetness, the alcohol is almost completely hidden and at 8% that scares the hell out of me!

pmcadamis, Aug 13, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of SFRider
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy. Deep Amber. Some, not much head.
Smell: Nutty and sweet. Little honey.
Taste: Mmmm...think of a caramel apple when you drink this. Hints of sweet hops and malt.
Drinkability: Oh yeah - I'll definitely drink this beer again. Mild-light carbonation, but perfect for this beer.

About two weeks before I started writing reviews, I had a Kilt Lifter for the second time. Couldn't stop talking about it for at least a week. Just blew me away. When I decided to start writing reviews - this was one of the first I got. After every sip, I couldn't wait for the next. Try to take your time, as you should with beers like this - but it's tough. I wouldn't say the flavors are complex, but very distinct. Think of a caramel apple - and you'll taste one in this beer. But I wouldn't say this was a sweet beer at all. Light on the hops, and definitely not bitter. Oddly enough, by the end - as the last few drops had warmed up - it maintained that original flavor. I love this beer - maybe you will too...

SFRider, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RoyalT, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of cbg79
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

cbg79, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 14, 2011
Photo of SanFranJake
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

SanFranJake, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SIRIUS2, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Beerswag, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, May 22, 2006
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of beerkittycat
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

beerkittycat, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +7.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Golden32
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Golden32, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of sarahspat
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sarahspat, May 14, 2009
Photo of Libationguy
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Libationguy, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.8%

WVbeergeek, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of timontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

timontheroad, Sep 06, 2013
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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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