Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 388
Hads: 696
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2002

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours garnet chestnut under a finely bubbled 1” cream colored foam collar that produces gothic window lace.
S: Spice malts and light creamed corn.
T: Rich malt flavors, bread, caramel to toffee, trace of anise, slight fruit, plum, finishes with a moderate hop accent.
F: Smooth, creamy, full body, medium to medium low carbonation
O: A malty, smooth, full flavored beer. (380 characters)

Photo of Albianfire
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - dark copper, murky like a chill haze. No particles floating though I had expected them.

Smell - Malt forward, no hops that I can find, sweet, very slight alcohol. Smells good.

Taste - sweet Carmel malts, light sting in the back of the mouth to offset some of the sweetness. I won't count it against the beer but, unfortunately the earthy taste I pick up is very reminiscent of alfalfa tablets my mom gave me as a kid.

Mouthfeel - medium with light carbonation. Not syrupy as with many malty higher gravity beers.

Overall - if I can get over my childhood vitamin/supplements trauma I would be quicker to return to this beer. Many others would probably love it. (670 characters)

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8.0% ABV,
A - cloudy light brown, copper color, one finger head.
S - not much on the nose, bit of nutty n caramel sweetness.
T - medium to high body, toffee candy sweet, malty following, not bitter.
O - good beer that ppl wanna try out diff kind of beer, full of favors, don't except this is a refreshing beer. (311 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance : Beautiful burnt red color with 80% transparency. The head is luscious and thick, 2 fingers tall. It leaves splats of lacing as it recedes gracefully.

Aroma : Beautiful oak and woody aromas, kilned and roasted malts, faint cherry and peach. Graham cracker. Maybe a touch of clove and marshmallow. Delightful.

Taste : Very nice baked flavor with wood accents. Baked cracker, lightly toasted sourdough bread. Aged cherry in oak barrels. Chocolate covered cherry. Light yeasty character. Ends slightly zingy with more cherry and kilned wood and light chocolate. Decadent.

Mouthfeel : Bordering on light bodied; mildly carbonated but adequate for this beer, ends parched on the top half, wet on the bottom half. Yin-yang thing going there.

Overall : Hell yes, I'd buy this again. A great scottish ale. (814 characters)

Photo of mac31
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet malty, copper entry. Fruitiness is upfront and pronounced- prune, raisin, dark fruits. Cooked caramel adds some warmth to the glass. Soft, earthy hop bitterness comes in about 3/4 palate and on. Hops are slightly floral and pungent and the bitterness finishes soft and clean. Dull smoky notes are present from time to time, more apparent as the beer warms. Alcohol present from beginning to end, would like it to be covered a little better. Drinkability is average, hard to finish as the beer reaches room temp. Metallic taste in the aftertaste as the beer warms. Medium thin body. Carbonation is low, just enough to add to the beer versus take away from it. (664 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark ruby brown with a light khaki/off-white single finger of foam.

Slightly fruity, caramel, biscuity, and definite ethanol aroma.

Caramel, raisin, figs, some vanilla, and bready malt maltbackbone.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, fruity, sweet, dry finish.

Overall, this doesn't hold up against most of the scotch ales that I enjoy, namely Claymore and Dirty Bastard. (384 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale has a thick, cream-colored head, a mostly clear, ruby, appearance, with ascending stray bubbles and some nice sheet lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, mildly fruit, bread crust, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of those elements, plus some caramel, alongside subdued alcohol and low level bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Style Ale finishes semi-dry and relatively drinkable.

RJT (463 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%

Smells like butter caramel malt. Yum.

Lots of flavors here. Definite sweet butterscotch and caramel malt presence. A get a bit of vanilla, a scotchy peaty characteristic that is subdued by the sweetness of the malt. Dried prunes raisins and fruitcake.

Mouthfeel is a very nice medium body. Just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

This is a great example of the style. (383 characters)

Photo of SurferEric
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Lots of breadiness and some butterscotch/caramel flavor that creeps through. Wasn't my favorite at first sip but as I continue to sip on it the butterscotch seems to come through a little more for me. Then again, most Wee Heavy ales aren't my favorite at first sip. (265 characters)

Photo of Gamaliel
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First experience with Moylan's Kilt Lifter was in Lake Tahoe. I read up on it decided to try it. I had a few friends with me that drank the yellow fizzy stuff, so I decided to treat them each to a glass. They really enjoyed it I think it might have been a tad too strong for them, oh well. I rather enjoyed it to the point that is all I drank while in Lake Tahoe for a week. Looking for local Southern California pubs or stores to supply it.

Very tasty and unique enough to want more. Look forward to Stone Fest and see if they have it there. (544 characters)

Photo of jmac11420
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: very dark, nice foam head
S: Not too much aroma, you can smell the toasted malt
T: toasted malt, scotch, caramel, malt, toffee
M: medium body, dry finish
O: A favorite beer that I've had many times. One of the best scotch ales around and not overpriced like many are. A defining beer for Moylans Brewery (310 characters)

Photo of Libationguy
3.56/5  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. (495 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kilt LIfter pours a a clearish light brown color with a nice lacing head. There is a creamy put pettish aroma. The taste is a nice creamy but sharp malty taste, with hints of alcohol coming through. The taste is a little too watery, and weak body. Overall a pretty average Scotch Ale, but still enjoyable. (305 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber. Memories of leafy suburban Portland are evoked by this label, and by that, I mean a cool little liquor store there where I first encountered this brewery's offerings. The name 'Kilt Lifter', though, already has two predecessors in my local market, both of which (their mutual lawsuit aside) have recently faded out of existence. Welcome, then.

This beer pours a clear, red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, bubbly, and fairly creamy pale beige head, which leaves a random array of islet and archipelago lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of slightly smoked, strong caramel/toffee malt, with a hint of old-world treacle, some indeterminate whisk(e)y notes - the peat suggestive of Scotch (along with the name), but the additional vanilla and soused spice seeming all too Bourbon County, USA to me. The wood is non-denominational, really, as are the leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big and malty, with a surprisingly reserved smokiness, the sugary caramel fairly brash, with foreign toffee candy bar notes, some wet breadiness, dark-ish orchard fruit, mild wooden whiskey esters - vanilla, grainy planks, and a certain rye spice character. Some of those tame earthy, leafy hops from the nose do tend to linger.

The carbonation is really understated and hard to quantify, the body a decent medium weight, smooth like a Christmas fruitcake, and even a wee bit creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, fo sho, the somewhat clunky malt now exposed for its American heritage, and I utter that with love, as the hops, wispy smoke, and ABV whimper in the shadows.

A decent, if one dimensional (and by that, I mean multidimensional, but in the wrong way) wee heavy ale, the complexity of the style forgone by the demands of the West Coast, I presume. If you're gonna make an ale not of that ilk, as I imagine the design meeting proceeding, let's make it so true to its origins (i.e. no real discernible hops), that you couldn't mistake it for anything else. So there you have it - good, but a bit unbalanced, with a well-sublimated ABV overall. (2,086 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Kilt Lifter is great...the second time around. I brought this from Sick-n-Twisted in SD to Utah to share with my good friend the Chicken Man. The beer pours a pretty rich clear amber with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent has a purty caramelly malt base. The taste is a nice evenly balanced beer with smooth carbonation. Overall...this is one heck of a solid scotch ale and I would recommend it to anyone Scotch Ale fan. (436 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.49/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had on nitro.

Pours a clear medium brown with a little head and leaves tons of lacing as the beer is drunk

Aroma is weak as is often the case with nitro beers but there is some licorice and grass along with a touch of smokiness.

The flavor is quite weak as well. Some smoke and char along with a little bit of grass. There is a little nuttiness and a moderate amount of sweetness with just a light bitterness.

Overall, I was quite underwhelmed. Flavor was lacking all-around and it is just a boring beer. Maybe the nitro hurt it but I doubt I will be picking up a bottle anytime soon. (588 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish/copper, with an almost non-existent head. Aromas of plums and a hint of copper(metallic). Taste begins with dried fruit, then some dark caramel, then a husky grain, and an earthy, sugary finish. Mouthfeel is a touch light. Overall a nice ale, though a bit too sweet for me, even for the style. I also wish there was a bit more smokiness to it. (365 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber/copper color with a one finger tan colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the heavy of toasted grain and sweet dark fruit of raisin and prune. There is also a big and heavy boozy smell of a Scotch whisky as well as a lighter aroma of a toffee sweetness giving it a big and sweet boozy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a flavor of roasted malt and a brown bread taste. There is a big sweetness of caramel and brown sugar up front that transitions more toward a toffee like flavor as a buttery taste joins the flavor as well. Along this time some other sweeter dark fruit flavors of raisin and figs hit the tongue, with the first taste of a bit of alcohol mixed within. The alcohol is light with the dark fruits taking on a light rum soaked flavor with a slight amount of smoke also coming to the tongue to produce a somewhat whisky like boozy taste. Toward the very end some notes of a bittering earthy hop join the tongue and will all the other flavors leaves a rather sweet taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and smoother side with the carbonation level being lower to moderate side. The creamier body and thinner carbonation suit the style rather well with the smooth flavor at the end making for a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A sweet and tasty brew with a great drinkability at 8 % abv.. A nice drinker and one to try. (1,593 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times but never reviewed...until now. I love that Moylan's also sells the homebrew kit for this brew. Cool. Plaid label is spot-on.

Pours a really nice burgandy/bronze colored ale. A big cream colored head is produced but consistently dwindles to a slight ring around the glass.

The aroma has nice plum/prune whiffs, big caramel and also apple, light grape and booze. A touch of malt. Candy.

The taste is sweet fruit with a light hop spice on the back of the buds. Caramel, malt and plum are the driving force here. A light splash of alcohol. Sweet malt on the swallow.

Mouthfeel was a touch thin but not troublesome.

Overall this may not compete side-by-side against some of the Scotch Ale heavy hitters, but this holds it's own. The flavor is there without being too boozy and it definitely pairs well with food. Now it must be my trek to get this brew into more Scottish Games festivals. (909 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense cream colored head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, tobacco, leather, peat, light smoke, light chocolate, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and big complexity of malt and light fruity notes. Taste of raisin, prune, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, brown bread, leather, tobacco, peat, light smoke, light chocolate, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, brown bread, leather, light tobacco, peat, light chocolate, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and light fruity notes; but the overall flavor robustness feels weak for the style. No cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is ok. Mouthfeel feels much thinner than I expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice scotch ale style. Other than it being a bit thin in robustness of flavor and mouthfeel; there is a lot of nice flavor complexity and balance; and it is very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,396 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Vivacious iced tea appearance with a small dollop of tan micro bubbles.

S: Sugar dates soaked in scotch with a spicy base. Toasted toffee, and damp grains.

T/M: Herbs, subtle b-vitamins, dry straw, barley, cherry Ricola cough drops, chocolate covered cherries, tea tannins, scotch soaked figs and dates. Sweeter and more herbal than I expected from the nose. The scotch flavor is muted unlike the more boozy nose. The live cultures really create pa different taste than most wee heavies. Body is on the lighter side and actively carbonated. Semis dry finish.

O: An interesting take on the style that create a terrific easy drinking beer. Some of the flavors test the taste buds. All in all a successful beer that I would like to drink on St. Patty's day. Cheers! (771 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for New Brew Thursday's 3rd Anniversary event held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with a caramel flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a decent American example of the style but nothing all that exciting. (653 characters)

Photo of evilhorse
1.8/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nose is somewhat metalic. Sort of a murky brown color. Initial taste somewhat tart. Fairly thin for an 8% beer. No rich malt character as promised. Hops seem to be right for the style. I'm detecting a lactobacillus infection. Kind of a tart raisiny finish. Not very enjoyable. I'm guessing I got a bad bottle (308 characters)

Photo of JessyRink
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my first beer review, so bear with my amateur nature, please ;-)

I did as the beer suggested, and poured this beer into a glass and allowed it to warm just a bit before enjoying. This is the first 'live' beer I had ever had.

Has a very nice, appealing appearance. A nice, rich amber, just slightly hazy, gives it a warm inviting nature.

A somewhat gentle aroma, a bit of the fruits detected, as I learn more about reviewing beers, I could probably describe the fragrance better, but again, very inviting and pleasant, not overwhelming in the least.

A nice bold taste, but not too dark or bitter for my taste, very smooth.

This beer has a very nice mouthfeel, until I read the description on here of 'how' to taste a beer, I had never thought to give it a moment before I swallow the beverage. The flavor and aroma of this beer fully enveloped my taste buds, not overwhelmingly carbonated (I'm curious to learn how much the 'live' beer effects the feel of it as you drink it) allowing just the slightest of fizzy feeling in my mouth as I enjoyed it.

Overall, this is one of my favorite beers I have ever had, I am very glad I came across it! Hope this review helps you and thanks for taking the time to read my ramble a bit ;-) (1,246 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque burnt amber. A tan, one finger head that dissolves to big bubbles. Frothy lacing.

S: Prunes, peat, leather.

T: Dark fruits, malts, cherries, chocolate, clove. Sweet, smooth, robust. A dry finish.

M: Medium to heavy. Frothy carbonation.

O: A full meal deal. Glad I tried it. (310 characters)

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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.