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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%

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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Photo of donaldchapman


1.45/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A - Good color and head
S - Reeks of DMS (Cooked cabbage, celery)
T - cabbage and celery DMS carry over into the flavor completely masking any possible malt flavors.
M - Good mouth feel and pull.

I don't know if this was a bad bottle or what, but what a disappointment. The smell of cabbage and celery just dominated the aroma from the moment I opened it, had to end up dumping the remainder down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 18:25:20 | More by donaldchapman
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1.78/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Yipes, super sweet and sticky. Kahlua, peat, with a hit of soy. Malty and very sweet. The flavour was one dimentionally sweet. Perhaps scotch ales aren't my favourite style, but i didn't like this one in particular. Moylans made some other styles which i preffered much more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2005 20:37:33 | More by rastaman
Photo of evilhorse

1.78/5  rDev -52%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 04:16:59 | More by evilhorse
Photo of rapidsequence


1.83/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Looks nice. Bright ruby, perfect clarity. Nice head, nice lacing.

Smell: At first I described it to myself as malty and earthy. As I went along I began to think of it as dirt. Smells like dirt. Not really oaky or peaty, just dirt. I long for malty sweetness, but its all dirt.

Taste: Dirt. Not sweet. Not tasty.

Mouthfeel: Its not bad. A little thin for a wee heavy. At least there's no chunks of the dirt I taste.

Drinkability: I poured it out. Thats a rarity.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 02:02:43 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of Brewsephus


1.93/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in pint out of a 22oz bottle.

I had previously had this beer at a bar while on vacation. I remember it being very smoky, complex and woody. The bold malt characteristic and the finish of the Wee Heavy bite at the back.

The bottle I tried tonight was anything but an enjoyable beer.

The pour was slightly hazy, head was off white and produced a 2 finger head which quickly dissipated. No lacing left on glass.

I thought when diving into this glass that I would be assaulted by peat malt, caramel, woodyness and a solid balance with intriguing nuance flavors.
It tasted like a poorly made Kriek. cherries, cherries, and more cherries. The malt was almost undetectable. Slight peat and oak, but had to really search for it. I tried to let this beer warm up slightly to allow the malt to break through, still cherries.
I fell in love with the style after having this beer years ago, but it is so far from what I've come to know in Scotch Ales, let alone wee heavys.
I hope it was just a bad batch, sour bottle, etc. it's just sad.

Note: side of bottle said "live ale, keep refrigerated". It was at room temp in the store. I hope my other bottle isn't bad as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:28:16 | More by Brewsephus
Photo of Offa


2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is my least favourite wee heavy so far.

It's slightly hazy, dark red amber with a thin pale orange-tan head that dissipates fast to leave a small foam ring that eventually vanishes as well, leaving no lacing.

The smell is good: sweet, malty with a glazed roasted meaty quality, a little musky with a faint tang.

The first sip is decent, sweetly malty, woody, and a bit musky, but definitely one-dimensionally sweet and thick. It also dramatically worsens after the first sip and a definite, faintly vinegary alcohol note soon takes over, along with meat and gravy. The alcoholic harshness soon dominates, especially with any food. It's one-dimensional, overly alcoholic, and very rough, being mostly sweet, alcoholic, thick, and vinegary.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 18:05:27 | More by Offa
Photo of RobinLawrence123


2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was very raisiny to me. Almost like a belgian, but with no character. I know that scotch ales are malty, but this was overkill, with no decernable hop balance, which lead to a cloying, overly sweet feel and finish. I could only drink half of the 22oz bomber.

Would not recomend to anyone who loves scotch ale

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 16:34:26 | More by RobinLawrence123
Photo of gfreed


2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Y-a-w-n... "thin" and "light" are the two adjectives that best describe this beer. In my book, a good scotch ale will waft forth with malt, teak, a little sting and, frankly, a nice fistful of peas. This has... nothing. Very little aroma beyond yeast; very little taste beyond more yeast. Gets slightly richer as it warms, but also gets w-a-a-a-y too boozy. Pass. For a good American scotch ale, visit Founders.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 02:09:27 | More by gfreed
Photo of Phelps


2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Enjoyed during a tasting of Scotch Ales. This beer's called Kilt Lifter everywhere except Arizona, where it's labeled Scotch Ale due to copyright contentions with a certain local brewery.

When I was little, I had a hamster named Roxy. She was a great little hamster, playful and gentle, and the two of us used to hang out for hours, she running around in her little wheel while I told her about my day. But one day, Roxy began to get fat. I wasn't worried at first, thinking she had just gone a little overboard with last night's meal. But she got bigger each day, ballooning to the point at which she could walk on her little hamster legs anymore. They dangled there uselessly like T-rex arms, and she died stuck on her big butt. Poor Roxy.

Anyway, I couldn't stop thinking about Roxy while drinking Moylan's Scotch Ale, mainly because the aroma and flavor had the overriding and undeniable funk of a hamster cage. Sure, it has a nice caramel color and a light khaki head that leaves spotted lace. Sure, there were some enjoyable flavors of caramel, peanuts and raisins. But it was all buried under mounds of smelly hamster wood shavings.

Thank you, Moylan's. Your beer reminded me of my dear departed friend Roxy, but it sure as hell didn't remind me of a drinkable Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 19:02:18 | More by Phelps
Photo of dgilks


2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, hazy amber colour with a smooth, tan head. Fair head retention.

Somewhat chalky aroma with some cardboard. This isn't that old so the oxidation is a little odd. Distinctly lacking in toffee and caramel. Mild fruit. Not really a Scotch Ale.

Mild malt with a distinct green tea flavour. Mild fruit. Where is the toffee and caramel. This is not a good Scotch Ale whatsoever.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

I don't like this beer and it doesn't tick the boxes for style either. Pretty poor really.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 08:48:30 | More by dgilks
Photo of Maudite


2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed with this beer. I got it having like Moylan's in the past. This isn't even close to a Scotch ale. Really didn't hold up as a beer, let alone being true to the style...

A- Light brown/slightly copper, very thin and clear. No head poured into my thistle glass, so I poured a bit harder to agitate and try to get one. A very small, thin ring formed and instantly disappeared...

S- Not much of a nose, other than a little biscuity, a low malt sweetness, and a surprising amount of hop presence, uncharacteristic of a scotch...

T- Not at all oaky, alcoholic, sweet... Tasted like an American brown to me, nothing more. I was surprised to see this was 8%, as it was hard to feel in the mouth. As it warmed up (as the bottle said to allow it...), it got a little better, but still far from what I would consider a scotch ale. The malt was slightly more available to the taste buds, and the alcohol showed itself a tad more.

M- Thin, lightly acidic, a strange hop bite towards the finish, again, uncharacteristic of this style.

D- I wouldn't have it again if it were offered, and I surely wouldn't reccommend it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 00:28:46 | More by Maudite
Photo of rangerred


2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-06-2013 19:57:57 | More by rangerred
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks fairly nice with a medium brown look and a tan foamy. The second noticeable trait is the nice Scotchy ale aroma, but the flavor fell flat for me. This is a bitter beer. Some may love the non sweet beer. Overly carbonated fizzy ass beer burns the house up for the week.

Would go well with the Van Morrison and the Chieftains cd.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 07:34:05 | More by frankiepop
Photo of charlzm


2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away, Burbank, CA on December 21st, 2010. Labeled on menu as "barrel-aged" with no information regarding barrel type.

Beer is a rusty caramel with a thin head that barely covers. Mostly clear, a bit hazy.

Aroma is of scotch whiskey and caramel malt. Fairly subdued.

Flavor is somewhat weak, with a dominant smoky wood flavor (probably from a whiskey or bourbon barrel). Sweeter than I would like. The caramel malt and fruity character I normally associate with this beer is there, but watered down or faded. Some bitterness on finish, more woody than hoppy.

Mouthfeel is thin, more watery than expected.

Not a successfully barrel aged beer, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 20:12:25 | More by charlzm
Photo of drpimento


2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle a few months ago at Sam's in Chicago. Poured with a medium head and no lace. Color is a very hazy amber with brown highlights. Aroma is scotch ale and a little peat. Flavor's about the same but with strong coconut! Therefore, not one of my fav. scotch ales. No apparent alcohol. Body's ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:01:42 | More by drpimento
Photo of Nipitato


2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Brown hue with significant deep ruby highlights. Clear. Nearly no head.

S: Very strong sweet caramel malt aroma that mingles with some fruity esters and some roasted notes.

T: Malt flavor is strongest though not particularly appealing. Roasty not smokey. Raisiny esters are also detectible. Dry finish.

MF: Medium light. Well carbonated. Dry.

D: I am not a huge fan of this style and after drinking Kilt Lifter I am still not. The biggest absence was the subtle caramel malt flavor. Kilt Lifter was just really sweet. I didn't find it to be drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 22:49:03 | More by Nipitato
Photo of illidurit


2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark rust color, but not dark enough to be opaque. You can easily see through and notice the clarity. Head is a nice height but a bit fizzy, as it dissipates quickly to an ultra thin halo, which slowly dissipates to nothing. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma has an odd vegetal quality that's out of place and unappealing. The lack of head retention makes it difficult to detect any other notes.

Taste is one dimensional with cola-like sticky sweetness. There's also an unpleasant peaty off-flavor in the finish. I don't detect any smokiness, hoppiness, or rich booziness.

Mouthfeel is ok here. Too thin for a normally rich style, and the carbonation is too fizzy and not dense enough. Finish is quite dry, an indication of the thinness.

This is one of those beers that needs to have its recipe reformulated. There's a flaw in every facet of this beer, and it seems only tolerable when ice cold. Compare this with Alesmith's Wee Heavy and you can tell it's very obviously deficient. Not one of Moylan's better beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 03:51:26 | More by illidurit
Photo of dcloeren


2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky burnt orange with half a finger of fizzy head (if Khoi want to call it that). The "head dissipated before I even had a chance to set my glass down

Getting a very strong caramel malt scent with not much else going on...

The taste follows the nose. Nothing to it but carame malt

The mouthfeel is very thin and extremely carbonated

Overall, this beer was nothing short of disappointing. Thin, overly carbonated and very one dimensional. If your curious about this one, don't be

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 23:01:19 | More by dcloeren
Photo of champ103


2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear dark red color. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some sticky lace behind.
S: Sweet caramel malts and toffee. A bit of dark fruits. Mostly a huge booze aroma.
T: Some peat, caramel, and toffee. Though, again a huge booze flavor. This really tastes like I am drinking Scotch. The alcohol comes out even more as this warms up.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Tons of alcohol is present that makes this really hard to drink.

If the alcohol mellows out a bit this would be really good. I might put some away for a year or so and see what happens. Though this is not a good beer to drink fresh IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:25:31 | More by champ103
Photo of SkeeterHawk


2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The beer pours a clear slightly reddish amber color with a small head that dissipates pretty quickly. While I was writing this, it was gone...so we may have gotten 45 seconds. After the head falls, you can tell that there is only a few bubbles rising...but they don't maintain the head.

Aroma: My first impression was of a metallic note right after the pour, but I don't really pick that up anymore after the head falls and the beer sits a little. After the beer sits for a few minutes, I can pick up the caramel malts and what seems like a mild grassy hop aroma. The malt is the key player in the aroma

Taste: The flavor has a lot of malt and some caramel and even a very slight roast thing going on here. I can taste a bit of hops in here, but as in the aroma, the malt is the big guy in this beer. There is something about this beer in the flavor that I can't put my finger on, but it may be what I picked up as the metallic in the aroma. I suppose that it is possible to be a Peat smoking of the malt, but it seems "sharp" for the lack of a better word. The finish is definitely balanced toward the malt.

Opinion: I am a pretty big fan of this style of beer, but this particular one doesn't really "do it for me". The malts are off balance somehow. It should be a bit sweeter with no real hops or one particular malt component being this noticeable. The Peat malt is not one of my favorites, but even if that is what I am picking up, I would say that it is a peated Crystal Malt (If there is such a thing) or they went for a long boil and just burned the wort in the kettle. I don't know but the aftertaste is somewhat harsh to me. The beer is not so bad that I won't finish it, but I won't be buying this particular beer from Moylan's again in the near future. Hopefully it was just kettle-burn and won't be here in the next release.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 04:37:40 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of jj311


2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark copper color with slight orange hues. What little foam-head it does have dissipates very quickly. No lacing.

Smell: A sweet malty aroma, bourbon barrel, slightly hoppy.

Taste: Fruity up front, followed by sweet malt (overly sweet) and some brief woody flavors. A faint presence of hops can be detected, but not allot. A Slightly bitter, light bourbon finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, somewhat creamy. Abundance of carbonation.

Drinkability: Average at best.

Overall: Well, I am glad that I got to try this one, but I'd have to say I was pretty disappointed. Aside from a few minor flavor variations, it's not much different then drinking a cheap 40 oz. of malt liquor. The buzz is there, but that's about the best thing going for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 13:19:55 | More by jj311
Photo of luvND


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P: 12 oz bottle
A: Nice ruby red, head dissipates very quickly
S: Some candied fruit, faint hops, a little oxidized maybe
T: Pretty hopped for a scottish and not as sweet/smokey as I'd like for the style, a little cloying in the aftertaste
M: A little light
D: Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional, lots of better examples out there, one is enough and not one I'll seek out again

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:27:18 | More by luvND
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours an orange hazy body with a thick creamy fizzy head of light tan that soon fades to a ring. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- There is a soft dry toasted biscuit malt aroma with some perfumed qualities to it that fade into a vegetable pickle aroma that is off putting with a slight salty note in the finish.
T- There is a soft dry toasted malt flavor that bends to the carbonic acid bite in the finish. There is a tartness that has a hint of apple and watermelon to it in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a scrubbing bubble carbonation that is a bite abrasive on the tongue.
D- This beer has a thin and soft flavor that is missing the nice rich malt backbone but the odd flavors get in the way of what little malt was there. It wasn't worth finishing the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 04:41:36 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of haddon


2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic glass and released lots of effervescent bubbles. Fizz all over the place. Translucent copper color with
little to no head even with hard pour.

Sweet smells that remind me of sticking my nose in the middle of a butterscotch sundae. All sweet malts on this one. Pretty one dimentional. Hope I am wrong but so far thinking this may be a little light and watery.

Tastes like it smells... Very sweet that dominates with butterscotch. Sherry wine, sour with a bit of hops on the back end. Flat and watery aftertaste.

Light body with not much carbonation. Too flat and lacks body.

For a scotch ale coming in at 8% abv, this beer tastes a bit light. Nothing about it would ever make me come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:30:37 | More by haddon
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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.