Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery
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3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Thanks Don for bringing back from SD. Like a liquor. Sweet from the carmel and malt. Scotch up front and then carbonation kicks in with hoppy aftertaste that tingles the tongue. Bit of lace. WIne-like. Scotch colour and body, drinkable.
The name implies going wee-wee a lot from drinking so much of it, right?
04-10-2005 03:48:38 | More by Sammy
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-22-2013 01:02:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a snifter. The color is an amber-brown without any real head, lacing, or legs. Not much going on here. The nose is some caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of booze. The flavor doesn't really bring much other than a bit of malt and some alcohol. Booze on the palate and in the finish. Not my cup of tea.
11-14-2010 04:43:37 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Coral-orange-bronze with bright orange accents. The pale caramel cap nearly exploded out of the glass on the pour. I seem to remember another Moylan's beer that I had a similar issue with due to gross overcarbonation. The brittle, unsticky head has fallen quickly and has left very little lace in its wake. A little bubble bath-like sudsiness is about it. Good color, bad head.
The nose rights the ship. The beer smells well-malted with plenty of dark, earthy aromas (as befits the style). It smells more like bourbon than it does like Scotch whisky, with elements of brown sugar, oak and even vanilla. Minimal peatiness, if it's there at all. No smoke that I could detect.
Kilt Lifter isn't much of a Scotch ale on the palate. Scottish? Sure, but it isn't big enough or flavorful enough to be a wee heavy. The malt backbone is osteoporotic for the style, while still managing to deliver a decent amount of caramel-toffee flavor. Although it's still mildly whisky-like, its sweetness forces comparisons to a Rusty Nail or a shot of Drambuie rather than a dram of single malt.
Remarkably, there's no hint of alcohol, even at 8.0%. Dark fruit (dried figs) begins to appear on the palate as the beer warms. KLSA absolutely cries out for more chewiness to give the wonderful flavors a chance to grab hold and soak into the taste buds in proper fashion.
Since I've already alluded to the body/mouthfeel several times, I'll skip any further description, except to say that it's Scottish ale appropriate and Scotch ale/wee heavy inappropriate. The active carbonation fits the mouthfeel. Fewer bubbles would have been perfect though.
How does one score a wee heavy that's tasty, but falls outside the lower bounds of the style? Oh the hell with it, this is good beer and I'll treat it as such. Kilt Lifter doesn't lift my kilt, but it is improving as I get deeper into the bomber. Perhaps I'll change into clean underwear just in case.
08-09-2005 21:25:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a modest head that doesn't retain particularly well, although it does manage to leave a few dots of lace
Smell: Nice caramel malt aromatics, with a nutty rather than peaty character
Taste: Opens with caramel and shortbread flavor, with a developing nutty aspect; after the swallow, the flavor profile becomes astringent as it is joined by a noticeable presence of alcohol
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet
Drinkability: While this beer has some nice aspects, it lacks the peat and full bodied mouthfeel of the top flight wee heavies and, in failing to disguise the alcohol, these flaws are accentuated
02-15-2009 19:19:16 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
A gorgeous looking tan head that reached a height of around three inches came across the top and cascaded throughout the glass. This settled after a couple minutes and left behind an very nice pillow of tan foam that lasted well into the night. Great side glass lace as well, really quite the thick looking liquid here for sure.
The aroma was very sweet, with a big malt nose. Lots of earthy smells, grain, some raisin maybe and a touch of spice. Nice bit of caramel as well, with a woody sort of alcohol mixed in. This all translated over to the flavor, which also was very full and really just a very nice example of the style. Loads of sweetness in it, with candied sugar and caramel laced earthy malts making the big splash here. Very big body on this one as well, with really a tremendously smooth feeling to it. Nice carbonation that never really quit, and a long lasting sweet finish that was not overly dry but really left you looking for another sip. The alcohol was up there but was very well hidden, making this very drinkable, considering how strong it was.
Overall, I thought this was really an excellent beer, and one of the better I have had in the style.
05-03-2011 02:53:42 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Appearance: Slightly hazed, dark amber body with a very thin, off-white head (they did generously fill my glass).
Smell: First, it's fruit, with esters delivering notes of dried cherry, golden raisins, and plums. Also, there's a mild scent of lightly grainy bread dunked in alcohol.
Taste: Without delay, without so much as a "hi", it's sweetish, bready, and fruity. A mouthful of fruitcake springs to mind. Lesser hints of steeped grain and a bite of caramel emerge. It's a continuous sweetish fruitiness until the drying finish punctuated briefly by a faint touch of bitterness and some lightly peppery alcohol hints.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Politely put, it's a fine, serviceable scotch ale that's more wee than heavy, leaving me wanting for a more hearty malt backbone. For the time being, I'll be reaching for a 90 Shelling instead.
05-23-2009 16:33:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
This brew poured out as a nice clear dark amber color. With a slight tan head on it that stuck around for a while. The smell was earthy, not a lot of hops in this brew or anything, not that there should be for this style. The taste was smooth and with some good malt in the body of the beer. The mouthfe was on the heavier side but not thick. Overall its pretty good and totally worth another round.
05-13-2011 02:00:34 | More by Knapp85
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
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
A - Poured out a light copper color with a small, thin, fizzy, white head. It left some soapy trails of lace.
S - It smelled of caramel, raisin and mossy/earthy notes.
T - It tasted of rich cereal malt, spice and moss/peat. Very well balanced mix of flavors.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.
D - This is a very nice scotch ale. I want to try mre beers from Moylan's.
09-24-2008 21:12:50 | More by zeff80
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
Appearance: Dark but clear amber, moderate head retention.
Smell: Sweet and malty in the forefront, somewhat earthy, organic.
Taste/mouthfeel: Rich and caramelly with an herbal hoppy bitterness. A bit medicinal, with a slight peaty flavor lingering in the background. Something toward the finish actually reminds me a bit of peanut butter. The aftertaste is bready and bitter, leaving a slight metallic twang on the tongue. Medium in both body and carbonation.
Notes - A decent scotch ale, certainly not the best around, but solid.
11-27-2006 03:45:36 | More by largadeer
3.79/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
07-18-2013 03:23:25 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
Hazy amber with an orangish-brown tint, topped by a thin but creamy, very light golden-tan head that drops but leaves a good collar and some nice lace. I give them great credit for nailing the fruit and malt character of a true Scottish ale - very nice big fruit (some nice strawberry) with a caramelized maltiness. Medium body with a gentle carbonation lending to a supple, silky mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced with a bitterness that is omni-present but never really emerges, clearly playing a supporting role to the malt. The maltiness is light and has a lightly burnt or caramelized sugar quality to it. My guess is that they're using mainly pale malt with a small dose of roasted barley that is caramelized in the kettle - rather than using British crystal - although there may be a small percentage. The peat smokiness is most apparent in the finish, but quite restrained amongst a somewhat sticky malt. It becomes much more apparent, however, as you move through the glass eventually leaving you with a light mouthfull of smoke. Very authentic. Not exactly what I would call a "Scotch Ale", but I won't quibble over the designation other than stating that I'd personally term it a 90 -/- ale. Quite nice. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. I'd love to try this cask-conditioned.
08-26-2002 17:56:14 | More by NeroFiddled
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a slightly fogged deep amber/brown. Nose is strong malts with a sweeter earthy edge to it. A lot of it smells like grape soda. Flavor is sweet yes. Has a nice earthy edge to it, but it lacks a real complexity that would make it interesting. Feel has a low carbonation to it and a slick liquid. Overall this is a good wee heavy, but not great by any means. It doesn't totally suck, but it won't blow you away either.
01-01-2008 04:39:44 | More by RblWthACoz
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramel, roasted malts, vanilla and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is malty and smoky up front with sweet flavors of caramel, bourbon and vanilla, although not as heavy as most Scotch ales. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is sweet and slightly smoky.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, it's flavorful and since this beer isn't as thick as most in the style, it's a good one to drink for a long time.
04-02-2009 03:09:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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