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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Reviews: 388
Hads: 701
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | 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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Reviews: 388 | Hads: 701
Photo of Murrhey
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width khaki head. Very low retention, no lacing. Head has large bubbles and some floater around the top. Dark, coppery color with no clarity.

S- Toffee, butter, brown sugar, caramel malts, some scotch whisky.

T- Rich, roast malts and caramel. Scotch whisky flavor. Smooth and flavorful.

M- Smooth with whiskey smoothness and big carbonation. Smooth and wet finish.

O- Solid all-around beer. Few weaknesses. (483 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a snifter. A "scotch ale"? Intriguing.

Color is brownish amber, with a generous one finger wide head of carbonation that dies down in a few minutes. Swirling maintains the head a bit, but it's evident that the alcohol leggings are pretty massive in this case. There's a fair amount of bubbles that rise to the top, but otherwise, there's a clear, nearly distilled looking appearance on this brew that could easily fool a passive whiskey drinker of this being being genuine scotch. It's still kind of sloppy in presentation overall, but it is nevertheless unique.

There's an immediate burst of sweetness on the nose, aided by the alcohol and caramel-toffee malts. Definitely the sweet flavor is overpowering, but when it subsides there's a combination of smokiness and sour-infused woodiness topped with crisp, subtle hops. Here, I feel the beer actually hits home towards creating a proper scotch-style ale - albeit a lite-version of one, but still properly balancing between the smoky and medicinal flavors present in scotches.

The flavor however seems to be a different story. Rather than continue the trend of sweetness in the flavor, it is instantly malty, and while definitely bittered, it is not hoppy at all at the finish. Very strong indeed - the malts definitely whack the tongue to slight numbness, and the smokiness and aged wood prevails in a delicate manner. Bittered traits from these flavors seem to last in the mouth for a long time indeed. This is perhaps a little TOO malty for me, but at the same time it's impossible to deny this beer's smoothness and distilled-like mouthfeel. The alcohol is fact so subtle in the flavor that if it weren't for the strong malts I'd probably down this quicker than desired.

Definitely a very interesting beer, and by the end part of my palate was questioning whether it was drinking either a strong malt-based beer or a watered down scotch. This is pretty recommended for non-hop heads and huge fans of whiskey or scotch who want to try something new. Not my personal favorite, but I personally wouldn't be able to make a better take on this style myself. I'm most definitely intrigued to trying more beers like this in the future. (2,221 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a clear ruby brown color with a soapy of-white head. Very pretty beer.

S - Rich toasted grains, cherries and apples, sharp alcohol, raisins.

T - Toasted malts, sweet brown bread, caramel, hints of wood, cherries soaked in rum, lots of green figs, raisins, walnuts, reminds me of fruit cake. Some bittering hops are detectable but subtle, tannins come through toward the finish.

M - Medium wet body with a semi-dry finish. Low carbonation.

A good sipper. Lots of breadiness and I like the fruit aspect as well. The malt was there but seemed shallow. The fruit and bread was the showcase. Very clean but the tannins helped out with that. I wouldn't call it bold but a good drinker for the price. (748 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at brewpub yesterday:

Pours a beautiful dark brown with decent coffee-coloured head and resultant lacing. Sweet, malt-forward aroma has many of the woody and earthy tones I associate with this style, although without any smokiness or "peat" that I could pick up. Flavour was sweeter in the finish than I would choose, but the body had the expected caramelized and roasted malt tones.

Believe this to be a well brewed example, but not a style of beer I personally enjoy often. (494 characters)

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a 22 oz bottle

It has a nice brownish orange appearance with a half finger of head.

The smell was a fairly malty reminding me of being n a small brewery on a tour. It was not what i expect out of a Scotch ale.

It redeemed itself quickly as I really enjoyed my first taste which was sweet caramel followed by a woody earthiness that produced a lingering finish. I could not taste much alcohol.

It has medium body and finshes smooth.

I like this style of beer and enjoyed it but I would probably not get it again unless I visited California. (572 characters)

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

Into a large glass mug. Half finger of head, copper colored body.
Smells like ripe fruits, bananas and wet hay.
Sweet and fruity taste. Ripe dark fruits. Long and sweet finish.
Sticky texture, low carbonation.
Did I mention it is sweet? That's the style but it's too sweet for my taste. (288 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock River Market area. I love Scotch style ales or wee heavys, so I figured I would give this one a shot. I compare most all of them to Founders Dirty Bastard. Served in a snifter. I also dominated the jalapeno reuben after I drank this. I will caution against that combination, as it almost made me poop my pants later on that night. But I digress...

Appearance - Poured a tasty looking amber color, on the hazy side, with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a minute. Leaves little lacing. Love the name!

Smell - Strong maltiness, just like many of this style are. Has a caramel backing with some breads as well, but the prime mover is certainly the maltiness in the nose. Yum

Taste - A combination of nuttiness and maltiness, with a caramel flavor as well. A nice woody backbone compliments the flavors. I really like the taste of this.

Mouthfeel - I think this is where this beer really separates itself from others of the style in that it finishes very smooth and lucsious, unlike some of the style that kind of bite you at the end. this beer is remarkably smooth, so much so that drinking a bunch would be relatively easy. Not good for a dude like me

Overall - Certainly try this beer! I would recommend it, I will buy it and drink it again. Love the name, and although the beer isn't necessarily a world beater, it is a solid representation of this style. (1,429 characters)

Photo of Brubaker
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful copper-cinnamon color with a 1+ finger creamy, cream colored head that shrinks to a thin cap that persists. A definite haze that's clear in the corners.

S- Malts, caramel, sweet, bread-like. No Alcohol.

T- Sweet, nutty, slight fruits, caramel, bread-like, bitter/alcohol. strong flavors. Dry and clean.

M- Good medium body, fine textured, dry. Good carbonation

O- Very enjoyable alone or with a meal.

Would Drink
Would Buy
Wouldn't make (456 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep reddish amber with an off-white, near 2-finger head. Retention is average, leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Aromas are heavy on caramel, but with a pungent astringency. Fairly off-putting.

Taste - Sweet caramel is the frontrunner in this beer, with bready malt notes not far off... but there's a strange earthiness to this beer that comes into play around mid-taste... almost like bitter chocolate and coffee grounds. Finishes semi-sweet with that earthy tone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Smooth, but fairly flat.

Overall - A decent beer. The aromas a bit off-putting but can be overlooked. Unfortunately once overlooked, there's not much to look forward to. Probably wouldn't buy again, but I'd drink it if offered. (751 characters)

Photo of Brewsephus
1.96/5  rDev -47.3%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of BradAndAdele
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful beer. Pours a cloudy, luscious deep golden brown. Decent brown-white head.

The smell is yeasty, a little off -- like someone left food at the back of the barn. Earthy French smell.

The taste is mellow and caramel, with a sharp, yeast-driven initial hit. Lots of malt too. A slight tartness to the taste, a little bitter but nothing overpowering. The taste blends to a malty, caramel aftertaste.

As for the mouthfeel, it's intriguing and kind of chewy -- like its coating the mouth.

Another very good beer from Moylans. We like it. (548 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this to me in a recent trade (I think it was an extra, but I'm not really sure)!

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily, leaving a half inch wall of lacing. Pours a hazy red brown and leaves occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: Very very bready, like cutting some reasonably hearty bread and putting your nose directly into it. Some dark fruit and molasses in the background. Gets a little smokier and more malty with time, but remains mostly crusty bread. I like it.

Taste: Wow, first sip indicates that this is a very well put together beer. Up front it feels very full bodied and creamy, with mostly caramel, cake, and dark fruit flavors. These flavors are actually neither decadent nor profound, but rather subtle (welcomely so; it's not overly rich or sweet). Transitions into a dry, bready finish. Next sip brings out some East Kent Goldings hop flavor tying everything together through the middle.

With time, more prune flavors come out. As it often does in beers where it's present, the Special B malt plays a prominent role in the flavor, but it's not as distinct or overpowering with the dark fruit flavors... it's subtle and matches well with everything else that's happening.

The overall flavor is not extraordinarily complex, but very pleasing. Despite the variety of malts used to create the beer, the flavor is tight... caramel, bread, EKG, and great malty, dark fruit highlights.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied, mildly low carbonation, dry finish. Feels fuller bodied at first. Tingle of alcohol heat, but mostly hides its 8% ABV.

Overall: This beer speaks of very skilled brewers. It has a unique mouthfeel and overall flavor profile, but neither are weird--they're just very distinct and refined. This is the kind of deftly crafted beer such that even if you don't like it, you ought to recognize how well made it is, while if the flavors they chose to go for match your tastes, you would probably want to drink it every day.

Myself, I liked it very much. (2,091 characters)

Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a snifter.
-Clear dark amber brown color.
-Head is very short lived.
-Aroma composed of caramel, some toasted malt, with some alcohol burn in the rear. Maybe a bit of hop notes if you swirl it in a glass, but it's buried in there. The toasty caramel smell is pretty overpowering.
-Taste is nutty caramel with some sweet malt ride into a dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Can definitely taste the alcohol.
-Perfect amount of carbonation to cut through an otherwise intense sweetness.

An interesting drink, would've liked a better integrated aroma. Sweet start with a dry and bitter finish. (601 characters)

Photo of dgilks
2.36/5  rDev -36.6%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle to celebrate St Patty's (I know, it's a Scotch Ale, but what the heck...I'm Irish, and i let it slide).

Poured a dark copper, a bit murky. A thin head that disappated rather quickly. Little to no lacing.

Sweet malt...caramel, a bit of dark fruit. You can clearly detect the malt assault to come.

Taste follows...a big malty kick up front...sweet bready malt, not much of the fruit i dectected in the scent. Good flavor though. So smooth...very easy to drink considering the abv.

This is a nice scotch ale. Easy drinking and a big kick to boot. (563 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker shade bronze, almost copper. A little off-color white head and some decent lacing.

S: Complex.. caramel, plums, maraschino cherry syrup, graham crackers & vanilla.

T: Chocolate, toffee, some unusual apple flavors. Ends with a pleasant floral hop aftertaste.

M: A bit creamy, almost syrupy. A very good sipper.

O: I dug this beer, worth an occasional purchase and makes a good nightcap. (403 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muchos Gracias to my BA from anutha mutha andrenaline for hooking this up on our last cross country trade
A - a deep clear copper, average head dissipated to a thin covering with some lacing
S - sweet caramel with some peatiness, grainy with a generous abv presence
T - starts with a mix of caramel malts and leafy green hops, some grainy quality, with peaty flavour more subdued that I expected
M - relatively light, a bit on the watery side, high abv is well integrated, just a little too thin for a scotch ale
O - a decent enough scotch ale, better than average but not outstanding, all the flashiness on the bottle just doesn't live up to the hype but still a worth a try (676 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Unrefined caramelized sugar and estery mid-range fruit. An attentive nose can catch a trace of detectable alcohol from the undisturbed glass, but it disperses quickly and is slow to reform.

T: Begins sweet, with dark crystal malt that is briefly husky before smoothing out somewhat, and also spirituous with a slight alcohol edge. Acidity is very restrained into the middle where a mix of fermented grain, syrupy spirit, and cooked fruit are each potent yet in balance. Bitterness is mild in the finish, with honest herbaceous and lightly roasted flavors present.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and boozy on the palate but not hot, with low carbonation.

D/O: This Scotch ale is successful as a wee heavy that is drinkable yet slightly decadent at the same time. Its sensory qualities are simple but adhered to well, with sugary malt and booze joining together in an appealing fashion. This beer has a lot of range--it could pass as a strong, malt-focused amber ale to be enjoyed alongside a meal, or it could be slowly sipped to satisfactory effect. (1,224 characters)

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

A - Pours a dark ruby red, thumb of toffee head, some retention and spotty lacing.

S - Hint of smoky peat, playdough, caramel, toffee and a some grassy hops on the finish.

T - Solid caramel and toffee malt backbone, leafy green hops balance it out, sourdough bread, touch of metallic alcohol, and the peat is subdued but still nicely present. The flavours improve as it warms, offering up more intensity over time.

M - Lighter bodied ale and comes across a tad thin. Could use a carbonation lift.

O - A tasty scotch ale but there's certain aspects that were a bit disappointing. The mouthfeel was a tad thin and the flavours could use a bit of a boost. Higher ABV is well hidden though and it is rather drinkable. Definitely still worthy. (742 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a cloudy copper color with orange hues. Head is tan and a bit thin. Seeing just a bit of splotchy lacing.

S - Very malty. Getting tons or caramel and honey. Also bread is very noticeable along with a soft floral aroma.

T - Sweet and malty. Lots of bread and caramel, honey and alcohol. Not too complex but extremely flavorful.

M - Full bodied, thick and a bit oily. Carbonation soft.

O - Can't believe I have never bought this before. Its excellent for the price point. A great sipper. (504 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep red with great clarity, a thick two finger, rocky white head that left nice lacing and had great retention.

The aroma was big, rich, and malty. Toffee, bread, caramel, vanilla notes and dark fruit tones. Dark cherry, fig, and some boozy notes.

The flavor follows the nose. Full of rich, malty, toffee, bread, caramel. Dark fruit notes. Cocoa hints. Quite tasty with a scotch-like finish.

Boozy burn in the finish is not overbearing. Nice balance. True to style. A great example of the style. Great, tasty, sipper. (536 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Macadoodles in Springdale, Arkansas. No date found on the brown bomber, but many accolades.

Pouring into a an Anchor pint glass yields a slightly hazed copper color on the verge of red. Love the color! An off white half inch head fades quickly and leaves minimal lace behind. Not very sticky.

Aromas are scant, but detectable. Bread dough, some green grass, grape/apple, and booze.

Very sweet caramel malt, apple, followed by a mild hop bite and a lingering buttery bisquit.

I think this brew is missing some body as it's a litte watery for what is expected. Carbonation is about right if you pour medium-hard and allow it to warm in the glass as instructed on the bottle.

Overall, I like this Scotch Ale, but I don't love it. You'll need to allow it to warm to at least 60F to see it's full potential. Laughing Lab has it beat, hands down. It is very easy on the wallet which is important during a shit-rittled economy. Worth a try at least. (962 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, bready malt and nutty notes. Pretty moreish.
The nutty notes carry through as flavours, as does the bready malt, but little else is noticeable.
Watery body is unfortunate, should be thicker. (260 characters)

Photo of 530veerguzzler
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this before about 2 years ago on tap down in So Cal, and i was really impressed. As with most beers in general, they usually taste better from tap. This beer had a good combination of smoothness and flavor....i would recomend if you happen to find this one (264 characters)

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