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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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630 Ratings
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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 16
Gots: 22 | 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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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.2%

This was highly recommended, and I must say it was a let down in ways.

Poured a somewhat cloudy reddish amber with rose-tinted highlights. The head was an afterthought - tiny and largely absent after the pour but mysteriously came back to coat the meniscus after the beer warmed up.

And like the bottle says, (paraphrasing) best when warm. Well, not lukewarm, but the best of this came out after a good 10 minutes sitting. While still fridge cold, had a few small sips and detected a fruity, lightly sweet strawberry essence. Nice, but not what I'm looking for in a scotch ale. Past a certain temp, however, the sweet sinks down and the malt and hop rise up to balance the mix.

I was hoping for a deeper malt character, but it wasn't in the cards. The presence of malt is fairly medium-thin and the hops are vaguely noticeable in the nose, however, it may be just enough to create a subtle enough scotch ale flavor. It never really gives you the goods though, leaving some body to be desired.

Believe it or not, when it reached that golden temp, though, it became one of the most ridiculously drinkable scotch-type ales I've had. Far from stellar all-around but, despite the surprisingly bittersweet malty film it leaves behind, goes down ridiculously smooth. Not rich nor weighty but alright.

07-18-2010 03:36:36 | More by Bouleboubier
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Poured dark amber with about a 3 finger foamy ruddy head. Slowly settles leaving little peaks and craters as it does. Head eventually dissipates to the point of leaving a thick blanket of foam on the surface and thick sticky coagulated foam on the sides of the glass where the towering head once stood.

S: Pungent malty nose with a strong aroma of molasses, honey, caramel, a little orange citrus, and a hint of Italian spice.

T: Really pungent flavor just as the nose suggests. Syrupy sweet tone of molasses or maple syrup. A bit of an oakey bite.

M: Light but kinda' thick... the kind of texture that feels like it sticks all over the inside of your mouth. Sweet start, a twangy, woody, dry finish.

D: The strong robust flavor makes this one a sipping beer. Goes down pretty smooth, but the thick texture and sweetness is almost cloying. Probably be tough to work through more than one.

Atmosphere is great. Really pure and imperial appearance, and a nose just loaded with twists and turns. Flavor is really full and hearty, but almost cloying in nature. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

07-18-2010 03:24:02 | More by bmwats
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hopstradamus

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

A. Pours a bright reddish amber, copper-like color with a medium sized tan head of tiny bubbles that settles quickly.

S. Rich, peaty malt character along with an unexpected perfumy hop aroma. There are hints of raisin or plum as well.

T. There is a fruity sweetness from the start followed by hints of caramel and brown sugar to go along with a peaty smokiness. There is a rum-like alcohol taste in the finish along with a tinge I normally associate with a Baltic Porter.

M. Light to medium mouthfeel, it is maybe a little watery for the style, but is helped by the lasting carbonation.

D. While it was good, this will not be one I reach for again any time soon. It seems like a "white bread" interpretation of a Scotch Ale and I prefer them to be a little more traditional.

07-14-2010 20:27:16 | More by hopstradamus
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Dark to reddish brown in color with a light brown head that shows moderate lacing.

S - Caramel like malts, dark fruit, peat, and a bit of nuttiness.

T - Strong malt, very peaty/earthy in flavor with a bit of hops, very interesting.

M - Smooth, somewhat alcoholic with a full body.

D - This is a tasty scotch ale that goes down smooth, maybe a little too smooth, enjoy!

07-05-2010 19:21:33 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a 22, no date

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with about one and a half fingers off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Heavy caramel malt aromas, some nuttiness, sweet smelling

T&M - Huge malt presence, slight bitterness in the background provides a little balance. Light hints of cherry and butterscotch. Medium to full bodied, alcohol only detectable in the finish.

D - For such a huge, malty brew, I find myself drinking this faster then I normally would. Balance is decent and this is tasty and goes down easy.

07-02-2010 03:01:51 | More by ZeroSignal
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Halcyondays

California

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a deep amber with a pillowy off-white head, leaving a lot of lace.

S: Definite caramel, peat, standard Scotch ale.

T: Has the traditional peaty strong malt flavour, but then gets real earthy mid-palate with hops. A good flavour, just too hoppy for the style.

M: Smooth, alcoholic as the style should be, medium/full body.

D: A good effort, this beer is well priced and is easily available, but it is definitely the Americanized version of Wee Heavy. You're not getting Belhaven here.

06-23-2010 02:01:34 | More by Halcyondays
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alli4051

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark, slightly cloudy, amber with a big tan head. Head is a bout two and a half fingers but recedes quickly and leaves little lacing. Big malty, brown sugary, flavor up front with some spiciness and alcohol bite in the finish. Some hop bitterness lingering but not much. Nice, clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. Was kind of surprised at how quickly I finished the bottle, which speaks to the drinkability of this one.

06-20-2010 16:28:40 | More by alli4051
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LittleDon

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours cherry red and clear with a very short lived head and lots of carbonation. Odd, cherry cough syrup characteristic present in the sweet aroma which also comes out in the front and middle. Malty with same strange cough syrup characteristic. Sugary middle. Faint, faint bitterness that pops out after the finish. Medium heavy mouthfeel. This is an unfamiliar style for me.

06-19-2010 20:11:48 | More by LittleDon
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MOB210SA

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

As smooth and creamy as Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, which has always been a favorite of mine. Beautiful deep mahogany scarlet in color. A lasting thin head of off-tan cream. Sweet malts and brown sugar and some dark fruitiness. Medium bodied, This is so smooth and velvety it is almost as if you are not even drinking it. Perfect amount of carbonation. Instantly leaves you wanting to take another drink. My first beer from Moylan's and I'm looking forward to try Hopsickle!

06-13-2010 23:52:22 | More by MOB210SA
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

Bomber/stemless snifter

A: Copper with dense cream-colored head and good clarity. Lighter and more red than I was expecting from previous experience with other Scotch ales. Very pretty color, though, and well within the style.

S: Malty sweetness, caramel, a little brandy/whiskey-like alcohol, and maybe a little dark fruitiness.

T/M: Malty sweet, some caramel, warming alcohol, very mild peat smoke, and a black tea-like bitterness and astringency in the finish. Sweetness is neither unbalanced nor overpowering, and mouthfeel is lightened slightly by lively carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for a beer of this strength and style. The lighter mouthfeel from the carbonation makes this easier to drink, and the balance makes it deceptively smooth.

06-01-2010 22:08:00 | More by MurphyMacManus
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pwsoldier

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

A - Pours deep mahogany with a rich tan head that shows great retention. Lacing is moderate.

S - Very malty and a bit boozy. Notes of plum and a hint of oak make for a pleasant, complex nose.

T - Sweet notes of plum and cherry are dominant with a noticeable alcohol presence coming through in the finish. All in all, seems a bit one-dimensional.

M - Full-bodied and rich. The alcohol has a warming effect.

D - Easy enough to drink, but the boring flavor profile and conspicuous alcohol presence make it hard to justify having more than one.

06-01-2010 03:35:59 | More by pwsoldier
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10%

A - A moderately active pour with a slightly cascading head that peaks at a little more than fingers worth of creamy egg shell colored head that recedes leaving a splotchy thin veil of lace... A beautiful medium brown color with the slightest of glows... A faint reddish hue is noticeable when held up to the light... Trace amounts of sluggish carbonation can be seen climbing the sides of the snifter towards the top of the glass...

S - Near perfection for a Scotch Ale... A wonderful blend of caramel and dark fruit... Also some hints of butterscotch, toffee, and raisins... Nothing too complex, but that doesn't stop the this nose from being world class...

T - Loaded with a malty goodness... Carmel... Raisins... Toffee... A touch of fig and cherries... Perhaps even a hint of weak coffee... The finish is comprised of peat and a slight alcoholic warmth... Lacks a bit of the complexity I expect in a Wee Heavy and may be just a bit to cloying...

M - Medium bodied... Sticky... Light yet prickly carbonation... Dense... Juicy...

D - There should be no doubt that Moylan's Kilt Lifter is a truly world class Scotch Ale offering... Just a notch the rest of my favorites for the style... To strong to be a session beer, but not quite a sipper... Just a solid alll around offering and a wonderful introduction to Moylans...

06-01-2010 01:57:56 | More by philbe311
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impending

California

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

At the source.

Surface only off white head, slightly more when served from a bottle. Rich dark copper amber hue. This color in a scotch ale usually means good things. Nice lacing after each sip.

Strong malt aroma with caramel & butterscotch followed by mild roast. Mild carbonation with excellent mouth feel, feels thicker than it is.

Excellent smooth flavor with lots of dominating malts followed by minor hops rounding out but perhaps a bit more hops than most scotch ales. Little lingering bitterness. I expected alcohol to be obvious but it is fully hidden in the flavor. Brendan says this is his flagship brew and who am I to disagree !

Most Excellent - Outstanding

cheers
jd

05-31-2010 00:29:40 | More by impending
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Gordon tulip glass. Body is a bright amber color, topped by a big flourish of creamy, off-white head that quickly settles down to about a half finger. Aroma of slightly sweet caramel malt, with some roasty character and a whiff of peat smoke. A hint of dark fruit sweetness is also present.
Palate is well-balanced between sweet caramel malt and mild, fruity hops. A very mild hint of peat smoke lingers throughout. Finish is somewhat boozy, nice and warm. Body is smooth and creamy, with just a touch of stickiness. This is a highly drinkable beer - a little thin for a Scotch ale, but still very nice. It's a shame it's not available in Oregon due to a turf dispute with Pike Brewing.

05-27-2010 05:25:27 | More by ElGordo
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

a - reddish brown. murky. light brown head

s - dark fruit, heavy malts, grain.

t - same as nose, with the addition of caramel.

m - medium-heavy body. kind of chewy. good carbonation.

o - solid scotch ale. great representation of the style. could easily enjoy a bomber to myself. will definitely buy this again.

05-25-2010 04:08:23 | More by levifunk
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1759Girl

California

4.63/5  rDev +24.8%

A highland fling to celebrate the removal of various crutches and walking splints that have accompanied me for the last six weeks... Yes, it's a bit of a cheat to review something I already know I like, but I was so sad to discover that I've never reviewed this before!

Appearance> Red, gorgeous creamy head. Not terribly lively but good. If you have had a good wee heavy.. you know what I'm talking about.

Smell> Toasty. So good. Sweet. S'mores.

Taste> Sweet, strong, tangy, malty, alcoholic... like any good Scot... I jest! Really, it's great. Beauty of a hang. My co-celebrators were also quite impressed as this was their first venture into the land of scotch ales.

Mouf> good. decent

Drinkability> great!

05-10-2010 04:23:53 | More by 1759Girl
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mklinger

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

Poured into a shaker pint glass. It pours a bright, slightly unnatural red that was very clear. A small 1/4 inch of head formed, and didn't leave much lacing in the glass.

Aroma was malt focus & caramelly sweet, not much else coming through.

Taste was dominated by the caramel, but i was an odd, thin, one-dimensional caramel. Often caramel sweet beers have a richness to then. This beer was lacking in this way. There was a bit of hop bitterness that came through to balance out the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel was thin & a bit overcarbonated. I was underwhelned by this beer & doubt I'll buy it again.

05-06-2010 09:00:03 | More by mklinger
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cafemondegar

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

This multiple award winner from Moylan's is decent in certain departments but not an out and out winner in my book. Poured into a pint glass from a bomber size bottle with average head that died quickly - there was an ever present lace on the surface which also sticks to the walls of the glass - which I like. As far as the aroma is concerned - Score!! If you like beer, it would be painfully hard to not take a sip right away since it smells so inviting. Taste is decent, I guess I just am not a Scotch Ale kind of person. The Scotch taste is unmistakable but you can also taste the malt and caramel. The Scotch in the beer made it not particularly drinkable for me. After half a pint, I was about ready call quits on it. At 8% abv, it is a stronger beer but the Scotch fumes make it very suitable for occasions when you are relying on just one beer or two to get you in a happy mood.

04-24-2010 22:06:39 | More by cafemondegar
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KhourysBeerGuy

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

First time finally trying this; been meaning to for a long time.

A - Hazy caramel color with a thin but lingering head.

S - very Belgian smelling. Raisins, caramel popcorn, toffee, dark fruits. Rum roaked orange peels. Almost no hop presence.

T - Candied orange peel with lots of malty sweetness. Hints of red fruit in the backgorund: think cherry/strawberry. Hides the alcohol very well, hard to tell that it's 8%.

M - Thins a little as it gets warmer, but sill full bodied.

D - Very easy to drink for a style that reminds me so much of a dopplebock.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and would reccommend it to everyone.

04-05-2010 00:06:18 | More by KhourysBeerGuy
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brewerburgundy

California

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%

22oz, champagne flute, no bottling date.

Rather standard but strong amber, or auburn if you like, and very clear. Small yellowish bone head that's reticent to grant us its presence for long. Does it need to be somewhere?

A bit of dark fruit behind prominent caramelized sugar, toffee, raisins, some peaty earthiness, and something akin to strawberries.

Taste mirrors smell, but isn't intense. Pronounced hop bitterness for the style but not flavor and a strong malt backbone. Some port -like aspects.

This beer has a full, creamy mouthfeel. Quite nice.

I am enjoying this stab at a wee heavy but would be fooling if I said I'd buy it frequently, or even again. There are better examples and I may soon have one of the best, or at least my favorites, in my market.

03-26-2010 23:25:21 | More by brewerburgundy
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mithrascruor

California

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear orange-crimson color with a creamy off-white head. Good retention and light lacing of the glass.

Smell: Somewhat sweet lightly roasted malt aroma. Nice, but not too much going on.

Taste: Sweet toasted malts, caramel, and butterscotch. Some light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite easy to drink; no hint of alcohol in the taste.

A nice beer. Nothing special, but a bit one-dimensional in the flavor.

03-14-2010 21:00:13 | More by mithrascruor
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glid02

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brownish-copper color with a thin white head. The head quickly recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving light lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel and chocolate malts with large amounts of butterscotch and toffee and milder amounts of vanilla. The nose is this is akin to a beer involved with barrels.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp caramel malt flavors with hints of toastiness kick things off. Mild amounts of butterscotch flavors come into play midway through the sip and sticky malt flavors carry through to a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side for the style with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a very good beer that was just a few flaws away from being great. Very good flavors and aromas however I would like it to be just a bit more robust in mouthfeel. Still, one of the best I've had from the style and well worth a shot.

03-11-2010 22:08:12 | More by glid02
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matjack85

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

This stuff comes in a 22oz. brown bottle with a map to the brewery on the label along with a long list of awards it has won.

The pour and appearance were nice. The beer poured a clear dark copper color that made a fluffy four finger off-white head that lasted about 3 full minutes before settling down to just a thin rim. The lacing on the glass was everywhere - like the kind you would get with a root beer float.

The smell had a faint aroma of sweet malt, fruit, and nuts - and when I say faint, I do mean faint. While it's a nice smell, there isn't much to it.

The taste was also weaker than I expected for a beer that's won so many awards. One thing I must say is do not drink this beer ice cold or there won't be any flavor to it at all. Once it warms up a bit you can start tasting the 6 different malts that are in here. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar are the most prevalent flavors, coating some ripened and also some tart fruit flavors along with a touch of scotch alcohol. At just 25 IBU's there isn't that much of a hop presence, but that is typical of the style. I think the little bit of hop bitterness keeps it interesting, but overall this would definitely fall under the sweet beer category.

This is not a heavy beer, despite the" wee heavy" style classification. In fact, I found it to be pretty thin and only moderately carbonated.

Kilt Lifter is not a bad beer, but it's not a great one either. For all the ingredients in here I expected more flavor. Still, it's easy to drink and the 8.0% abv is not all that noticeable. It's not the best Moylan's has to offer, but it's still a decent brew.

03-02-2010 15:44:10 | More by matjack85
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avocadoz

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

pours a deep red/brown with decent amount of head. smells of caramel, toasted nuts, scotch and hops. Tastes of caramel, cherry and bitter hops. Drinkability is suprisingly good. This is a good scotch style ale that would pair well with a root vegetable soup or crusty bread.

03-01-2010 01:35:20 | More by avocadoz
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

Reviewed 1/21/2010 (Bottle):

Pours a clear dark brown red color body. Average foamy off-white head. Strong scotchy aroma, dark caramel, very sweet dark cherry aroma. Strong cherry aroma. Sweet taste, caramel, light body. Fruity, light taste. Pretty tasty, clean. Almost like caramelized raisins.

02-26-2010 04:35:37 | More by jujubeast6000
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.