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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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613 Ratings
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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2002)
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Moylan's. Dark mahagony with a fairly thick head that settles down quite quickly.

Malty, peaty smell with a bit of smokiness. Slight vinous hints. The smell is quite distinct, but not strong.

Good peaty taste, with smoky malts and slight fruitiness in the background. Very well blended taste, but very subtle. The peatiness is not as in your face as some of the Scottish wee heavies, but it is still very present. Malts are somewhat subdued and the hops are very faint.

Decent carbonation, but a bomber at 8% makes this a decent night cap.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 05:33:44 | More by BDTyre
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh. Dark brown with a creamy head. Smells and tastes of scotch whiskey, smoked wood, and some sort of licorice taste. This is a style that I've always found kind of strange, but it is a solid beer with a lot of different dark flavors. A lot of alcohol, and not really sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2008 03:34:43 | More by webmanspidey
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steelcutoats

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kilt Lifter review

This is the second review of a Scottish Style Ale tonight. I had a smaller 12 oz. bottle last week and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and spring for the larger 22 oz. bottle. I poured it into my crystal tasting snifter and prepared to enjoy. The heard was rich, creamy and opaque. It quickly dissolved, but a fine ring of bubbles remained around the rim of the glass. The aroma was heavenly, a sweet mix of roasted malts and caramel, with a hint of alcohol. The color of the beer was a deep amber/ruby. There was also a good bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. The taste was very smooth, rich and complex. You can definitely taste the roasted malts, with a moderate amount of hopes in the background. This beer is a bit on the dry side, but not overly boozy with a good body. It is definitely the best Scottish Ale I've tasted as of yet...I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try a top notch Scottish Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:28:40 | More by steelcutoats
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with a small, firm head that is long lasting. Just small bits of lacing is left on the glass.

Has a nice toasted malt aroma. Some alcohol is also detected. Nothing too complex here.

Has an earthy and toasted malt character. But any complexity is washed out by the alcohol bite before the finish.

Good carbonation and a nice texture.

A good effort and a nice beer on a cool night. Warming and hearty ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 21:08:08 | More by morimech
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Donnie2112

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy brownish color with tinges of yellow and red slight with a nice film of head

slightly woody and smokey

sweet and malty, just a bit of smokey peat in there, rolls into a nice, hints of whisky all of this rolls into a subtle delicate hop finish with some alcohol warmth

medium heavy body, just a bit of astringence, just enough carbonation to make the other flavors pop

nicely flavorful beer, warms up nicely, Just a solid drinking beer that pairs well with my whisky of choice

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 22:50:25 | More by Donnie2112
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lastdoctor

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taste is caramel all the way.

Dark Red Amber. A finger's worth of head.

Smell is caramel. Very little in the hop department.

Taste is a sweet caramel malt. Finish is a warm alcohol. Not a lot of hops to speak of.

Heavy mouthfeel. Almost syrupy going down.

I can drink one 22 oz., but no more.

I'd get this again. Good effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 23:50:59 | More by lastdoctor
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beerkittycat

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is hazy copper brown with red hues and a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Full malty nose that's earthy, musty, grassy, and a hint of peated smoke. Flavor has tons of fruity and grassy malts with notes of chocolate and toffee. Kind of like a Heath Bar. Medium mouthfeel way too thin for a wee heavy. This is a very tasty beer but I would characterize this as a Scotch Ale rather than wee heavy.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 17:45:50 | More by beerkittycat
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kcillini77

Kansas

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one tastes good, but otherwise is kind of all over the place.

Reddish brown hue. Not much head and light carbonation.

Smell is off - smells like something familiar, but can't quite place it. Caramel popcorn maybe?

Taste is malty, sweet, caramel followed by warm alcohol. Big flavor, with very little hop balance.

Drinkability is decent at 8%, but probably wouldn't drink more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 03:54:16 | More by kcillini77
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scarlet red hue. Slight haze. Thin beige head. Moderate amounts of lace. Nice malty nose. Has that "peaty" aroma with earthy and dank malt tones. Flavor is actually kind of weak for the style. Light bready malt tones. Some yeast sludge flavors. Slight hints of the 8% octane level. Not much else. Mouthfeel is a little lifeless. Not much CO2 or body to it. This is a disappointment from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 03:46:16 | More by Bighuge
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Domingo

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bronze color with reddish highlights. A moderate to thin head forms at the top with a normal pour, but dissipates quickly.
Smells boozy and malty for sure. No hops at all, although even if there were a ton in this brew I think they'd be overpowered. It's a good start.
The taste has elements of whiskey (European, not bourbon), sweet dried fruits, brandy, caramel, malt, chocolate, and a whole lot of sweetness. Any hops in there are really hidden, and the finish has too much heat and too much sweet for me. It has elements I enjoy, but it's just like a flavor assault with drinkability taking a big hit.
Not terrible, but just a little overwhelming.
Compared to the other Scotch Ales out there, this one feels bigger, but not necessarily better.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 16:58:00 | More by Domingo
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I were you, I wouldn't look under the kilt. Pours a more coppery color with a ruby red hue throughout. A easy pour left an ample soft white head that took some time to drop. Good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is malty with a slight yeasty kick. To start there is a mostly caramel baking with a slight grainy essence in the back ground. Some minor bready notes as well. There is noticeable esters and tropical fruits that blend well but are a little off for style. Some strong solvent notes as well. Mostly plums, figs and raisins. Some earthy almost woody notes in the background

The taste is similar but a bit off for style. The kettle flavor comes out nicely, but lacks that kettle/long boil malty flavor. Almost fake in a way. There are some light chocolate notes that are a bit off as well. The yeast notes back off for an easier taste. Though some alcohol and lighter tropical fruits are there. Actually pretty smooth. The earthy flavor comes out more and has a feint petty flavor, but very light.

The body is closer to full than moderate. A light carbonation helps the malt out. This one is a little rough more me to rate. There are a lot of good things but some things are missing. Mainly the kettle/maltiness. But still enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 20:24:59 | More by Oxymoron
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Tolann

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish copper and slightly hazy. Head didn't last long.

S - It's got that earthy/mossy funk to it that these beers are supposed to have. Love it. Malty, tho not overly sweet.

T - Earthy again. Very good. Big 'Scottish' characteristic. lil more sweet than what the nose lets on. Seems it's hard to find good Scotch Ales. This might be one to keep around. I like this style.

M - Easy drinking. Light/medium mouth feel. Not overly carbonated.

D - I know what I'll be picking up next time I'm looking for a wee heavy. This is really nice and highly recommended. Hope the beer I have in fermenter is half as good!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 04:59:10 | More by Tolann
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter color than most scotch ales unless I am confusing scotch with scottish. This was not brown but dark orange. It smelled like a strong ale and almost reminded me of a barleywine. Taste was ok but I am not sure I would revisit this again. There was just something thin about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 02:45:26 | More by ArrogantB
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a very deep coppery red with orange edges. Aggressive head recedes to a nice bubble layer, then eventually nothing but a thin ring.

Rich and deeply malty with plenty of overripe dark fruits, namely raisin. Some gummy sweetness is offset by rich full smelling bread. Alcohol is present, but blends very cohesively with the overall nose.

Big earthy malt up front with a dry cocoa background. Fills in with some deep sweetness and a hearty whole grain bread flavor. Washes out slightly at the finish, becoming milder with a little alcohol showing through. Nice roasted notes in the aftertaste. Not overly strong (despite the label's warning of 'bigness'), but still has good depth and balance. Could be slightly more peat/earthy, but a nice example of the style.

Flavor really enhances the feel, causing the medium body to seem a little fuller and more sticky. Carbonation is muted but present, with a nice overall feel. Very smooth.

Nicely drinkable, despite the abv, this one is a smooth drinking and pleasant Scotch Ale. I'm enjoying the lingering bready aftertaste well after I've finished it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 18:21:46 | More by lightindarkness
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luvND

Pennsylvania

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
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Floydster

California

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased at the new Wine and Cigar Shop in El Segundo on Virginia Street for four dollars, split with my dad tonight, poured into my small Three Philosophers glass

A-Medium brown in color with orange tint throughout, small 1/2 inch off white head but it was fairly frothy

S-Tons of malt, caramel, toffee, and even some bready accents, not sweet like you might think but more smoky, hint of dark fruit, pretty mellow aroma

T-Started out with a big malty flavor that was rather chewy, it faded into a bit of brown sugar and biscuit, finish was not very dry but still had the feel, as it warmed it became sweeter as the booze became more noticeable, would have liked to see hops or something in the finish to balance it out like other wee heavys I have had but oh well

M-Sweet, roasted, and warming mouthfeel, body is pretty thin for its style but more like medium thickness, could use more carbonation, taste lingers a long time

D-Could probably drink a bomber but not willingly, heavy on the stomach, ABV is pretty high at eight percent, could be smoother, alcohol is mostly hidden

Not a bad scotch ale from Moylan's, also cool to see a beer like this available in six packs now, name is pretty funny as well, might drink again if I am in the mood for this type of thing, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 02:50:41 | More by Floydster
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Vancer

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, mahogany brown with amber edges, greets me. Tan head, but it's a lazy one and dies quickly.

Malty aroma with some peat moss lightly mixed in, progresses into the quaff with a sweet touch. Light body, it sips easy - even in the STL summer heat. Quite a nice surprise, and at a bit over $4 a bomber - a nice buy. The 8% is NOWHERE to be felt, so you could say this is double the money.

Way to go, again, Moylans! Damn glad this is now available in IL (next to STL).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 21:48:09 | More by Vancer
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opwog

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 2/3 of bottle into beer mug. Drank down part way, then added last 1/3.

A- Clear, dark, red/brown malt color with an unusal head mix of varying sized bubbles.
S- Strong aroma of smoke and whisky from top to bottom.
T- tastes exactly as it smells
M- Medium body, exactly as expected
D- I started this beer with a plate of (salt water brine) lupini beans on the side. Then drank most of it alongside bratwurst and mustard. This beer was perfect with both, as the heavy malt and smoke characteristics were a perfect match for the food. But afterwards there were still a few ounces left that seemed a bit too overwhelming to finish on their own.

A good beer, but nothing I would drink regularly or by itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 07:39:10 | More by opwog
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Big78CJ

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy hint to theorangey-brown liquid. Hardly any head at all on my light pour so I don't really know what to expect here.

Sweet malts remind me of sugary caramel and toffee. Something fruity in there also.

The sweet caramely-malt takes a back seat in flavor while a profoundlt refreshing watermelon-like fruit presence steps up to drive. Caramel and sugar mix beautifully just before the swallow, intriguing me to mix jolly ranchers and caramel sometime soon.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly going down with a little bit of malty alchol residue lingering on.

I am not sure how to get more of this because I don't rememeber where I got it (Colorado?). If I could find more I would love to cellar a few away.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 19:30:34 | More by Big78CJ
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark red copper color with good carbonation. The head is a tall 2 fingers light caramel and leaves some lace.

The smell is nice, light smoky caramel malt.

The taste follows, an ok flavor, semi sweet not over whelming. Hops are extremely low key if any.

The mouthfeel could use more life, the body seems less then medium and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ok not a brew to seek out, but worth a try if this is your style. Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:06:43 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness glass, this one has an iced tea color that is reddish, orange. It is topped by a small thin head, white in color. It falls to a thin ring at the top of this brew.

The aroma is abundantly malty, sweet and caramel like. There is a good amount of fruitiness in the aroma too.

The taste has a smallish alcohol flavor in the beginning due to the styles character. The flavor is all malts, sweet and fruity. There is a very small hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied. I notice as the label indicates, that the flavor intensifies as it warms.

I am a fan of Scotch Ales and this does not let you down.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:08:44 | More by abcsofbeer
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I received this beer in a trade about 16 months ago. This beer reads "Live Ale - Keep Refrigerated." Does live ale mean bottle conditioned? If so, why cant it be left at cellar temp like many Belgians? This beer was kept at about 65 degrees for the 16 months.

Poured into a pint glass to reveal a nice ruby-red body with a nice cream head.

An odd co-mingling of malt, tobacco, and acid. Odd in a good way.

This beer has a thin acidic body with some notes of caramel. Some bitterness in the finish.

I have to see I really disliked the mouthfeel on this one. Very thin. It feels like it has slightly more body than Bud Light.

Tough to finish this bomber. I do admit though, this beer is probably far different fresh and I look forward to the opportunity to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 21:29:25 | More by IPAcraig
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RobinLawrence123

Wisconsin

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
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the last beer from the keg, so they may have an impact.

A: A dark amber color. Gives a slight tan head did not last too long. Decent lacing.

S: A strong malt aroma with some grape, caramel and spice aromas.

T: It is sweet with a hint of plums or grape taste.

M: A medium bodied smooth beer.

D: Easy to drink, a higher ABV at 8% keeps me from drinking more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 11:31:03 | More by IronCitySteve
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy reddish copper, then became clear with hardly any foam. The smell was of a sweet fruity nature, with a hint of malts. The taste was sweet creamy malt with fruit and had a sort of a nutty flavor. Its an average Scottish Ale. Pikes Kiltlifter is GREAT.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 21:59:04 | More by barleywinefiend
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.