Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of demcorhip
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this a few months ago in Duluth. The upcoming winter storm had me in the mood for something big and malty. It pours a somewhat opaque brown, and a vigorous pour produced just over one finger of pale tan coloured head atop the mildly carbonated ale.

Rich malty aroma of mostly toffee reaches out to lift the kilt. There is a slight smokiness as well as a sea like twang. Just a faint hint of earthy hops present. A light touch of fruitiness as well, im getting plum. Im looking forward to tasting this.

Im actually surprised at just how fruity this is on the tasting. A good shot of plum is followed by toffee then the phenolics with a touch of clove like spice and a whiff of smoke. A light graininess is also present, reminiscent of multigrain bread. Very lightly hopped with a mild earthiness and very little bitterness.

Im also surprised at how light bodied this beer is. It could stand to have a touch more body and a sturdier malt presence. The tanginess and hint of phenolics is spot on for the style though, and provides a nice counterpoint to the malt. Quite fruity as well, with minimal hops.

The light body makes this pretty drinkable, as well as the fact that for a malty brew this isnt an overt malt bomb. An interesting take on the style with a more pronounced fruitiness than i am used to, but is spot on with the phenolics and hint of mineral. This is going to be much easier to drink than i had though upon opening the bottle, and that is a good thing. Certainly worth a try for fans of the style, this is a very drinkable example.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Thanks to Jmoore50 for this one

Pours a murky copper color with amber highlights. Two-finger creamy head of tan foam. Retention is okay. Lacing is fairly decent.

Nice rich maltiness blends with subtle hints of citrus/tropical hops notes. Big molasses and caramel presence. Slight hints of peat/smoke, giving a slight whiskey impression.

Good presence of malts, but they are quite mild, compared to the nose. The peat is more forward here, bringing about a stronger connection to whiskey. Very light hops notes on the back-end give this an unexpected twist. Very bready/biscuity.

Good medium, almost full body. Fairly mild level of carbonation. This is very smooth, but would be even better if it were creamier.

Very drinkable, overall. This could be an everyday scotch ale. Maybe even a beginner version. Super smooth and easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy red/brown color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly. Broken, thin and uneven lacing. Almost unappealing flat look.

S: Sweet carmel malt. Surprising floral hop aroma.

T: Sweet carmel malt like the smell; biscuity. bready grains. Ample bitter hop to balance the finish very nicely.

M: Medium body. Very low carbonation. Overall, smooth and coating.

D: Very drinkable beer and has a great malt character. Don't be thrown-off by its appearance.

Photo of efhart
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Scotch Ale has great taste, perhaps amazing taste is a better description. The malts are incredible. The color is as good as it get's beautiful. The head as poured from the bottle is somewhat small and the beer is not thick, but ample. I could drink this every night. One of my better all time beers.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Raleigh, NC haul. This bottle, I believe, is part of my Sam's Blue Light bring back. It is also my first taste of anything from Moyaln's.
I had no idea what to expect. Poured up a slightly cloudy dark red colour, with a khaki coloured blanket of foam on top. Looks terrific. Smell is huge sweet malts with a bit of dark fruits. Almost sort of reminds me of J.W. Lee's Vintage Harvest, actually. Taste, of course, is huge malt, as well with extremely modest hops that you kind of have to search for after the finish. Mouthfeel is quite heavy, even with the 8% abv well concealed. Not exactly syrupy, but close. A very well crafted Scotch Ale. As good or better than some Scottish produced wee-heavies I've tried.

Photo of Graham21
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber color with a copper hue. 1mm of a light khaki colored lacing.

The smell is pungent of malt, burnt peat, almost sweat or mold, with some molasses, and bacon undertones; a hint of bitter chocolate, soy sauce and fresh cut grass.

T- immediately bitter like coffee or very dark chocolate. I pick up some earthy dusty flavors, tobacco and a hint of caramel and hops.

Nothing fantastic

Mouthfeel is Medium. Drinkability is decent.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - transparent ruby brown. Minimal head, no lacing.

S - The smell isn't quite what it should be. Sweet carmel and smoked peat.

T - WOW. The flavor is amazing. Sweet carmelized malt but not cloying. Lots of flavors going on here.

M - Medium mouthfeel not too syrupy.

D - Very high for the style.

This was one of my frist craft beers I had ever tried and my second keg in my kegorator. I haven't had this in a while and I can't figure out why.

Photo of thisisshsas
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown appearance, very cloudy, not amazingly appealing. The head was not particurly big, but that may have been my pour.
S- smell wreaks of molasses and has a slight whisky-like overtones.
T&M- taste is filled with barley and is syrupy in the best way, taste is good but not overwhelming
D- easily drinkable for a big beer, its my first scotch ale in a while, but I remember scotch ales being thicker than this.
pretty good beer.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a seethru murky copper with a one-finger tan head that left some lacings. A caramel and bready malt smell with some herbal hops, but all is very lowkey and basic. A thin, smooth and slightly sticky beer with a good caramel and bread malt base that has some residual sweetness and chewiness. Some minor floral hops balance the beer and give it a slight herbal, dry finish. Also some dry fruitiness in the beer such as apples and pears (maybe grape). A good beer but a little thin/weak for a wee heavy.

Photo of nick76
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty with caramel, nuts, yeast, butter, and grain husks. The appearance is dark amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma with a little bit of a card board taste but not much. The palate is smooth. Overall a fairly good beer.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 4 Apr 2008.

Small tan head quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Clear ruby red color. Smells of vanilla, cinnamon and tobacco. Starts roasty and malty sweet, some caramel. Somewhat medicinal. Finishes spicy and sour. Medium body, on the light side for the style. Alcohol well hidden.

Like a scotch ale lite.

Photo of BrewerB
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my Strong Beer Month 2009 snifter/globe glass. Medium copper in color. Good clarity. Two-finger, ultra-light tan head is holding up well and leaving lacing as it slowly retreats down the glass. Alcohol.

S - Rich malty character that offers up bready/caramel notes. Faint presence of chocolate. Earthy hop character is moderately intense.

T - Again, very rich and malty in flavor. Caramel is certainly present. Slight hint of a darker roasted grain/smoky. Medium/medium-low level of bitterness. Hop flavor is insignificant. Medium finish leaves a slight lingering bitterness and tastes of caramel. Missing out on some ester complexity.

M - Medium-full bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation. Feels just a touch undercarbonated.

D - A bit rich and lacking complexity which would help increase the drinkability. Despite a couple areas for improvement, the beer is certainly a nice example of this style and I'll easily finish the entire bomber with no assistance. Tonight I'm pairing it with a Manchego cheese and this seems to be working well. The slight nutty, tart character of this sheep's milk cheese compliments the rich, malty ale and helps make for a more interesting session.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into 22 oz heffe glass

A: 1 finger head, no active carbonation but not much. Amber/copper color. A little hazy

S: Sour fruit smell that was good. No hops, bitterness or malt in the nose.

T: Same sour fruit as in the nose. Has a very dry aftertaste. Again, no sign of malt or hops.

M: Smooth, a little thick.

D: Easy, but it doesn't settle the desire for BEER.

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

Kilt Lifter pours to a medium-dark, lightly hazed tawny amber with a tight crop of khaki lace that disappears with some haste, and leaves no trace.
It noses of hard toffee, golden raisins, tobacco, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and sherry.
It enters the mouth with a brown sugared mixture of granola and toasted nuts. Vague fruity tones arise (black cherries, figs, and/or prunes) as the toffee sweetness builds. Earthiness grows later on, with a subtle smokiness and dried tobacco notes. A light burst of equally earthy hop bitters precede an concluding blow of alcohol.
For an Scotch Ale of this strength, the body seems too thin and flaccid. It's needs more brawn to prevent the coup that the alcohol wreaks. Texturally, it's not where it needs to be, and while most of the other tangible elements are in place, it proves a significant detriment to this beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint.

Pours a deep amber with a medium head that sinks quickly leaving ample lacing. Aroma is of peaty, mossy earth with a hit of alcohol esters.

Flavor is sweet roasted malt with a peaty, smokey flavor. Earthy tones of husky grain come through. Malt is almost cloyingly sweet, has buttery bready flavors that are overcome with sweetness. Flavor of peat moss and rotted wood along with a hint of fungus like mushroom flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty substantial and slick on the tongue. Carbonation is adequate.

Not bad, but not the best.

Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One to two finger head of thick, super-tiny bubbles, not a great deal of lacing. Clear, unblemished amber red with more brown than orange, transparent in spite of hue depth. Sweet caramel, molasses inspired nose, cinnamon and clove spice, thick milk chocolate, candied oranges and then the hops kick in big time, punctures your nostrils with grass and dried black tea leaves. Full-bodied, features sweet plum, black grape, cherry fruit to frame the mouth entry. The carbonation makes itself known very quickly, chops up the sugariness even as post-fruit toffee and caramel notes appear. Leaves a lot of mouth weight through the mid-palate when its hoppy bite careens in with pink grapefruit, pea leaves and pine. Keeps churning through the finish, extra energy to spare. Nice smoky finish.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle...

Kilt Lifter pours a dark amber with a thick head that dissolves very quickly into nothing. Carbonation is there but no lacing occurs. The aroma is all malt, with hints of toffee and caramel. Upon tasting, I got pure malt at first, with doughyness and a sweet character that remnded me of fresh maple sap. There was a nutty profile on the finish, with a light mellowing hop finish. This beer is full-bodied, and does not take no for an answer. I was hoping for better, but this was a fun experience. Moylan's has yet to dissappoint me.

Photo of TLove
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is certainly darker than I expected. The color is a brownish, dark copper color, with a rich, full-bodied head. Comforting smelling, a bit sweet with some heather leaves and light hops.

The taste is a bit soft at first, but matures slowly in the mouth. It is a bit sour, with a hint of sweetness and a spicy cardamon-flavored warmth. Finishes a bit syrupy, with the hops coming in at the very end, which is unfortunate, for it ruins some of the inherent smoothness.

Well-balanced and soft, this is a good beer to drink through on a early spring evening.

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

Muted mars orange with a darkened honey brown center. Small, light tan capping of foam quickly laps away to leave a thin ring always present and few specks and spots of lace stick on the glass.

Aroma is slender and muted of dull toffee and speckled with lots of small notings to cinnamon, brown sugar, soft wood, tootsie rolls, and root beered vanilla.

Taste is moderately mellowed and softly tangy in a realm of muted raisin, toffee, cherry, dulled orange. A basic tangy soup of darker fruity malt that holds alot of figgy like tang and renders the rest of the noted things as it leads into a lasting tangy finish.

Body is a slight undertowed medium body missing a chewy, creamy factor that most Wee Heavy types really have and lacks a bit of length and any real character boldness other then its tangy presense that is nearly stamped into your palate with the might of full box of raisins or dried figs would do.

An OK brew for what its worth, but I'll stick to Moylan's hoppy brews instead of reaching for any more of this weakened attempt to lift my palate kilt.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. 22 oz bomber. Light brown and fierce red. Soapy off white head. Abundant lace.

s. Smells sweet and yeasty. Bready and some fruity notes.

T. Sweet malts with caramelized brown sugar and roasted caramel malt. Looks may be deceving, but this one tastes as good as it smells! Toffee like malt. Mellow tea flavored hop profile. Well balanced and well done.

M. A very carbonated, solid mouthfeel.

D. Deceptively smooth despite the abv. Good brew to have on hand.

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

Copper/amber pour, a bit light, with a whitish head. Strong malt aroma, some sweet and light alcohol. Sweet malt, caramel/toffee, a little oak barrelly smokiness. Just a tinge of the alcohol in the finish. Very little bitterness, which there shouldn't be much in a scotch ale. Could have been a little heavier bodied, but not too light. For a four dollar 22 ounce heavier ale, I thought this was great.

Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, came in a six pack - first time I've seen it in Colorado. Not surprisingly, the pattern is plaid. Apparently contract brewed by Sudwerk Privatbrauerei Hubsch in Davis.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown color, nice sized head and average retention.

Smell: Super malty, a bit of sweetness and some caramel - smells a bit like a waffle.

Taste: Actually, it tastes a bit like a waffle too - that bready malt flavor, with a bit of caramel and almost a burnt sugar flavor. Just a hint of a bitter finish.

Overall impression: Interesting beer, dangerously drinkable considering the ABV.

Photo of Redwood21
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you again Scubarex for this fantastic brew in my SS BIF box

A: A solid head that lasts for a good while the actual color is a red amber color. nothing too crazy here pretty standard

S: sorta doughy with an almost brown sugar malt smell

T: very malty almost like a bock beer, less peaty and balanced than i would like for the style. there is maybe some caramel in the taste. this is a very malty beer and if that is your thing you will likely love this beer

M/D: this is a very drinkable beer and was very good. its a bit on the malty side for this style but still really good

Photo of kindacold
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into the Sam Adams glass (thanks Jim!). Nice off-white head of about half an inch, which disappeared in a minute or two.

Color is amber...much lighter than I expected in a wee heavy, but good overall.

Smell is more subtle than I expected, but still pleasant.

I started drinking while it was still a bit too cold (couldn't help it). Tasted pretty good, but again, not what I've come to expect from a wee heavy (I'm thinking Skull Splitter, Traquair, etc...). After it warmed up a bit more of the hoppiness came out, as well as some of the subtle complexities. It's not a kick in the teeth like I would expect, but it's good.

It's really easy to drink, and feels nice and smooth in my mouth.

I'd be interested in trying this on tap rather than bottled. I have a feeling it would be quite a bit better.

Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.