Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

Not Rated.
Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

388 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 388
Hads: 696
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 20
Gots: 48 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 388 | Hads: 696
Photo of DCon
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $5. Poured from the Green "Kilted" labeled bottle w/ awards all over the place & Yellow writing into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Strong, deep caramel and malty aroma. On the backside of the aroma, has a light boozy presence.

Appearance- Pours no head at all... Has a dark copper/ awesome caramel looking body. Semi-Clear. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of malt and richness from the get go. Then has a light amount of scotch in the background. The hop flavor comes in at a light-medium level. Not quite to style but good representation of some of the characteristics.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, but then finishes a tad watered down... Sweet finish.

Overall Impression- This brew was good but needed more depth and more strength... Coming in at 8% ABV, I thought this would happen but not sure I ever caught what I wanted to classify as a Scotch Ale. Wouldn't diss this brew but many more offerings from Moylan Brewery that are much better. (1,097 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep clear copper. Wispy ring of a head. Lacing appears only briefly and dissipates.
Smell: strong nutty smell, reminds me of peanuts. The rich malty nose I'm familiar with in old chub and dirty bastard is there but not nearly as pronounced.
Taste: peanut in the taste as well. No worries. I like peanuts. Malts imore subdued than in prev mentioned brews.
Overall: I'm lovin tryin all these new interesting beers so not a knock, but only slightly above average IMO. (478 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" S.Salem. $5.45..seems like they dropped the "Kiltlifter" and its just "Moylans Scotch Ale" Smokey hazelnut broon with a small light tan heid. Aroma ..very malty as expected and with hints of cream,toast and a tiny smidgen of peat-smoke Taste is smooth malty goodness, some plum and again a hint of peaty smoke..creamy underfeel. Ok on the palate..on the thin side but in this case it is helpful. An OK beer again..but not a great Scotch Ale (471 characters)

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

A: Viscous-looking mahogany brew has almost no head at all, except for a tiny bit when it is first poured. Not even enough to cover the surface of the beer even partially. Obviously, there is no lacing either.

S: This is a tasty smelling beer. BIG malty aroma, with lots of caramel. Some chocolate adds a complexity (and it almost smells like chocolate covered cranberries to me, which is odd).

T: Definitely a tasty beer. The malt isn't as big on the palate as it is on the nose, but it's still the primary flavor. The toasty caramel notes are dominant, without much of the dried fruit aroma. Enough hops on the finish to keep the sweetness from being cloying.

M: Heavy body, fairly thick and sticky.

O: A tasty beer to be sure. Sweet without being cloying and well balanced. Worth checking out. (800 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark brown with a finger or two of foamy brownish head with some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is has a nice toasty malt aroma. There is a nice brown sugar aroma with some slight banana and a little bit of a pear aroma as well.

The taste is malty as expected, with some dark malts mixed with some roast flavor that is only slightly fruity. There is a nice touch of raisins and some other slight fruit flavor before giving into a slight bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is smooth and goes down easy with a nice crisp, drinkable body that makes this beer just right. There is a nice aftertaste that hangs in the back of the throat and then is gone not long after. (741 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a large snifter to review.

Half inch of dense creme colored head. Brown in color with an orange glow when held to light. Good lacing and a welcomed layer of retention after settling.

Well balanced nose with sweet caramel malts, fresh green hops and some rum-esque booze.

Taste is malt forward yet still balanced with some smokiness coming into play. Perhaps a bit too boozy for this being 8%, but I guess that somewhat goes with the style.

Medium full body, comes off a bit thin and watery. Medium length malty boozed finish. Light in the carbonation department.

Certainly not a bad beer, but somewhat forgettable. (631 characters)

Photo of adman08
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a copper color with nice brownish-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass and no remaining foam on the surface.
S-Aromas of chocolate, and a general malt sweetness.
T-Some toasted malt flavor along with some sweet caramel malt and some chocolate. Slight herbal hop flavor.
M-Fairly sweet and sticky. Very light carbonation.
Overall, a decent scotch ale. I would have liked more carbonation and a little more caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is actually fairly good and true to the style, I just like a little more sweetness and carbonation. (575 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky cherry copper hue which leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and no lacing,the smell is a touch of scotch,sweet caramel malts and fruit cake,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of sweet sticky caramel and toffee,fruit cake,raisins soaked in brandy,a light touch of scotch,candied plums and finished with a light mix of herbal Tea and bittersweet toffee and overall its a SAWH and although very sessionable i would not buy again cheers. (462 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown frothy head that did not have the greatest retention but was able to produce a somewhat fair lacing.

The aroma was very malty of a dark roasted bread malt and a sweet leathery yeast with a hint of caramel, plums and a moderate alcohol odor.

The taste was sweet and malty with a hint of caramel and toffee from the onset and then had a slight medicine flavor with a strong plum wine presence that was quite boozy at the end. The flavor lasted an average time on the palate but left you with a strong alcohol warming feel that lasted a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a watery texture that was slightly dry at the finish, with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a sweet enticing brew, with a strong alcohol flavor that will most definitely rock your world if you drank too much. (901 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hearty brownish amber with one finger of quickly dissipating beige foam that left spotty islands of lacing on the glass.

S-Sweetened cereal grains,clover honey,grassy hops,mild citrus and roasted nuts.

T-Bold but not overly sweet malts.Toffee glazed nuts,whole grain toast,earthy hops,hint of citrus and soft tobacco.

M-Medium bodied with a natural sweetness and good carbonation.

O-Another good beer from Moylan's. (429 characters)

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

Found this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.

The beer was a mahogany color with a good amount of tan head.

The beer smelled very much of toffee.

The taste was very sweet. Toffee and caramel notes were present.

This beer, despite being 8% had a much lighter mouthfeel that I would have thought. Much easier drinking that I would have thought. (354 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant surprise. I don't know why, but I wasn't expecting too much from this beer.

It was a very rich mahogany color with a thick tan head.

It had a toffee, sweet caramel aroma.

Major toffee taste, some caramel. Kind of a roasted impression. Alcohol noticeable, but in a pleasant way.

A rich, rewarding beer. One to savor on a cold winter night. (351 characters)

Photo of rcfunk
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good stab at a Scotch style ale. I was impressed by the head retention for a beer with an 8% AVB. Aroma a taste were a little roastier than I would like in this style. The beer is really tasty however and drinkable. I recommend giving it a shot anytime. (253 characters)

Photo of Siggy125
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into taster glass from bomber bottle. Hazy,reddish bronze in color. 2 fingers of off white head, minimal carbonation and lacing.

sweet malts on the nose. Some of the 8 abv present. I get a ginger like aroma. very pleasing aromas.

More sweet bready malts on the palate. Roasted toffee and caramels. Nice warm abv warmth on the finish. As it warms, I'm getting some baking spices..cinnamon, perhaps nutmeg. Unexpected pleasure.

Very pleasant example of a scotch ale. When most are fairly heavy, this one's very drinkable. recommended. (542 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky burnt orange with half a finger of fizzy head (if Khoi want to call it that). The "head dissipated before I even had a chance to set my glass down

Getting a very strong caramel malt scent with not much else going on...

The taste follows the nose. Nothing to it but carame malt

The mouthfeel is very thin and extremely carbonated

Overall, this beer was nothing short of disappointing. Thin, overly carbonated and very one dimensional. If your curious about this one, don't be (493 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - medium to dark brown, a little murky, with about half a finger's worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell - very malty, sweet, somewhat biscuity in aroma. Maybe a little bit of an herbalness to it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - very malty in taste too, maybe biscuity. There's a slight hinted of a roasted or burnt quality, but it's very subtle. Slight bitterness that actually tinges the upper back palate as opposed to the sides of the tongue. Texture is a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - pretty interesting brew in general, with a fairly unique tasting range. (655 characters)

Photo of seand
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a smal amount of off white head. Just a thing patchy layer retains on the surface, but a larger rim around the edge of the glass is enough to leave reasonable lacing.

S: There's a dairy note which was unexpected enough that it initially made me think of slightly turned milk. That was really just a snap reaction, as it's more like somewhere between chocolate milk and plain yogurt. A bit weird, for sure, but after the initial shock it's not unpleasant. There's also a slightly boozy bready malt note. The turned milk sensation comes back right at the start when I take a whiff occasionally, so I have to mark it down for that, but it's not so much below average as good, with an off-putting addition.

T: Sweet, with a touch of that dairy note coming through in the mid palate and mouthfeel. I'm not really getting much that resembles scotch.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Not what I expected. It's strange, and not in a terrible way, so I'd recommend trying it just for that, but it's not something on the top of my list to have again and again. (1,100 characters)

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

On-tap at 21st Amendment, in San Francisco.

Although the beer is perfectly transparent, good luck seeing through to the other side; its clay-red body has a deep, ruddy complexion that curiously gives off very little highlighting except for a light amber kindling at its base. Its head is thin as moss on a rock and, although it does endure, it looks fine enough to be skimmed off the top simply by blowing at it.

It smells almost as if the malts retained some of the copper from the big kettle in which they were brewed; there are hints of butterscotch, but the beer's sweetness is better described, not quite as caramelization, but "kettle-lization" - the melding of toffee and copper. There's also a bit of campfire smoke remnant of (but clearly not) something Speyside.

Indeed, Kilt Lifter affords a taste, albeit a purely superficial one, of Scotland. Oat-y, almost granola-like, grainy malt have plenty of peat flavour to them as well as plenty of dark fruit (plum, raisin) esters that fit nicely into the backdrop. While it has scotch-like features, it also a Madeira-like sweetness. A bit of earthy hoppiness also perks up time to time. Nice.

It must be said, however, that there are much nicer scotch ales on the market. It's the mouthfeel that sparks me to say that; it's not rich and the alcohol grows to a point where the gratification gained no longer outweighs the warming that accompanies it. It doesn't balance sweetness rather conspires with it. Peat flavours dissipate quickly and there's no smoke.

Kilt Lifter is a perfectly serviceable scotch ale, but one that is more likely to impress those new to the style than more familiar palates. It was probably among the first wee heavy beers I tried, some five plus years ago, and comparing the scores, my impression of it then was certainly much higher than it is now. But, as then, I certainly did enjoy it. (1,881 characters)

Photo of gfreed
2.23/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Y-a-w-n... "thin" and "light" are the two adjectives that best describe this beer. In my book, a good scotch ale will waft forth with malt, teak, a little sting and, frankly, a nice fistful of peas. This has... nothing. Very little aroma beyond yeast; very little taste beyond more yeast. Gets slightly richer as it warms, but also gets w-a-a-a-y too boozy. Pass. For a good American scotch ale, visit Founders. (411 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a translucent dark brown with a slight beige head. I expected the head to be a little fuller, but the keg may have been kept at a temperature that was too low. Minimal lacing.

The smell is wood and grain with a hint of spice, rather subtle. Flavor is wood with toasted nuts and sweet caramel malt and a touch of tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, balanced with a dry finish.

This a pretty good brew. It's not as in-your-face as many in the Wee Heavy category. The wood and sweet caramel cover up a lot of the alcohol, so you've got to keep in mind the ABV. Goes well with grilled mushrooms or ham. (610 characters)

Photo of MadeInOregon
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

THE APPEARANCE was above average but not by much. This one is a very light reddish-brown with a surprisingly small amount of khaki-colored malty head. Honestly, it looked a cold glass of iced tea...minus the ice. There was minimal lacing present.

THE SMELL is sure to turn many away. If it weren't for the fact that I'd never smelled a beer like this and found it interesting, I would say the aroma is not very appetizing. There are some faint hop and raisin smells but the strongest thing that comes through is tobacco followed by caramel and chocolate. It is very sweet and interesting, though if you have an aversion to tobacco you will find it repulsive.

THE TASTE is an odd tobacco & chocolate flavor. It is very nutty as well (think almonds). Really, this tastes like a dry stout + a brown ale. I really don't like the tobacco flavor--which is dominant--but it's unique. There is also a slight hoppyness to it plus an odd funkiness which tells me peat has been used, and reveals the fact that this is Scottish ale not a wee heavy (so I theorize, anyway).

THE FEEL is quite full for a beer with this unassuming of an appearance. It is creamy, yet dry too. The alcohol is felt, but not tasted.

MY CONCLUSION: I think this was only my second sampling from Moylan's. I'll need to try more before making any conclusions about them, but I will say that despite their Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale tasting more like a standard Scottish ale (which I'm not a fan of) that had been intensely amped up than a wee heavy, I still enjoyed it. The other criticism of this beer that I have is that it is MUCH better when warm than cold. The label recommends letting it warm before drinking, which can sound like beer snobbery to some, but in this case it should be taken as a warning that the beer won't taste very good otherwise. While I agree that most beer tastes better at around 50+ I consider it a major weakness if one tastes this bad when cold. (1,939 characters)

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

A: pours a deep amber red hue with a small off white head.
S: Very sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, and what seems like some wisps of vanilla.
T: sweet and smoky with some toasty malt flavor. a bit of caramel flavor. almost nonexistent aftertaste with a touch of smoke and caramel sweetness. Alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms
M: Smooth on the palate with adequate carbonation. Full bodied and leaning toward syrupy but never crossing the threshold
O: A well done scotch ale and it shouldn't be a problem to finish the bomber myself. (547 characters)

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange, almost brown pour with a sturdy frothy head. Deep sweet aromas with slight hints of hop presence. The hint of hops on the nose rushes to the front of the flavor profile. A mouth watering first gulp that finished sweet with only a slight hop finish. THe hops really concentrate on the sides of the tongue and back of the pallet leaving a pretty clean finish. There is a noticable alcohol presence as the drinking conintues, with a warming of the throat and chest. The body of the brew is on the thin side, not leaving a lot of texture. Still cannot detect the actual hop presence in the flavor through the nose. The flavor does not really resonate with me and ends up being relatively bland once the initial hop bittnerness goes away. I am not a fan of the mouthfeel, a bit thinish. (794 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (399 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,172 characters)

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