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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of cichief
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 oz. bomber in Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful red-amber, with a nice tan head.

S- Malty, the sweetness is very inviting.

T- The alcohol is very noticeable up front (especially for a 8% beer) but it quickly fades to malty sweetness.

M- Buttery smooth, a thin to medium body, well carbonated.

D- For 8% this bomber went down quickly, almost too quickly. A decent Scotch Ale style beer.

Photo of Offa
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is my least favourite wee heavy so far.

It's slightly hazy, dark red amber with a thin pale orange-tan head that dissipates fast to leave a small foam ring that eventually vanishes as well, leaving no lacing.

The smell is good: sweet, malty with a glazed roasted meaty quality, a little musky with a faint tang.

The first sip is decent, sweetly malty, woody, and a bit musky, but definitely one-dimensionally sweet and thick. It also dramatically worsens after the first sip and a definite, faintly vinegary alcohol note soon takes over, along with meat and gravy. The alcoholic harshness soon dominates, especially with any food. It's one-dimensional, overly alcoholic, and very rough, being mostly sweet, alcoholic, thick, and vinegary.

Photo of beerman21
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First scotch ale should be interesting. Poured a nice ruby copper tea color. white head dissipates quickly to almost nothing. Smell Carmel malts, butterscotch, black lickerish interesting? Taste; like most beers for is similar to the smell. Malts are more pronounced overall not bad. I was expecting something a little more on the thick side but this brew was very drinkable. For me the downside to the brew was the texture a little to watery in my opinion but not enough to ruined the enjoyment of the taste and smell.

Photo of RedBaron
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having near-Hebrides blood flowing in my veins, I'm always on the look-out for any beer with a Scots bent. This one ain't too shabby.

Appearance: Cloudy brown body; white head dissipates down to trace. The murkiness attracts.
Smell: Smoke-y malt, with a slight peatiness that I really enjoy.
Taste: American ingenuity at its best: a blend of region-appropriate malts (continuing on the smoke-y trend) with a hop combo that isn't found in most Scotch-style ales. The result? A West Coast interpretation that I enjoyed.
Mouthfeel: A bit staid for me, kind of watery in the finish. The malty sweetness is evident and pleasant enough throughout most of the mouth, but it fades in the end. Wish it had just enough oompfh to sustain it in the finish.
Drinkability: Ayyye, noh' bad for a California interpretation of ab auld sod style. I've had a few better Scotch-style ales from America, as well as the source, but this one is pretty tasty. I'd drink it again, preferably with some neeps and tatties.

Photo of bradybeer
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark copper color and small head. Carbonation is low. I don't get much hop or malt aroma. Taste is sweet, malty, and rich. Hop profile is low, really get them in the finish. Mouth feel is a little on the wee heavy side-rich and thick. Drinkability is high for a 8%.

Photo of kaboose72
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

found this beer at my local beer store that was offering it at a tasting. After a small sample I was hooked. Bought every bottle they had. it is smooth, buttery, not too hoppy and just enough ABV to make the evening that much nicer. the 22 oz bottle makes its a definite double thought before drinking, but once you pop the top, it is so simple to finish.

Photo of Maudite
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed with this beer. I got it having like Moylan's in the past. This isn't even close to a Scotch ale. Really didn't hold up as a beer, let alone being true to the style...

A- Light brown/slightly copper, very thin and clear. No head poured into my thistle glass, so I poured a bit harder to agitate and try to get one. A very small, thin ring formed and instantly disappeared...

S- Not much of a nose, other than a little biscuity, a low malt sweetness, and a surprising amount of hop presence, uncharacteristic of a scotch...

T- Not at all oaky, alcoholic, sweet... Tasted like an American brown to me, nothing more. I was surprised to see this was 8%, as it was hard to feel in the mouth. As it warmed up (as the bottle said to allow it...), it got a little better, but still far from what I would consider a scotch ale. The malt was slightly more available to the taste buds, and the alcohol showed itself a tad more.

M- Thin, lightly acidic, a strange hop bite towards the finish, again, uncharacteristic of this style.

D- I wouldn't have it again if it were offered, and I surely wouldn't reccommend it.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A deep, thick or slightly viscous amber cognac color. Makes me think of the crust of Jewel brnd white bread. Looks toasty. No bubbles really and no head. The first sniff is a little creamy. Warm toast with hints ofmaple toasty malts. The front of the tongue is a roasted but mostly toasted malt. The smoked, bready malts become more apparent in the middle. Along with the slighly oily palate. The finish tastes a little burnt, with biscuits, cream, and caramel. The palate is a sweet, intense mla bomb with a very well integrated alcoholic warmth.

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

from a 22 oz bomber this nector poured nicely into my glass. about 3/4" of head that settled to 1/4". some lacing on the glass. good carbonation throughout. color is a nice amba. aroma is a sweet nutty chocalate. nice smell and pleasing taste. malty with hint of hops. a good scotch ale. certainly worth a try!

suckem up and movem out!


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

A_Pours a nice ruddy brownish red. Two fingers of foamy head top the brew and last a good deal of time. The glass ends up covered in lace.

S_A fairly mild scent permeates the nose. Bits of caramel combine with some yeasty sourness and a vague vegetal hop presence.

T_Farily tart almost like an Oud Bruin. Sweet cramel undelrines this all but the overwhelming notion is of sourness. The vague op presence from the nose makes itself known in the followthrough. I am liking this but am not sure why. It does get sweeter as it warms also noted on the label.

M_Somewhat effervescent with a medium body.

D_Not so sure about this. I am enjoying this, but once again it kind of is a mystery. The label says specifically to store in the fridge, I bought it room temo and kept it in the closet room temp. Maybe I let it go bad, but I did the same with their other beers recieved through a BIF. Who knows, I probably won't be going back again but wouldn't be upset to be served it.

Photo of timtim
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reddish brown with an off white, almost tan, head that didn't hold too well or leave very much lace. nose was georgeous. hazelnut, chocolate, cream, sasparilla, sassafrass. tasted like nutty root beer with a faint boozy finish. very interesting, and good interpretation of the style. mouthfeel could have been a little creamier, and finish could have been a little longer.

Photo of dedrinker
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, slightly murky brown/ reddish color with a thin and creamy off-white head. The aroma is what rocked my world. It was constantly changing from filberts to Brazil nuts, to chocolate milk, and then finally settling on toffee and chocolate. Flavor is big up on the nutty malt character with a hint of roast and a small dash of alcohol barely poking through. medium-to-full body with a nutty and mildly hoppy finish. Very mildly hoppy finish.

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

Split a bomber with a friend recently. Poured into pint glass. This beer is a clear, medium copper/amber color. Head about 1/4 inch thick when poured. Malty caramel and hop aromas present and not much else. A pleasant smell, but not really very complex for strong enough for me. A malty caramel flavor followed by some hops make up the taste, but the malty caramel is definitely the stronger flavor here. A good, intense, sweet taste, but again not complex enough. It is as if the taste is missing something. Has a crisp, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Good drinkablity as it is pretty easy to drink especially considering the ABV here. A good beer, but nothing too great either.


Photo of srobertson59
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber: (picked up at Jungle Jim's)

A - Poured gently into a 22 oz. glass with very little head. Dark chestnut with deep red hues. Large bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass, but there are few making it look like a string of pearls. Very appealing appearance!

S - Malt, Malt, and more Malt! Has a brown sugar/maple hint in the nose. A bit of earthiness creeps in later...perhaps a light pine from the hops.

T - Nicely balanced caramel malt with just a tad of sweetness. Somewhat dry in the aftertaste, but not too dry. Just enough hop to balance out the malt without going bitter at all.

M - Thinner than I was expecting, but not a letdown as it is smooth as silk. Carbonation helps wake the tongue up without jarring it awake.

D - Smooth going down. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Taste changes to mostly malt as it warms. I had to chill it down about 35 minutes into the glass as it picked up a twang in the taste that was unappealing to me.

My first Scotch Ale...and this one's a winner. Nothing to dislike about this brew. I could imagine this one going down quite well with a nicely grilled and seared steak dinner! (Perhaps next time...and there will definitely be a next time!)

Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poureda cloudy light reddish-brown color with miniscule off-white head.
Smell demonstrates some smokey malt with a light alcohol character in the background.
Taste also presents with a nutty, smokey malt sensation, and while the alcohol is not detectable, there is a bit of a burning sensation.
Very drying at the ending.
An OK beer, but not anything to revisit.

Photo of findlayfan
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber that's been in my cellar for over a year - time to give this one a try.

Poured with a fairly clear rusty red body. 3/4" head was gone quickly - the fine sediment stayed in suspension far longer!

Very slight carbonation and a sweet malt nose.

Sweet (but not sticky) up front, but some (pleasant) bitter dryness in the finish.

Not as thick as some examples of the style, but certainly not watery, either.

Does a good job of hiding the 8% - but it's still 8% and thus not really sessionable (the single bomber was quite enough for one evening).

I wouldn't mind another, just not real soon.

Photo of nbree00
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found that this beer single handedly reaffirmed my love affair with scotch ales. The color is nice, a deep brown with some orange hues to it. The hops really come through in the smell layered on top of the roasted/caramelized barely. I found this to be a very hoppy bitter beer, which I absolutely love. The caramel and biscuit notes really help to balance the flavors with the high ABV and hoppiness. Fantastic!

Photo of DavidEddie
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rusty amber with a khaki head that falls to some sticky lacing.

Smell - Strong sweet malt, light smoke, and mellow earthy hops.

Taste - Chocolate, carmel, biscuits, tons of roasty malt, and a hint of smoke. Just the right amount of sweetness lingers. Some bitter hops were detected, but not very much.

Mouth feel - Medium bodied and somewhat rich. Fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy and enjoyable. Did not detect the ABV whatsoever. Will seek this one out again.


Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/caramel with 1 finger of semi-tan head into my Douglas Scotch Ale Thistle glass. Above average lacing & head retention

S Slight breadyness, & some biscuitty notes

T: Huge breadyness, some slight brown sugar, herbal hops & some tiny bits of smokeyness up front. Toasty malt comes through as this warms, plus dryness & much biscuitty malt quality. Finishes dry with caramel & a touch of butterscotch

MF: Medium bodied & bit more carbonated than the style asks; settles down once real warm

Drinks very easy, a bit dry; otherwise a nice Wee Heavy

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged deep amber/brown. Nose is strong malts with a sweeter earthy edge to it. A lot of it smells like grape soda. Flavor is sweet yes. Has a nice earthy edge to it, but it lacks a real complexity that would make it interesting. Feel has a low carbonation to it and a slick liquid. Overall this is a good wee heavy, but not great by any means. It doesn't totally suck, but it won't blow you away either.

Photo of illidurit
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark rust color, but not dark enough to be opaque. You can easily see through and notice the clarity. Head is a nice height but a bit fizzy, as it dissipates quickly to an ultra thin halo, which slowly dissipates to nothing. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma has an odd vegetal quality that's out of place and unappealing. The lack of head retention makes it difficult to detect any other notes.

Taste is one dimensional with cola-like sticky sweetness. There's also an unpleasant peaty off-flavor in the finish. I don't detect any smokiness, hoppiness, or rich booziness.

Mouthfeel is ok here. Too thin for a normally rich style, and the carbonation is too fizzy and not dense enough. Finish is quite dry, an indication of the thinness.

This is one of those beers that needs to have its recipe reformulated. There's a flaw in every facet of this beer, and it seems only tolerable when ice cold. Compare this with Alesmith's Wee Heavy and you can tell it's very obviously deficient. Not one of Moylan's better beers.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves a one finger biege head with excellent retention, yet not much lacing. Body is a dark garnet, not quite opaque.

Smell - plums, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of spicy alcohol.

Taste - pretty much the same as the smell. Plums, caramel, and toffee, with some grainy malt on the finish. The alcohol is better hidden on the tongue than in the nose.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a decent ale, but not a great one because I think it is a bit subdued flavorwise for a wee heavy. Also high abv limits sessionability.

Photo of srandycarter
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into the tulip it goes...

A - Looks right, thin head and laciing, deep red tinged brown.

S - Lots of malt with the Scottish nose, for sure.

T - Falls short. Malts, hops, all die fast.

M - See taste, that includes mouth, too.

D - Not my cup of beer. Maybe the style, but I think it just comes up short.

Photo of dbalsock
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm shocked there aren't more reviews of this. The first time I had it was in Boston, and now that I live in Northern California, it's pretty common.

App: 1 finger off white head that gives a little lacing to the sides and reduces quickly. The body is a dark amber, just what it should be.

Smell: Very sweet light malts. It smells like a lot of lightly kilned malts whose liquor was carmalized during the boil... which is dead on. I'm picking out some subtle honey and caramel as well as some slight biscuit.

Taste: The taste is dominated by a rich pale ale malt, maybe maris otter, and followed up by a slight biscuit taste and a little diacetyl. I'm impressed at how fresh it tastes from the bottle. It's not overly sweet like i remember it being.

Mouthfeel: Smooth except for the alcoholic bite. The malt tastes seem to provide a texture to the beer as well. It's light-medium bodied and goes down very easy. Seems very well balanced between body and alcohol.

Drinkability: This is pretty easy to drink, but the noticable alcohol would stop me after the second glass. Otherwise, due to the taste and the body, I would be able to fly through a bomber of this and start working on another.

Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.