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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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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of bosco7
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color with creamy sticky head. Molasses like lacing slowly crawls down the glass.

Big fresh baked bread aroma with some chocolate and banana following.

Very sweet. Wallop biscuit, malt, and bread flavors upfront. Followed by chocolate, molasses, prunes, sherry and just a touch of banana.

Chewy and a bit cloying (especially during the begining of Summer) which is expected. Low in carbonation.

Usually have this during the colder months but couldn't resist buying this today as a change of pace from the Summer ales/lagers I have been consuming lately. Truly a treat.

bosco7, May 25, 2007
Photo of bgraney
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reddish/tan, more red when held to the light. Half finger white, sudsy head.
Bready malt aroma with a definite alcohol presence. Some sweet caramel as well.
Intense caramel/alcohol hit right off the bat. Follwing sips a little less intense. Surprisingly I didn't pick up any of the bready aroma in the flavor. A bit on the harsh side.
All that lingers for me is the sweetness, thick on the tongue.
This is a one and out experience for me. I think it's well made but not something I want a lot of.

bgraney, May 22, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to BeerRun13 for this bomber (SecretBunny).

Pours a clear mahogany color with an ample light tan head. Very little lacing. Great color.

The smell is slightly sour. Dark chocolate covered raisins, sweet caramel, light roasted nuts. Sweet, fruity, and a little earthy.

The flavor mimicks the aroma. Dark fruits, caramel, chocolate covered raisins, slight nuttiness. Hops aren't really evident anywhere in the taste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Good carbonation. Dry, raisin flavored aftertaste with a hint of bitterness. This malty brew is good, but I don't think I would ever grab one myself since there are better examples of the style out there.

Imstillthegman, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a style I'm not too familiar with, and it kind of reminds me of when I first tried a Barely Wine. It's also similar (or at least this specific beer is), in that it is fairly malty, and quite warming. There are big differences though. This beer is much thinner, and has a lighter body.

Ignoring the comparisons, this is a very bold beer with lots of flavor. Hops are there, but the sweet malty flavor makes it hard to tell that. It has a somewhat fruity flavor, like apple cider (the real thing, not the lackluster type from grocery stores). Allowed to linger in the mouth, and a sourness becomes apparent, but most sips won't show that.

Overall, I'm more interested in trying some other variations on this style. I'm not totally sure I like it, but it is still a quality beer.

Contra, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Off-white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing; excellent lacing throughout; hazy thinlight-brown orange hue
S- Big caramel malty nose, roasted nuttiness, moderate alcohol presence, subtle fruity and chocolate tones
T- Sweet caramel malt dominates, mellow sweet (honey?) in the middle, finishes up with a slightly dry, sweet aftertaste
M- Full and thick body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation
D- Well balanced Scotch Ale, nice caramel malt feel with subtle roastiness and short finish. Easy to drink, alcohol feel quite subtle despite 8% ABV. This is a solid entry in the Scotch Ale genre, but not quite top-tier.

Stoneman78, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Brown hue with significant deep ruby highlights. Clear. Nearly no head.

S: Very strong sweet caramel malt aroma that mingles with some fruity esters and some roasted notes.

T: Malt flavor is strongest though not particularly appealing. Roasty not smokey. Raisiny esters are also detectible. Dry finish.

MF: Medium light. Well carbonated. Dry.

D: I am not a huge fan of this style and after drinking Kilt Lifter I am still not. The biggest absence was the subtle caramel malt flavor. Kilt Lifter was just really sweet. I didn't find it to be drinkable.

Nipitato, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Talisker
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nod to St. Patrick's Day. I love Moylan's beers - criminally underrated among their Northern California brethren - and it has been more than a year since I've tried this one, their flagship, I believe.

Pours an almost sludgy light brown with red highlights. No particulate matter, but no clarity. Uninviting. Minimal head, but persistent lacing.

Smells like pure malt mash (in a good way) with a vegetal overtone (in not quite a good way). The nose is the only indication of peat, as the taste is very rich dry malt with just a tiny bit of non-citrusy (UK-style?) hops for balance. The dryness sticks around pleasantly, but doesn't scream for another drink.

Not bad, but not my favorite among an otherwise spectacular lineup. Moylan's and Marin Brewing are great for remembering that malt is an important component of beer - love that house style that leads with malt, even in the super-hopped examples. But this Scotch Ale doesn't rise above the pack.

Talisker, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Nice head and retention. Great malty smell with some alcohol. Flavor is good, very malty. Caramel and chocolate malts. Alcohol is kept in balance. Malts cling fairly well, a little dry aftertaste.. However, this beer is very easy to drink. Nice and sessionable.

jasonjlewis, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and a bit fruity. Malt dominates the flavor and is well balanced with hops. Perhaps a bit too well balanced for the style, this seems like a very American (read hoppy) version of a Scotch ale. That being said, it is a pretty tasty beer. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of zuggy9
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This reddish-amber ale pours a think tan head that thins to bit of a crown. The smell is a bit nut like with too heavy a vegetable scent. The taste didn't catch me much, just maltiness and a little bitterness. The mouthfeel was pleasant, but a bit thin. Not very drinkable for my tastes.

zuggy9, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice glowing ruby tone, small head fades quickly, kind of like the giants the second half of the season... decent amount of carbonation, decent looking

very peaty and malty, slightly toasty with almost a hint of smoke, smells dry as well, really nice aroma.

nice medium to full mouth feel, the carbonation comes off a touch low, the malt and peat flavor seem a bit under-pronounced, this seems to lack character. it drinks easy enough and the ABV is well hidden but something seems to be missing.

this didn't lift my kilt.. nor did it fit the bill. not terrible but terribly average in the most important departments

Ego, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved this beer so much, I homebrewed a Scotch Ale shortly after....

The appearance of this beer is a nice light amber with an ivory head that lasts for a minute or so. Smelt of heavy malt, slight honey and biscuit. The taste was again, heavy with sweet malt,extremely low hoppiness (indicative of any good Scotch Ale), and low smokey tones. Mouthfeel was medium to medium heavy. This is definetly a "big" beer. I could easily drink this over, and over, and over...

Goes fantastic with bacon wrapped scallops....Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but clear amber, moderate head retention.

Smell: Sweet and malty in the forefront, somewhat earthy, organic.

Taste/mouthfeel: Rich and caramelly with an herbal hoppy bitterness. A bit medicinal, with a slight peaty flavor lingering in the background. Something toward the finish actually reminds me a bit of peanut butter. The aftertaste is bready and bitter, leaving a slight metallic twang on the tongue. Medium in both body and carbonation.

Notes - A decent scotch ale, certainly not the best around, but solid.

largadeer, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the Moylans bews I have had and this was no different but not earth shattering,poured a chill hazed amber/brown with a thinner off white head leaving spotty lace.Deep fruit aromas with some molasses and brown sugar almost like a Xmas fruit cake,not as full bodied as most Wee Heavy styles I have come across but it adds to its drinkability.Flavors are on the sweeter side with brown sugar and alcohol dipped dark fruit up front as it warms a little a light leafy hop presence is noticed but it is there only in token form and honestly for the style thats all it should be.A quaffing big Scottish style ale not bad not bad at all.

oberon, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance: Pours a 0.3" khaki head that quickly recedes to a ring and small island in the center. The beer is the color of cherrywood.

smell: Toasted, somewhat nutty and toffeelike malts upfront with a considerable, detracting vegetable presence. Not much else to it. There's a good beer in there, but the vegetal presence kills it.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium, and the body a heavier medium. Good mouthfeel initially but it suffers in the finish.

taste: Not much to the flavor. Most malt flavor is overpowered by an off, flavor. A little malt peeks through in the form of some sweet, grainy flavors. No hops noticeable and a light bitterness.

drinkability: For me, a scotch should be subtle and flavorful at once, giving it high drinkability. The off flavors really take away from this one.

Acquired from goodbyeohio in "These go to eleven...a BiF"

blackie, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- 1/2" light tan head. Clear amberish body. Nice lacing covering all the top.
S- Hints of alcohol with malts and maybe a bit of fruits. Bit on the sweet side almost candyisih. Grassy hops are also present.
T- Tastes of light alcohol with bit of warming to it. Light darker fruits with maybe some cherries. Earthy tones to it.Maybe light bitter taste in aftertaste but not much. Can't put a finger on some of the other flavors.
M- Medium carbonation and medium body.
D- It is good. Interesting new flavors and quite a bit different from the other one I tried (Alesmith Wee Heavy). I'm sure that this isn't as of good of an example of the style but I prefer it.

BlindPig, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle purchased @ The Jug Shop in San Francisco

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a reddish hue. Very small tan head that disappears. No lacing on the glass.

Sweet caramel malty aroma with a light toasted nuttiness and mild chocolate smell.

Taste is sweet and caramel malty upfront with a light nuttiness. This leads into a nice cocoa taste at the finish, which lingers along with a mild sweetness.

Full body, very light carbonation.

All in all, this is a tasty and drinkable Scotch ale. Could use a little more carbonation, but certainly was not an issue as I consumed the bomber easily.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of loving44
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red amber with a white bubbly head that dissapears quickly leaving a soap-like film.

Smells of sweet carmel malt and brown sugar. Very sweet smelling.

Taste is quite mellow actually... sweet malts again with faint buscuit flavors, very delecate hop profile. Masks the 8% abv very well.

Mouthfeel is thick with light carbonation... lots of surface area for your tastebuds to latch onto... but a pretty heavy brew.

This beer drinks very well... but the 8% will knock you out for sure. Respect this beer and enjot it slowly!

loving44, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has been cellarard for some time. Listed at 8% by BA, 9% by the brewery....curious. A nice brew but I am not sure where its purpose is. Super malty, musty nose, black cherry smell, no overly charasmatic feature, just kind of blah, blah, blah. Sweet aftertaste, almost sugary, in fact, it's very sugary.

A fun offering, maybe a secondary intro to someone recntly intoduced to the craft beer world.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Beerzebub
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice deep red rosewood color, two fingers of beige head that drops to a thin layer. Some lacing

Smells very malty, with pronounced sweet honey. Some toast, and a hint of wood smoke. Slight floral note. Am I about to drink mead?

Taste is very malt driven. Honeyish malt, some roastiness, a little milk chocolate. Pretty enjoyable, but I can't help wishing there was either more hop bitterness, or that it was drier. Not very well balanced. The roastiness does come thorugh to dry the finish a bit, anyway.

Good full mouthfeel: proper carbonation and some stickiness.

This beer reminds me of how a beer would taste with a small dollop of malt syrup or honey in it. Not a bad beer, but doesn't really work for me. Maybe this would have been a better beer if the brewers didn't have their hearts set on 8%, or were willing to use more fermentable materials to get there.

Beerzebub, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of ReDave
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine product from the Rock steady Moylan's!

A nice brown ale colored.

Very nice thick [two fingered at least] head, cream colored. Nice thick Brussels lacing all the way down!

This is what a Scotch ale should be in my book.
Some earthy slightly smokey aroma
Malty well balanced flavor.
Easy to drink, careful of the % Eugene! Seems like a session beer [minus a few alcohol percentage points of course]
Tasty beverage!

ReDave, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another great beer I've had from Moylan's. The beer poured a dark brown chocolate color with a light yellow brown head that lasted the whole beer with superior lacing. The smell was that of malt, a little chocolate and hops. the aroma was balanced very nice.

The taste was a very smoothe taste of a sweet malt with a slight tartness on the front and a nice hop bitterness on the back. The mouthfeel was very good, with the CO2 being very good and the beer having a very nice thick feel to it.

A very nice Scotch ale that is worth a try if you get a chance to try it. Worth the purchase.

BradBLR, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear red-mahogany. Two finger off-white head; dense, and shows good retention. Produces a few specs of lasting lacing. Toasted crystal malt nose, with some faint smoked notes. Biscuity malt and dextrin sweetness upfront, followed by deeply toasted crystal and a very mellow oak aged flavor. Drying aftertaste, very light on hop bitterness, but the mild oak taste helps bring a very good balance to the overall flavor. Alcohol is very well concealed, especially considering it's thin body and low carbonation. Finishes semi-dry with lots of residual caramel and woody flavor, but no detectable booze. The lighter mouthfeel allows an excellent drinkability, on the other hand, the flavor is fairly weak for a Wee-Heavy.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up by accident whilst reaching for the Moylan double IPA. Figured I'd give it a shot!

Poured an amber toned translucent copper color with a big tan head. Moderate retention and some persistent lacings.

The aroma is sweet malt, molasses and orange peel with a nutty presence.

Sweet roasted, earthy dough flavor with hints of orange. Alcohol is masked extremely well. The first sweet tastes give way to a very slight bitter flavor. Very smooth, balanced taste.

Not very carbonated and somewhat light bodied for the style. I have to wonder if this bottle may have been sitting around for too long.

Decent Scotch Ale with a well balanced, smooth flavor. Palate was disappointing: I'll have to review another bottle to see if mine was simply flat.

Estarrio, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. No best by date.


Pours a very hazy deep brown tinged with hints of orange when exposed to the light. Mostly still, thus producing only a faint ring of offwhite head around the circumference.


Biscuity with overtones of yeast, smoked peat, sugar and ripe dark fruits.


Extremely smooth mouthfeel starts off a nicely balanced ale. Mildly sweet upfront with muted undertones of peat, blossoming into a rich malt finish highlighted by ripe dark fruits. Finish is slightly bitter and dry.

cbl2, Jul 11, 2006
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.