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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 21
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 675 | Reviews: 385
Photo of lightindarkness
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.

Photo of luvND
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
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

Photo of Floydster
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

Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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).

Photo of opwog
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Big78CJ
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
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

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of RobinLawrence123
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
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

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.


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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.