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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a hazy deep amber brown. The head was incredibly huge and amber tan colored. It lasted and laced the glass.

The aroma is sweet dark caramel and alcohol. Also present is a fruity aroma, namely apples.

The flavor is alcoholic with a dark fruity flavor. The flavor is one dimensional and not very malty. Most of the flavor is alcohol and fruits.

The finish is dry, carmel and lots of alcohol. The body is medium.

Not a very drinkable beer. It would definitely be better if the carbonation level was lower and the alcohol a little more restrained.

22 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 00:09:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a decent scotch ale from the folks at Moylans. This brew was a real gusher, practically exploding all over the place after I popped the crown off. After I got the head under control, this brew was a dark garnet colour with a huge white head. After the head died a bit, I started to drink this concoction. The aromas were very sweet, malty, and alcoholic. The taste is very similar to the aromas. The mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit watery and the drinkability is decent. Nice...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 07:36:31 | More by francisweizen
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautifully thick and cloudy and brown in color. I had to control the big head at the pour, but it went down rather quickly and left the glass dry.

Smell – Nice (but faint) malt aroma with some sharp sugary sweetness that, along with the tinge of alcohol, smells a little bit like a good scotch.

Taste – The sticky alcohol-laced sweetness comes out more in the taste. The malt steps back a bit here and gives way to the “scotch” flavor from the nose. There’s a hint of bitter hopping as well.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was a little light for “wee heavy,” but I liked the low carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This went down well and was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2003 02:19:42 | More by RoyalT
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4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coppered amber color. Creamy off-white head with nice retention. Aroma features an upfront fruity maltiness that exhibits notes of candied apples, caramel, and toffee. Toasted malt, more candied apples, the previously noted characters of caramel and toffee, along with just a hint of chocolate appear on the palate. Nice, sweet Wee-Heavy with a clear emphasis on the sweet, candied apple-like malt. Only the faintest hint of hops hit the palate on the finish. Very smooth and clean in the mouth and on the tongue. Full-bodied and sweet, masking its strong alcohol content very well. A nice, warming strong Scotch ale that drinks quite nicely. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 00:47:03 | More by Jon
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer finally made it to Ohio. It poured a dark amber color and formed a small off white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and toast/biscut. A flavor of malt and caramel with a slight presence of alcohol. The finish was medium in texture and had a burnt astrigent feel to it. Not the best that this brewer offers but not a bad ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2003 02:47:08 | More by Wildman
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, sometimes you find surprises in the most unexpected places! I hadn’t heard of this brewery before, but saw this beer on a recent trip to California and picked up. Typical Scottish ales don’t impress me much, but this was a *strong* one, and it pulled off its strength very well. Deep amber in color, with a huge, billowing light tan head. Aroma is dominated by sweet malt, combined with (surprisingly) an almost banana-like fruitiness. Flavor starts of with big toasty malt. An apple-like fruitiness becomes apparent mid-palate (with still more traces of that surprising banana), though only after one’s mouth has had time to become accustomed to the peaty malt. Alcohol lends a robust spiciness to the finish – a bit too present at first, though once it’s worked its magic on you, funny, you don’t seem to care much anymore. Significant hop flavor and bitterness to the finish, with a long lasting, nutty aftertaste. Yummmm.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 17:44:47 | More by mzwolinski
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New York

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

Glowing red beer. Modest head but it flies away back to the homeland, I guess. Smells sweet. Can detect the alcohol in the aroma, but it's still pleasant. Tastes malty. Intriguing effect on the tongue. The sweetness lingers as a nice aftertaste. Definitely helps the drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 02:22:58 | More by dwarbi
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3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle
Scotch ales tend to be too sweet for me. This one is no exception.

It pours a nice deep reddish orange color. Particles float in the glass. It is not clear but a more dusty looking when held to the light. Very little head and no lacing. It has a very sweet malty scent. Biscuits dominate with a hint of chocolate.

The taste is complex and is sweet with caramel and toast. Very malty and not much in the way of hops. There is no bitterness and it finishes with a slight cola cream flavor.

I found this ale to have a nice strong heavy feel. It goes down easy and even has a crispness to it.

I think this is a very well crafted and complex Scottish ale. I just find them a little on the sweet side for me. For those of you who enjoy this type of ale more than I do. Cheers! Give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 05:26:01 | More by Rumrunner
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This deep dark complex heavy brew pours with a creamy tan head and wafts a heavy peat smoke and light chocolate roast aroma. The flavor is quite complex with an initial peat smoke and thin alcohol bite. The body is smooth supporting a smoky roasted toffee malt that becomes thinner toward the malty finish. An oak barrel twang jumps up just as the brew clears the palate. Not heavily flavored, but not too thin.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 08:55:21 | More by beernut7
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3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle that read LIVE ALE! KEEP REFRIGERATED

This beer poured a rusty brown color that was slightly to fairly cloudy appearance in the glass. The head was thin to none, but what was there was tan in color. The aromas were of fresh to slight tart granny smith apples and pears, sweet malt, caramel, yeast and bread. The tastes were of sweet and sour apples, malt, ash, yeast, and alcohol. There was a slight hop finish but was more sourish in nature. Not sure if it was spoiled, there was some carbonation to it. It was drinkable, better as it warmed, which seemed to calm all the flavors down and bring them together. Not a good example of the style IMO, but then again she might have been on her last leg.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 09:17:25 | More by Jarod
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 fl.oz brown glass bottle hides another beer from a new Brewery for me, Moylan’s. This one is Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, written appropriately in Celtic style lettering on the dark green, blue and red tartan label; thankfully I note without a picture to accompany it. Labeled at 8% ABV, this is the last beer of the night.

It pours with a deep red-brown chestnut color, which has a protein-like haze to it that is not off-putting at all. Nicely carbonated, this beer retained its inherent liveliness to the very end. This really helped the smooth mouthfeel. The head is a thin light tan affair that looked perfectly smooth and even, it laced the Glass sides with a distinct set of “plimsoll line” rings marking each of my mouthfuls accurately.

Aromas are of fruits, and fresh, lightly roasted malts, all mixed with a hint of coffee. Very nice and inviting I have to say.

Tastes are initially of caramel malt with some sweetness that rescinds at the middle Stop sign and allows the roasted malts and bitterness to move forward. The finish is a conglomeration of bitterness and malt, not dominant but sat in the fifth row of seats, the two of them belligerently heckle you constantly and remind you they are there – they are just not up front about it. The Cheeky Bastards.

Is it truly a Scotch Ale?
Aaarghh…., well twist my arm, grapple with my dangly bits tightly and threaten to poke my eyes out and…. – well I would say, erm... that at 8% ABV – NO, it is not! It’s a bit more like a “Wee Heavy”, or a (Belhaven) “90/-”, to be honest. But So What - Who Cares!! I hate my official name as well.

Which reminds of the old adage, “What does a Scots Man Wear Underneath his Kilt?” The best answer I ever heard to this was from a Scotsman at a Wedding I attended in deepest Suffolk, “You’re Wife’s Lipstick” was the hilarious answer to the rather inquisitive tourist; his Wife had a smudged smile as well I noticed. LOL. This “Scotch Ale” is not quite in the league of that One-Liner, but it is not that far behind either.

A very good beer – extremely well balanced, and highly drinkable for its strength. It is also incredibly smooth and powerful, more like a well poised V12 rather than a rough, aggressive, upstart V8.
*Well* worth the money, only $3.70 for the Bomber!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 21:36:30 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It 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. This is the best scotch ale that I have tasted so far. I will buy this ale again, soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 13:32:09 | More by BeerManDan
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to it's name. I had my kilt on, and boy did it lift! But seriously, it's a good strong scotch ale. Red in color with a brown/light red head which was about 1/4 inch thick. Clean, refreshing taste of nuts/fruit. No after taste of alcohol at all and goes down smooth. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 17:23:43 | More by JISurfer
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

better than average, but immediately off the tongue i noticed something not what i expected. this is full of alcohol, taste. the appearance is great, a nice deep ruby, mohagany color, clear and bright, slightly smaller head, but probably the pour, color was a hint off white but stayed after a thinning the entire time. aroma is of sweet malt hint of smoked, little floral and big in alcohol. first sip was WOW, way off what i thought i was getting into, not bad, but not great to style. this beer was nothing but alcohol on the first sip. after letting warm a little bit the malt showed it's head. almost no hop flavor was to be found. it did have a nice sweet, sweet malt though. the body was rather weak, but the mouthfeel was alright. if the body was stronger and a little bit of hop flavor added, not bitter or aroma, but flavor, this would be great. it would balance the alcohol down a bit. way to much alcohol flavor for this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 20:57:56 | More by Myk
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3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep garnet hue w/ excellent clarity. The light beige head settles readily into a thin ring that manages spotty lace. Assertive dark caramel and molasses sweetness hit the nose upfront and are ensued by signature Moylans jackfruit like fruity esters, hints of raisin and peated malt. A mellow floral Goldings hop nose rounds out the aroma. Butterscotch diacetyl emerges as the beer breathes. A combination of date - like and dark caramel sweetness is perceived initially, then fades into a melange of roasted unmalted barley, mild hop bitterness and mild butterscotch. Jackfruit - like esters emerge mid palate, and although odd for a Scotch Ale, provide an enjoyable contrast to the initial sweetness. Unfortunately, the body is a bit thin, and doesn't adequately support the rich malt profile. Hop bitterness is appropriately low, leaving overall balance skewed towards malt sweetness. Finishes with light toffee notes slowly fading. Kilt Lifter is quite an enjoyable and unique brew. It's much fruitier than a Scottish Ale or Wee heavy, yet still has a rich malt profile. My only qualm is the relatively weak body. It's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2002 17:56:34 | More by marc77
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4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with an orangish-brown tint, topped by a thin but creamy, very light golden-tan head that drops but leaves a good collar and some nice lace. I give them great credit for nailing the fruit and malt character of a true Scottish ale - very nice big fruit (some nice strawberry) with a caramelized maltiness. Medium body with a gentle carbonation lending to a supple, silky mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced with a bitterness that is omni-present but never really emerges, clearly playing a supporting role to the malt. The maltiness is light and has a lightly burnt or caramelized sugar quality to it. My guess is that they're using mainly pale malt with a small dose of roasted barley that is caramelized in the kettle - rather than using British crystal - although there may be a small percentage. The peat smokiness is most apparent in the finish, but quite restrained amongst a somewhat sticky malt. It becomes much more apparent, however, as you move through the glass eventually leaving you with a light mouthfull of smoke. Very authentic. Not exactly what I would call a "Scotch Ale", but I won't quibble over the designation other than stating that I'd personally term it a 90 -/- ale. Quite nice. Extremely well balanced and very drinkable. I'd love to try this cask-conditioned.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2002 17:56:14 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice brown with a hint of red. The head fades quickly. It smells a bit like a big mashtun full of barley. It also has a nice malty flavor with just enough hops to keep things interesting. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected but it is quite drinkable for a 8% abv. I'm going to head back for some more of this when the temperature cools down.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2002 22:27:56 | More by mickeymac
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4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub...First in it's style I have had. Pours a deep dark amber, almost brown with a thin bubbly light tan head. Smelled alot of roasted malt, earthy undertones, very deep rich nose. A slipperly thin taste dominated by the malt, alcohol, and some faint hops to remind you it's Moylans. Also detected some faint fruitlike, plums, berries in the finish. Very complex. This brew intriqued me enought to carry a bottle home. Reminded me of their barley wine, but not as thin and slippery. A very good beer, looking forward to the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2002 16:54:44 | More by StevieW
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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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