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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 Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Don for bringing back from SD. Like a liquor. Sweet from the carmel and malt. Scotch up front and then carbonation kicks in with hoppy aftertaste that tingles the tongue. Bit of lace. WIne-like. Scotch colour and body, drinkable.
The name implies going wee-wee a lot from drinking so much of it, right?

Sammy, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing. It pours a dark murkey brown color with a big bubbly head that falls to a finger over the beer. The nose is caramel. I don;t get much more than that. The flavor is actually slightly smokey caramel with a hint of fruity sweetness in there as well. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is not a bad brew at all. I'd like a little more body and even a little more smokeyness.

kmpitz2, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of Mark
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew came in a 10 oz. goblet which i didn't expect and hence pissed me off. I think the barman should have told me. Similar strength brews like Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye come in a full pint at their pub. Anyway's it was a deep copper with good cask clarity. Head retention was not good and lacing was sparse. Nice malty aroma that had a smokey note. Vey malty taste profile with same subtly smokey notes, some roasted tones and dark fruit. Smooth as silk. A bit chewy on the mouthfeel. This beer was a bit too potent to have another, at least on an empty stomach.

Mark, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of rastaman
1.78/5  rDev -52%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle. Yipes, super sweet and sticky. Kahlua, peat, with a hit of soy. Malty and very sweet. The flavour was one dimentionally sweet. Perhaps scotch ales aren't my favourite style, but i didn't like this one in particular. Moylans made some other styles which i preffered much more.

rastaman, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of winomark
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-red with copious streaming bubbles and a tiny, fleeting light tan head. Sweet malt and a mild smokiness noticable on the nose. Slight, but noticable hop spice. Palate has a grainy flavor with some sweet malt making an appearance. Slightly fruity character. No smoke or hops noticable in the palate. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but with good sweetness and flavor. A decent beer, but not up to what I expected. My least favorite beer from this brewery. Give it a try if you want, but grab their IIPA first.

winomark, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 22 oz. bottle. Clear, deep amber to mohogany color. Thin tan head disappeared very quickly. Caramel and fruity smells. Rich caramel and toffee flavors immediately, giving way to some slight piney hop flavor. Not much bitterness at all. Very malt heavy. A bit thin, low carbonation. I found this to be pleasant. Not the best scotch ale, but a respectable one.

Bierguy5, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Pours a hazy glowing ruby with a thin wisp of dark lace clinging to the edges. Aroma is robust and malty, hinting at dark fruits and pineapple. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the nose, less in the flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, while leaving a "spritz" on the tongue. Not as complex in the flavor as I had anticipated, but tasty nonetheless. Despite the alcohol being not as present on the palate, it warms the body up nicely. Flavor borders on the sweet, though is contrasted with spicy notes, both clove-like and hoppy. Not one that lifts meh kilt, but worth a stop, definitely. A good session Scotch, if you will. Thanks to kingslender14 for the bottle.

IrishRedRock, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light caramel color with small dull white head. Ton sof carbonation bubbles screaming for the surface leaving some minor lace.
Aroma is straight dominated by toffee and caramel. slight hint of wheat bread and also light brown sugar detected.
Flavor of strong toffee, heavy wheat bread, a touch of resined bitter and hint of roasted malt. Very pleasant as it warms it opens up some complex malt flavors.
Mouthfeel is an interesting balance of malt, roast and a light bitterness throughout. No real transitions of flavor just consistent feel throughout. Tad thin for style, maybe.
Drinkability is very solid, east flowing and smooth. Not greatly memorable but solidly crafted beer.

CRJMellor, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light brown/mahogany color, hazy, with a tan/yellow head (that dies quickly). Light sticky lacing. Aroma is of malt and caramel, fresh and grassy. Flavor is sweet and malty with a light tart/dry hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and effervescent with a dominant sweetness and a well-balanced, light hop finish. A different representation of a Scotch Ale, and not over-hopped. Worth a try.

SeanChouffe, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a clear mahogany color with the head portly in size and a semi-creamy light tan, the residual lace a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a hint of hops, sweet malt dominates with some fresh clean caramel tones also noticed, the start is rich in malt and sweet with the top moderate to almost full in its feel to the palate. Finish is benign in carbonation and the hops superbly spicy with the aftertaste dry and long lasting, a fine beer from a great brewery.

Gusler, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 22 oz. bomber, into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a nice caramel-ish malt. The taste is a strong maltiness, with quite a bit of a buttery taste to it, and just the slightest bit of hops and a fairly strong alcohol, and in general just not fairly balanced. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, probably wouldn't have too many more.

Well, just not a great Scotch Ale...just doesn't seem to have the right maltiness and balance for the style. Still, I'm glad I tried it, but I just wouldn't have this one again.

beergeek279, May 11, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber this poured a slightly hazed amber/ruby color. Huge and everlasting frothy head topped the beer off. The head looks like Swiss cheese. Highly carbonated. The aroma gives off a slightly sweet maltiness, with soft caramelized malts and a slight smokiness. The taste has lightly caramelized malts in the forefront with a pleasant peat-like smokiness and some fermented fruits following just behind. Nice malt tang in this one. Medium to full bodied and full of soft and sweet flavors. Surely enjoyable. 4’s across the board.

pezoids, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of budsboy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with an off-white, rocky, foamy head. Almost smells like a chocolate stout with some woody spice added.

Quite a unique taste. Rich chocolaty malt and nice understated hop finish. I'd say it's like a light chocolate stout with a Scotch style boost.

I'm not sure this beer is a great example of the style, but it is good on its own, no matter what the label says.

budsboy, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper colored brew.

Smell is very malty with a touch of fruitiness and woodiness in the scent.

Taste is sweet and malty with a nice touch of peat and smoke in the flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but mixes in well. A damn good Scottish ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

A drinkable brew. This is mild in flavor for a Scotch ale but worth while.

Zorro, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear, ruby mahogany, with a rocky, two finger, beige head. Minimal patch lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is malt and toffee, with a surprising pine needle hops presence in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Taste is interesting and complex. Alcohol warming is noticed right away, before yielding to some tasty layers of malt flavors. Caramel/toffee is upfront, with some dark fruits and overripe pears in the picture, as well. There is a noticeable pine needle hoppiness that, for the most part, keeps the powerful malt presence in check. Midway through, near room temperature, a charcoal, peaty malt presence emerges to add additonal complexity. Finishes with a malty note, and slightly bitter English hop aftertaste. Alcohol presence is well masked, for the most part, and the warming effect of the 8.0 abv is quite welcome.
A pretty good Scottish style ale, though not the best around. Definitely worth a try by fans of the style.

merlin48, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper color with a very thick beige head that eventually dissipates to nothingness. Decent lacing. The aroma has a smokey character, along with malt and caramel. Rich bodied and on the carbonated side (at first), with a strong malt presence. There are also sweet caramel and chocolate flavors, along with a hint of nuts that shine through as it warms. The finish is clean and malty throughout. This is a fairly good Scotch Ale that seems unbalanced at first, but only if it is still too cold.

Dogbrick, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
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...

francisweizen, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of Jon
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.

Jon, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of Wildman
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.

Wildman, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
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.

mzwolinski, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
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.

dwarbi, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
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.

Rumrunner, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of beernut7
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.

beernut7, May 25, 2003
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.