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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale - Moylan's Brewery

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 20
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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"

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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of loving44
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Estarrio
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of cbl2
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a dense pillowy beige headcap over a hazy crimson auburn offering. No bubbles rising up.

Malty based aroma, well proper for the style. Slight peat and grain meets a touch of fruity balance.

First swigs: Slightly smoky peat scotch. Just a tad of the peat for the flavor. Slight biscuit caramel and a generous flavor component of cidery red apple and raisins. 8.0% ABV is invisible!

Feel is restrained and easy going. A touch of cloying vegetal finish leaves this underwhelming.

Last swigs: A Scotch has to do some tricks to stand out and this was is a basic brew. I'd seek other Scotch styles. Overall not bad but doesn't leave me wanting more.

Photo of scottoale
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz.brown bomber poured copper-mahogany with a finger plus of off-white / tan head, into a tulip gass. Good carbonation and a little lacing.

Big, sweet malt aroma with alcohol permeating with some authority. The hops are buried by the malt in this ale, the alcohol gets more noticable as it warms up.

Rich sweet malt from start to finish. The alcohol rips through the malt and finishes the swill where the mild hops leave off.

Mellow malt mouthfeel, medium to heavy in body and a plenty high ABV all add up to an ale that definitely pegs it's style.

Some strong , tasty Scotch Ale from beautiful Marin county...Cheers!

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

Pours a deep, orange to amber color. Decent carbonation level. Low aroma-malty and a tad sweet. Sort of "wet carboard" like. Malty flavors dominate. Some caramel flavor. Trace of alcohol flavors. Moderate mouthfeel-not as full as some wee heavies I have tried. Above average drinkability. Just doesnt hit the mark as well as I expected. Worth you trying to decide for yourself.

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of roasted and bisquit malts. It's is sweet and toastey with a breadlike aroma. The taste is decent. It has a wonderful toasted malt flavor that is breadlike and warm in the finish. It's not as malty as expected, but quite complex and full of flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I prefer Scotch ales with a peated edge, but this has a mellow bisquity flavor that's easy to drink.

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

My cousin brought this bottle back to PA from CA and we shared it at a wedding over the weekend. The beer poured a brown color with some redish tones and a slight off-white head and good lacing. The aroma was malty, sweet, a bit toasted. The taste is equally malty and sweet but enjoyable. The body is a bit heavy but very drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, without freshness indication, pours typical almond amber, slightly cloudy, with a slight tan head and not leaving much if any lacing. Minor malty nose. Smooth, malty brew, decent sessioner if this style is your thing. For me this style is dull and this version lives up to my preconcieved notions...fairly dull, well crafted and malty smooth, but dull. The best thing I can say for scotch ale is that it works well as a cooking or marinating liquid.

Photo of NVbeer
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a goblet glass. When poured into the glass it takes on a transparent ruby brown color, with about 1/4" white head that dissipates quickly.
Smell of sweet malty odors, with underlying hints of alcohol. No hops noted, but not expected of this style.
Malt flavor definatly dominates, with mild hops to provide balance, but the malt is king here. Mild alcohol flavor noted, but matches nicely with the malt. This ale has a wonderful mouthfeel that holds strong in the mouth and trough the swallow.
This scotch ale drinks quite nicely, and matchs the style well. A beer that I will return to again.

Photo of BeerRun13
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish, rusty brown color with an okay off-white to tan head. It left a little lacing.
Malty caramel and butter aromas waft up and smell like candy.
Wow! This beer is stellar. Caramel and butterscotch with some hint of fruit. Just the right hop flavor and bitterness keep everything in check. The hops do seem to fade a little as the beer warms, but it is still very tasty.
Medium to full bodied. This beers flavor dances throughout the palate. Very good.
Moylans Kilt Lifter is very drinkable, but I imagine that the 8.00% ABV would catch up with you after a while. This might be one of my favorite beers. I've got to try some more Wee Heavys to see how they are... Off to Scottland.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured brown with a slight redd/amberish tinge. Lots of white foam that fizzles down to a fine layer of scuzz. Nose is slightly sweet with a noticeable pungent-ness.

The odd thing about this beer is that it tasted like wet wood. And I liked it. Lots of sticky candy flavors too--toffee and brown sugar cookies. Medium body that was slightly cloying.

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

Pours almost a black amber with a single finger cream colored head that slowly, every so slowly melts to very thick lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt...toasted malt...creamy malt.
Taste is sweet raisins and dried fruit with sweet toasted malt...just a hint of coffee. Slight smokey flavor is noticed in the swallow.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy...tiny soft carbonation....warming alcohol.
Drinkability? 8% ABV....I don't think so..plus very sweet. Nice beer to finish the night off with. It may be difficult finishing the bomber, but not because I don't like it...just because I've reached that point of total satisfaction and contentment. Amazingly at 8% I don't notice the alcohol at all...at least not in the taste or mouthfeel.

Photo of carln26
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color topped by a thick light tan head. Very pretty beer. The nose has lots of rich malt. Pralines, toffee, dark roasted caramel, a little caramel-apple. The taste has more caramel, it’s like you’re biting into a Brach’s caramel treat, light citrus bitterness midway through the drink. Finish has a little fig and sweet apple. Smooth mouth feel, almost slick. Very drinkable. This may be the best American version of a wee-heavy I’ve had so far.

Photo of MrSeth
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Pours a deep copper, but settles to a nearly opaque walnut color body with a creamy tan head. Impressive for a bottled ale.

Sm: The idea that this ale smells malty cannot be stressed enough. It almost smells like malt syrup itself! There is also chocolate malt balls and floral hoppy-ness.. the nose keeps getting more complex as the ale warms.

Ta/Mf: The attack is malty with myriad different levels of malt flavor, sweetness, earthy tones, dark chocolate, bready and green grass as well. The finish is just a trailing off of these same elements. Not really bitter, looking for bitterness brings about a tea-like flavor. The mouthfeels is good but not as smooth as it could be.. yet not nearly as edgey as say Belhaven's Wee Heavy.. No replacement here.

Da: Good stuff if you can't get ahold of any Belhaven.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Deep, dark brown color with ruby edges, a thick light tan head and moderate carbonation.
Rich caramel and roasted malt aromas. Lots of fruitiness, too. Lightly earthy aroma but missing the lightly smokey notes I come to associate with this style.
The taste had a hearty roasty malt tone with carmelized fruits. Hints of black dirt and such but lacking anything remotely resembling a peat-infused smokiness. Mainly, this is all about the caramel and roasted malt with a solid fruity background. Very low bittering. Alcohol content was superbly concealed. The feel was medium- to full-bodied, smooth and almost velvety.
All in all, this Moylan's offering was quite drinkable. A pleasant brew that's worth a try.

Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
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