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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: 656
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | 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 WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

WesWes, May 23, 2006
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.

ggaughan, May 23, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

Billolick, May 22, 2006
Photo of NVbeer
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

NVbeer, May 05, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.6/5  rDev +24%
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.

BeerRun13, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

MuddyFeet, Apr 21, 2006
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.

IntriqKen, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

carln26, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

MrSeth, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Boilermaker88, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of slap
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber.

The brew pours a medium brownish color with a white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass. The nose is all about malt, sweet and mouth watering. The first sip is thick and creamy, the alchohol is subdued but it tells you know your drinking an 8% abv brew. There is no strong alchol burn in the mouth but a warm feeling in the belly. The finish is smooth with little to no bitterness. Drinkability is good but this brew is for slow enjoyment.

Overall a very good brew. I'm happy I was able to enjoyed this staple of the West Coast and I would buy it again.

slap, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This to me is a classic, one of those beers around often. Used to get this pre BA. On with the review.

appearance: sort of between a red and a brown, little head.

smell: chocolate malts, mabey some aromatic malt. i'd love to know the bill on this. yeah, malt head action here

taste: wow, that's roasty. I remember being more smooth. Actually, it is pretty smooth. As excepted there is little bitterness, but there. This is sort of reminding me of Hairy Eyeball without the bitterness. Nice brown tasting malts, there is a malt here i don't see often. A hint of sweetness, it's nice. Just a little strange drinking such a flavorfull beer, with such little bitterness, but that's Scotch ales

mouthfeel: nice and medium. There may be a hint of sugar in here to cut down on the body. it's nice.

drinkablity: this is a sipper. that said I've brown bagged this one in the park, it works for that too. Just one of those beers, you say "ah kilt lifter" and throw it in the basket and just kick back and enjoy it, no worries. A beer that will be bought time and time again. That, and it's the scotch ale i can find with any regularity.

pjwilson, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber color, quite clear, with a very small white head.

Aroma: Vegetal aroma with slightly nut notes, tobacco, and vanilla.

Taste: Opens with a slightly smoky, earthy note, followed by burnt caramel notes. A slight flourish of herbal hops brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Smooth, syrupy, and quite full, with a soft feel.

Drinkability/notes: A wonderfully pleasant example, quite excellent, and worthy of the effort to obtain it.

Pegasus, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown bomber, label lists lots of metals, but only helpful detail is the 8% abv (no date).

Aroma: A very different vegetal nose. I call it celery, but others referred to peanuts or peanut butter which I can’t argue with. Also a hint of spice, perhaps coriander.

Appearance: Clear amber glass sports a good cover of dirty white head that lasts and laces.

Flavor: A very gentle malt flavor gives some mild dark fruit tastes such as red cherry and plum. No peat malts noted and a nice chocolate flavors came out as it warmed.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, very silky with a gentle carbonation.

Overall Impression: Massively drinkable, even for a style I don’t particularly care for. This is a solid brew; I’ve nothing but respect for the brew masters. They earned those metals.

HardTarget, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of frazbri
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moylan's Kilt Lifter poured a deep ruby brown with a tall, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of toffee, and apple. Flavors of toffee, raisin and herbal bitterness. Smooth creamy body. Moderate carbonation and medium body.

This is a big bold american style scotch ale.

frazbri, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coral-orange-bronze with bright orange accents. The pale caramel cap nearly exploded out of the glass on the pour. I seem to remember another Moylan's beer that I had a similar issue with due to gross overcarbonation. The brittle, unsticky head has fallen quickly and has left very little lace in its wake. A little bubble bath-like sudsiness is about it. Good color, bad head.

The nose rights the ship. The beer smells well-malted with plenty of dark, earthy aromas (as befits the style). It smells more like bourbon than it does like Scotch whisky, with elements of brown sugar, oak and even vanilla. Minimal peatiness, if it's there at all. No smoke that I could detect.

Kilt Lifter isn't much of a Scotch ale on the palate. Scottish? Sure, but it isn't big enough or flavorful enough to be a wee heavy. The malt backbone is osteoporotic for the style, while still managing to deliver a decent amount of caramel-toffee flavor. Although it's still mildly whisky-like, its sweetness forces comparisons to a Rusty Nail or a shot of Drambuie rather than a dram of single malt.

Remarkably, there's no hint of alcohol, even at 8.0%. Dark fruit (dried figs) begins to appear on the palate as the beer warms. KLSA absolutely cries out for more chewiness to give the wonderful flavors a chance to grab hold and soak into the taste buds in proper fashion.

Since I've already alluded to the body/mouthfeel several times, I'll skip any further description, except to say that it's Scottish ale appropriate and Scotch ale/wee heavy inappropriate. The active carbonation fits the mouthfeel. Fewer bubbles would have been perfect though.

How does one score a wee heavy that's tasty, but falls outside the lower bounds of the style? Oh the hell with it, this is good beer and I'll treat it as such. Kilt Lifter doesn't lift my kilt, but it is improving as I get deeper into the bomber. Perhaps I'll change into clean underwear just in case.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this ale from Moylan's. It pours a pretty thick, dark copper colour with a thin head. Thick and syrupy appearance. Lots of caramel and sugar in the nose. Also fruity and toasty. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Taste was a medley of sweet caramel malts, with some fruity flavours and an earthy touch. Aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. Would've liked some smokiness to it. Overall, pretty good.

baiser, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lightly chilled bottle courtesy of watermelonman. Thanx!!
I pour the beer into a pint glass and it exhibits a clear chestnut color with off white creamy head of 1 cm foaming up and fading gradually to a thin surface layer.
Aroma is toffee and chocolate malts with a bit of earthy hop presence in the background.
First sip reveals a silky textured slightly thicker than average body with very fine carbonation that rolls across my palate.
Flavor is all malt, mostly sweet caramel and toffee with a bit of extra sweetness that I would call molasses. The finish is more chocolatey with a dry cocoa powdercoming through. There is a sweet sticky lingering in my mouth after each sip.
The beer is smooth and easy to drink and the abv is hidden very well.
Quite a nice beer. So far I am impressed with moylans offerings!

sulldaddy, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a malty beer that has a stout chocolate/coffee type finish...very sweet malt taste. Appearance for an ale of this type left something to be desired. I gave it an average ranking but it was leaning towards below average. hardly any lacing of the glass and the head was almost non existent. Drinkability was Good. One of those beers where I could sit down and have a few and the last one is as smooth and easy to drink as the first....very smooth beer with slick mouthfeel.

DogFood11, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of RootedFool
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish mahogany. Thin, barely there head. Smell: pine needles, caramel, hint of butterscotch. Taste: rich spread of simple sugary malts upfront that deepen throughout the middle, taking on some buttery hints and a noticeable but hushed zip of hops in the background. Have they changed the recipe to include more hops? This is better than I remember. Middling carbonation, heavy mouthfeel that feels good to me.

RootedFool, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

06/03/05- Purchased at Nuggett Market in Vacaville, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark red or amber in color, foamy large bubbled head and decent lacing.

Smell- Still can't describe the smell or taste of this one. Definite sweetness, which I guess is the malt.

Taste- Kinda sweet and sour at the same time. Odd tasting malt and some werid tasting bitter hops in the tail end. Wondering if I got a bottle gone awry.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, sweet on the tongue.

Drinkability- May need to try this one again in the future. Still can't get a hold of describing the flavor, even though it's still in my damn mouth from last night!

GClarkage, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a brown color with a tall head that has good retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, but there is some peat and caramel malt in there. The flavor is not as strong as expected, but it has some peat and some sweet malt flavors in there. The body seems a bit thin, but it's still enjoyable and very drinkable.

clvand0, Apr 18, 2005
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
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 656 ratings.