Psycho Kilter
Starr Hill Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
3.47 | pDev: 12.97%
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 61
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes; bottled in Dec. 2012.

A: Pours a clear dark red color, with a pale yellow head that's a finger high. There isn't much lacing left on the glass, but the retention isn't bad.

S: I'm getting slight smoke from the malt, along with a caramel-y touch. There's also a bit of brown sugar and phenol. Not bad.

T: It starts with some mild smoky caramel. There seems to be some leafy hop bitterness on the back end, too. Slightly phenolic, too. Kind of low on flavor, especially for 9.3%. On the plus side, it's easy to drink.

M: It's coarse-feeling and dry finishing, along with a relative lightness that makes it quite drinkable. Carbonation is par for the style.

O: I don't think it's aged spectacularly, but it's not irredeemable in its current state - just bland. No need to seek this one out.

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Photo of obywan59
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby to near mahogany, deep amber against my computer screen. 1 1/2 finger light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.

Fruity and citric in aroma with a bit of caramel and spice.

A bit overbalanced in the bitter department in my opinion. Some sweet malts up front with a hint of caramel and the occasional fruity cherry in the back of the mouth, but a bitter, burnt taste hovers over it all. It seems a bit raw, maybe a little more time would improve it.

Medium full in body, light bite of carbonation and oily burn in the throat.

Decent overall, perhaps the oily burn implies overly much bittering hops as opposed to the burnt malt taste I mentioned earlier. It seemed to mellow just a bit as it warmed, but I still think it's a bit raw. I liked it better in the end.

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Photo of delta490
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- poured a medium brown with a foamy white head. There is almost no retention or lacing

S- nondescript to almost absent. There were some initial lighter malt notes and a slight alcohol astringency

T- also pretty nondescript. It's got an overall malt profile, but there is nothing distinct that I can put a name to.

M- it's a little thin, reflecting the lack of malt depth, but there is a nice crisp finish

O-other than the alcohol, this just an OK beer. Not one I'd go to again.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Westy's Beer Distributor

A- A copper/brown color with less than a 1/4 finger head when poured and it runs off quickly. A poor lacing as well. Clear but striated with tones of red.

S- figs, toffee malts and brown sugar. simple.

F- toffee and brown sugar dominate the palate at first. I then get a mild earthy tone on the back end.

M- chewy and malty. The malts over dominate.

O- not a bad wee heavy. It is hard for me to rate as I have not had very many over the years but this is down on the list of the ones I have had.

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Photo of JAH2nd
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had very high expectations given the awesome name. In short, rather tasteless. Not good, not bad, just blah. As a drinking buddy said, "At 9.3, this is one you drink late in the evening when you are already well on your way, and do not care about the taste."

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Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A: Pours a murky mahogany brown with a small off-white head.

S: Brown sugar, light roast, toasted malt, caramel, slightly figgy, mild citric hoppiness.

T: Toffee, mild earthy and leafy hop notes, lightly vinous, bit of booze.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Not bad. A bit rough around the edges with the hoppiness and booze but pleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of argock
3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into an oversized wine glass. No frehsness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Dishwater brown with short cap of off-white head that only left a few spots of lace.

S: Cherry alcohol and some dark fruit with herbal, earthy hops notes.

T: The flavor is dulled by the heavy hand of alcohol in this beer. There are some fruity dark malt, mainly fig/date, but they are steamrolled by the booziness. There are some soft herbal hops contributions as well. The finish and aftertaste though are slightly metallic and chalky.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty light for the ABV which does allow it to be drunk reasonably easily, although the prominent high ABV is a hindrance in itself to consumability. Carbonation was light but this beer did not seem syrupy.

O: A whiff by Starr Hill on this one -- the flavors are dulled and there is too much hops contribution for the style in my mind. The isn't the big maltfest you expect in a Scotch ale, instead the alcohol character dulls it and leaves this a plain, dull, low-flavor beer.

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Photo of gestyr
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head is thick and fluffy and lasts a long time.

Smell: On first impression I though that it has notes of a good single malt scotch. Malty, slight hint of alcohol. Some fruit hints.

Taste: Very malty, slightly sweet. subdued hops flavor. Malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel; Light bodied and smooth.

Overall: I liked this brew. Satisfying. I would buy again.

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Photo of carolinahophead
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte
It pours a little darker than a typical Scotch ale
A little sweetness on the nose with light hop notes as well.
Taste is more alcohol than flavor ... Not much carbonation .
A medium mouthfeel with an unbalanced finish .
Let's say it a big pass here . Starr Hill missed it on this one.

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Photo of chakadrum
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Birch & Barley in DC. A 12 oz snifter served at 54ยบ.

Dark-brown in color. Pillowy brown head. Slight lacing throughout the course of the beer.

Not a particularly noticeable smell but a little sweet dark-stone-fruit hint perhaps.

Relatively well balanced flavor. Alcohol seemed well hidden. A hair on the sweet side. Got better as it continued to warm.

Carbonation on this was spot on. Viscosity felt appropriate for the style.

My immediate post-drink reaction was that I'd give this one another shot if I were in the mood for a beer of this style.

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Psycho Kilter from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 61 ratings