Caribou Kilt | Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop

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Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Alaska, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
”Make sure your kilt is cinched up tight!" This is a surprisingly smooth, wonderful malt flavor Strong Scotch Ale coming in at a hefty 8.5%.

Added by SargeC on 11-05-2007

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Reswald:
Photo of Reswald
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer won a Bronze Medal at the 2008 Brewers Association World Beer Cup in San Diego, CA.

A dark bronze color. Pours with a good head which dissipates fairly quickly. Some alcohol in the nose. Alcohol is also evident in the taste, followed by a balancing malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, compared to some other in the style, but still good. Finish is long and warming.

A fine example of the Strong Scotch or Wee Heavy style (as evidenced by its medal). Not a session beer, but an excellent beer for sipping after dinner, or as an accompaniment to a rich dessert.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this into a thistle. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that simmers down to a nice level coating over top of the body. There is some decent lacing clinging finely to the sides of the glass. The smell, holy caramel malty scotch, wow. This could be overbearing to some, but not too bad to me. Its just not that well balanced. The taste is super sweet through the caramel malts. There is a long caramel aftertaste leading into a dry caramel finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium on the body with a pretty good sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation is barely there - its almost too smooth and creamy to be true. Overall, not a bad scotch ale, but does need a bit more "peaty-ness" to show me that it could be a great Scotch ale.

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Photo of u2carew
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Settles slightly leaving a thin off white colored head. Amber colored body. Nearly clear, just a slight haze.
S) Toasted malts. Caramel. Not overly aromatic.
T) Bold malt sweetness up front mixed with subtle alcohol but a bit thin in the finish.
M) Medium body. Mellow carbonation. Finishes with a slick tongue feel.
O) A decent beer. Not my favorite style so I can't be critical.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to randawakes for getting this all the way across the country to me. Consumed this one on 12/13 out of my tulip glass, but didn't have internet until today, so I am catching up on things...thanks again for the sick effort, Kyle.

A: Nice ruby and garnet colors. Very crisp and clear. Head is a half cm that is well sustained. There are a couple thin streams of bubbles that keep bubbling up to the surface. There is no lacing at all, but I don't really expect that from wee heavys anymore.

S: Caramel and bready matls. There are some sweet notes that meld nicely with the malt character. The aroma is not very prominent and I really have to dig for even the base aromas.

T: Butterscotch and caramel front followed by a malty sweetness that is mainly bready. There is a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. You can also make out some barely-evident hops from a touch of grassiness that squeezes its way into the finish only to be rapidly pushed away again by the alcohol in the finish.

M/D: Even after this beer was filled into a growler, bottled, and shipped cross country, this beer is very nicely textured by a medium consistency and good carbonation. The finish is sticky, malty, and warm from alcohol. This is a good wee heavy. There is a nice imbalance of malts and the sweetness they contribute. A good beer to drink alone or to share, so you are covered no matter where you find yourself.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lifit
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 303beer
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours red and bubbly with a dense but dissipating head. Has a sweet nose to it. Has a sweet taste as well. Almost barrel aged taste but not quite. Does not leave lacing in a glass.

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Photo of krome
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown with a very thin and short lived tan head and no lacing. Backlighting reveals good activity, modest clarity and some reddish/orange highlights.  

An interesting and moderately complex blend of dark fruit, peat, and caramel.  Some boozy esters wafting up as well.

Rich caramel malty sweetness, understated but detectable hop bitterness, relatively faint peaty flavor and some dark fruit.  Much like the nose.  Quite nice, but not super deep.  

Strong carbonation paired with a medium/full body, gentle warming and some light viscosity.  Other than the carbonation being a bit too strong, it is very smooth and finishes clean.

This is a good tasting brew that is moderately complex, but quite well balanced.  It certainly has elements of a wee heavy, but doesn't pronounce it loud and proud.  This is a good and respectable beer, but not an amazing one.  

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Photo of randawakes
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ruby red and golden appearance with tan mild head, well sustaining lace. Smells of sweet malt. Hints of alcohol in the smell and taste, but the those are dominated by scotch malt with heavy grains. Tastes like butterscotch sweetness.

Butterscotch is dominant!

Decently drinkable and unique with lower carbonation that helps it go down smooth, this beer was awarded the 2008 bronze medal at the Brewers Associate World Cup in SD, CA. The beer takes 8+ weeks to ferment, so they only brew it about 4 times a year, making it exclusive. If it's available it goes quick. Wish there were bottling capabilities. Friends back east wanted it so I made an effort to bottle it from the growler immediately after I got back from the brewery. Looks like it sustained pretty well..

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Steve.

Dated 07-29-2011.

A: Pours a murky, maroon body with burnt orange highlights against a lamp. Despite a vigorous pour, I can't even froth up much head. It slowly rises to a half-finger in height. The beige bubbles quickly collapse into a thin film on the beer. No lacing, very minor collar.

S: Bread, toffee, caramel. A note of grassy hops. Pretty weak on the nose, but that may be from the lack of carbonation to carry an aroma.

T: The taste is more solid. A range of malty flavors lead the way, with bread, toffee, caramel, even a hint of raisins. Hops are dominated by grass, leaving a very light bitterness that dies by the finish. The aftertaste is slightly sticky with toffee.

M: Slightly thin-bodied, which is remarkable considering there is no trace of the 8.5% abv. No heat. Fairly clean finish with some lingering sweetness.

O: This is better than Moylan's Kilt Lifter, but it doesn't quite compare to Traquair or a few other greats of the style.

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Photo of Trentt2
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice well balanced really smooth wee heavy. Highly enjoyed it.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccrida
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caribou Kilt is chestnut brown with a small light tan head leaving very light lace.

Smell is dusty caramel malt, a little herbal. Improves in it's tasty, candi notes as it warms.

Taste is pretty smooth, a brightness too it, a touch of vanilla to the caramel and very distinct peach notes. Over-ripe fruit notes here too, which have some bite.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little frothy, fine, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok. A decent slurpper, but I didn't love it enough to want to revisit. Just not quite there. The ripe banana kills it. This is not a 3 year old trippel, but it flirts with those notes. Nice smell though.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2015 Bomber into a Teku

L: Dark amber with a thin beige head, no lacing
S: Malt, dark fruit, nutty
T: Not very bitter, sweet on the back end, a tad boozy
M: Warmth from the alcohol, smooth
O: An average beer, Kassik's definitely has better offerings,

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Photo of beefington
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drinkAK
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing running around the glass in some rings after the head died off a bit.
The smell had a nutty to slightly creamy cocoa backed up by a decent smoky smooth peat - like quality about it.
The taste was mainly sweet and smoky.
The mouthfeel was extremely smooth and pretty creamy as it rolled over my tongue.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer but am still trying to find my way around the Scotch ales.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Ryan1423
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of arvidkoval
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark amber color. Short lasting head. Heavy malt sweetness dominates the aroma. Caramel flavor without a whole lot of sweetness. Fairly thick, but I wouldn't mind more. Pretty good, but I've had better.

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Photo of SargeC
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown color with a tan head.

Smell: Smoky-sweet malt and alcohol

Taste: An invitingly strong initial alcohol bite followed by a well balanced malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that creates a warming wave as it goes down.

Drinkability: An excellent beer by this Alaskan brewer. I hope it becomes more widely available throughout the state

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber dated 05.18.2011. Pours a dark/burnt orange/copper with some brown hues. Nice fluffy head of about 2 fingers that gradually simmers down. Nice lacing/head retention on the sides of the glass. Bottle says this was a bronze medal winner in the 2008 World Beer Cup in the Scotch Ale category. This bottle specifies an ABV of 8%. Not the 8.5 listed above.

Smell is fairly reserved. Maybe some bready malts or earthiness with a touch of leather.

Taste produces a nice malty introduction. Some sweet malts/caramel are there at the start. Roasted malts as well. Traces of butterscotch. Very smooth tasting, not much in the way of bitterness in the taste, although does finish with a tad bit of a tea-like bitterness. No hint whatsoever of the 8.0%.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost a tad creamy. Nice full-bodied beer.

Overall, seems to be pretty much on-target with the style description. Let this warm some to let the flavors out.

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Caribou Kilt from Kassik's Kenai Brew Stop
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 24 ratings