Kilty Pleasure
Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #293
Ranked #33,644
3.71 | pDev: 12.4%
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First of all...I love the name of this beer. Not a style of beer that I drink on a regular basis. Definitely a malt bomb with an abundance of flavors. Vanilla, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, light floral (must be the heather) and very earthy malt flavors. You can distinctly feel the alcohol warming you up. I'm enjoying this on a mild Spring evening, however Kilty Pleasure would be a fantastic beer for a sub zero January night. The more I drink this beer...the more I drink enjoy it. Must be the 10.00 ABV!

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at about 50F in a Belgian snifter.

Pours with a nearly opaque, dark brown body. Short light brown head has good retention.

Aroma: floral (heather?) with way more alcohol than expected ... that is, before I discovered that this has 10% ABV. Hints of vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, and light spicing.

Flavor: Sweet fruity taste up front. Lightly sweet overall with some lingering mild bitterness. Hints of mineral water, baked herbs (heather?), peat and smoke. Earthy and heavily floral aspects contribute to the complexity.

Feel: Medium body with obviously high ABV.

O: a fine, and very Scottish, Wee Heavy.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some alcohol as well. Taste is malts, alcohol, some hops, more alcohol as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown color with an off white head. Some lace stickage and a muffled clarity. Aroma of peat smoked malt, brown sugar, and molasses. In the flavor, caramel, toast, brown sugar, molasses and a bit of smoke. A malt bomb for sure, there is hardly any bitterness. Little alcohol heat for a beer above 8% this drinks a bit too easy. An enjoyable beer, though a bit off the mark from the style. Still, Ive had it a couple of times and its well worth revisiting.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a tulip)

A: appropriate deep rust hue, mild haze.... not much head, but decent amount of lace

S: soft booze-diluted caramel.... bit of toasted grain and grass

T: straight malt - bold, lightly roasty... perfumy alcohol overtone... moderate bitterness that lasts, balancing nicely.... flowery, dirty-earthy hop aftertaste as well as light-moderate alcohol afterglow

M: pretty decent, thick-ish, mildly viscous feel - lip-smacky, yet fairly dry in the finish

O: taste could have a bit more depth, however, it's pretty solid otherwise.... this is a seemingly tough style for American breweries to nail down properly/accurately - PBC's take leans in the right direction, though - just needs a lil refinement

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark raisin brown in color with hints of ruby red on the edges. Poured with a short, dense, light beige foam that reduced to a steady cap with decent lacings. Rich, roasted and caramel malt aromas with vanilla and a smoky finish. Creamy smooth feel with rich, delicate carbonation. Roasted malt and vanilla up front quickly followed by herbal and smoky malt flavors. A touch of vanilla again through the middle along with caramel maltiness toward the end. Finished with an herbal hop bitterness and smoky aftertaste. Incredibly malty with just enough earthy flavors to mask the warming punch that this delivers. 

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Photo of yourefragile
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with copper tinges and a bubbly light tan head. Belgian like nose, dark and sweet, plum, caramel, toast, and brown sugar. Medium thick body, soft carbonation and a lingering caramel malt finish. Flavor is vanilla and peat, lightly smoked, loads of rich malt, not much alcohol presence.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark Brown with a 3/4 inch tan head, lots of lacing. Smells of burnt malts coffee and fruits. Taste is of Burnt Malts, coffee, and roasted nuts. It has a beautiful hit of Hops and Alcohol in the finish and is just wonderful.
Mouth feel leaves a bitter hop hit. Overall I give this 4.50 it is a outstanding Beer and this is my second bottle of it. Wanted to give it a fair try!
Strong but smooth almost the profile of a smooth Bourbon whiskey in its fine finish. Give this one a try you will like it. Another great beer from Philadelphia brewing!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown. Last of the keg. Frothy head looks creamy and dense.

Malty toffee and burnt sugars and some pine hoppiness. Earthy and herbal.

Muddled flavors of milk chocolate, toffee, roasted barley, pine, bitter root vegetable, and light coffee. Doesn't really hold together. Very dry for the style. Finishes with chunky bitterness. Alcohol all over this one.

Feels big and fat. Chewy like wet bread crumbs. Writhing carbonation is gushy. Hot and thick. Stickier than it should be.

Not a good example for this style with some of the other bas boys out there killin' it with their wee heavy mama jama. Suffers from being far too dry.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. 2012 vintage.

A: either a really dark red or dark brown. ill compromise, I would say a dark chestnut hue. head is of the light brown variety. retention is great. thick lacing left behind.

S: deep, dark, and sweet. candi syrup, plums. very rich, this thing is close to a Belgian strong dark. a mild hop aroma as well. I cant seem to find the smoke that comes across on the palate in the nose.

T: wisps of smoke. dark chocolate. burnt caramel. dark fruits. similar to the dark fruit on the nose, plums, currants, grape jelly. linger of tobacco and mild alcohol. I can even taste some heather after this thing starts to warm up.

M: average carb. wouldn't hate for a smoother, more velvet-like texture on the body. full bodied brew for sure.

D: certainly one of the biggest scotch's Ive had in a while. probably not a bad idea to sit on one of these for a year or two and compare. definitely gets better as it warms, I would recommend taking this out of the fridge for an hour before consuming and share it with a friend. one of PBC's better brews, but still could use some work.

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Photo of BWED
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I visited PBC, had a great tour (free, with 6 tastings!) and picked up a couple bombers of this for $5 a piece. Quite a steal. Poured into a tulip.

A- Turbid deep brown, with a lighter brown highlight. Beautiful, thick pillowy two finger head retaining well and thick rings of lacing.

S- Roasted caramel, brown sugar, a little booze. As it warms, dark fruit notes arise.

T- Malty sweet, caramel with a surprising hop bite finish.

M- full-bodied, thick, with a bit of a drying character. Slight warmth but the 10% is well hidden.

O- This was tasty and beautiful looking, but it was a little more bitter than I expected/ cared for. I would definitely drink it again. Well worth the price.

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

Pours a coffee brown color with a khaki cream colored head of bubbly foam.

Aromas begin with rich dark burnt caramel and toffee. A substantial amount of peat smoked malt and earthy maple adds and supports the sweeter maltiness.

The tastes begin with rich, caramel maltiness once again supported by some sweet toffee. As it warms you get more of the darker maltiness complemented by nutty and Scottish peated maltiness. Peat/smoke emerges more and more as it warms but never overpowering.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is creamy and luscious.

Overall this is not top notch for the style but a decent example given the availability and the price point. I feel the peat malt is a little overdone overall and could be toned back as I like my Scotch ales to be a little fruiter and dark caramel focused as opposed to this dryer, peatier version.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a sweet, peat like malt. In the taste, peat like maltiness, a bit sweet and a small earthiness. A small alcohol like bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sweet caramell and alcohol like aftertaste. Big alcohol presence and a sweeter malt, a decent scotch ale under all the booziness.

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

A - Pours a dark cola brown, with a thick and frothy off-white head with so-so lacing.

S - Caramel malts, peat, heather, vanilla, and a general earthiness.

T - Sweet. Some caramel and roasted malts provide the background. Vanilla notes are present in the sweetness. Maybe some dark fruits as well. There's also a bit of peat moss and earthiness as well. This is a bit sweeter than most scotch/wee heavies I've had, but it is tasty.

M - Rich, creamy feel. Very smooth, low carbonation levels make this taste similar to a good cask beer. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

O - Kilty Pleasure is a guilty pleasure of a wee heavy. Sweet, creamy, and flavorful, this hits a lot of good notes. It isn't the most complex of scotch ales and won't blow you away, but if you want something sweet in the scotch ale category, this is your beer.

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Photo of PatDreadful
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Victory Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Very dark cherry bordering on brown with a deep orange aura highlighting the edges. A finger and a half coffee head slowly receeds into wonderful sticky lacing. Very inviting after an afternoon of clearing snow.

Smell: I get some hints of vanilla and candied stone fruit tied together with traces of burnt sugar. The aroma does nothing to get me overly excited for the beer but it is in no way offputting.

Taste: The promise of the candied stone fruit is realized as sweetness washes over the tongue. Slightly roasted malts which I guess to be a medium roast, dominate the taste with English hops offering the final hint of bitterness. Nothing overpowering here, just a nice easy sip.

Mouthfeel: This is the real treat. A milky mouthfeel makes for a wonderful experience. It ensures the glass isn't left on the table for too long.

A nice Scotch Ale that will be a staple of the late winter months in teh Dreadful household.


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Photo of kenito799
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half pint pour at the bar in 30th St station, Philly.

Inky opaque chocolate brown brew with fine bubbled tan foamy head.

Aroma is malty, molasses, a hint of hay and herbs. Creamy medium body, very pleasant mouthfeel. The palate has roasted malt bitterness up front, then a malty sweetness that is laced with a floral component, grassy like a meadow. Balanced by the roasted earthiness, a tang and snap in the finish. Good winter sipping beer, improves as it warms in the glass. I wish I had more time to spend with it. Very nice effort.

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Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a mahogany color with a ¼” light brown head that showed a bit of finely grained lacing as it slowly receded to a ring and patch of foam. For about the first 1/3 of the beer sipping left some modest lacing, most of which slide back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma has components of dark caramel or molasses, a touch of vanilla and, if you know its there and have had a beer before with heather in it, the heather is detectable but as a background component.

Taste: The flavors include some dark fruits, a bit of caramel, touched lightly with mostly earthy hops. Again, the heather, if you know to look for it, provides a nice background counterpoint to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium with a nice creamy texture from the carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends with a grassy, herbal bitterness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I enjoyed drinking this and found sipping away was easy to do. My overall impression is that this is a good workmanlike beer that I’d not turn down if it was offered. But that said I’ve had other Scotch Ales I enjoyed more as this one came up a wee bit short in most departments.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A fingers worth of slightly creamy light-to-medium khaki colored head... Minimal retention gives way to and uneven splotchy lacing and a slight collar... The color is a murky medium cola... Some carbonation clings to the sides of the glass and a bunch a good sized floaters are seen within... Reminds me very much of a cask pour even though this one came straight from the bottle...

S - The nose is caramel... Very slight hints of smoke and peat... Cola... A touch of brown sugars... Some raisins...

T - Caramel... Brown sugar... Peat... A touch of smokiness... Lots of earthy notes... Touches of fig and other dark fruits... A bit of booziness lingers...

M - Surprisingly dense... Medium to full bodied... Striking carbonation... Sleek... Sticky... Coats the mouth completely...

D - A rather assertive Scotch Ale that packs lots of surprising complexity in the flavor category... With Scotch Ales being my favorite style, I would never turn this one down, but I'm not so sure I would every openly recommend or grab another bottle either... Solid and respectable...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Earth Bread, Mt. Airy, PA

Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights, nothing to speak of in the head department other than a few scattered bubbles. Caramel malts in the aroma, with hints of dark dried fruits. More of the same on the tongue, with dried black cherries, plums, figs, caramel, toasted malts, and a bit of alcohol coming through. Not too strong tasting, a little on the sweet side, with just enough smokiness. Medium mouthfeel, well-balanced and tasty.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cola-coffee pour fills the glass with a dense black coloring. A smooth creamy head of bronze coloring sits modestly atop.

S: Cola with a rich caramel and toffee fills the nose. A nice snese of peat and pancake syrup adds good support and sweetness of a moderate strength.

T: Rich malty body, caramel and toffee with a rich sweetness is first up. Dried cola and halzenut is supported by a good rate of alcohol. The blend of speciality grains adds a deep sense of maltiness and body with a smooth nutty and caramel sweetness that is on par those of Scottish origins. Sweet toffee and peat leaves a lasting impression long after the swallow. Most of the American interpretations ive had lacked the full malty experience and were weak and shallow body wise, this didn't disappoint and packed a punch alcohol wise as well.

M: creamy, luscious and full bodied filled with a bubbly sensation of carbonation.

D: I can easily drink more of these, repeat worthy for fans of style.

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Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark caramel color and it poured with a medium sized, moderately sticky head.

s: Vanilla, flowery heather, caramel, and mellow warmth.

t: Sweet up front plenty caramel and earthy vanilla. Herbal heather and leafy hops dry out the finish. The abv is pretty well masked.

m: Creamy feeling overall.

o: A very nice take on a style that often goes awry for me. Great balance between earthy and sweet.

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

I liked this almost as much as I enjoyed Shackamaximum in a completely different way...first off it was on tap at Mad Mex and it totally worked with some spicier beef/portabello burrito that I had that night.

Pours a deep caramel ruby red hue with a deep tan moccha head with fine even lacing that simply flows with finesse.

Aroma has a beautiful peat malt smokiness reigning supreme on it's mark on my senses. Flavor has hints of noble/earthy hops with luscious creamy caramel malts and those big peat smoked malts that just add another dimension to an other wise boring beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, I remeber soft carbonation and notes reinforce that notion, smooth and drinkable feeling fine with some dinner without wine.

Overall impression is a girthy complex ale straight out of Philly that needs just as much support and encouragement as the rest of their brewery.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz into nonic pint at about 40-45 degrees.

Pours without much head over a dark amber to brown body. No lacing. About what you'd expect from the style.

Aromas are nice and inviting - good sweetness. Lots of molasses and toffee, with a fair amount of fresh whole grain bread.

Comes across a tad thin for the style, but decent flavors. Toffee, black licorice, syrup, and slightly medicinal from the alcohol. Carbonation was low as it should be, but mouthfeel finishes slightly hot for an 8%.

Drinkability is pretty good - a nice representation of the Scotch Ale ... nothing offensive. I went through this one a little too quickly.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks solid a nice dark amber with little light escaping with a half inch of creamy solid head that turns to a bubbly lace.

S - Slight grain and hops with a creamy caramel malt base with a bit of dark fruit but mild fruit at that.

T - I actually got a bit of roasty flavor that turns to a nice caramel sweetness and a mild kick of booze at the end which is subdued by a hop finish.

M - A bit warming but mostly a medium to heavy body. I sipped pretty quickly.

D - I would consider getting it again. At 8 percent and 5 dollars a bottle it truly is a great value. Great flavor and great value. Awesome!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep auburn colored beer upon pouring with about 1/2 foamy head that fades to a nice surface ring, tan in color. Looks to be well carbonated.
Aromas of roasted earthy malts with hints of a herbal and heather bouquet.
Sweet malt backbone hit the pallete first and a strong forward alcohol taste a close second. Almost overpowering. I can pick up hints of heather and vinilla and maybe some fruity aspect buried deep in the background.
All in all a rather desent beer just needs the alcohol taste toned down a wee bit (get it!).

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