Kilty Pleasure | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NJpadreFan on 01-30-2010

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by BWED:
Photo of BWED
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 MarkLinton1
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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 WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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 chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBC- Kilty Pleasure

A- Dark golden amber, clear body with a moderate size foamy white head. Good carbonation and a decent amount of lacing.
S- Vanilla and molasses malt with an earthy mossy dirty hoppiness.
T- Sugary coke syrup, vanilla, and molasses malt make up the bulk of the malty body. Earthy leafy/ woodsy dry hops come out and finish this 1 off with a touch of dry bitterness. Malt dominates.
M- Thick and malty syrupy and slightly cloying.Alc. appears and warms things up.

Overall- A little sweeter than I wanted but it was an enjoyable pint.

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Photo of hoppyhupp
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kenito799
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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 mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of robgage
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of PatDreadful
3.81/5  rDev +3%
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 Apex
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UfosBigRigsnBBQ
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -3%
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 pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 philbe311
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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 mdillon86
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Lambdon
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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 mpalestino
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of drtth
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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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Kilty Pleasure from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 75 ratings