Kilty Pleasure
Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #294
Ranked #33,555
3.71 | pDev: 12.4%
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by BWED:
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 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 robgage
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Valentno7
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lambdon
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of julianper
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TipsyKitty
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billsirocky
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A top shelf Scotch Ale

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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 NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 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 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 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 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 tedho21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 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 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 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 Hojaminbag
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kilty Pleasure has a dark brown body with little to no head. No lacing or retention either.

The aroma is quite fruity, with plums and other dark fruits. Some caramel malt is there also, with just a hint of earthy hops.

The fruit is the most powerful flavor in Kilty pleasure, with plum, hints of cherry, and generic dark fruits. After that comes a dry caramel malt flavor and light bread, along with just a bit of earthy hops. The finish is pretty hot.

A beer this hot needs a bigger body.

A little too hot and a little to light.

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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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Kilty Pleasure from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 75 ratings