Royal Kilt Inspector
War Horse Brewing Company

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #307
Ranked #39,452
3.65 | pDev: 10.14%
War Horse Brewing Company
New York, United States
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Notes: Classic and approachable style with notes of caramel, malty, toffee goodness. Dark but not heavy.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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izraelc from New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber. Malty aroma. Light foam. A light roasted malt body. Not too heavy. Smooth. Slight bitter roasted malt finish. Not much of a hop profile to speak of. A pretty good scotch ale.

Jul 02, 2021
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FrMatthewLC from Canada (NS)

2.69/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is sold as a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy but fails at that.

The alcohol taste is ok but almost tastes like added alcohol on a fake way, but it's only 7% & I tend to like strong beers.

The malt is reasonably good but not exceptional for a Scottish ale.

The hops are completely inadequate and ruin the flavor. After purchase, I see that it only lists 14 IBUs: Scotch ales are generally 2.5-4x that. The hops didn't taste clearly British Isles variety as a Scotch ale should, but that could be partially on the lack of hops.

Apr 19, 2021
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I recently wrapped up a major undertaking with Terrapin in support of The CANQuest (tm) & before I begin CANother deep delve into a brewery, I am going to make a short detour. Not to worry, I have plenty pf CANs of beers to follow. This is just a lucky score, thanks to Hunger-N-Thirst. These next two actually make me happy as BOTH of my late-grandfathers were WWI veterans! Q: What did PapPap Kirsch (maternal), John Dos Passos & e. e. cummings have in common? A: They were all ambulance drivers! 8=O Q: What was special about PapPap ChANdler's service? A: He was one of the last mounted cavalrymen, to which the brewery's name alludes! Imagine the shot profile of a mounted horseman in trench warfare … OMFG. The fact that both survived (PapPap Kirsch had several bunkmates, one above & two across, die of Spanish Flu during Boot Camp), had children & had their children meet, marry & procreate to produce me is an unending source of amazement.

From the CAN: "War Horse Brewing Co. Geneva, NY September 13, 1944 Soon to be Legendary"; "Royal Kilt Inspector Scotch Ale"; "Tartan-Clad Lad Gives Jerry a Right What For"; "MacPherson was selected train and lead a pack of untested French Resistance Fighters. ' … your only authority was your own personality, which I had tried to reinforce with my kilt and a degree of flamboyance' said MacPherson. The tiny team dangled grenades from branches, rigged up trip wires, and did whatever else they could do to protect the newly-held Allied territory in Normandy. As word traveled about the Kilted Killer and his band of misfits, more emboldened Frenchmen joined the fight. Blowing up bridges, hijacking supply trucks, and even giving the school-children boxes of nails to scatter on the streets, were all tactics used by MacPherson's now tall tale of a team. The crowning achievement came on a bridge in the Loire Valley, where and his handful of fighters were the only thing standing between a German column of 23,000 men and a vital gap in the Allies lines. Knowing full well that if they engaged, the team of fighters was sure to be wiped out, MacPherson called out the German general and bluffed his way to a surrender. 'I told him that I was in contact with London by radio and could at any time call up the RAF to blow his people out of sight. In truth, the only thing that I could whistle up was Dixie.'"; "The Royal Kilt Inspector Scotch Ale is brewed to be both bold and smooth like our pal, Major MacPherson. From the caramel and smoked malts, notes of dark fruit, toffee, & caramely goodness are balanced out with just enough hop to make this beer fantastically drinkable. Kilts not required, but encouraged."; "14 IBU".

I Crack!ed open the vent & debated on how to proceed, finally hitting upon a slow, stealthy, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass so as not to alert anyone or anything as to my presence. Sadly, this did not produce any head, nor did an in-glass swirl's attempt at the same amount to anything. 8=( OTOH, the color was a magnificent Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was sweet-ish with a peaty, smoky quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was surprisingly thin-to-medium. The taste was a beautiful mélange of peat, smoke, treacle, tobacco, brown sugar & dried dark fruits. Mmm. It was supposed to tend towards sweet, but this was semi-sweet, at most. It was a very pleasant surprise in that it finished semi-dry. Well done, sirs! YMMV.

Jun 18, 2020
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CopperMtnPlowboy from Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a pint can dated 12/09/19 (about a month old) into a pilsner glass: Dark and murky pour with a quarter-inch head that dissipated quickly.
A smell of caramel and coffee.
Taste of coffee, slightly sweet. Aftertaste fades quickly.
Feels thinner and crisper than it looks.
Overall a drinkable Scotch Ale, but not my favorite style of beer.

Jan 13, 2020
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Rachel_Kruger from Vermont

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep Ruby brown. 1.5 cm head. Little lacing.

Smell: mostly sweet, slightly toasty. A bit of subtle grainy-ness.

Taste: Raisin and plum up front. Burnt marshmallow aftertaste. Not as alcoholic-tasting as I would expect for the abv.

Feel: Excellent medium carbonation both in bubble size and density. Not too viscous, almost a bit on the thin side for the style.

Enjoying this even in late August when I usually go for lighter, hazier beers. Not too overwhelming or filling.

Aug 29, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bready malts, a bit of molasses. Taste is malts, chocolate, some dark breads, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Jun 09, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes in a clear dark amber/light brown color, with a rocky beige head. Excellent retention; the head eventually dying down into a creamy film that leaves sheets of lacing.
Smells like molasses, pumpernickel bread, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, clove, cinnamon, roasted nuts, raisin.
The taste is cherry, raisin, pumpernickel bread, pumpkin, roasted nuts, and clove. Big, bready, and sweet. Hints of smoke.
The feels leans a little thin, but is well-carbonated, and it still feels rich and filling.

Not the best Scotch ale, but not bad, either. I enjoy it.

Mar 22, 2018
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark rust brown with a decent head that dissipates to a solid half ring. Faint lacing. Smell is toasted caramel malts. Taste is toasted malts and hops. Nothing too remarkable about this in its own right, but I like it presumably more than most who have left reviews, and think it makes an awesome hot day beer. Remarkable drinkability for 7.1%.

Sep 28, 2017
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craftaholic from New York

2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

A little thin on the mouthfeel but the flavors that are present are toffee and roasted malts. Unfortunately drinks like a thin porter rather than a scotch ale.

Apr 01, 2017
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Rock_Glenn from New York

4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my growler purchase the last time I went to Three Brothers, I absolutely love the flavor, it's extremely malty, not too sweet, a hint of hops, not too thick, not too thin.

Jun 02, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head that lingers for a minute but leaves minimal to no lacing. Caramel, toffee, malt and some booze in the nose. Tastes toasted and malty but not very sweet. There is a faint toffee taste. There is a decent amount of hoppy bitterness at the end. Can't say that this is a great Scotch Ale but I might say it is a good hoppy amber ale.

Aug 23, 2015
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Stignacious from New York

3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a hard time discerning this beer from a thin porter or watery stout. There is definitely a roasted malt character, but not enough sweetness is present to really call this a Scotch Ale. Disappointing.

Aug 10, 2015
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