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Wood Aged Kilt Flasher | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Wood Aged Kilt FlasherWood Aged Kilt Flasher

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zaphodchak on 02-07-2012

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Treyliff:
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Devils Backbone tap room, served in goblet, 7.6 ABV

A- pours a dark brown with just a bit of ruby hue creeping through, small creamy light tan head with good retention

S- sweet caramel malt, woodsy oak and vanilla, a bit of booze

T- sweet and malty dominate the palate, just as expected from a scotch ale. Notes of caramel and sweet toffee, dark fruit notes. The barrel comes through nicely with notes of oak and vanilla and sweet brown sugar. The description notes that it is only wood aged, but I can almost taste bourbon flavors as well. The finish is sweet and malty with some woodsy notes on the linger

M- medium bodied, moderate carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel with a silky finish

O- by far the best DB I've had to date. Big barrel noted with a huge sweet and malt profile, awesome beer

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, reddish-brown, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is dark fruit, raisins, peat, and deep wooden bourbon taste. There is a touch of vanilla cream at the end. The beer has more bitterness and dryness than I am used to for the style, but is still more sweet than bitter. Really good sipper. This is another winner from a brewery that I have grown to like. I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wood aged Kilt Flasher, on wood from Belmont Farm Distillery.

Thin white head, black body with garnet highlights.

Nose is solid bourbon (I can only imagine what type of whiskey Belmont Farms was mimicking) with some oak.

Taste is a rich of actual bourbon and cola spice-- not as thick or as sweet as a bourbon RIS, but picks up the character admirably. Some malt tang and oak afterward.

A bit fizzy and cola-like.

Nice example of a bourbony wood-aged wee heavy.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thomas0790
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDHopster
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pour dark bronze brown, small head, virtually no lacing. Light sweet vanilla bourbon aroma, much more flavorful. Excellent blending of malts and bourbon with lingering vanilla and caramel. Smooth but not velvety with mild carbonation. Excellent variation on Kilt Flasher. Might have to get another and cellar it a bit.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit thin, but a very impressive brew

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Photo of bluedognever
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm a huge fan of DB's regular Kilt Flasher so when I saw that a local gastropub had the Wood Aged Kilt Flasher on tap I grabbed my growler. I toook it with me to share with my brother in law the weekend before Christmas - we both enjoyed it immensely. Sorry for some of the lack of detail - I should've written this up immediately rather than over a week later.

deep red in color with a slight, tan head.

Soft but not quite creamy mouthfeel; light carbonation

Definite wood aromas - clean wood smell.

powerful yet mellow taste (I know it sounds contradictory), strong hints of whiskey (bourbon maybe?) with hints of creamy vanilla and spices & raisins (or maybe plums).

This was...gentler than some other barrel aged beers I've had - very drinkable and extremely tasty. It paired well with roasted chicken. Since it's seasonal I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to try it again

The barrels used to age this are from a distillary that makes "Virginia Whiskey" - a "triple grain whiskey (corn, wheat, & barley), double wood, and twice distilled" whiskey made in Culpeper, VA.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy glass.

An absolute looking jewel in the glass. The perfect deep red and ruby toned, and nearly clear body color, some very fine and minimal carbonation on some closer inspection, rising like a slow cloud. Head is a little minimal though with classic tan color, and a creamy three finger retention. Not particularly large but just a gorgeous nearly perfect looking brew.

A very unexpected aroma, and one that doesn't seem it should come first. Lots of wood. Specifically wood that doesn't even seem oaky. Huge notes of sawdust and teak and cedar aromas. Some real interesting clove phenol qualities almost somewhere like Belgian raisin character and nutmeg. Some faint vanilla and cream shows up later with time. Doesn't come off so much like a Scotch ale but has just some real amazing character.

Palate sort of lends to a bit of dissapointment, from such highs that come first. Pretty thin bodied noticeably, but flavors still manage to coat with a unique twist. Nutmeg and spice with a sandalwood and dusty character. Virtually no sweetness of classic caramel, but a real nice hinting wood spiced note, and some indistinguishable fruit (is this Rye barrels?). Lighter body makes for easy drinking as it doesn't come off as big and booming. That spicy wood character is all over on the palate, teak, cedar, sandalwood, everywhere.

It's a real unique beer, but sort of in the grand scheme of barrel aging is very different from other Scotch barrel ales I've had. Different angle, easily drinkable, but there's also some room for improvement.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of gopens44
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At first pour a nice thick crème colored head appears but it relaxes, sans lace to a thin yet solid, layer of crème colored blanket on top a dark, nearly opaque ruby red on the edges beer.

Nose at first supplies caramel but quickly turns to wine, little else.

Taste is similar to nose but reversed and embellished. We get the wine, which fades into caramel for just a moment until chocolate pops into the equation. The chocolate is chased away by a bitterness of independent creation (not from hops, dark chocolate or wine....just kind of appears) and allows the lack of balance to become more pronounced.

Feel is incredibly thin, but perhaps exaggerated by the preconceived notion that something this dark should have meat to it, but this one really is wicked watery. Finally, the exit leaves astringent bitterness in tow.

Glad I tried it, but not exactly a repeat purchase for me I am afraid.

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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Drknight
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of speedvagen
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a clear light brown with ruby hues, just a touch of light brown head that disappears from existence.

The nose is alot of spice, cinnamon, and wood pulp. The wood here is really dominant, I wouldn't call it oak, more like wet sawdust. There is just a touch of faint vanilla, but more than anything this smells a little earthy.

The flavor is much more spot on and enjoyable. There is a good amount of spice and cinnamon content, dark fruit, roasted dark malt, caramel and vanilla. This comes together nicely and the alcohol is barely apparent.

Overall, this is tasty, but the smell is a bit like a woodshop.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jprivott
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Csikic93
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown. Smells woody, with vanilla and even dirt, taste is woody, almost like you could chew on it. Overall a very good beer.

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