Kilt Flasher | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
dbbrewingcompany.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
215
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
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3
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Photo of beerrat
4.81/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark very little head.Not much smell.taste not too bitter smooth going down after taste a bit like Scotch. The right amount of alcohol to give it a kick.Drink a few of these and switch to a larger with less alcohol volume to keep the buzz.Outstanding beer from one of the best Devils Backbone.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.62/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Distinct caramel taste with a rich malt finish. It's lack of any significant taste of hops gives might explain its almost "Dessert like" quality … without being sweet. Also (in my neighborhood) it's conveniently available at Trader Joes.

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Photo of BradTheGeek
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was what got me off hops and onto malt. I have had the original (which I drink now), wood aged, and whiskey barrel aged at Top of the Hops in 2013. All are very, very good.

Pours a dark brown with a mild to moderate head. Has a roasty, dark caramel smell as it opens up.
Taste is an explosion of malts, with a few residual sugars. Body is not the heaviest, but is certainly present.

I live fairly close to Devils Backbone and go out there occasionally, and while I like many of their beers, this remains my favorite from the brewery.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wee heavy ale glass.

An aggressive pour, brings a large frothy settling three finger tan and creamy head, fills the glass so nicely and settles slowly to a thick puck. The body color is an aggressive deep ruby garnet red, with a mix of cola and thin bubbles. The beer glows like a gem.

Nose is rather interesting. Thick sticky toffee malts and an array of interesting aromas. Cinnamon, soy sauce, black pepper and dense doughy barley in a way. Real fascinating if at time strange.

Light bodied palate with an interesting flavor. The malts don't seem to carry or provide a depth of toffee and thick sensing flavors. THere is a light bodied fruity sort of character to this with a hint of pepper like finish. Large pepper like aromatics on the finish that come on the swallow which is kind of jarring if not morbidly fascinating.

Overall it's also not quite boozy for the style, but the palate flavor is intriguing and enjoyable. Nice one to add to the Devils Backbone collection.

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

Pours a dark deep ruby with a light mocha head which soon resides. Pretty good lacing.

Scent is sweet. Has a rum like molasses aroma, vanilla, French oak, caramel, sweet corn, and finishes very herbaly. Alcohol scent is pretty prevalent, but sweet and mixes well.

Taste is sweet and wonderful. Alcohol taste is pretty prominent, along with bitter charred oak, sweet corn and vanilla, and smoky molasses. Has an herbal medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel is relatively flat. Light carbonation, not oily or chewy, pretty velvety.

First wee heavy I've had in a while, makes me want to look for some more.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Mahogany with tiny cream head, little lacing.

S - Woody, earthy, oak

T - A bit boozy and unfinished. A hearty profile of sweet caramel, but an abbreviated finish. Some toasted notes, but lacks some complexity and a bit light on the ABV

M- Creaminess and I applaud the light carbonation allowing the flavors to come forward

Not a typical - nor above average - wee heavy. But a solid attempt and Certainly a couple will warm you on a cool night.

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Photo of bluedognever
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark amber color with a nice head - very little lacing. Rather strong flavor but not overwhelming. Roasted caramel notes with a slightly bitter (but not too bitter). Very nice mouthfeel. Overall a rather tasty beer. Will be buying this one again.

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Photo of Owlish1
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless wineglass - closest I could come to a tulip glass, recommended for the style. Small head disappeared quickly, leaving a good amount of lacing. Dark caramel color with a reddish hue around the edges when held to the light. Roasted malt aroma. Medium carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Roasty, toasty, malty goodness. Sweet, with a hint of mild bitterness near the end - the good kind - like dark chocolate. The flavor gets better as it warms in the glass. Wee heavy lovely! I will drink this again.

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Photo of C20Percent
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep dark amber-brown with a above average thin head of foam on top. Dark beige colored head dissipating quickly. The body is really nice -- slightly hazy, but you can see through it. There is some sediment in the body. I used to like sediment, but now I'm digging a cleaner body. This is above average appearance.

S: Smell some vanilla, dark fruits, oakiness, dark malts -- something like a dark belgian ale. Does smell really good -- something like a Barleywine -- just wish the aroma wasn't as subtle as it is.

T: Yeah -- dark fruits and vanilla is sticking out the most. Nice warm feeling going down. Semi-refreshing finish. Some sweet, caramel malts coming through too. I like the flavor, I just wish there was more of it. What's there is good, though.

M: Nice carbonation. Medium body. Not exactly smooth and creamy. Little bit of a bite here. Slightly buttery feel. Nice chewiness, though. Hit or miss feel, to be honest.

O: This brew hits where it counts -- in the smell and taste. And, for that I gotta say I'm pretty impressed. Been meaning to drink Devil's Backbone stuff. Being in VA, I'm really rooting for it. Nice offering here.

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Photo of pbechtel
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the Eight Point IPA (also produced by Devil's Backbone) and Virginia beers overall (born and raised), so I decided to give this beer a shot. Pours a dark amber with minimal head and moderate lacing. Taste is very sweet, aromatic, citrus...Overall a great taste but nothing wildly unique or explosive. Goes down smooth with very little aftertaste. Overall, I enjoyed this beer and would drink it again!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My last bottle of this one from the six-pack. Bottled on October 13th, 2016 -- so it's exactly two months old today.

Very dark red-brown in color, almost a cola-like color to it. Upon pouring a big bubbly head of off-white foam develops, but it quickly shrinks and then vanishes -- I suspect this is more down to how I poured it than the beer itself, though, as I'm using a differently-shaped glass than usual and I'm not really used to it. Shining a light through it reveals that the beer is very dark red and perfectly clear, with occasional rising bubbles.

Smell is almost caramel-ish medium-dark malts right away, with a background sweetness and then a bit of a woody/smoky presence even further behind. Possibly a bit of alcohol present in the smell, too. Probably the weakest element of the beer, mainly because it's just a bit faint in comparison to the "bigger" flavors and mouthfeel. As it warms, a bit of that really nice toffee-like thing starts to stand out more than before, so I think I'll bump my score up a bit here.

Flavor is similar to the smell but bigger in every way. The woody/smoky aspect is definitely more prominent right away, and it's very nice -- I've found that I definitely like some smokiness in my Scotch ales. It's stronger right away, fading a bit as I drink more, but never overpowering. The caramel-y dark malts stand out pretty well also, especially as the beer warms -- I was very pleasantly surprised at just how much the caramel/toffee-like malt flavors popped out when I drank the last little dribble in the bottom of my last bottle, so I intentionally let this one sit outside the fridge for a little bit to warm up before drinking it. It's definitely not a "fridge temperature" beer. In the cooler months, there's probably no reason for these to ever see the inside of a fridge, honestly. There's a bit of that sweetness from the smell present too, possibly a bit of alcohol mixing with the sweeter malts, or maybe yeast-related... I'm not 100% sure but I want to say the alcohol is a factor there. Around the halfway mark it seems like the malts, sweetness, and slight alcohol presence are standing out more than the smokiness, though that's still there too especially in the aftertaste. Speaking of aftertaste, there's a nice dark-bready element to it that doesn't stand out as much with all the bigger flavors going on, but hangs on a bit after they've faded some.

Feel is pretty nice too -- even without any foam on top it feels like it has a thickness to it. Definitely a "big" beer, leaning more toward the heavy sticky end of the spectrum rather than being light or anywhere near watery. There's a bit of warming involved from the 8% ABV, but it's not as prominent as in some other beers I've had in that alcohol range. Does seem to feel slightly thinner toward the end of the glass than it was at the beginning, but still good.

Overall a very nice beer -- I'm especially fond of the toffee-like flavor that pops out so well once the beer has warmed well beyond fridge temperature. Scotch Ales seem to be fairly hard to find around here, so I'll always appreciate this one being so readily available when it's in season. And heck, with it being 8% ABV and very malt-forward I figure it would hold up very well to age (I know I've seen some "actually-from-Scotland" examples of the style with best-by dates years in the future), so there's not really any reason not to stock up when it's in season if you'd like to have it around longer. I might end up doing just that if I have the money.

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Photo of mntlover
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown amber or almost iced tea color. Thumb sized tan head from an aggressive pour falls pretty quick no real lace.

Aroma is lots of caramel, hints of toffee some dark fruits and oaked booze notes. Some underlying earthiness peat like maybe a hint of vanilla, pretty standard Wee Heavy aromas.

Taste is like the nose lots of caramel and toffee, dark fruit hints. Some good boozy notes, vanilla hints, touches of oak and earthiness.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium with carbonation that is unassuming.

Overall not bad a wee heavy not the best but reasonably priced and quite drinkable, a big malty treat.

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Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. A clear dark-brown color with a frothy tan head. Nice lacing. Nice aromas of toast. caramel, cherries, and some toffee. A bit of a floral presence from the hops. The taste was similar. I liked this beer but it also seemed a tad thin - would prefer more full-body. Clean finish without too much sweetness.

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Photo of Ac2013
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this after seeing it in the store. I had liked wee heavys in the past so figured it'd be worth it. Poured into a snifter from the bottle. Nice dark amber color with minimal head. Lots of smells, very complex. Can't put my finger on everything, but I get some nice malty backbone, apricot, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is very much the same. Solid beer overall. Very happy I bought it.

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Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a rich dark copper color with a 1/2" light tan head that soon becomes a ring around the glass and an island of foam over parts of the liquid. Sipping creates lots of scattered speckles and small patches of lacing. Before long there's only a small ring of tiny bubbles around the glass that pretty much persists to the end of the beer.

The aromas include caramel and toffee with some hints of dark orchard fruits in the mix.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the sweet caramel and toffee showing up front and the dark fruits in the background. There's also some earthy hop mixed in there.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as the caramel and toffee sweetness begin to fade allowing the dark fruits to become more prominent before they give way to the earthy hop bitterness which trails off into dryness.

This seems a reasonably good beer and I could easily see having another. It is definitely a beer that should be allowed to warm a bit before drinking to help integrate the aromas and flavors and it is a beer for sipping, not drinking. That said there are others of the same style that I have enjoyed more that are also much more easily available here in SE PA. So I doubt I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Lawson's sniffer

A:Dark chestnut brown with some ruby redness around the outside and darker then cloudy, but not totally opaque. There is a thin tan head that leaves a thin lacing that goes around the outside.

S: lots of malt that hints of sweetness not too much else there

T: follows the nose with a sweetness in the malt it isn't quite roasted but definitely more toward caramel. There is is almost some hop character pretty drinkable

M: crisp and rather oily it is light and thin goes down easy bit not much character

O:I don't normally drink this style but this wasn't that bad I wouldn't go back but if its your thing seems worth a try regardless goes down fast for the abv so there is that

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours will into the glass, brown with a moderate tan head. Malty flavor hits your nose and tongue. Alcohol is noticeable but definitely within reason and it goes down easily. Yum!

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Photo of Leeshka410
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Who wouldn't love this by name alone?! I was a wee bit leery of the moniker of Scottish ale...I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. On first sip I tasted hints of black licorice and another sweetness that I could just cannot put my finger on...perhaps a true scotch-y flavor? Nonetheless I am savoring this pint, and sipping it slowly as this is not a quaff to be chugged.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet, Warming, Hefty, Toasty

We’ve got a massive malt bomb here, very true to style with a hulking maltiness. The noticeable level of alcohol gets a little warm but is needed to help keep the maltiness in check, especially since the hopping was kept to a minimum (per style of course). A toasty, grainy finish with a mild lingering sweetness. Sometimes staying true to style and relying on subtle nuances can win a beer drinker over. Job well done.

STYLE: Wee Heavy / Scotch Ale | ABV: 8.0% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #98 (MAR 2015)

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Photo of delta490
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice ruddy hue, leaning towards brown.There is a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves microscopic amounts of lacing. The aroma is pretty underwhelming, with only slight malt tones. The taste is a little bit more robust, with a nice generic malt profile and a decent hit of alcohol that threatens to overwhelm it but then dials back. There is also a nice earthy hops quality. THe body has a nice weight to it and a good thick feeling with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, chestnut brown with a hint of red. Head was a thin layer of toffee-colored foam that lasted nicely and left fair lacing.

S: Fresh baked bread dominates. I also detect burnt sugar and some floral notes.

T: The bread in the nose dominates the taste as well, at least initially -- bready malt does yield to sweeter malts after a moment. Faint notes of molasses and rum are perceptible as well. Hops bitterness in the finish is medium, but not not complex.

M: Pretty moist, but well-carbonated. The warmth of the high ABV is certainly there as well.

O: Not very complex, but tasty enough. A decent but unremarkable Scottish ale.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice and creamy light tan head that dissipates quickly but it still leaves a nice film on the surface. The beer itself is a clear amber brown that looks very nice. It's not exactly common for the style but it has a really nice hue.

The smell is a nice caramel and slight butterscotch note but it isn't super powerful. There isn't much else and it's not a super complex aroma.

The taste is just as good as the smell but with a bit more power to it. The malt note is mainly coming out as a caramel note with a bit of butterscotch. It's not bad but could have been better.

The feel is okay but it's a bit light for the style. It's a medium bodied beer with a nice smooth feel but feels like it's missing the texture you would get from a beer made with malts.

Overall, a good beer on its own terms and an okay beer for style. It's definitely worth considering and getting if you enjoy these kinds of beers.

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Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is a dark brown/black with a ruby red glow when held to the light. The head i tan with a decent amount of small frog eyes.

S: There is a nice flour and baked bread aroma ,with a slight smokey smell.

T: Bread and a little caramel at the front. The finish is bread and syrup with a slightly smokey finish.

M: Medium in body, with a very lively carbonation, making it feel a bit lighter that it is.

O: Overall a pretty tasty brew, perfect for a fall day.

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

single, WF Alexandria

a: single bottle into a stubby cascade chalice, an off-white head falls back to a thin smattering across the surface, the beer itself a deep maple amber in color

s: malt heavy nose of toffee and brown sugar, sweet, a mild citrus rind hop aroma, dried fruits - raisin and apple in particular, nuts

m: carbonation light and prickly on the tongue, medium to full bodied with a sugary slickness

t: malty and quite sweet well into the finish, toffee, brown sugar, date and raisin sugars, well integrated alcohol, red apple, roasted nuts and toffee linger with sticky sugar on the pack of the palate, mild hop flavors and just a slightly acidic citrus peel bitter, sweet for my preference

o: a nicely malty scottish ale, alcohol only peeks out as it warms, not really complex but carries some good aromas and flavors

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Photo of 88caprice
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Look: Dreamy medium brown with deep amber hues. Small head that retreats to a thin creamy foam. Lots of lacing.
Smell: Roasty malts, a slight caramel-like sweetness, and a faint tartness.
Taste: Malts, malts, and more malts. A great depth of grain roastiness with a caramel sweetness that is not overpowering. The alcohol presence is noticeable and lingers.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat thick but not cloying, a solid medium body.
Overall: A bottled celebration of caramelization. Great brew!

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