Kilt Flasher | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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83
good
220 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
43
For Trade:
0
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is one finger high, with a pale yellow shade. I love how soft the texture is, though it doesn't have the best retention. Splotches of lacing are left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Kind of weird. There is a large amount of caramel and stewed dark fruit befitting a typical wee heavy, but there's also a large yeast quotient to it. I'm wondering if it uses Belgian yeast - having said that, it's a very rudimentary presence, lacking in nuance. Actually, the nose of this is rudimentary and nuance-devoid in general. A shame, really. (2.75)

Taste: On the second sip, it hits me - it's a crystal malt bomb. Since this is designed to be malty, it doesn't bother me the way it would in an IPA. It opens up with caramel-laden flavors, before finishing with notes of toffee, bread, and earth. After a while, it becomes slightly smoky. I'm missing more definition from the taste to properly enjoy this, but it's ultimately far from awful. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, as it should be. Carbonation is slightly above average for the style, giving a bit more drinkability. It's fairly sticky, but not a total chore to drink (even with a less-than-stellar flavor profile). (3)

Overall: This is not Old Chub, that's for sure. It just seems too generic and nondescript in its flavor profile. Actually, it's my least favorite DB beer to date. (2.75)

2.8/5: Rather unimpressive, all told

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Photo of Mparker1975
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Hoptimus-Prime
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of VAPhins
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of mhbarber
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of bmjivi221
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of RUN-4-B33R
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of avalon07
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with red tints, and somewhat cloudy texture. There was a small amount of off white, foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Fair lacing.

S: A kind of underwhelming aroma of malt, toffee, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a hint of caramel (not enough), some toffee, a fair shot of roasted malt, light hops, a light, smoky quality, and a little bit of dark fruits (plums, maybe?). This is a pretty disappointing flavor. It's fairly flat, without much character to speak of. Could have been better.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Kilt Flasher is one of those beers that just doesn't stand out. On the whole, a bland brew.

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Photo of beer2day
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep rich mahogany red pour with 1.5 fingers of light cream head. Heavy lace and light retention. Gorgeous color.

Nose is very sweet. More red ale than scotch, though. Get more candied cherries than the earthy peat and tea flavors I like in this style.

Flavor is too sweet as well. Again with the candied fruit. Thick syrup coats the tongue and throat. Peat is trying to sneak through all that sweetness, but this comes across more as a winter warmer than a scotch ale to me.

Feel is very thick and rich. Heavy syrup.

For the style, I think they missed on this one. Love the brewery, just not this beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a clear dark copper with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper hops and some toffee and nutty malt.
T: It tasted like copper and earthy toffee and nutty malt. It had an earthy bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an average scotch ale at best. The scent and taste and body weren't bad, but not that enjoyable. The finish was a little rough too, so it wasn't easy to drink or enjoy. Not recommended.

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Photo of rjs246
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I keep trying scotch ales and I keep having the same feeling about them. Meh. You really feel this one in the pit of your soul when you drink it. It's almost like you can hear your hangover laughing at you before it has even begun. Anyway, I've decided that scotch ale is not my cup of tea, but for what it's worth, Kilt Flasher tastes similar to the others I've tried so I would rate it as average.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

As a fan of the style that normally is above average on Wee Heavy, this one disappointed. Had a late aftertaste that was not really bitter, almost like rubbing alcohol, that lingered in the back of the mouth. Despite not being extremely big you notice the alcohol, they did not disguise it very well. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle or something.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in double-walled insulated glass.

A: caramelized dark amber, relatively clear; thin-to-no head; good carbonation; promising lacing
S: very up-front malt, well toasted, alcohol noticeable; promising as far as a scottish ale goes
T: complex, well-spiced ale; closer, in fact, to a winter warmer than to a scottish ale; spicing includes nutmeg, mulled wine; somewhat mean after bite
M: viscous, thick

A bit of a disappointment, mainly because it seems off the category I was expecting

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Photo of brother_kenneth
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into snifter glass. Note: ABV is actually 8.0%, not 7.8 as mentioned on this post.

A- Has a dark brown / reddish color, with quite a bit of foamy head. Good lacing. Not a bad looking brew.

S- Nose offers some malty caramel and spices.

T- Not at all what I expected prior to opening the bottle. This is an interesting take on the style. I do notice the common "tea" like flavoring but it comes through rather spiced, almost like a farmhouse saison or something similar. Relatively sweet, with a good mouth -- slightly carbonated, smooth, drinkable.

O- I have not been a huge fan of DB offerings so far, but this is probably the best one I have tried yet. I am reminded of a Belgian influenced Scotch Ale, if you can imagine. Now that this brewery has expanded distribution across most of VA, it would be nice to see them take a step back and think about doing some more unique, perhaps "reserve" beers (a la Blue Mountain Barrel House, just down the road). We shall wait and see! I recommend giving this one a try though!

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of damngoode
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of JohnnyK
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Mikeypnh
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of joegard
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of PGVG
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%

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Kilt Flasher from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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