Kilt Flasher | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Kilt FlasherKilt Flasher

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of DBbeer_Lauren
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Giant. Easy going and smooth Scottish ale Medium brown, mostly opaque, minimal head. Robust arose , nutty, roast grains. very earthy. Taste continues with some sweetness, not out of place, nice bite. well rounded Scottish. tasty.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle of this a while back and just now enjoying it. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brownish hue with a bit of cloudiness. Generous head with minimal lacing. Aroma is severely lacking. Minimal molasses with hints of tobacco and alcohol. Luckily, the flavor comes through a bit more. I like the tannins and slight sweetness. Tobacco and a touch of coffee. Dark figs and raisins. Pleasant.

Not a bad effort on the Scottish ale side. Needs more help in the aroma, but otherwise, quite acceptable and possibly a candidate for a future repeat visit.

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Photo of hophugger
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dbl_delta
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear ruby-amber with a thin, light-tan head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is caramel, roasted malts, a little smokiness, and maybe a hint of dark fruit. Nothing dominates here, but things don't exactly complement each other either. Mouthfeel is medium, Carbonation is also medium. Finish is in keeping with the taste - caramel, malt, and a little dark fruit. This is a pretty uninspiring Scotch Ale. The style can be so good, but Klt Flasher just misses the mark.

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Photo of nstygles
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fairly mild Wee Heavy. Looks good, clear dark brown with plenty of red light coming through. Big light tan frothy head with average retention and lots of frothy lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste feature strong maltiness with light caramel and toffee. This is a Wee Heavy but none of the component flavors are very pronounced. Mouthfeel is smooth and the alcohol presence is light. A tasty enough brew but not a top Scottish Ale.

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at the Distillery in Savannah. The appearance is a dark brown with a reddish tint. The head is a small off-white color. The aroma is all caramel malt. The taste is matches the nose except there is some vanilla in there.

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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/23/17.Pours a brilliant ruby tinged mahogany with thinner lighter beige head atop.Big caramel aromas with some vanilla intertwined in there,obviously malt forward.Caramel with a cola element finishing buttery on the palate,no hop profile here.Palate is full of caramel and mild dark fruit,again no hop presence.Not bad but a little one sided.

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Photo of Adam1993
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avalon07
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
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 American_Hawk
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ikapaMK
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep mahogany-amber with a 3-finger, beige head - head stays pretty easily

Smell: Yeasty, bready, with a hint of alcohol and sweet malt

Taste: Toasted malt with coffee notes and a slight bitter-sweetness on the back of the palate

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a slight hint of carbonation on the tongue - not a full malty texture, but not thin either; it matches the rest of the beer

Overall: Hits all the right notes and yet, it could be so much better. Not a complex beer, but a solid, reliable one.

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Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BrysonMingione
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of obywan59
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A ferocious pour gave me a 5 finger head in my Duvel tulip that receded rather quickly leaving some spotty lacing. Generally dark brown in color, but near mahogany when held up to a bright light.

Smell of toasted malt and doughy bread. A bit of dark fruit.

Sweet dark malt at first, but more tangy as it warms. Toasted malt is predominant.

Medium-full in body with light carbonation. Sticky and drying.

A good beer. It's well balanced, with good aroma and taste, and a great bpdu.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, brown in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is caramel, toasted malt, smokiness, and light hops. Nice and malty treat. I have other Scotch ales I prefer, but this is solid.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
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 Beerasaurus
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ryan4120
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drtth
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Kilt Flasher from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 223 ratings