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:
45
Ratings:
219
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
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Photo of JayQue
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +9.8%
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 +2.2%
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 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 Pantalones
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Kaapstadmk
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +3.8%
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 obywan59
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +26.2%
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 drtth
3.77/5  rDev +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 HattedClassic
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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 SportsandJorts
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a deep garnet to ruby hued mahogany. a small tannish forms but lingers on for a little while, leaving behind a nice little lacing. darkness makes it opaque but has quite a bit of brightness to it when held to the light.

Smell: nice mix of smoky and chocolate and roasted malts. light dark fruits. lots of malt depth.

Taste: opens with a hint of smokiness that quickly blends into mineral water and lots of malts. malt character ranges from wooden to chocolate and a light roast. also some special roast malt possibly giving it a little bit of tanginess. some prunes to figs comes in along with this tang. ends with more of the subtlety smokey yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. not quite chewy but on the road. low to moderate alcohol warmth. finish a bit drier with a small amount of bitterness.

Overall: lots of good character on this one but just doesn't quite fit what I see/like the style to be. the flavors are very laid back and almost non-existent when cold. it opens up nicely when warmed, but the flavors still seem slightly muted.

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Photo of Owlish1
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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 88caprice
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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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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 BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 BradTheGeek
4.51/5  rDev +23.2%
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 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 TappaKeggaBrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 MrBoh
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
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 pbechtel
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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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