Kilt Flasher | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Kilt FlasherKilt Flasher
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:
218
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
3
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41
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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico during the Devil’s Backbone NoVA launch. Served in a taster glass. Pours a decently-dark brown color with a good tan head. Spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some sweet caramel, and a bit of bread and toffee. Mild sweetness to the flavor and just a hint of fruit in the background. Body is medium. Good finish.

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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 billab914
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Three Floyd's glass. Deep copper color with a thin white head scattered across the top. Nice looking color.

Aroma has notes of caramel and toffee with a little bit of dark fruit presence to it. Pretty nice showcasing of the malts in the aroma without being overly sweet.

The taste follows with more of the caramel and toffee flavors to it. The dark fruits come out more in the finish along with some hop bitterness. Relatively well balanced for the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being on the high side of the style. Overall, it's a pretty good version of the style. The malt flavors were nicely done and it was pretty drinkable and flavorful overall.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 blackie
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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 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 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 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 mntlover
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
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 delta490
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a "pint" glass from a 12 oz bottle. Beer pours reddish orange with little head. Beer smells of fruitiness, this is inviting. Tastes of nice barrel aged taste with dark berries, not bad. Beer is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall, an above average beer.

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