Wood Aged Kilt Lifter
Pike Brewing Company

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From:
Pike Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #45
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,436
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 8.96%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
21
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 07, 2022
Added:
Oct 12, 2014
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  2
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shades of dark brown, tan cap. Wood, plum, raisin, booze, and caramel malt in nose. Taste has huge dark fruit and malt, wood, dirt, and booze finish. Malty, thick but not heavy at all, wood and booze bite but otherwise smooth. Overall the wood added a fun twist
Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.05 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Dope from Massachusetts

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can date stamped 12/03/2019. My can says 12% , not the 8.5% listed on the site page.
the beer pours a clear mahogany color with minimal beige head foaming up and fading to a sturdy edge lacing and one large island of bubbles in the center of the glass. the edge layer sticks around during the sampling. Leaves some spotty lacing when I take a sip.
The aroma is caramel, brown sugar, fig and some booze, I also get a little bit of a whiskey note. No real hop character to speak of.
First sip reveals a medium body with slightly sticky texture and fine prickly carbonation. This beer feels big and the carbonation makes it a sipper as it is fairly sharp on my palate.
Flavor is brown sugar, caramel, whiskey and a little dark fruit (figs and red grape). I definitely get some bitey booze on the finish, but not warming or heat. I also not surprisingly dont get any hop character on this flavor profile. There is a bit of a drying wooden or popsicle stick note that comes through on the finish.
Overall this is a pretty solid scotch ale that packs a pretty good punch for ABV and is a bit of a sipper all around. Glad to have tried this one.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The one I have is 12%

Has plenty of sweet malt and barrel oak with toffee and light dark fruit. It also has a viscous, almost medium mouthfeel. Overall a very nice scotch ale.
Feb 28, 2021
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
I'd trust Pike to make a solid Wee Heavy. But Barrel Aging. Eh, what the hell. I might never get another chance to try it.

Although, at the brewery, it was billed as a British Barely Wine. And listed at 12%. Hmm...

Pours very dark for its purported style. Opaque red that looks nearly black in certain light.

The aroma is sweet and the hops are medium-intensity. It's not nearly as sharp or boozy as the 12% ABV inidcates. There's some light nodes of maple in there, as well, along with strong cereal grain.

Tastes surprisingly good. Cereal grain up front--sweet but not too sweet--with medium strength English hops and some light booze balancing the the back end, which also contains some nice wisps of vanilla, caramel, and whiskey.
Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Unknown vintage; drank 8/14/15 on draft @ Pike Pub & Brewery.

Semi-opaque copper appearance.

Almost no head; almost no lace.

Caramel & bourbon notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, bourbon & oak flavors.

A simple booze-bomb; I prefer more complexity in a beer like this.
Dec 29, 2019
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Rated by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Rating based on a year bottle age (which it needs).
May 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Dec 06, 2018
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz (September 2014) into a tulip. Pours a murky amber w/ lazy carb, a bit like apple cider. Clears as it warms.

Aroma is sweet and fruity, malt forward. Figs, dates, some dry oak.

Taste is likewise sugary sweet, like unfiltered apple juice. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky, lingering finish. Decent carbonation.

Overall a pretty good Scotch ale.
Jul 09, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2017-01-01
22oz bottle served in a Rogue snifter/tulip. I'm sure there's a date on here somewhere, but I don't see it in this light.

Pours a clear light ruby-brown with a smallish head. Smell is a little vanilla and wood, sweet, malty, toffee.

Taste is sweet, light bourbon, plenty of oak, some vanilla.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Overall -- I swear I tried this before, and wasn't very impressed. But, this is quite tasty, although a bit sweet.
Jan 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by Rockjocknroll from California

Oct 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.58 by rab53 from Washington

Nov 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by gouettn from Washington

Oct 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.24 by cherche from Washington

Oct 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.94 by sachie23 from New York

Sep 28, 2015
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
The aroma is an interesting mix of the peaty smoked malt and booze. Some fizz in the mouth but rather oily and the mouthfeel flattens out as the alcohol rises. Hot and woody flavors with burnt sugar and caramel. Kind of a dishwatery aftertaste with some bitter hops. Even slightly sourish for the finish. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Railroad Market in Burlington.
Sep 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Sep 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Asics from Washington

Aug 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.27 by ccnorthwest from Washington

Jun 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by twelveinches from Washington

Jan 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks mang. Rusty orange body with an inch of dense khaki foam. Oak, malt, butterscotch aroma. Slightly sweet with caramel and vanilla notes. Pretty good. Best in small quantities.
Jan 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by 2GOOFY from California

Jan 12, 2015
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Rated by Braz from Washington

3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Heavy on the whisky taste from the barrels.
Dec 26, 2014
 
Rated: 3.71 by KAF from Iowa

Dec 25, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Birdlegs from Washington

Dec 21, 2014
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Reviewed by mabermud from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Muted brown body. Thin, slick, off-white head.
Smell: Sour whiskey barrel.
Taste: Balanced whiskey barrel and scotch ale. Nice sour whiskey with scotch ale.
Feel: Nice. Low carbonation with a semi-medium body.
Overall: I like it, and I am impressed. I have never really enjoyed any of Pike's beers. This one is an exception. I'm going to go buy and age another bottle.

Nice balanced barrel flavor as the beer warms.
Dec 05, 2014
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Reviewed by VashonGuy from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I suppose it's not quite the right thing to do, but I'd mainly just like to second the review of this beer by LiquidAmber, especially this sentence: "This puts the Scotch back into Scotch ale, a nice balance of whiskey and classic Scotch ale flavors."

Very well put, sir. Pike has done a fine job of balancing the whisky aromas and flavors with the Scotch ale itself. Neither overwhelms the other. This is a lovely sipper, a little more subtle than a lot of barrel aged beers, which in this case is all to the good.

And at $10 a bomber, it's a pretty decent bargain for a beer of this quality.

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UPDATE Nov 8, 2021

I'm drinking from a 2019 bottle. It's now 12.8 %, way up from when this beer was first listed. Pike says the beer was aged 3 months in "whiskey and bourbon barrels". So the beer no longer has the distinct Scotch whiskey character that it had several years ago. But it's still excellent stuff. The barrel aging gives a blended effect, not exactly whiskey, not exactly bourbon, but some of each, and some wood. Those flavors blend well with the Kilt Lifter beer, with the caramel character of a Scotch Ale. It's a little sweet for my tastes, but it's just right for the Scotch Ale. Think a boozy Tootsie Roll.
Nov 23, 2014
 
Rated: 5 by TheKindleman from Illinois

Nov 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4.76 by Anaxagoris from Washington

Nov 04, 2014
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark, hazy orange brown with a half finger light khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of whiskey, dark caramel malt, brown sugar and a hint of peat. Flavor is rich whiskey soaked dark dried fruit and brown sugar, light oak and peat, Finishes a bit peaty, semi-sweet and whiskey infused. Medium bodied with great carbonation. This puts the Scotch back into Scotch ale, a nice balance of whiskey and classic Scotch ale flavors. Really nicely flavored and drinks like a much bigger ale. I could hardly stop drinking this and had to pace myself. I hope I can find another bottle. Pike is killing it with their aged ales these days.
Oct 21, 2014
Wood Aged Kilt Lifter from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 33 ratings