Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale
Moylan's Brewery

Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale
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From:
Moylan's Brewery
 
California, United States
Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #140
ABV:
8%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,100
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.9%
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
359
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 30, 2022
Added:
Jun 07, 2002
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  76
SCORE
84
Good
Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale
Notes: None
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Ratings by jrc1093:
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No canning date; consumed on 7/16/21

Pours a clear yet deep varnished mahogany body with rusted maroon accents, and capped with two fingers of taut, pale beige foam; good head retention yields a quarter-finger of silky, creamy cap, large, frothy collar, and firm layers of webby lacing lining the walls of the glass.

Aroma offers a supreme caramel tone upfront, expressively floral textures underscoring ample depth as brown bread toast subtleties become apparent; toffee and a tinge of smoke bring a sense of weight over the middle of the bouquet before an even lighter spritz of minerality balanced with brown sugar notes closes.

Taste features heavier notes of burnt caramel and light bread crust accents upfront, with a Flintstones vitamin sort of chalky character a temporary interlude before figgy esters engage the sweeter aspects of the malt profile once more over the mid-palate; ashy toffee realizes a heavier earthy quality, though a soft stone fruit after effect sees brown sugar sweetness through for a richness on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body with a fluffy, moderate-high carbonation, gliding with a delicate spritz through the mid-palate; consistency is firmly fluttery, deft and almost weightless for the ABV, with a mild warmth and background char easing through the background of the back end toward a dry finish.

With an almost decadent simplicity, a single-minded focus guides this take on the uniquely amplified yet approachable malt profile of the scotch ale; though vacillations in roast expression do breed breed sense of inconsistency with the predominant sweetness, the foundational drinkability and committed execution doesn't waver.
Jul 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
650 ml bottle, as Moylan’s Scotch Ale, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.0%. Golden reddish brown colour, large off-white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and woodwork, hints of dark dried fruits and red wine vinegar. Malty flavour, notes of caramel and dark dried fruits again, very moderate hops. Smooth to drink. Enjoyable.
May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Scrappy notes from early 2011.
This beer has a dark iced tea color with a creamy tan head. It's smell is sweet and flowery with bready malts. The taste is fantastic and fresh and a little bit fruity with a good amount of hops balancing out the sweet malt. I love the hops that are used here. It has a smooth creamy texture and drinks easy for it's alcohol content. It's also a little bit toasty with caramel. I got the last bottle in the store. It is excellent and fresh tasting.
Oct 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.78 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Mar 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

Feb 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by Archfiend from Illinois

Sep 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.88 by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Jun 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Dec 15, 2019
 
 
Rated: 4.25 by oksooners2000 from Oklahoma

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by gr8fulbeerhead from California

Apr 11, 2019
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Looks quite clear and a nice 2-3 finger head. Decent retention.

Smells like faint malt and some dark caramel

Tastes a bit watery and is more aromatic than flavorful. Some caramel and malt. A strange off putting chemical flavor. After taste is quite odd

Mouth feel is pretty thin for a Scotch style brew. Not sure if this would qualify as a medium bodied beer.

Overall I am disappointed in this beer. I tried a bunch of beer on a trip to CA. After visiting Russian River, Bear Republic, and North Coast Brewing, this was a big let down. I would not buy this again. I am a big fan of powerful Scotch ales....this one is not.
Mar 23, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Sep 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Stoutmaster9 from California

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Smoke from the bottle!
Pours with a 'Glug-glug-glug' sound.

A gold-tinged reddish-brown, two-finger tan head of bubbles medium and wee. Foamy lacing.
Nutty toffee Malt scent. Highland hints, mossy mild. Watered wisps of stale peat.
Following the nose. Creamy brown sugar, mild, for the style, earthy ale.

For 1 pt. 6fl.oz it seems wise to have a less intense Scotch-Style Ale, as opposed to a four or six pack of, say, Founder's Dirty Bastard, which can shock the system, at first ...
Jul 17, 2018
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a darkish auburn color with thin khaki head and no lacing. Nose is faint peaty malt and caramel sweetness. Taste follows ,but very mild . Finish is a bit flat and dry. A slightly better than mediocre version of the style.
Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.57 by evanwoertz from California

Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by RMW66 from Australia

Oct 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.81 by SynthetikReality95 from Arkansas

Aug 30, 2017
 
Rated: 3.61 by Skabiski from Maryland

Aug 01, 2017
 
Rated: 2.77 by Demi from Minnesota

Jul 26, 2017
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Reviewed by pisomojado8 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This would be my first choice if I was going for a scotch ale. Looks beautiful in the glass and goes down way easier than the 8% ABV advertised. After a couple, be careful! You may end up lifting your kilt!
Jun 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a hazy auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, brown sugar. Taste is malts, bready, alcohol, brown sugar, some sweetness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth trying.
May 15, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by Balcinovic21 from Tennessee

Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by sgregory from Connecticut

Apr 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.85 by Big_Thirsty from Illinois

Mar 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by mattyrubes from New York

Jan 20, 2017
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Reviewed by SamuelMiller from Montana

4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured into a 12oz glass. the look is dark brown, and there is a a nice foamy head. There is a weak nutty aroma with hints of malt. The taste is very pleasant, a slight hint of coffee and nuttiness mixed with a great amount of malt.the feel is very foamy for a scotch but is extremely drinkable and smooth. overall this was a great beer, and i would definitely have again.
Oct 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.66 by beerbart from California

Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.82 by GottaTryUmmAll from California

Sep 19, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Brown pour, ample 3/4" tannish head. Aroma had a mixture of earthiness, wood and sweet.

Taste, didn't expect this degree of sweetness. Counteracts the other aspect of the beer, somewhat. Plenty of those toffee, caramel and coffee feels from the malt. Not a ton of peat notes even though there is earthiness. Body isn't overly heavy. Everything Moylans is bomber only, so that isn't going to help any scores.
Sep 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.26 by Sjsupolo from Connecticut

Jun 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by northbay47 from California

Jun 24, 2016
 
Rated: 2.75 by COR8RFAN from Colorado

May 13, 2016
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Rated by dsophie from Texas

5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
How can I get this beer in Texas?
May 13, 2016
Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 765 ratings