Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 403 | Ratings: 753
Photo of Brewsephus
1.96/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in pint out of a 22oz bottle.

I had previously had this beer at a bar while on vacation. I remember it being very smoky, complex and woody. The bold malt characteristic and the finish of the Wee Heavy bite at the back.

The bottle I tried tonight was anything but an enjoyable beer.

The pour was slightly hazy, head was off white and produced a 2 finger head which quickly dissipated. No lacing left on glass.

I thought when diving into this glass that I would be assaulted by peat malt, caramel, woodyness and a solid balance with intriguing nuance flavors.
It tasted like a poorly made Kriek. cherries, cherries, and more cherries. The malt was almost undetectable. Slight peat and oak, but had to really search for it. I tried to let this beer warm up slightly to allow the malt to break through, still cherries.
I fell in love with the style after having this beer years ago, but it is so far from what I've come to know in Scotch Ales, let alone wee heavys.
I hope it was just a bad batch, sour bottle, etc. it's just sad.

Note: side of bottle said "live ale, keep refrigerated". It was at room temp in the store. I hope my other bottle isn't bad as well.

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Photo of BradAndAdele
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful beer. Pours a cloudy, luscious deep golden brown. Decent brown-white head.

The smell is yeasty, a little off -- like someone left food at the back of the barn. Earthy French smell.

The taste is mellow and caramel, with a sharp, yeast-driven initial hit. Lots of malt too. A slight tartness to the taste, a little bitter but nothing overpowering. The taste blends to a malty, caramel aftertaste.

As for the mouthfeel, it's intriguing and kind of chewy -- like its coating the mouth.

Another very good beer from Moylans. We like it.

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Photo of Pahn
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this to me in a recent trade (I think it was an extra, but I'm not really sure)!

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch offwhite head that dissipates steadily, leaving a half inch wall of lacing. Pours a hazy red brown and leaves occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: Very very bready, like cutting some reasonably hearty bread and putting your nose directly into it. Some dark fruit and molasses in the background. Gets a little smokier and more malty with time, but remains mostly crusty bread. I like it.

Taste: Wow, first sip indicates that this is a very well put together beer. Up front it feels very full bodied and creamy, with mostly caramel, cake, and dark fruit flavors. These flavors are actually neither decadent nor profound, but rather subtle (welcomely so; it's not overly rich or sweet). Transitions into a dry, bready finish. Next sip brings out some East Kent Goldings hop flavor tying everything together through the middle.

With time, more prune flavors come out. As it often does in beers where it's present, the Special B malt plays a prominent role in the flavor, but it's not as distinct or overpowering with the dark fruit flavors... it's subtle and matches well with everything else that's happening.

The overall flavor is not extraordinarily complex, but very pleasing. Despite the variety of malts used to create the beer, the flavor is tight... caramel, bread, EKG, and great malty, dark fruit highlights.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied, mildly low carbonation, dry finish. Feels fuller bodied at first. Tingle of alcohol heat, but mostly hides its 8% ABV.

Overall: This beer speaks of very skilled brewers. It has a unique mouthfeel and overall flavor profile, but neither are weird--they're just very distinct and refined. This is the kind of deftly crafted beer such that even if you don't like it, you ought to recognize how well made it is, while if the flavors they chose to go for match your tastes, you would probably want to drink it every day.

Myself, I liked it very much.

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Photo of BoatsSinkBro
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a snifter.
-Clear dark amber brown color.
-Head is very short lived.
-Aroma composed of caramel, some toasted malt, with some alcohol burn in the rear. Maybe a bit of hop notes if you swirl it in a glass, but it's buried in there. The toasty caramel smell is pretty overpowering.
-Taste is nutty caramel with some sweet malt ride into a dry finish and bitter aftertaste. Can definitely taste the alcohol.
-Perfect amount of carbonation to cut through an otherwise intense sweetness.

An interesting drink, would've liked a better integrated aroma. Sweet start with a dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of dgilks
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, hazy amber colour with a smooth, tan head. Fair head retention.

Somewhat chalky aroma with some cardboard. This isn't that old so the oxidation is a little odd. Distinctly lacking in toffee and caramel. Mild fruit. Not really a Scotch Ale.

Mild malt with a distinct green tea flavour. Mild fruit. Where is the toffee and caramel. This is not a good Scotch Ale whatsoever.

Medium to medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.

I don't like this beer and it doesn't tick the boxes for style either. Pretty poor really.

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Photo of obrike
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a bottle to celebrate St Patty's (I know, it's a Scotch Ale, but what the heck...I'm Irish, and i let it slide).

Poured a dark copper, a bit murky. A thin head that disappated rather quickly. Little to no lacing.

Sweet malt...caramel, a bit of dark fruit. You can clearly detect the malt assault to come.

Taste follows...a big malty kick up front...sweet bready malt, not much of the fruit i dectected in the scent. Good flavor though. So smooth...very easy to drink considering the abv.

This is a nice scotch ale. Easy drinking and a big kick to boot.

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Photo of diamondc
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker shade bronze, almost copper. A little off-color white head and some decent lacing.

S: Complex.. caramel, plums, maraschino cherry syrup, graham crackers & vanilla.

T: Chocolate, toffee, some unusual apple flavors. Ends with a pleasant floral hop aftertaste.

M: A bit creamy, almost syrupy. A very good sipper.

O: I dug this beer, worth an occasional purchase and makes a good nightcap.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muchos Gracias to my BA from anutha mutha andrenaline for hooking this up on our last cross country trade
A - a deep clear copper, average head dissipated to a thin covering with some lacing
S - sweet caramel with some peatiness, grainy with a generous abv presence
T - starts with a mix of caramel malts and leafy green hops, some grainy quality, with peaty flavour more subdued that I expected
M - relatively light, a bit on the watery side, high abv is well integrated, just a little too thin for a scotch ale
O - a decent enough scotch ale, better than average but not outstanding, all the flashiness on the bottle just doesn't live up to the hype but still a worth a try

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Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Unrefined caramelized sugar and estery mid-range fruit. An attentive nose can catch a trace of detectable alcohol from the undisturbed glass, but it disperses quickly and is slow to reform.

T: Begins sweet, with dark crystal malt that is briefly husky before smoothing out somewhat, and also spirituous with a slight alcohol edge. Acidity is very restrained into the middle where a mix of fermented grain, syrupy spirit, and cooked fruit are each potent yet in balance. Bitterness is mild in the finish, with honest herbaceous and lightly roasted flavors present.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and boozy on the palate but not hot, with low carbonation.

D/O: This Scotch ale is successful as a wee heavy that is drinkable yet slightly decadent at the same time. Its sensory qualities are simple but adhered to well, with sugary malt and booze joining together in an appealing fashion. This beer has a lot of range--it could pass as a strong, malt-focused amber ale to be enjoyed alongside a meal, or it could be slowly sipped to satisfactory effect.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, thumb of toffee head, some retention and spotty lacing.

S - Hint of smoky peat, playdough, caramel, toffee and a some grassy hops on the finish.

T - Solid caramel and toffee malt backbone, leafy green hops balance it out, sourdough bread, touch of metallic alcohol, and the peat is subdued but still nicely present. The flavours improve as it warms, offering up more intensity over time.

M - Lighter bodied ale and comes across a tad thin. Could use a carbonation lift.

O - A tasty scotch ale but there's certain aspects that were a bit disappointing. The mouthfeel was a tad thin and the flavours could use a bit of a boost. Higher ABV is well hidden though and it is rather drinkable. Definitely still worthy.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a cloudy copper color with orange hues. Head is tan and a bit thin. Seeing just a bit of splotchy lacing.

S - Very malty. Getting tons or caramel and honey. Also bread is very noticeable along with a soft floral aroma.

T - Sweet and malty. Lots of bread and caramel, honey and alcohol. Not too complex but extremely flavorful.

M - Full bodied, thick and a bit oily. Carbonation soft.

O - Can't believe I have never bought this before. Its excellent for the price point. A great sipper.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep red with great clarity, a thick two finger, rocky white head that left nice lacing and had great retention.

The aroma was big, rich, and malty. Toffee, bread, caramel, vanilla notes and dark fruit tones. Dark cherry, fig, and some boozy notes.

The flavor follows the nose. Full of rich, malty, toffee, bread, caramel. Dark fruit notes. Cocoa hints. Quite tasty with a scotch-like finish.

Boozy burn in the finish is not overbearing. Nice balance. True to style. A great example of the style. Great, tasty, sipper.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Macadoodles in Springdale, Arkansas. No date found on the brown bomber, but many accolades.

Pouring into a an Anchor pint glass yields a slightly hazed copper color on the verge of red. Love the color! An off white half inch head fades quickly and leaves minimal lace behind. Not very sticky.

Aromas are scant, but detectable. Bread dough, some green grass, grape/apple, and booze.

Very sweet caramel malt, apple, followed by a mild hop bite and a lingering buttery bisquit.

I think this brew is missing some body as it's a litte watery for what is expected. Carbonation is about right if you pour medium-hard and allow it to warm in the glass as instructed on the bottle.

Overall, I like this Scotch Ale, but I don't love it. You'll need to allow it to warm to at least 60F to see it's full potential. Laughing Lab has it beat, hands down. It is very easy on the wallet which is important during a shit-rittled economy. Worth a try at least.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large, quickly fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, bready malt and nutty notes. Pretty moreish.
The nutty notes carry through as flavours, as does the bready malt, but little else is noticeable.
Watery body is unfortunate, should be thicker.

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Photo of 530veerguzzler
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this before about 2 years ago on tap down in So Cal, and i was really impressed. As with most beers in general, they usually taste better from tap. This beer had a good combination of smoothness and flavor....i would recomend if you happen to find this one

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Photo of DCon
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle of this from Hair of the Dog in St. Louis, MO for $5. Poured from the Green "Kilted" labeled bottle w/ awards all over the place & Yellow writing into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no freshness date to be found.

Aroma- Strong, deep caramel and malty aroma. On the backside of the aroma, has a light boozy presence.

Appearance- Pours no head at all... Has a dark copper/ awesome caramel looking body. Semi-Clear. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Tons of malt and richness from the get go. Then has a light amount of scotch in the background. The hop flavor comes in at a light-medium level. Not quite to style but good representation of some of the characteristics.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, but then finishes a tad watered down... Sweet finish.

Overall Impression- This brew was good but needed more depth and more strength... Coming in at 8% ABV, I thought this would happen but not sure I ever caught what I wanted to classify as a Scotch Ale. Wouldn't diss this brew but many more offerings from Moylan Brewery that are much better.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep clear copper. Wispy ring of a head. Lacing appears only briefly and dissipates.
Smell: strong nutty smell, reminds me of peanuts. The rich malty nose I'm familiar with in old chub and dirty bastard is there but not nearly as pronounced.
Taste: peanut in the taste as well. No worries. I like peanuts. Malts imore subdued than in prev mentioned brews.
Overall: I'm lovin tryin all these new interesting beers so not a knock, but only slightly above average IMO.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" S.Salem. $5.45..seems like they dropped the "Kiltlifter" and its just "Moylans Scotch Ale" Smokey hazelnut broon with a small light tan heid. Aroma ..very malty as expected and with hints of cream,toast and a tiny smidgen of peat-smoke Taste is smooth malty goodness, some plum and again a hint of peaty smoke..creamy underfeel. Ok on the palate..on the thin side but in this case it is helpful. An OK beer again..but not a great Scotch Ale

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Viscous-looking mahogany brew has almost no head at all, except for a tiny bit when it is first poured. Not even enough to cover the surface of the beer even partially. Obviously, there is no lacing either.

S: This is a tasty smelling beer. BIG malty aroma, with lots of caramel. Some chocolate adds a complexity (and it almost smells like chocolate covered cranberries to me, which is odd).

T: Definitely a tasty beer. The malt isn't as big on the palate as it is on the nose, but it's still the primary flavor. The toasty caramel notes are dominant, without much of the dried fruit aroma. Enough hops on the finish to keep the sweetness from being cloying.

M: Heavy body, fairly thick and sticky.

O: A tasty beer to be sure. Sweet without being cloying and well balanced. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark brown with a finger or two of foamy brownish head with some lacing left on the glass.

The smell is has a nice toasty malt aroma. There is a nice brown sugar aroma with some slight banana and a little bit of a pear aroma as well.

The taste is malty as expected, with some dark malts mixed with some roast flavor that is only slightly fruity. There is a nice touch of raisins and some other slight fruit flavor before giving into a slight bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is smooth and goes down easy with a nice crisp, drinkable body that makes this beer just right. There is a nice aftertaste that hangs in the back of the throat and then is gone not long after.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a large snifter to review.

Half inch of dense creme colored head. Brown in color with an orange glow when held to light. Good lacing and a welcomed layer of retention after settling.

Well balanced nose with sweet caramel malts, fresh green hops and some rum-esque booze.

Taste is malt forward yet still balanced with some smokiness coming into play. Perhaps a bit too boozy for this being 8%, but I guess that somewhat goes with the style.

Medium full body, comes off a bit thin and watery. Medium length malty boozed finish. Light in the carbonation department.

Certainly not a bad beer, but somewhat forgettable.

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Photo of adman08
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a copper color with nice brownish-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass and no remaining foam on the surface.
S-Aromas of chocolate, and a general malt sweetness.
T-Some toasted malt flavor along with some sweet caramel malt and some chocolate. Slight herbal hop flavor.
M-Fairly sweet and sticky. Very light carbonation.
Overall, a decent scotch ale. I would have liked more carbonation and a little more caramel malt sweetness. The flavor is actually fairly good and true to the style, I just like a little more sweetness and carbonation.

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Photo of ADZA
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky cherry copper hue which leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and no lacing,the smell is a touch of scotch,sweet caramel malts and fruit cake,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of sweet sticky caramel and toffee,fruit cake,raisins soaked in brandy,a light touch of scotch,candied plums and finished with a light mix of herbal Tea and bittersweet toffee and overall its a SAWH and although very sessionable i would not buy again cheers.

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Photo of KajII
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a murky medium brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown frothy head that did not have the greatest retention but was able to produce a somewhat fair lacing.

The aroma was very malty of a dark roasted bread malt and a sweet leathery yeast with a hint of caramel, plums and a moderate alcohol odor.

The taste was sweet and malty with a hint of caramel and toffee from the onset and then had a slight medicine flavor with a strong plum wine presence that was quite boozy at the end. The flavor lasted an average time on the palate but left you with a strong alcohol warming feel that lasted a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a watery texture that was slightly dry at the finish, with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a sweet enticing brew, with a strong alcohol flavor that will most definitely rock your world if you drank too much.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hearty brownish amber with one finger of quickly dissipating beige foam that left spotty islands of lacing on the glass.

S-Sweetened cereal grains,clover honey,grassy hops,mild citrus and roasted nuts.

T-Bold but not overly sweet malts.Toffee glazed nuts,whole grain toast,earthy hops,hint of citrus and soft tobacco.

M-Medium bodied with a natural sweetness and good carbonation.

O-Another good beer from Moylan's.

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Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 753 ratings