Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale | Moylan's Brewery

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Kilt Lifter Scotch AleKilt Lifter Scotch Ale
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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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2002

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Ratings: 747 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint.

Pours a deep amber with a medium head that sinks quickly leaving ample lacing. Aroma is of peaty, mossy earth with a hit of alcohol esters.

Flavor is sweet roasted malt with a peaty, smokey flavor. Earthy tones of husky grain come through. Malt is almost cloyingly sweet, has buttery bready flavors that are overcome with sweetness. Flavor of peat moss and rotted wood along with a hint of fungus like mushroom flavors.

Mouthfeel is pretty substantial and slick on the tongue. Carbonation is adequate.

Not bad, but not the best.

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Photo of farrago
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One to two finger head of thick, super-tiny bubbles, not a great deal of lacing. Clear, unblemished amber red with more brown than orange, transparent in spite of hue depth. Sweet caramel, molasses inspired nose, cinnamon and clove spice, thick milk chocolate, candied oranges and then the hops kick in big time, punctures your nostrils with grass and dried black tea leaves. Full-bodied, features sweet plum, black grape, cherry fruit to frame the mouth entry. The carbonation makes itself known very quickly, chops up the sugariness even as post-fruit toffee and caramel notes appear. Leaves a lot of mouth weight through the mid-palate when its hoppy bite careens in with pink grapefruit, pea leaves and pine. Keeps churning through the finish, extra energy to spare. Nice smoky finish.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle...

Kilt Lifter pours a dark amber with a thick head that dissolves very quickly into nothing. Carbonation is there but no lacing occurs. The aroma is all malt, with hints of toffee and caramel. Upon tasting, I got pure malt at first, with doughyness and a sweet character that remnded me of fresh maple sap. There was a nutty profile on the finish, with a light mellowing hop finish. This beer is full-bodied, and does not take no for an answer. I was hoping for better, but this was a fun experience. Moylan's has yet to dissappoint me.

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Photo of TLove
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance is certainly darker than I expected. The color is a brownish, dark copper color, with a rich, full-bodied head. Comforting smelling, a bit sweet with some heather leaves and light hops.

The taste is a bit soft at first, but matures slowly in the mouth. It is a bit sour, with a hint of sweetness and a spicy cardamon-flavored warmth. Finishes a bit syrupy, with the hops coming in at the very end, which is unfortunate, for it ruins some of the inherent smoothness.

Well-balanced and soft, this is a good beer to drink through on a early spring evening.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muted mars orange with a darkened honey brown center. Small, light tan capping of foam quickly laps away to leave a thin ring always present and few specks and spots of lace stick on the glass.

Aroma is slender and muted of dull toffee and speckled with lots of small notings to cinnamon, brown sugar, soft wood, tootsie rolls, and root beered vanilla.

Taste is moderately mellowed and softly tangy in a realm of muted raisin, toffee, cherry, dulled orange. A basic tangy soup of darker fruity malt that holds alot of figgy like tang and renders the rest of the noted things as it leads into a lasting tangy finish.

Body is a slight undertowed medium body missing a chewy, creamy factor that most Wee Heavy types really have and lacks a bit of length and any real character boldness other then its tangy presense that is nearly stamped into your palate with the might of full box of raisins or dried figs would do.

An OK brew for what its worth, but I'll stick to Moylan's hoppy brews instead of reaching for any more of this weakened attempt to lift my palate kilt.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a. 22 oz bomber. Light brown and fierce red. Soapy off white head. Abundant lace.

s. Smells sweet and yeasty. Bready and some fruity notes.

T. Sweet malts with caramelized brown sugar and roasted caramel malt. Looks may be deceving, but this one tastes as good as it smells! Toffee like malt. Mellow tea flavored hop profile. Well balanced and well done.

M. A very carbonated, solid mouthfeel.

D. Deceptively smooth despite the abv. Good brew to have on hand.

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper/amber pour, a bit light, with a whitish head. Strong malt aroma, some sweet and light alcohol. Sweet malt, caramel/toffee, a little oak barrelly smokiness. Just a tinge of the alcohol in the finish. Very little bitterness, which there shouldn't be much in a scotch ale. Could have been a little heavier bodied, but not too light. For a four dollar 22 ounce heavier ale, I thought this was great.

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Photo of rowew
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, came in a six pack - first time I've seen it in Colorado. Not surprisingly, the pattern is plaid. Apparently contract brewed by Sudwerk Privatbrauerei Hubsch in Davis.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown color, nice sized head and average retention.

Smell: Super malty, a bit of sweetness and some caramel - smells a bit like a waffle.

Taste: Actually, it tastes a bit like a waffle too - that bready malt flavor, with a bit of caramel and almost a burnt sugar flavor. Just a hint of a bitter finish.

Overall impression: Interesting beer, dangerously drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you again Scubarex for this fantastic brew in my SS BIF box

A: A solid head that lasts for a good while the actual color is a red amber color. nothing too crazy here pretty standard

S: sorta doughy with an almost brown sugar malt smell

T: very malty almost like a bock beer, less peaty and balanced than i would like for the style. there is maybe some caramel in the taste. this is a very malty beer and if that is your thing you will likely love this beer

M/D: this is a very drinkable beer and was very good. its a bit on the malty side for this style but still really good

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Photo of kindacold
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the beer into the Sam Adams glass (thanks Jim!). Nice off-white head of about half an inch, which disappeared in a minute or two.

Color is amber...much lighter than I expected in a wee heavy, but good overall.

Smell is more subtle than I expected, but still pleasant.

I started drinking while it was still a bit too cold (couldn't help it). Tasted pretty good, but again, not what I've come to expect from a wee heavy (I'm thinking Skull Splitter, Traquair, etc...). After it warmed up a bit more of the hoppiness came out, as well as some of the subtle complexities. It's not a kick in the teeth like I would expect, but it's good.

It's really easy to drink, and feels nice and smooth in my mouth.

I'd be interested in trying this on tap rather than bottled. I have a feeling it would be quite a bit better.

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Photo of kmeves
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a smallish tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet caramel, brown sugar and spicy hops. Flavor is brown sugar, caramel and light spicy hoppiness. Smooth medium-full body, sticky texture. Finishes long and sweet with some alcohol warming.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a light brown color with reddish hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly minimal lacing. The aroma is of burnt caramel, and hints of figs. The taste is of caramel, and cough syrup. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, with a watery texture...way to light for the style. Overall, there are so many better Scotch Ales out there for me to revisit this one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a browney orange colour, good cloudy sediment with a venerable head of beige foam. Very nice thick, sticky lacing. Not much carb but it's hidden by the cloud. One handsome beer, I must say, lord Eckersley.

Very thick, pungent aroma, almost like a brush-smoke, with deep, earthy tones, maybe a hint of walnut (?) and a lot of really quite acrid, intensely smouldering scent. Not sure I like it that much, but points for distinctiveness, complexity and character.

Oh yeah, that nutty character really comes to the front on the palate. It's quite sweet and sticky, with overtones of walnuts, hazelnuts, a bit of a smokey character and a stab on the back of some dark, zesty fruit. It's just a little spike at the end of the middle palate. Finish is quite full-bodied and syrupy. I quite like this, but I also can't really place it. A very well-defined palate, and full marks for uniqueness, but the flavours are a bit too gritty for me to slam this down and rub my stomach with glee. Mouthfeel is a bit thick but pleasant. Not all that drinkable just for sheer thick full-bodiedness.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very thick and heavy beer. Surprisingly sweet, with a hint of black licorice aftertaste

Pours a very cloudy amber color with a medium head. Not lacy at all. Smells very floral and slightly citrus.

Mouthfeel is heavy and bready, slightly clingy. All of it combined makes for a good beer, but I'd have a hard time drinking them end to end.

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Photo of stace
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown, dark but clear. Frothy head dissipates fairly quickly. Good lacing.

S: Caramel/coffee on the nose. You can tell it's strong.

T: Starts with malt, evolves to alcohol, finishes with a subtle hop bite. Very nice example of the style.

M: Not too thick, bright with bubbles. Sticks around for a bit after each sip.

D: Very easy to drink if you strong beers. Complexity is there, but not overbearing. At 8.0% ABV, not a session beer. Well, it could be for me, but that's a different story. :)

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Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label does not lie, this beer is a meal. Clear brown pour with minimal tan head. Aroma of caramel, malt, and some nuts. Lots of earthy, peat-like flavor, as if the beer was finished in a scotch barrel. The caramel and nuttiness there throughout compliment it nicely. A really good beer, especially if you don't plan on doing anything afterward.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moylan's- Kilt Lifter

A- Deep murkish red/ brown with a good foamy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Sweet dried fruit malt.(A touch of plum) Slightest amount of green hops.
T- Big thick sweet malt, hints of plum, figs, butterscotch/ caramel is up front and center with a lite to moderate amount of fresh green hops bringing in a nice hopy pine touch.
M- Sweet and slightly cloying but well balanced malt/hops tone down any overly hoppy bitterness.

Overall- A delicious Wee Heavy and 1 that would be enjoyed by anyone who doesn't care for this style.

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Photo of jayfarley3
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, appearance is a deep amber color with a tan frothy head. The smell is malty, sweet with a touch of alcohol. Taste is pretty smooth and sweet, then you get a slight kick of alcohol. This beer is medium bodied and very easy to drink for the alcohol content. I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, just not what I expected from Moylan's. A bit corny on the nose, very drinkable, goes down easy nothing offensive. Dark ruby colour, a bit of expected peat. Not harsh, but lacking in overall flavor for a "wee heavy". Add a bit of malt and this beer may become special.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper amber with medium head that fades somewhat quickly to a ring. Spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is of faint sweetness. Candied caramel, light fruit and biscuity bread. Taste is nice. Good sweetness that isn't overdone. Caramel, some brown sugar, light grain. A grape like flavor and possibly some apple as well. A little bready in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation. Overall a pretty drinkable brew. I could surely have a couple with no problem. Thanks goes to Scoobydank for the extra in a recent trade.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was looking around O'Shea's in Laguna Niguel for some beers before last night's Meet N Greet, and to my surprise found this in a smaller 12 ounce bottle. This particular bottle was contract brewed by Sudwerk. On to the beer:

Into a snifter it goes, the head is fizzy on top this ruby red beauty. Reddish hues glow. Good color. The aroma is sweet. Very malty, lots of caramel and sweet bread upfront. In the back are bits of raisin. To drink....smooth, not heavy...I dig the feel here. The taste is quite complex: vanilla, bourbon barrels, caramel, tobacco, hints of peat. Goes down easy like most scotch ales I've had. Come to think of it, it's right there with many of the good imports I've had.

This is one beer that will...ahem...lift your kilt. Plenty of malty goodness with an array of flavors to taste. I continue to be impressed by Moylan's brews.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber, poured into a tulip. About a finger worth of head, at whatever value I may place in my finger. Drops down fairly swiftly, but some nice and notable stick coating the sides.

S: Detected floral and perfume-like scents first off, followed by a lighter caramel maltiness. The sweetness comes through a little more towards the end of a good sniff and as it warms slightly.

T + M: Sweet and somewhat sticky, making way for a breadiness and finishing with a point in between bitterness and spicy, with a definite alcohol taste noted.

D: A decent take on the style. Little hefty, as it will be, but a decent tasting beer and something worth going back for another.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fairly clear medium amber colour with a light beige cap composed of fine and coarse bubbles. Some lacing. Malty and fruity aroma, a bit vinous with a hint of alcohol. Some caramel and toffee too. Mild bitterness with more malt in the flavour, lots of caramel sweetness. Fruit was more muted than in the aroma, but was still quite noticeable with some pear and grape character. Mild alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish. Maybe a bit more than medium bodied, sort of light for a scotch ale. Smooth though, with fine carbonation. An easy drinker for sure, though it seems to miss the mark for the style somewhat.

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Photo of riored4v
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/20/08

Bottle poured into pint glass. Clear, Medium brown with slight hints of ruby colorin. Thin tan head that fades quickly.

Smell is sweet and malty. Slight hints of roasted barley come through as well.

Taste is sweet as well. Definitely a scotch ale. Mild bitterness in finish, but malts dominate. Hints of chocolate.

Mouth is thick and stick.. definitely 'wee heavy'. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly good. For me, it's a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of KeefD
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip, dark bronze/brown color with decent head that fell quickly but left some ok lacing. Sweet malty aroma, some chocolate notes, a bit of dark fruit, and some caramel. Taste of burnt caramel, some baker's chocolate, Tootsie Rolls, slightly roasty and a light bitterness. Starts out sweet and finished bone dry. Powdery, yeasty mouthfeel, with some average carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden at 8%. A nice Scotch Ale, but have had much better from this side of the Atlantic. It's no Founders.

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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 747 ratings