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

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Added by kbub6f on 06-07-2002

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Ratings: 738 |  Reviews: 399
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark marzen with light orange highlights. The head was khaki in color, frothy, 1 finger in height and lasted for a minute or two after the pour. Visible carbonation was very strong upon the pour that quickly settled to a light calm manner.

S: boozy with whiskey and raisins notes, dried caramel and apple skins. Overall moderate in strength with the spicy alcohol nature taking the forefront.

T: The flavor was boozy with whiskey and spicy alcohol notes. Ripe fruit with a touch of scorched malting. Some peat, plums and whiskey barrel woodiness. Overall was very boozy, dry and malty with some homemade sun tea bitterness.

M: light-medium with a viscose and oily nature and texture. A slight carbonation tingle is experienced while the finish finds a dry and spicy alcohol fade.

D: Decent drinkability, boozy, dry though should be experienced in a slow and respectable fashion. Progressively gets more easier and enjoyable as the drink progress.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown, slightly hazy body with a creamy head of off-white foam. Lacing is sticky as anything, leaving wonderful patterns down the glass. Looks very good indeed.

Roasted malt-sweet on the nose, bending through syrup and molasses almost to a type of sugary berry-coulis character. Also dusty dry with a sweet peanut-butter character, and an earthy richness very nearly reminiscent of drying housepaint. It's a good thing. Not much noticeable hop character, although there is a dry vegetative character. It blends really nicely. Sweet, rich and delicious.

Taste is quite similar to the nose, but it doesn't work quite as well - smooth, rich, sweet flavours, with a light acetone undercurrent, finishing roasted and almost salty, with a lingering Vegemite character. There's a noticeable heat on the back palate which sits nicely with the sweet, full body, but it does make it less quaffable.

Nice. Very pleasant and sweet, but very thick, chewy and heavy. Too much for more than one, but hearty in small doses.

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Photo of SFRider
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy. Deep Amber. Some, not much head.
Smell: Nutty and sweet. Little honey.
Taste: Mmmm...think of a caramel apple when you drink this. Hints of sweet hops and malt.
Drinkability: Oh yeah - I'll definitely drink this beer again. Mild-light carbonation, but perfect for this beer.

About two weeks before I started writing reviews, I had a Kilt Lifter for the second time. Couldn't stop talking about it for at least a week. Just blew me away. When I decided to start writing reviews - this was one of the first I got. After every sip, I couldn't wait for the next. Try to take your time, as you should with beers like this - but it's tough. I wouldn't say the flavors are complex, but very distinct. Think of a caramel apple - and you'll taste one in this beer. But I wouldn't say this was a sweet beer at all. Light on the hops, and definitely not bitter. Oddly enough, by the end - as the last few drops had warmed up - it maintained that original flavor. I love this beer - maybe you will too...

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This scotch ale pours a slightly hazy, orange-amber color with a whipped cream-like head of pale tan that is persistent. Sheets of lacing stick to the inner rim of the glassware as the head of foam slowly subsides. The nose betrays what makes this beer interesting - there is a subtle earthiness that leaves a slight twang in the nose, not unlike a single-malt scotch whiskey. Dancing around the base of roasted caramel malt and delicate fruitiness from the yeast, the distinct aroma of peat is revealed. The palate is likewise interesting, yet somewhat lighter and thinner than I'd hoped for. A decent backbone of roasted malts intermingle with the earthy peat notes you'd expect from a scotch ale/wee heavy. There is a faint astringency present here as well, lending to the dry character of this beer. Dryer than what I've come to expect for the style as well. Only light bitterness and virtually no detectable alcohol despite the 8% ABV. In flavor, this beer has more in common with a Scottish ale than it does with a Scotch ale, to my taste. My biggest knock on this beer is it's relatively thin mouth feel and slight over-carbonation. These don't combine to make a bad beer, by any means, but they do make this particular beer deviate from the style parameters somewhat. I'd suggest letting this one warm to cellar/ambient temperature before drinking, as this seems to help round the beer out just a bit. Over all, an enjoyable "scotch light" ale. If you're not accustomed to tasting peat in a beer, this is a good place to start since the peat character is kept subdued. Worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark mahogany color with a very small head that quickly dissipates.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt with some caramel and peat.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with some caramel and subtle hints of smoke.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and a little thin for the higher ABV with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not bad, just not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a light copper color with a small, thin, fizzy, white head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, raisin and mossy/earthy notes.

T - It tasted of rich cereal malt, spice and moss/peat. Very well balanced mix of flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice scotch ale. I want to try mre beers from Moylan's.

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle:

Pours reddish amber with a thin tan head - trailing lace slides down glass without sticking. The thin cover eventually becomes a patch, then a ring.

The smell is of caramel, some peat, some fruity (raisiny) notes.

The taste is of a nice caramel/toffee maltiness with some peat and a hint of earthy bitterness keeping it balanced. Alcohol gives a kick without being sharp or masking. A caramelish sweetness finishes it off, with a whisky-ish dryness in the aftertaste.

Carbonation comes across a bit strong, especially in the first half. I was hoping that the body would pick up a bit more in the second half, which it does to a degreee, but never quite reaches the fullness that it could potentially have. The carbonation level is almost a double-edged sword, here, though. It does help it glide along, but seems to lower the fullness of it.

Don't know that it really reaches "wee heavy" status, despite the alcohol level, but comes close enough. A nice malt-accented brew though!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed crimson hue, high carbonation, huge head. Dies down quickly.

Sweet, sweet sweetness in the nose. Big caramel apple. Toffee, cherries...candy and fruit. With a tickle of wine, too. Small bitterness.

Taste: Chewy malt, slick sweetness, again, it's mainly candied fruit. Fruit roll-ups, without the sour slap.
I'm not totally sure what I think of this one. It's sweet and malty, but lacking something.

But, you know what? More I drink it, the more I like it. Maybe it's the 8% abv, or maybe the butterscotch creeping in...tast-ee! mmm, hmmm! And here comes the booze. Yummy, yummers.

Good stuff.

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Photo of donaldchapman
1.48/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A - Good color and head
S - Reeks of DMS (Cooked cabbage, celery)
T - cabbage and celery DMS carry over into the flavor completely masking any possible malt flavors.
M - Good mouth feel and pull.

I don't know if this was a bad bottle or what, but what a disappointment. The smell of cabbage and celery just dominated the aroma from the moment I opened it, had to end up dumping the remainder down the drain.

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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 738 ratings.
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