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: 745 |  Reviews: 400
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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Photo of BDTyre
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from Moylan's. Dark mahagony with a fairly thick head that settles down quite quickly.

Malty, peaty smell with a bit of smokiness. Slight vinous hints. The smell is quite distinct, but not strong.

Good peaty taste, with smoky malts and slight fruitiness in the background. Very well blended taste, but very subtle. The peatiness is not as in your face as some of the Scottish wee heavies, but it is still very present. Malts are somewhat subdued and the hops are very faint.

Decent carbonation, but a bomber at 8% makes this a decent night cap.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh. Dark brown with a creamy head. Smells and tastes of scotch whiskey, smoked wood, and some sort of licorice taste. This is a style that I've always found kind of strange, but it is a solid beer with a lot of different dark flavors. A lot of alcohol, and not really sessionable.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kilt Lifter review

This is the second review of a Scottish Style Ale tonight. I had a smaller 12 oz. bottle last week and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and spring for the larger 22 oz. bottle. I poured it into my crystal tasting snifter and prepared to enjoy. The heard was rich, creamy and opaque. It quickly dissolved, but a fine ring of bubbles remained around the rim of the glass. The aroma was heavenly, a sweet mix of roasted malts and caramel, with a hint of alcohol. The color of the beer was a deep amber/ruby. There was also a good bit of lacing on the inside of the glass. The taste was very smooth, rich and complex. You can definitely taste the roasted malts, with a moderate amount of hopes in the background. This beer is a bit on the dry side, but not overly boozy with a good body. It is definitely the best Scottish Ale I've tasted as of yet...I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try a top notch Scottish Ale.

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

Pours a dark copper color with a small, firm head that is long lasting. Just small bits of lacing is left on the glass.

Has a nice toasted malt aroma. Some alcohol is also detected. Nothing too complex here.

Has an earthy and toasted malt character. But any complexity is washed out by the alcohol bite before the finish.

Good carbonation and a nice texture.

A good effort and a nice beer on a cool night. Warming and hearty ale.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy brownish color with tinges of yellow and red slight with a nice film of head

slightly woody and smokey

sweet and malty, just a bit of smokey peat in there, rolls into a nice, hints of whisky all of this rolls into a subtle delicate hop finish with some alcohol warmth

medium heavy body, just a bit of astringence, just enough carbonation to make the other flavors pop

nicely flavorful beer, warms up nicely, Just a solid drinking beer that pairs well with my whisky of choice

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

Taste is caramel all the way.

Dark Red Amber. A finger's worth of head.

Smell is caramel. Very little in the hop department.

Taste is a sweet caramel malt. Finish is a warm alcohol. Not a lot of hops to speak of.

Heavy mouthfeel. Almost syrupy going down.

I can drink one 22 oz., but no more.

I'd get this again. Good effort.

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Photo of beerkittycat
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is hazy copper brown with red hues and a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Full malty nose that's earthy, musty, grassy, and a hint of peated smoke. Flavor has tons of fruity and grassy malts with notes of chocolate and toffee. Kind of like a Heath Bar. Medium mouthfeel way too thin for a wee heavy. This is a very tasty beer but I would characterize this as a Scotch Ale rather than wee heavy.

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Photo of kcillini77
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one tastes good, but otherwise is kind of all over the place.

Reddish brown hue. Not much head and light carbonation.

Smell is off - smells like something familiar, but can't quite place it. Caramel popcorn maybe?

Taste is malty, sweet, caramel followed by warm alcohol. Big flavor, with very little hop balance.

Drinkability is decent at 8%, but probably wouldn't drink more than one of these.

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Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Scarlet red hue. Slight haze. Thin beige head. Moderate amounts of lace. Nice malty nose. Has that "peaty" aroma with earthy and dank malt tones. Flavor is actually kind of weak for the style. Light bready malt tones. Some yeast sludge flavors. Slight hints of the 8% octane level. Not much else. Mouthfeel is a little lifeless. Not much CO2 or body to it. This is a disappointment from this brewery.

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Photo of Domingo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bronze color with reddish highlights. A moderate to thin head forms at the top with a normal pour, but dissipates quickly.
Smells boozy and malty for sure. No hops at all, although even if there were a ton in this brew I think they'd be overpowered. It's a good start.
The taste has elements of whiskey (European, not bourbon), sweet dried fruits, brandy, caramel, malt, chocolate, and a whole lot of sweetness. Any hops in there are really hidden, and the finish has too much heat and too much sweet for me. It has elements I enjoy, but it's just like a flavor assault with drinkability taking a big hit.
Not terrible, but just a little overwhelming.
Compared to the other Scotch Ales out there, this one feels bigger, but not necessarily better.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I were you, I wouldn't look under the kilt. Pours a more coppery color with a ruby red hue throughout. A easy pour left an ample soft white head that took some time to drop. Good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is malty with a slight yeasty kick. To start there is a mostly caramel baking with a slight grainy essence in the back ground. Some minor bready notes as well. There is noticeable esters and tropical fruits that blend well but are a little off for style. Some strong solvent notes as well. Mostly plums, figs and raisins. Some earthy almost woody notes in the background

The taste is similar but a bit off for style. The kettle flavor comes out nicely, but lacks that kettle/long boil malty flavor. Almost fake in a way. There are some light chocolate notes that are a bit off as well. The yeast notes back off for an easier taste. Though some alcohol and lighter tropical fruits are there. Actually pretty smooth. The earthy flavor comes out more and has a feint petty flavor, but very light.

The body is closer to full than moderate. A light carbonation helps the malt out. This one is a little rough more me to rate. There are a lot of good things but some things are missing. Mainly the kettle/maltiness. But still enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Tolann
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish copper and slightly hazy. Head didn't last long.

S - It's got that earthy/mossy funk to it that these beers are supposed to have. Love it. Malty, tho not overly sweet.

T - Earthy again. Very good. Big 'Scottish' characteristic. lil more sweet than what the nose lets on. Seems it's hard to find good Scotch Ales. This might be one to keep around. I like this style.

M - Easy drinking. Light/medium mouth feel. Not overly carbonated.

D - I know what I'll be picking up next time I'm looking for a wee heavy. This is really nice and highly recommended. Hope the beer I have in fermenter is half as good!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter color than most scotch ales unless I am confusing scotch with scottish. This was not brown but dark orange. It smelled like a strong ale and almost reminded me of a barleywine. Taste was ok but I am not sure I would revisit this again. There was just something thin about it.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a Unibroue tulip.

Pours a very deep coppery red with orange edges. Aggressive head recedes to a nice bubble layer, then eventually nothing but a thin ring.

Rich and deeply malty with plenty of overripe dark fruits, namely raisin. Some gummy sweetness is offset by rich full smelling bread. Alcohol is present, but blends very cohesively with the overall nose.

Big earthy malt up front with a dry cocoa background. Fills in with some deep sweetness and a hearty whole grain bread flavor. Washes out slightly at the finish, becoming milder with a little alcohol showing through. Nice roasted notes in the aftertaste. Not overly strong (despite the label's warning of 'bigness'), but still has good depth and balance. Could be slightly more peat/earthy, but a nice example of the style.

Flavor really enhances the feel, causing the medium body to seem a little fuller and more sticky. Carbonation is muted but present, with a nice overall feel. Very smooth.

Nicely drinkable, despite the abv, this one is a smooth drinking and pleasant Scotch Ale. I'm enjoying the lingering bready aftertaste well after I've finished it.

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Photo of luvND
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

P: 12 oz bottle
A: Nice ruby red, head dissipates very quickly
S: Some candied fruit, faint hops, a little oxidized maybe
T: Pretty hopped for a scottish and not as sweet/smokey as I'd like for the style, a little cloying in the aftertaste
M: A little light
D: Not a bad beer, but nothing exceptional, lots of better examples out there, one is enough and not one I'll seek out again

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Photo of Floydster
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased at the new Wine and Cigar Shop in El Segundo on Virginia Street for four dollars, split with my dad tonight, poured into my small Three Philosophers glass

A-Medium brown in color with orange tint throughout, small 1/2 inch off white head but it was fairly frothy

S-Tons of malt, caramel, toffee, and even some bready accents, not sweet like you might think but more smoky, hint of dark fruit, pretty mellow aroma

T-Started out with a big malty flavor that was rather chewy, it faded into a bit of brown sugar and biscuit, finish was not very dry but still had the feel, as it warmed it became sweeter as the booze became more noticeable, would have liked to see hops or something in the finish to balance it out like other wee heavys I have had but oh well

M-Sweet, roasted, and warming mouthfeel, body is pretty thin for its style but more like medium thickness, could use more carbonation, taste lingers a long time

D-Could probably drink a bomber but not willingly, heavy on the stomach, ABV is pretty high at eight percent, could be smoother, alcohol is mostly hidden

Not a bad scotch ale from Moylan's, also cool to see a beer like this available in six packs now, name is pretty funny as well, might drink again if I am in the mood for this type of thing, worth trying

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Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy, mahogany brown with amber edges, greets me. Tan head, but it's a lazy one and dies quickly.

Malty aroma with some peat moss lightly mixed in, progresses into the quaff with a sweet touch. Light body, it sips easy - even in the STL summer heat. Quite a nice surprise, and at a bit over $4 a bomber - a nice buy. The 8% is NOWHERE to be felt, so you could say this is double the money.

Way to go, again, Moylans! Damn glad this is now available in IL (next to STL).

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Photo of opwog
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 2/3 of bottle into beer mug. Drank down part way, then added last 1/3.

A- Clear, dark, red/brown malt color with an unusal head mix of varying sized bubbles.
S- Strong aroma of smoke and whisky from top to bottom.
T- tastes exactly as it smells
M- Medium body, exactly as expected
D- I started this beer with a plate of (salt water brine) lupini beans on the side. Then drank most of it alongside bratwurst and mustard. This beer was perfect with both, as the heavy malt and smoke characteristics were a perfect match for the food. But afterwards there were still a few ounces left that seemed a bit too overwhelming to finish on their own.

A good beer, but nothing I would drink regularly or by itself.

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Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 745 ratings
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