Double Kiltlifter (Batch 1000) | Moylan's Brewery

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Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by magictrokini on 01-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Crosling
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Burgundy color. No head. Nose is strongly malty and hints of caramel, toffee, toast and maple, but lacks other components and depth. Flavor is fruity, richly malty, raisiny, a tad husky, overly sweet. A decent example of Scotch Ale.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Toronado San Diego. Poured a darker copper with a bit of haze. A one-finger tall, thick, creamy off-white/tan head. Moderate lacing. A lovely caramel and toffee nose, molasses with a hint of smoke, and a slight earthy smoke without ranging into peat. Hearty taste follows the nose. Delicious butterscotch and caramel malt monster that stays with you for the duration. Sweet and boozy without cloying or becoming a liquer. Good alcohol warmth with no phenol taste. Some earthiness in the form of roasty and nutty notes. A cookie-dough taste pops up as the beer warms, along with a very slight peat. Viscous mouthfeel with lower carbonation; coats without being sticky, enhancing a long finish. Easily drinkable, especially given the ABV.

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of NodakEric
4.76/5  rDev +35.2%

Photo of Deuane
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep copper with brighter ruby highlights. A thin tan head reduces to a thin veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Where's the fruit? Big smack of raspberry and rock candy. A bit of citrus rind in the back.

T-Wow...again with the raspberry sweetness. What is up with this? Some richer roasted caramel notes in the background but I am simply baffled by the fruitiness.

M-Medium bodied and syrupy smooth. Long lasting sweetness....tasty but not fit to the the style IMHO.

D-While drinkable....I mean for an 11% beer this is one sweet brew. The FG on this one must be huge. I cannot believe how much residual sweetness there is. I like it but only for one pint. Certainly does not fit into the Wee Heavy category if you ask me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I usually have to be in the right mood for a Wee Heavy, i'm just not a sweet tooth and prefer hops. However, at Falling Rock hops are bountiful and to start the night I picked the Double the name anyway.
Deep, rich mahogany pour with a slight white foam on top. doesn't look all that special, but not bad either. Love the richness.
Malt and caramel nose. Sweetness. Some ripe apple and cherry aroma, too.
Taste is great! Caramel is soothed into a candied sweetness like a Jolly Rancher candy. Malt keeps it in line and gives it some deepness. Finishes nicely and doesn't cling on the aftertaste like some wee heavies I've had. Clean. Very drinkable. It didn't last long in my glass.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.15/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at the Bistro Barrel-Aged Fest in Nov. 2011.

I don't know if the version we were served is the same as the version that is uploaded here. The one I am reviewing is describes as "Batch #1000 Double Kilt Lifter 2007" aged in American Oak / Stillwater Apple Brandy barrels.

A: Pours a hazy mahogany body with a mild head. This came out of a pitcher, so I can't fault the appearance much as far as head goes.

S: Very tart on the nose. Peaches, caramel, some kind of herbal note -- I likened it to gin (juniper).

T: Tart, possibly starting to turn towards infection. As in the nose, there is a mild stone fruit character, green apple, plenty of caramel, some peat-like smokey influence. It's VERY tannic in the finish.

M: Medium-bodied. A little foamy and VERY tannic; the finish is astringent as all get out. Ugh.

O: One of my few drainpours (in the bushes outside) that day. I almost hit a guy with it as I was pouring it out, and I apologized for getting this liquid within 2 feet of his person. I remember hating this at the same fest two years ago, so I'm not sure why they're still pouring it to patrons who have prepaid for it when it's possibly compromised. Never mind, I figured out why.

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Photo of biophiliadude
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap to snifter.

A: Brown, red hues. 1/4 head.

S: Malt!

T: Waffle burps, chicory, toffee, booze, malt sweetness at the end.

M: Smooth, slight bite at the end but doesn't linger.

D: Pretty good Scotch Ale. I could drink this all night but the traditional heavy malt taste and warm alcohol backbone is slightly lacking here. Stilll, a good drink, with a lot of complex flavors.

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Photo of impending
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


At the source. Deep garnet gorgeous when back lit, served with no head, leaves no lacing.

Aroma is thick, sweet and weighty, roasted caramel and peat.

Sweet, all low notes. Peat is minor. Malty, no sense of hops. Has a woody undertone but not as if barrel, just kinda twiggy. Quiet hint of zinc in the finish. Taste is undoubtedly an imperial Kiltlifter. Full bodied dull mouthfeel, little carbonation. Overpour was far stickier than the taste was sweet.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a mild white head with good retention, light lacing.

S: Tough finding it at first. As it warms up, good sugary caramel malt notes come out, fairly 1-dimensional, but enjoyable.

T: It tastes like a cookie, gingerbread man to be exact. While it doesn't have the spice of that style of confection, the brown sugar and sweet toffee/caramel dominates the palate. Booze makes its presence felt with a light burn as it is going down. Quite tasty, but drink at cellar temperature for the best flavours.

M: Very smooth and satisfying. Ethanol is notable in the feel of the mouth, has a slight spiritous quality.

D: A real nice beer from Moylan's. A sipper at its strength, but not a beer you get tired of sipping. Would make a great after dinner drink as an alternative to brandy.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ffejherb
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA on 3/16/09.

A - Poured a translucent brown/copper-colored body with reddish hues and one finger of creamy beige head that receded into a patchy film and sparse lacing.

S - Extremely sweet, almost fruity and candy-like nose with heavy raspberry notes as well as some citrus and maple syrup.

T - Fruity raspberry sweetness with some caramel malt and a touch of alcohol warmth. No hop bitterness to note. I really can't get past the raspberry flavor in this, which is a bit strage for a Wee Heavy.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and pretty thick mouthfeel. A little warm on the palate overall. A bit too sweet for a Wee Heavy, in my opinion.

D - Drinks like a fruit ale with a fairly noticeable ABV rather than a Wee Heavy. 11% though? Wow! This definitely doesn't feel THAT big. A little off kilter overall for the style, but still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish-brown appearance...smallish head.

Aroma: toasty toffee and caramel...meeting molasses, with an herbal/grassy twist...

Taste: massively malty, sweet stuff, but slick, never too thick. Succulent... a melted down, liquefied candy bar...and then the booze hits. Getting brandy-like...a little flinty, minerall-y...tasty, tasty stuff...Mmm, lush, luscious stuff, I mean.

I was thinking about my grandfather, lately, Ibar McCarty...found out he's named after a pre-Patrician saint...St. Ibar founded something called St. Ibar's retreat...what a great name for an Irish bar! I want to toast to Grandpa Ibar, who represents the 25% of me that's Irish...with this boozy Scottish Ale...wish I knew him better, but I was just a kid when he died.
I know he loved beer, though, and probably passed that on to my Dad, ...and eventually down to me.
Cheers to Ibar, St. Ibar, hell, all the Ibars there are... likey...

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Double Kiltlifter (Batch 1000) from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 13 ratings