Kilt Lifter - Apple Brandy/Port Barrel Blend
Moylan's Brewery

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #223
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Ranked #32,024
3.74 | pDev: 8.82%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark burgundy brown pour with some haziness and pinkish white colored creamy lacing.

S - Toasted caramel malt, red grape, port wine.

T - This beer is dominated by red grape, apple, and port wine character. What little beer nuance is there comes through as some toasted caramel.

M - Thick with some thinness around the edges.

O - This beer is way overpowered by cognac.

Nov 29, 2020
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impending from California

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the source. Served a deep cola garnet several shades darker than a Kiltlifter. Minor dense head, nice lacing the first half the glass, none the second.

Thick rich aroma, gravity holds it down. The brandy is pleasantly obvious. You don't doubt the barrel in which it sat.

Sweet goodness! The brandy rides the length of the taste without being domineering. The barrel is subtle but an intricate underlying note. Absolutely zero bitter in the brew. A lack of smoked peat moss has this sliding towards an english barelywine. Luscious medium bodied creamy smooth mouthfeel. Over pour leads to sticky fingers.

I prefer to distinguish between scotch ale and a wee heavy, Kiltlifter is a scotch ale, this indubitably is a wee heavy.

Jun 12, 2011
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Halcyondays from California

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium brown with a frothy long-lasting white head, some lace.

S: Not a huge barrel note, actually reminds me a lot of Stone Old Guardian on the nose. Lots of malt, oak, hint of apple.

T: Sweet malt, some molasses with a more noticable apple component, but nothing I'd compare with something like JW Lee's in Calvados barrels. Not much of a change from the original. Certainly a good flavour.

M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, elegant on the palate.

O: Overall an enjoyable effort, I liked it. I expected more since I've gotten so much from apple brandy casks in the past, but there wasn't to much of a change. If you like Kilt Lifter, you'll like this.

Apr 13, 2011
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champ103 from Texas

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A minimal, bubbly white head forms and recedes in a second. No lace either.
S: Up front and strong is vinegar. Some sour and tart fruits. Mostly of apples. Sweet malt as well.
T: Follows the nose. Sour and tart fruits. Light vinegar, and acidity. Apples are strong. Sweet malt as well. Interesting.
M/D: A medium body that has low carbonation. There is plenty of alcohol, but it is still good to sip on.

I really do not know how to rate this? It reminds me more of a Duchesse than a Wee Heavy. The barrels really add a lot of vinegar and sourness. Do not think you are getting a traditional Wee Heavy at all. All I can say is that this is interesting, and worth a try.

Oct 13, 2010
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brokensail from California

3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: The pour is a somewhat cloudy rust/copper color with just about no head on top.

S: A surprising nose on this one. A nice tart fruitiness with notes of citrus. The oak does not really come out, but there is a bit of the brandy aroma.

T: Unfortunately, I was not all that impressed by the flavor. Quite sweet and lacking a lot of the fruits that were present in the nose. A hint of citrus, quite a bit of alcohol, and just some weird, unidentifiable flavors in there.

M: Medium body with as little carbonation as you can get from the tap.

D: Not really sure what was going on here. The aroma had promise, but the flavor failed to deliver.

Jun 17, 2010
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Freethyhops from Montana

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a deep rustic ruby color. opaque until held to light where the edges show great transparency. the absolutely zero head on this cask ale isn't entirely surprising but I would hope for at least a little life.

s- big dark fruit esters mixes with a bit of booze and a slight vinous character. the apple brandy comes through quite cleanly and pleasantly. a subtle hint of wood when I dug down deep.

t- a smooth and constant light candy-like sweetness is prevelant thoughout. rich dark fruits mix with a strong apple character from the brandy. surpisingly a bit of tartness comes into play and mixes very well with the bouquet of fruity flavors. the alchohol is amazingly tame and in no way hot. the port adds nice vinous notes to the tiny bit of alcohol in the finish.

m- near dead flat. it seems to be a bit on the thin side as well. not the strongest point of the beer.

d- despite the feel this beer still drinks deadly smooth. the barrel aging and blending did some nice things for this beer. the near none present alcohol and tastiness keeps this one drinking extra quick.

Jun 08, 2010
Kilt Lifter - Apple Brandy/Port Barrel Blend from Moylan's Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 11 ratings