Name: Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale
Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV (%): 8.00
Brewery: Moylan’s Brewery
One of my employees got me this bottle. I poured it from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a freezer-chilled pint glass. It pours smooth, with the perfect amount of head.
Excellent color for a scotch ale. Brownish with a red tint. Like a strong ale, but darker and a bit murky.
Sniffing this thing is like walking through a brewery. I don’t just smell Scotch Ale. Or if I do, it’s an incredibly complex one. Smells of rich malt, caramel and candy, as all scotch ales do. I also smell something a little unrefined. Maybe tobacco? Almost like a cigar.
I definitely taste tobacco. I would love this guy with a cigar. I expected a rich malt from the nose, but I didn’t taste that at all. The malt is shockingly subtle. The tobacco is at the wheel in this beer. Tobacco is driving a little recklessly, though. The more I drink, the more I think tobacco should slow down. The hops are right where they need to be. Smoky and mellow. This does not taste like an 8% beer. Don’t be fooled!
The hops are sharp on the tongue as they should be, but not harsh. The tobacco is heavy enough on the tongue that I recommend sipping this beer. It goes down beautifully when sipped. Take a gulp and you’ll see what I mean.
I definitely enjoyed this beer. I just don’t know that I would have another. I just can’t stress enough how powerful the tobacco is. It gives a great flavor, but it doesn’t give a lot of drinkability. At the end, I feel the way I do when I have a good cigar. That was delicious, but I won’t be having another for quite some time.