weharvie (40) - USA - APR 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderfully balanced. nice aroma. black color and dark creamy head. Balanced peat and hop flavor. Definitely one to return to Devil’s backbone for...
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on draft. Kilt Flasher is a dark reddish-brown in color with a sturdy beige head. The aroma is sweet malt caramel with some earthy undertones. The slightly sweet taste has some nuttiness and a hint of bitter hops. A sweet malt flavor remains in the finish. The 8% ABV makes this one a sipper, though the alcohol is well-masked. Will seek out again for sure!
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA (listed as 8% ABV on the label). Pours light brown with minimal head and shows reddish-orange highlights in the glass. Aroma of graham cracker, chocolate, and light floral hops. The flavor contains the malty sweetness I expect from this style, has undercurrents of chocolate, yet there is just enough citrus and floral hop flavor to keep this from becoming too cloying. The alcohol content is perfect letting you know it is there but certainly not overdone. I have had beers in this category that I like better but none that represented the style more perfectly.
Travlr (11872) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark amber brown color, thick creamy head, solid lacing. Aroma pf burnt caramel and black pepper. Taste is toasted ground nuts. Very nice.
MattyKakes (93) - Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is like toast with brown sugar. The taste is roasted coffee; brown sugar , and oak. This is a nice sipping brew for the fall/winter season.
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2013 Growler from the brewpub. They don’t sell this in growlers, but they told me over the phone that they did and no way in hell was I going to drive 45 minutes each way for just this beer and not leave with it. Oh well, generally they give great customer service. Pours a dark brown color with a slight haze. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Small head with good head retention and fair lacing. Taste is caramel, toffee, nuts, molasses and a lightly hopped finish. Very very faint peat-like smoke. Smooth, thin-medium bodied. 8/3/8/4/15/3.8
Rerate 10/22/13 from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toasted malts, mild vanilla and raisins. The taste is toffee, toasted malts, mild smoke, mild fruits, mild vanilla. Medium bodied, slight bitterness, decent balance. Still excellent. 8/3/7/4/16/3.8
ScottWallace82 (64) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a glass. Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown. Thin, fast dissipating head. Aroma of caramel and alcohol. Smooth, heavy mouthfeel. Tastes of peated malt, caramel, toffee, and touch of vanilla. A very warming and enjoyable wee heavy.
obguthr (3836) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barley nose with caramel highlights, hints of peat and cranberries. Crystal clear copper, thick yellow head, fair retention. Peat and elderberry flavor, evident, but not in your face. Dried leaves are ever present. Boozy, but light to medium body. Wonderful choice for an autumn beer
radagast83 (4644) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rustico Alexandria. Poured a dark orange, light copper color with a small white head. Aroma was sweet, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor was some toffee, caramel, touch of alcohol. Not usually a huge fan of Scotch ale, but I found this one was pretty enjoyable and well balanced, no harsh malt character here.
TheBeerGod (5251) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Whole Foods Glen Allen. Mahogany pour with a short tan head. Aroma is chocolate, toasted malt, caramel and soft smoke. Taste is smoky malt, caramel, chocolate and sweet malt. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and is slightly chewy. Ends with more caramel, smoky malt, light chocolate and soft cocoa.