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Devils Backbone Wood-Aged Kilt Flasher Scottish Ale

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Scottish Wee-Heavy ale aged on wood used by Belmont Farm Distillery. Hints of whisky, oak and vanilla blend with the rich maltiness of this beer. Extremely limited.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (6309) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear reddish hazel, small beige head, dissipates to a ring, decent lacing. Aroma is light, caramel, cardboard, wood piles. Flavor is medium sweet, dark sugars, root beer. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (5508) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Meridian Pint. Clear dark amber with beige head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, toffee, coconut, oak, biscuit, slight dark fruit, subtle booze. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (8434) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
22 oz bottle from Nimbleprop shared with a group at an Athens bottle share. Pours a clear reddish caramel brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, some herbal notes, a hint of booze, decent enough.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle tasted at a hotel share in Athens, OH. Thanks to alexsdad06. Up front, some dark fruit and dark chocolate. Mostly clear red brown color. Thin off-white head. Loose bits of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, lighter sweet. Just a touch of warmth. Solid wee heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6191) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2015
22 ounce bottle Murky color. Toffee caramel some chewy in it. Some booze even though the ABV is not high. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1790) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Appearance: deep clear ruddy purplish garnet, with a thin, almost nonexistent bubbly white head. Aroma: toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cherry, raisin. Taste: light molasses, hint of brown sugar, some brown bread and cherry, raisin, a bit of wood, and some clove. Finish: lingering sweetness, a bit of yeast, and a hint of booze. Notes: Is this a scotch ale? Maybe my palate was off, but this felt much more like a filtered dubbel than a scotch ale. Even so, it was a tasty ale. Bottle from Westover Market in Arlington, Virginia.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5214) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2015
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark malts with nutty and toffee and caramel notes, some oak and vanilla, light hints of dark fruits, and some light whiskey. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Average to smoother texture. Not a bad beer at all.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2015
22oz bottle pours a clear, dark caramel amber with some cloudy, white head. Nose has a ton of fresh wood shavings, minty, caramel, butterscotch. Flavor has a ton of witch hazel, wood shavings, caramel, butterscotch, some candy. Full, herbal finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Not sure how fair of a rating I can give here as this is a mixture of too elements I don’t usually cotton to much. That being said, overbarrelling works with scotch ales in a way it wouldn’t elsewhere. But the wood dominates this to the extent that I have splinters on my tongue after drinking it. Very bitter, quite boozy. Pours mahogany with OK head and lacing. Tap at scion.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2897) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Poured dark from big bottle, hints of vanilla but vaguely medicinal. Not a huge upgrade over regular kilt flasher


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