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RATINGS: 481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Unlike the lighter "Scottish" ales, this is an authentic heavy Scotch ale. It is lightly hopped with a strong malt character, and a hint of peaty smokiness. Warm fermentation produces fruity esters and balances the sweet malt character.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheKindleman (6) - Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2014 does not count
Was in Seattle a few weeks ago, fell in love with this up lifting brew. Malt is heavy but like it should be, don't pass this one up! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
On tap at brewery....really good do not know why bottles do not do so well here. I loved it big scotch peat aroma, thick rich so good and balanced to style. Loved it with fish n chips with vinegar!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1500) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2011
slightly hazy amber with a persistent thin beige head; clingy medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.

aroma: rich sweet caramel malt, leafy bittering hops, and a hint of grainy astringency.

taste: leafy hops, bready caramel malt, fruity yeast esters.

seems, to me, more like a strong american amber ale than a scotch ale.
tasty, balanced, and sessional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2001
A rust colored ale that has a soft fruit-like hops aroma and an off-white colored head of rich foam. Flavor is soft and delicious with a warm winey-alcohol body and sweet malty depth. Although not nearly as dark in color as a typical Scotch ale, this is one hell of a great tasting beer. I assume this is a “light” or 60 shilling Scotch ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sandygoonie (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
This stuff will MESS YOU UP. 1) Because it is so damn GOOD and 2) The alcohol seems to be way up (Even though decription above says 6.6%. I had it at the brewery on tap and maybe its higher that the bottle (Although I have yet to see a bottle) I love the peat smoked flavor with the intense malt. Not sweet as sweet is but sweet malt flavor. Not candy Belgian sweet but scottish sweet. This is like a compressed time and a half scottish. BUY IT at Pikes you will love it if you are a big beer drinker

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vw86ggti (14) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2003
A great brew. Not much of a head, but a nice light lacing of foam on the glass. Aroma is light, but sweet. Flavor is slightly sweet at first, but transforms into a bitter finish. Palate is good and lets you know this is a serious beer. Worth the price at $8 bucks a sixer? You bet your ass. Another GREAT northwest micro.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Copper infused rust color, a bit of chill haze to it, large and thickly fluffed beige head sits well for a while before descending to a thin collar and the lacing sticks in strings and spots. Aroma is super yummy malt goodness, thick and dark caramel, super nice peat moss thats not overly smokey, but favorlaby earthy and has a terrific sweetness to it overall. Taste follows suit with a brigade of dark caramel and toffee sweetness with super nice earth tones and breadiness to make it rich and thick. Again the peat is there but not overwhelmingly smokey, it adds just enough to it to really go "Wow". Hops play underneath more towards the finish with a slight spice and bite helping the end of warmth and add to some of the slight dryness. Great feel, nearly full, very well rounded, and toothsweet smoothness and the low carbonation makes this a creamy thick treat to drink. The first thing that came to mind, and only after a few sips, is that its a whole hell of alot like a good barleywine. But without all the baggage of the higher ABV. A real plus and incentive to get alot more of this in the future, as it is quite a malty, yummy treat. One I would keep in my fridge alot if I could get it. Yummy! Did I already say that?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
"I’ve seen one too many kilts lifted after saying something like that!" Haha, okay, that’s funny, and stay cute, server girl. No really, you’re cute. I’d love to datecha, pigtails. Oh yeah, the beer’s brilliant too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Incomparable Scotch Ale. I have found most Scotch Ales to be off-putting at first sip. I have to reserve any judgement until I have had at least 2/3’s of a pint. Preferably pint/bottle #2 and you begin to see the light. At that point you "Enter the room". The ale has you hooked. You are doomed. This ale is a consistent performer. Always the right color in the glass. The only scotch ale that is close is Boundary Bay. Grants Scotch Ale was good too but nowhere near as potent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seanosean (3) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 4, 2009 does not count
Oh man, what can I say about the Kilt Lifter ! Truly a new favorite of mine... dark, rich color, dark plenty of flavor and a nice finish. Very Malty (but not syrupy) and lightly hopped. Happened apon the brewing co by chance.. glad we did. Took a growler home with us, whjich is rare that I like one that much.

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