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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Exhibits a dominant malt character, giving this 8% ABV beer a depth of complexity and a deep red hue. Its medium body complements pleasant caramel notes, subtle oak, and warm lingering hints of bourbon from oak chips soaked in a healthy amount of the fine spirit. Hops include UK Challenger and UK Golding.

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Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Not sure if this is the right place, but a bottle was busted out and was said to be aged in a Jack barrel. Poured a foggy brown with thin tan head. Smell wa big malty, caramel and mild bourbon. Taste was similar with the addition of dark fruits, more chalky maltiness and vanilla. A tad on the thin side. Overall, quite nice though.

Cybercat (6011) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Comes out of the tap a totally opaque dark chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled light tan head, almost Guinness-like. Chocolaty, malty, slightly smoky aroma has a hint of caramel. Flavor has a woody bourbon overtone and malty, apple and chocolate notes, as well as a hint of caramel. Full-bodied texture is quite fizzy. Catch it while you can!

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is oak, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, some toffee, and a warming alcoholic finish.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Kilt Lifter on Oak and Whiskey
Date: January 18, 2009
Mode: Firkin
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: muddy dark brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet caramel and vanilla aroma, light oak and whiskey
Flavor: rich sweet malt flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, touch of fruityness, wiskey is light and adds depth to the sweetness, second sample has more wiskey and thus more depth, plenty of oak adds an earthy bitterness, long bitter finish follows the oak

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Name: Kilt Lifter, BA
Date: March 04, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear dark amber, creamy tan head, lots of patterned lace
Aroma: big sweet bourbon and caramel aroma, vanilla adds a candy sweetness
Flavor: sweet bourbon and chocolate flavor, dark caramel and vanilla sweetness, bourbon is in good balance with the dark caramel of the base beer, light earthyness for balance
Overall: chocolate covered caramel candy with a chewy bourbon and vanilla center

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Kilt Lifter, Heaven Hill BA
Date: March 02, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: opaque dark brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet bourbon aroma, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla
Flavor: rich bourbon flavor, sweet chocolate enhanced by caramel sweetness, touch of vanilla, light oak, dark fruits coming through, bourbon candy, oaky finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

jrob21 (3772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2009
On cask at atlanta cask ale festival. After having their kilt lifter the night before this was a much more drinkable and enjoyable experience. Oak aging imparts a balanced and not overpowering vanilla and whiskey aroma. A bit of a nutty, woody, oak flavor with some bourbon in there as well. Flavor is complex with some purple fruit, oak, vanilla, and wood.

ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Served up at 5 Seasons Prado alongside it’s non-oaked, non-bourbon brother for voting purposes to see which beer would head off to the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Appearance: Clear, garnet-hued body topped with, oh, let’s say fifteen large bubbles. Smell: Toasty, caramel-coated malts and fruit blended seamlessly with a light oak and subdued bourbon character with complimentary though mild notes of vanilla and light brown sugar. Taste: Toasted maltiness with a hint of fresh grain and some sweet caramelized sugars. Light apricot fruitiness and, oddly enough, a touch of lychee. This quickly transitions into the dry oak character and punchy hop bitterness. Again, it’s fairly laid-back in terms of bourbon flavor, though, as it warms, more vanilla begins to come into view. Slight grassiness emerges on the dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel. Drinkability: Fairly satisfying and, thankfully, it’s not entirely overblown in terms of oak or bourbon.

GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Cask at the Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting. Pours a deep brown with hints of amber around the edges underneath a bubbly off-white head that dissipates immediately. The aroma is dominated by the bourbon up front and the caramel malts after the initial boozy whiff. The hops are evident in the nose as well with mostly earthy notes. The taste follows the aroma but seems to have a little less balance than the aroma with the bourbon really dominating and the malts not coming out as aggressively. There is also a noticeable hop bitterness which I think negates some of the sweet malt presence. Bitter and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is definitely a little thin with minimal carbonation and very slick and boozy. The added hops take away from the overall experience for me as I think the underlying scotch ale would have been more enjoyable without the bitterness. Still pretty tasty.

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