Carolina Beer Co. Cottonwood Lift Your Kilt Scottish Ale

RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The Cottonwood Lift Your Kilt Scottish Ale has been a tradition in the hills of Carolina for ten years- the Scottish Ale that is, (we arent sure about the kilt.) Based on an authentic Scottish recipe, this is a lightly hopped, malty, and naturally sweet ale rich copper in color. Lift Your Kilt finishes smooth with just a hint of smoked malt. The founding member of our "HIGH COTTON" line, this ale is proud to be the first HIGH GRAVITY beer we brewed after the new law passed in August 2005.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (13566) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
A red copper ale with a thin moka head. A sweetish caramel aroma, lightly funky, not bad. In mouth, an off interpretation of the style, with off notes, sweet unfermented wort, cloying. On tap at Great North Carolina Brewers Fest., August 28 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10478) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Found this in bottles at Total Wine in Cary. The pour was brownish deep copper with 1-finger tan head. The aroma was of bog corn flakey malt, some toffee, nuts, figs, and a rauchy element. The taste hit me with a solid sweet rauchy malt flavor up front, then yielded to a dark chocolate, faint coffee, some brown sugar, and subdued hops. The alcohol was well hidden, and the palate was medium with decent complexity. Still, this one is rather interesting, and worth a try if you like corn flakey or rauchy beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2007
8.5 % ABV bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a deep coppery brown with a beautiful creamy off-white head that left excellent lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of walnut, toffee, slight bakers chocolate, juniper berry, apple, and pear esters. Additionally there is a solid earthiness and wild flower about the nose.

The taste starts with the expected heavy sweet and smoked malt overtone that is nicely supported by some twangy fruit and meaty notes. The finish has a touch of spice and grassy bitterness. The mouth feel hides the alcohol pretty well and is smooth. I like the fact this isnt heavy and rich on the palate, much more drinkable.

This is one solid brew indeed and I am surprised by the low scores honestly. I am digging this and should another bottle ever make its way to me then I would be happy to put it to rest. THX Ken for the bonus bottle! - Where is your rating?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6172) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours out a nice deep brown body with a light tan head. Nose is malty and sweet. Soft peat notes. Light nuttiness as well. Taste is sweet and malty with light fruit notes, soft peat note, caramel, light toffee, and light alcohol. Body is medium and has a moderate carbonation feel. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malts, light peaty flavors, dark fruits and light toffee. Not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5236) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Draft pint at the Charlotte Airport. Darkish brown with a nice lasting head. Nose is earthy cocoa and caramel. Flavor is the same with a touch of earthy wood and char. Medium body is very drinkable, sweetish and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4662) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Pours a reddish copper color with a thick, frothy, tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty, caramel, bread, and raisins.Taste is...good. The smoked malt is subdued (a good thing), alcohol is slight, sweet malt, smooth. Satisfying. Definitely not awesome, but not deserving of a 3.2.It seems like it should be rated higher.The palate is not impressive but not a complete let down. The finish is a little warm and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Thought I was cracking the lower ABV Scottish, and turned out to enjoy this pleasant brew. Big, malty, and amber, of course, but what I really like is the interplay between peat and caramel here. A bit more body could help but this is quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (3424) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle during my NC brew tour. I really dont expect much from the Carolina Beer Company, but these higher alcohol offerings have really been well executed. The pour is a lush, deep ruby with a fair tan head. Aroma: slightly rough with some stray hay notes, but has some nicer scents of pineapple, caramel, tobacco. Some blackened pineapple rings, cigars, and earthiness make up the flavor, maybe even a tiny hint of port. Overall, its much cleaner in the mouth with great malt character. I enjoyed this pretty well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2007
12 oz. bottle via trade with TURDFERGUSON - Pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a one finger thick light tan head. Very light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and a doughy caramel malt. Flavor is sweet esters (apple) and light malt. Medium body. Not your typical Scottish ale. Still, very drinkable. Thanks Sam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2007
I thought this was the lower ABV until I saw High Graviy 8.5% on the neck. From BleacherBum, thanks Ryan! Pours a clear brown with a minimal beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, brown sugar, moist tobacco, and earthy peat with a bit of smoke. Flavor has the addition of light wet paper, stronger tobacco and peat. Alcohol s apparent, but not at the forefront. Leans a lot more towards sweet, no bitterness at all. Moderate ly overcarbonated with a medium body. This kicked the hell out of Moylans Kilt Lifter--my last beer.

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