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Apple Brandy/Port Barrel Aged Kilt Lifter by Moylan's Brewery
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
0.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/06/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 7 17 4 8 2010
Had this on tap at The J. Clyde in Birmingham. It was a part of the rare Moylan's tapping event. This was served up in a smaller snifter, I would guess about an 8oz pour. This was a blend of Kilt Lifter aged in Apple Brandy and Port Barrels.

A: Hits the table as a dark, amber in color. Has a fair amount of red to its color. Held to the light, the browns lighten up and focus even more attention to the red hues of this beer. Somewhat decent clarity to the body. Not a whole lot of carbonation moving around in here. It hit the table with a thin, but creamy off white top cap that lasted a pretty long while. Didn't have much stick to the glass because of the heavy amounts of film this beer was leaving behind as it moves around.

S: Boozy. Lots of booze. Kinda knocks you down a little bit because it is far more than I was expecting. The apple brandy is coming across pretty blatantly but it smells like the alcohol is just out of control at times. Getting just minor touches and glances from the port in the nose. Light caramel malt presence, but that is pretty much the only thing coming across from the beer at all.

T: Taste is a bit of welcomed surprise. Although, this is a boozy ass beer, it doesn't come across as heavily as it did in the nose. The apple brandy really comes across beautifully. Little bit of booze but it also has a nice German apfelwein character to it as well. The Port comes across lightly with some nice sweetness, but its not too agressive. Works very well with the brandy notes. The wood comes across lightly with some vanilla and oak. The actual Kilt Lifter base really doesn't come across very much at all besides a little caramel/toffee presence. This a sweet beer, but it doesn't kill you with sweetness.

M: On the heavier side of medium in body. Has a really nice weight and coating to it on the palate. The carbonation was very light and minimal, but it worked very well in this instance. Alcohol brings some heat on the throat and in the belly but its not as much as the nose would have you believe. Aftertaste is all apple brandy.

D: Overall, I really enjoyed this. They took what was Kilt Lifter and totally covered it up with a completely different tasting beer. This is good news for me because I am not a huge fan of the OG Kilt Lifter. I had to make myself slow down on this beer so I would pound it and have to shell out another $6 to actually figure out what all was going on in here. Incredibly drinkable considering the flavors and sweetness. Really enjoyed it.

Served In: Snifter

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