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Kilty Pleasure by Philadelphia Brewing Company

It as been a while since I have had a brew from beer #245’s brewer, Philadelphia Brewing Company.  That beer was #64, Fleur De Lehigh and it was a bad experience being the beer was actually spoiled.  Lets hope today’s beer, and I’m sure I won’t have a repeat experience, is better.

Kilty Pleasure is today’s beer of choice and it brewed in the style of a Scotch Ale or  Wee Heavy.  The ABV of this traditional Scottish brew comes in at a hefty 8%.

The color was a dark brown with a nice red tint to it when it was held up to the light.  It had a nice sized mocha colored head.  The nose was slightly sweet with caramel malts, brown sugar, and  molasses.  At times I thought I got an aroma similar to the raw dough from chocolate chip cookies.  This was a malty flavored brew with a hint of smoke.  Caramel and a bit of vanilla lead off in the taste being just slightly sweet.   That slight smokiness and a raisin-like flavor come in to play near the back end of the mouthful.  There was just a hint of bitterness in the medium bodied beer.  The carbonation was on the lower side.  The ABV was hidden well here.

This was a solid beer from the city of brotherly love…unless you are a Cowboys fan.  Cheers!

Rating: B

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SkullSplitter by Orkney Brewery

Beer #106 is SkullSplitter by Orkney Brewery hailing from Scotland.  This is my first Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy.  This brew has an ABV of 8.5%.  So what is a Wee Heavy?  It basically means a strong Scottish malty beer.  The ABV of these beers are usually over 6%.  I liked the label on this one and according to the back of the bottle, Thorfinn Hausakluif  (SkullSplitter) of Orkney (islands off northern Scotland) was the 7th Viking Earl of Orkney around 1,000 AD.  Was he truly a SkullSplittter?  Who really knows but I think the name is quite cool.

SkullSplitter poured a reddish brown with a nice size off white head.  The nose was made up of a ton of malts, caramel and roasted along with a fruity aroma  It reminded me of a Barleywine.  With Barlywine (not a big fan of) like scents fresh in my nose, I reluctantly took a sip.  The sweetness of the malts hit me first and followed through with some nice caramel like notes finishing off with a slight warming alcohol bitter bite.  SkullSplitter was nice and smooth and creamy and bordering on a heavy, almost sticky bodied brew.  It was fairly drinkable for me but I did take my time.

Even know this reminded me of a Barleywine, it wasn’t as sweet as one.  I enjoyed this much more than any Barleywine I have ever had.  After finishing off this bottle, I was ready to split some skulls…not really of course, now where is my horned viking helmet?

Rating: B+

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