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Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch-Style Red Ale (Hoppin' Frog)

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Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch-Style Red Ale (Hoppin' Frog)

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 17:32

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The Buzz:

        The bottle label describes the following: "Rich, malty flavors of caramelized and toasted grains dominate this robust Scotch ale." It also mentions hints of rye. Weighing in at 8.2% ABV, this Scotch-Style Red Ale lands in the "Wee Heavy" category.

 

 

Life of the Party:

        I'm going to admit here at the beginning that as much as I like Scotch Ales, I am rather picky. My favorites are the ones that are black and only allow thin bands of reddish light through. Outta Kilter...is not that, so take what I'm about to say with a grain of salt.

        One thing that a lot of beers are NOT, is sweet. Scotch Ales typically break that stereotype; Outta Kilter breaks it in a big way. The beer is a medium brown with a light head, and an almost brown-sugary sweetness throughout the entire drink.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        And to me, that last sentence was kind of a deal-breaker, at least in this size bottle (22 oz). If you're going to give Outta Kilter a try, unless you've got a serious sweet-tooth, bring a friend to split it with. I had to struggle to finish the bottle over the course of almost two hours, and by the end I almost just poured it out. It's a good beer, it's a tasty beer, but if you can find it in a 12 oz bottle you'll be much better off.

        I've mentioned before in my beer reviews that maybe my almost religious watching of the Food Network has rubbed off, but if you're going to highlight certain flavors and/or ingredients on the bottle, then make sure they're prevalent. I didn't get a lot of malt flavors, or caramel, or toasted grain, or rye. It's just so sweet that all of these other flavors get lost in the background.

 

The Vibe:

        It's hard for me to pick a "vibe" for this beer. If forced, I'd say after-dinner dessert beer (which I normally reserve for super-strong stouts and the like). The sweetness will ruin your appetite before any meal, and it's hard-drinking enough that it doesn't really work as a "party-beer." If you want to give it a try, split the cost with a friend and both of you try it after dinner one night.

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