Beer of the Month: Moylan's Brewing Kilt Lifter

It's October, the weather's cooling off and the classic idea is a German Oktoberfest-type beer. But there's a world of other malty beers out there.

Moylan's Kilt Lifter (not the only Scottish-style ale to bear a somewhat rude name) is widely available for a reason — it's a big, crowd-pleasing beer, low on hops and positively crammed with malt. It pours reddish medium brown with a moderate tan head, and

the nose

is just like milk chocolate. A faint smokiness and a little hot bite are all that keep it from being liquid dessert.

But it's big and strong (8% alcohol by volume) and gets along well with lots of foods, particularly beefy dishes. You might even want to try it with ice cream; say, vanilla sprinkled with chopped peanuts.

— Charles Perry

Quick sip


tough-guy cocoa with a kick


$4.50 to $5 for a 22-ounce bottle or $14 for a six-pack.

Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,

; Beverage Warehouse in

Los Angeles

, (310) 306-2822,


; Wade's Wines in Westlake Village, (818) 597-9463,

; Red Carpet Wine in


, (800) 339-0609,

; 55 Degree Wine in

Atwater Village

, (323) 662-5556,


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