When I saw this beer in the store, the Talking Heads went zipping through my mind, and not because of the super tight pants…
Then I looked closer and saw that the label actually reads Psycho KILTER Wee Heavy Ale. A marvelous name and label for what would prove to be a very tasty beer. I have enjoyed Wee Heavy ales from Sam Adams and Big Eddy (Leinenkugel’s craft label) so I was eager to try this one.
But first, in the interest of raising awareness in my faithful readers, what exactly is a Wee Heavy or Scotch Ale? If you guessed that this style originated in Scotland, move your token to Free Parking. Hops are finicky plants, and without boring you to death, just accept that most of Scotland is north of the ideal hop growing zone. Tyler can expound upon this later in one of his sextuple IPA reviews. Rather than use costly imported hops, our intrepid Scottish brewers made tasty beer by emphasizing the roasted malt flavors. For beer drinkers like me who are less enthusiastic about the bitter hop flavor, Wee Heavy ales are quite a treat!
Psycho Kilter pours a reddish molasses color with a thick, creamy head that you can float a bottle cap on. The aroma of roasted malts is easy to detect. It has a moderate, pleasing mouthfeel with low carbonation. The first flavors that come through are definitely the roasted malts. Surprisingly, there is a faintly bitter finish, which is unusual for Scotch Ales in my limited experience. Even so, it is quite delicious and worthy of your hard earned cash.