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

Style: tough-guy cocoa with a kick

Price: $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 Glendale, (800) 339-0609,; 55 Degree Wine in Atwater Village, (323) 662-5556,; Whole Foods Markets; Beverages and More stores.

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