Starr Hill Psycho Kilter Wee Heavy

Starr Hill Psycho Kilter
Tasting: May 18, 2013
Style: Ale (Scottish – Wee Heavy)
Beer #:466

Starr Hill Brewing Psycho Kilter Wee Heavy

(c) 2013 pops on hops

Okay – another one where the label made me do it. It isn’t an attractive label, rather the singer with the lampshade head was familiar looking. The name of the beer Psycho Kilter led me to believe that it was David Byrne of Talking Heads. The band did a song called Psycho Killer and David Byrne wore an enormous white suit for the concert movie and album – Stop Making Sense. It only took a minute to find the image below – yes, it is in fact David Byrne. I guess you replace the face and voila – no royalties need to be paid.

David Byrne, Talking Heads. Same suit as label...

David Byrne, Talking Heads. Same suit as label…

Starr Hill Brewing company has a musical connection as they once shared a building with a concert venue called the Starr Hill Music Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. What kind of place was it? There is a song about the place by They Might Be Giants…”glazed with alcohol, spun from sugar by woodland creatures…filled with devils from the depths of hell, hey what’s that smell?” Sounds like a rowdy roadhouse. Well, the music hall closed in 2007 and the brewery moved outside of town.

Scottish-style ale which come in four strengths: Light less than 3.5% ABV; Heavy 3.5% – 4.0% ABV; Export 4% – 5% and Wee Heavy 6% + ABV. Some brewers still use the original shilling designation which translates to the cost per imperial barrel: Light (60/-), Heavy (70/-), Export (80/-) and Wee Heavy (90/-). The main characteristics of Scottish ale are a rich copper color and a distinctive malt flavor. Brewers use a longer boil which caramelizes the sugars in the wort.

Cola brown in color and the 9.3% alcohol by volume keeps this from having much of a head. Flavor is a bit more bitter than I expected. It’s only 24 IBU (low bitterness), so that’s a bit surprising. Not as much malted sweetness either. While I’m on the negative – a bit fizzy and astringent. On the plus side has some nice undertones of oak, nuts and caramel. It isn’t enough to elevate this beer beyond 83 points.

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