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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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93 Reviews

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 09-16-2002

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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 138
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 43 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt (weak)
Head small (0.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, diminishing by end of pour to partial ring
Lacing none
Body deep red amber, clear, some effervescence
Flavor very sweet and sticky, malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is everything i want in a scotch ale, and its perfect for the fall time. its rich in its grain composition, packed with earthy but not smoky red malt and with some caramel to round it out, but this particular version is approaching bone dry, not laced with residuals like many others, which for me makes it close to perfect for the style. its fuller bodied, frothy as they come, and with just enough carbonation to keep it moving, but it has english barleywine elements with the yeast structure and with the alcohol strength that just pierces through a little bit. its a rich brew, a bomber worth sharing i think, but not necessarily too much for one man. its dry in the finish, almost like a real high attenuating irish ale yeast was used, it has that level of completeness, but tastes like an english strain. my favorite scotch ale of the season so far, and one of the better middle ages beers going at the moment.

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Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brownish amber with a thick layer of dense, brownish, off white head that has decent retention

S - baked apples, peat, caramel

T - baked apples, caramel, some candy sugar, faint graininess, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a big bodied, full flavored Wee Heavy. The flavor is bold and balanced. The alcohol is present but tamed. My only disappointment was that there was a faint grainy note in the finish. Otherwise, this was a big, bold offering that is worth trying.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into thistle glass. Slightly cloudy deep garnet with a small tan head. Smells of bourbon and alcohol, malt and sweetness. Taste is clean, sweet malt with a thick sweet boozy finish with crackery flavors hanging over. Delicious and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a decent head up front. No retention, limited carbonation.

Nice dark fruit, boozy toffee and caramel, toasted grain in the nose.

Over-browned bread crust, burnt sugar, bruised fruit, some buttery toffee, some fruit notes, booze, bitterness. Lots going on here. All good. Alcohol comes thru and helps to cut the sweetness.

Fuller bodied, mouth coating.

Nice version of the style. A bit of an overbalanced beer, but it is because all of the flavors are super-strong. Worthy.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber hue with tons of haze and two fingers of frothy tan foam. Just what I like to see.

Smell: rich malty aroma with lots of breadiness and plenty of fruity character on top. There is a hint of caramel and even some minor spiciness to round 'er out. Quite nice.

Taste: fruitier than the aroma, there is a lot of good raisin, date and cherry in here. It reminds me of an old ale or an English barleywine in some respects. There's plenty of bread and butterscotch in the flavor with the fruit. Really quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: tons of body with a great carbonation yield a highly satisfying creaminess. I love the effect here.

Overall: this is quite a wonderful beer. I wish it were more available in my area.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. into nonic imperial pint.

A - Dark, deep brown-red. Ruby, brown, and red-orange when held to the light

S - 50/50 blend of malt and hops. Not a terribly potent aroma, having a hard time pulling out anything but hops and malt.

T - More malt forward than aroma implies. A bit of hop bitterness, but no floral/citrus flavor. With the malt comes a bit of molasses-like sweetness, and finish is slightly alcoholic, booze flavor works here though.

M - Full, simple, coating, and a bit warming going down. Perfect for the style.

O - I'd drink this again, but with so many other choices, I don't think I'll grab it in a bottle shop in a huge rush.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a meager 1/8" beige head which faded fast to nothing. The body is a dark burnt umber brown in masstone and held to the light it only brightens about as far as iced tea. Smell is malty. Taste, however, is surprisingly much more malty, and creamy, and there's an aftertaste of burnt sugar and caramel. I'd some it up as it looks like nothing special but then demands your attention when you taste it.

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Photo of radioscooter
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As always, I have been searching for Scotch Ales that live up to my benchmark McEwan's flavor and approach. Simple, yet so elusive...

Got this one on a whim in a trade from a suggestion. I was skeptical. Long story made shorter - when I got the beer I was in the middle of a self-imposed beer "break". The break was lifted today and I fridged up the bottle for tasting.

Poured into my Douglas thistle glass. Pours dark, cloudy. Beautiful. 2 finger head that stands up briefly.

Smell is a little Earthy - not overly inviting.

Taste is amazing. malty, cherries, mossy, like a glimpse of life on the Moors. (yes I know it's not about that, but let me live my dream) Sweet, dark fruit, but just that hint of Earth. (not peat, damn you) This is the taste that in my mind, I associate with McEwan's - Highlands, Lowlands, Yadda MacYadda. Burnt toffee, marmalade, etc.

Downed 22 Oz. of this while writing the review. Damn.

Complaints: Not many. A trifle thin. Could be a bit more "heavy" and a bit less "wee". I could go for more boozy. Yes. I said it. Thicker, more treacle.

Overall - this is the real deal. Very non-U.S. S.A. tasting. Very authentic, old world. Nice freaking job - Middle Ages. what else ya got?

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark Brown, about one finger of head, not much lacing.

S-Woody, smoked malkts

T-Extremely sweet, not much bitterness. Not overly complex and lacing a decent finish. The finish seemed bland to me.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, not much carbonation.

D-Split the bomber with someone, 11oz was enough. Nothing great here. It could be that I recently had the SA Wee Heavy and loved it so it couldn't compared, but there are better versions of the style.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red dish brown with a good amount of off-white head. Smells sweet and malty with some dark fruit scents. Tastes sharp and malty. Dark fruits and some light roastiness on the tongue. Tstes a wee bit boozy but well carbonated with a good mouthfeel. Much better than i anticipated

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Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent BIF, thanks Cuzco! 22oz bomber...

A: Dark with some ruby highlights with a french vanilla colored head that fades at a decent pace to a lace atop the brew. Very good.

S: Wow, super boozy apples upfront blended with intense sweet sugars. Licorice in the middle with hints of milk chocolate on the backend. Very Good.

T: Watery apple upfront blended with some metallic booze. Some sweet caramel apple in the middle with some thick booze. Black licorice on the backend. Decent.

M: Very good carbonation, medium bodied. Very good.

D: The drinkability on the one is very good despite the high ABV. Good.

All in all, this was a better brew than expected. The taste kind of lacked (which is one of the best parts), but it was still solid without it. Try if you have access, don't bother hunting.

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Photo of Buebie
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a bit confused on the beer tittles. No where on my bottle does it say 'Ye Olde' so I'm assuming this is what it was once labeled?

Unknown age of bottle, but the trader hinted that it was an '08 or '09, I can no longer remember.

Anyway, color is a burnt auburn, redish brown mostly dark and lights up with red highlights when held to light. Head starts out at 2'' and settles to leave very spotty thin misc lace trails. A generous cap of retention is left behind as well.

Smells quite sweet and fruity with some wisps of smokey malt and dark chocolate. Burnt caramel hangs over head as do rose pedals.

Mouthfeel exceeds my expectations with a thicker full bodied feel with a slick texture and tickling carbonation.

Starts out sweet with burnt caramel, figs and a rose pedal likeness transferring from aroma to flavor.
Then things turn and do a complete 180 offering rich malt, roasted grains and a smokey flavor with a nutty wood. Finishing a bit more dry now and lingering with smoked malt and burnt caramel.

Drinkability is high, no where in here would I consider this being 9%. Its smooth and mellow, very easy to drink, still providing rich character and wonderful flavor.


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Photo of Avagadro
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: pours dark brown in my goblet, with hints of red peaking through in the light. Head is vigorous, and beige in color.

S: the bouquet is dominated by sweet malt, with bananas in the background.

T: bananas, butter, and bubblegum combine to make up a rather unpleasant flavor profile. I'm really not a fan of the this, maybe too high of a fermentation temp? Either way, scotch ales are normally cleaner than this.

M: full body with little carbonation.

D: I'm really not a fan of how messy the fermentation was. overall, a pretty pathetic scotch ale.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep hazy brown with a small head that fades and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is full of smokey/peaty notes and a sour funkiness.

T: Tastes sour and smokey with a bit of peat and if you really pay attention, a slighty sweet note in the finish. No real malt flavors that I associate with big scottish ales...pretty disappointing.

M: Mouthfeel is kind light for a 9% Wee Heavy and the carbonation is very light.

D: I wasn't impressed with this one. If it had more malty/sweet flavors I could see this being good but it was too sour.

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Photo of Kendo
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is murky brownish with a small tannish head that recedes quickly. No lace.

S: Smoked peat over a sweet caramel malt base.

T: Caramel malt, some toffee, dried fruit (raisins) and smoked peat that seems to provide some drying balance to the sweetness. Alcohol heat is noted at the finish as well, also providing some drying to offset the sweeter stuff.

M: Medium weight with good carbonation.

D: OK -- I split the bomber with a friend and the 11 oz portion was enough. I'm not a huge fan of the style, however, so your mileage may vary.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz into stout glass.

Poured with good looking 3F of tan head on top of a cola-colored body, with noticeable carbonation seeping up the edges.

Alcohol hits you in the face like this one will have 12-15% ABV - followed as it warmed by some bubble gum, toffee and whole wheat bread.

First few sips were whiskey soaked - sort of like that last sip of melted ice at the bottom of a scotch on the rocks. Strange rye-like bitterness, maybe some tin can, then a little butterscotch toffee sweetness tries to balance. Little bit of charred wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel was simply too thin for the style and for the ABV. More depth and creaminess would help even this out.

Not great, but not poor on overall drinkability... I got used to the unbalanced, weird blend after half the bottle. But still can't say I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep caramel color, ruby highlights with a pillowy white head to it. Head retention is very good. Wispy lacing coats the glass the whole way down. Nose is of sweet malts, very very strong presence in the sweet malts, slightly bready, and a touch of wood, and very boozy. Taste is very sweet at first, some brown sugar and sweet malts, touch of caramel hit you at first. Flavor then has a touch of a spice, and raisins. Alcohol is detectable in the taste. This is a medium bodied beer, decent carbonation, nice and creamy on the way down with a very dry finish. On the whole, this isn't my fav style of beer - but this is certainly a good beer.

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Photo of JasonA
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep carmel, maybe a bit hazy. Very little head, minimal lacing.

Yummy, sweet, deep malt. ABV present, but smells delicious.

Alcohol, somewhat dry. A bit watery. Quite strange. Not much else. Maybe a bit yeasty/bready. Seems like a lot missing.

Sits well, ABV not overpowering. Im searching for the malt though.

Decent, not sure I would go back to it. Id like a bit more walt, less watery flavor.

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Photo of Stimack
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this brew a try last evening, poured to a murky mahogany brown color with a good sized tan head that had good retention that left good lacing. The aroma is strong with the caramel and toffee notes. Also there but in the background the are hints of chocolate, vanilla and slight smoke. The flavors are very good, malt all the way, roasted, caramel and toffee flavors. Alcohol flavor is coming out more and more as it warms. An earthy and slight smokiness as the finishing flavor. This brew is a sipper for me, feel that it gets better as it warms though the whole experience was good.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque brown with a quick-receding off white head. Non-descript, it looks more like a porter than a scotch ale. Doesn't lace the snifter at all.

S - VERY boozy. It's most of what I smell, in fact. Underneath the alcohol there is a fruity yeast note, some smokey malts and whiskey affects that aren't entirely unpleasant. WAAAY underneath that I pick up traces of vanilla and molasses.

T - A lot better than the smell leads on to be. It starts with a weird fruity vibe and initially finishes pretty sweet... then a second or two after the swallow, a very nice chocolatey smokiness lingers for an abnormally long time. Complexities and nuances really pop out as it warms.

M - This is where I'm thrown off. It's waaaay too light and watery, and the carbonation is almost sparkly.

D - Surprisingly drinkable despite its few glaring flaws. Not very boozy in the taste, and even tho it walks the line of being cloying, it's not. For 9%, this bomber will be fine tho.

Notes: I'm 50/50 in terms of Middle Ages brews. I have had a few solid hits, but a couple misses as well. Still sittin on a Druid Fluid and Dragonslayer :)

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Photo of scottg
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with reddish hues and two finger tan creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of molasses, alcohol, and a cherry yeast. Sweet caramel malt up front with chocolate, molasses, cherry flavors and alcohol with a sugary finish. Medium high body, medium carbonation, there is a creamy mouth coating feel to it.
Good scotch ale but a little to sugary sweet in the finish for me, there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick chestnut brown... Barely opaque... Creamy rich tan foam... Medium carbonation... Solid head retention eventually gives way to a beautiful lace...

S - Alcohol... Strong malt scents... Butter and almonds... Burnt sugars... Perhaps a hint of vanilla...

T - Smokey bitterness... Nutty... Malt... Alcohol...

M - Oily yet creamy texture... Taste hangs on for a while... Slight carbonation on the tongue...

D - Hearty and warming brew... Good Scottish Ale...

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Photo of almychristopher
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown with red highlights and a tall tan rocky head that fades to lacing, the aroma isn't awe inspiring but a good bit of malt and a bit of spiciness of some sort. the taste is very malty caramel and yeasty dryness. the mouthfeel is of course very full, but with a nice counterpoint of carbonation and dryness, this isn't the first one of these I've had and I'm sure it won't be the last.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic

Deep mahogany color, almost opaque. The head is about two fingers thick, light tan, and slowly settles to a thin cap.

Malty aroma, consisting of thick syrupy caramel aromas along with a little brown sugar and raisins. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

A slight bitterness is among the repeated caramel flavors (somewhat burnt in the flavor). There is also a touch of spiciness. Fully bodied, almost chewy, with a low amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering burnt caramel.

Not a bad scotch ale. Though not as complex as others it's still pretty solid.

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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.