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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 92
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch bone white head. The aroma is a complex mixture of sweet malts, Ringwood yeast, and hops. The taste is good. A fine balance of pale base grains and crystal malts to attain a high alcohol content. There is also a bit of hop flavor with this as well that seems to mellow out the "strong" in the taste. The body is low to medium, but is still quite enjoyable for an elevated abv. beer. This would make a good session beer, although maybe a short session.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich burgundy with a well retained 1/2 finger off white colored head that really settled slowly,Nice melding of malt dominated aromas some brown sugar and pretty hefty somry aromas with lighter notes of butter and alcohol,that smokiness really comes thru in the flavors something that usually comes with good Scotch ales this seems more prominant with notes of brown sugar and dry earthy note in the finish,the alcohol creeps up slowly.A nice big chewey mouthfeel goes well with the bigger malty flavors,not the ideal beer to drink on a warm spring night like tonight here in NC. It"s big and warming a fine example of the style in my mind.

Photo of JasonA
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date.

A- Three fingers of thick foam hold like a champ, dark hazed reddish brown glows in the light.

S- Bubble gum, banana taffy ... lots of malt sweetness with a diacetyl caramel backing.

T&M- Very smooth with a creamy slickness on the tongue. Hint of fusel alcohol. Bold malt profile with a big caramel and rounded toasted grain, ample sweetness is balanced by a modest hop and warming alcohol. Suggestions of banana taffy in the finish with in the malt sweetness.

D- Not to bad at all, a bit too much alcohol up front for me but all in all a good brew to be had and worthy enough to be called a Scotch Ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness dating, but sporting newer graphics then those shown above. Pours a very dark shade of mahogony, dense tan head dissolves to nothing, and leaves light fine lacing then minor lacing late. Nose here is of coca-cola, and some gooey caramel. Rich malty brew, notes of burnt peat, lots of dark caramel and smoky chocolate character. Smooth and coating mouthfeel, this stuff sticks to the teeth for a good long while. NIce, strong winter sipper. Malt lovers rejoice

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin than head over a black-mahogany body. Head dissipates quickly, although not surprising for the style especially at this ABV. Aromas start wafting upward as soon as the ale is poured— dark rum, vinous fruit and caramel. Flavor is a mixture of biscuits and caramel. The sweetness seems drown out by alcohol, but you can tell it is in here with a full body. A touch of alcohol heat and hop bitterness too.

It could just be my personal taste, but something seems a bit off in here—not exceptionally so as the ale is still quite enjoyable. But the body just comes off as a bit dry to me… could be the elevated abv or over-zealous hopping.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, this is a seriously dark Scotch Ale, complete with toasty mocha head. Tons of bubbles racing up to the top. Quite a lot of lace buildup.

Aroma is subdued, with some dark fruit and malted milk ball teasing the nose.

Flavor is rounded and big, with berry, chocolate, peanut and the mildest hint of smoke. Pronounced juicy grape in the finish without seeming vinous. The mouthfeel is creamy and on the thicker side with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat.

I liked this, and it does have some Scotch Ale traits, but it seems a little off-style...which I'm not anal about, but it says "Scotch Style Ale" on the bottle, so I didn't expect such a desserty beer. I even seriously wondered if they might've stuck the wrong label on a porter...or a stout. Will I pour it down the sink? Yeah right. It's a very good beer no matter what you call it. Definitely improves as it warms.

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown colour with some head. Understated Scottish portion, looking for peatiness but only in mid-sip. Somewhat like a brown with more character, molasses, caramel and malt. Nicely hopped. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable for a 9% (according to the bottle).

Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Middle Ages Kilt Tilter delivers a beautiful dark mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy tan foam that holds quite well and leaves some nice streaks and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose offers a whiff of alcohol; some yeasty fruitiness; and a touch of mild, caramelish malt.

It's smooth and oily in the mouth, with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The bold flavor delivers a solid punch of alcohol-soaked dark caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, a smear of buttery diacetyl, and leafy & grassy hops. It's backed by a brisk bitterness, and it's alcohol splash and hop residue leave it remarkably dry in the finish.

It's not done particularly well to style (too bitter, too much hop flavor, too much noticeable alcohol); but it's the alcohol that really hinders this one. Perhaps I've simply gotten a bad batch... I'll look for another bottle to re-review.

Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine best described this as a Wether's hardy candy. It really does taste like an odd caramel flavor. This is a good, but not great Wee Heavy. The body is a little heavy and the flavor is a little off, I wish I could pin point it. Still worth a try.

Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a drak ruby amber with a small head but ok lacing. Smell was a sweet blend of molasses and malt...very nice. Taste reflected the smell quite nicely...molassess sweet maltiness, finsihes with a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy. This is a smooth brew, even though it has a chewy quality...a definite try.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick deep amber with creamy tan head. Slight lacing. Aroma is intense with dark malts, caramel, toffee, and ripe fruit. Initial flavor of sweet malt followed by roasted barley and finally some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, almost chewy. Good sipping beer that will definitely tilt your kilt if you aren't paying attention.

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of big sweet malt with a very subtle note of peat malt. Taste of rich sweet caramel malt with some peat notes and some warming alcohol. Body is a bit thin for the style and less filtration would have benefited this beer IMHO. Alcohol is present and warming but really does fit well and it didn’t bother me.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a drark brown chestnut color with a packed mound of ecru foam on top.
Aroma of caramel malt aroma and some floral alcohol and hop notes in the background, as it warmed a real bready quality also appeared.
Flavors of rich caramel and some chocolate, along with dark fruits seem to dominate the background of roasted bread tones.
Mouthfeel is very full and alive with carbonation. Just a hint of hot alcohol emerges as it warms up.
Drinkability is really top notch, another winner from Middle Ages.

Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of scottg
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of krberg
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, huge beige head formed without any help. Cola-colored with a fair amount of CO2 streaming from the bottom.

Lots of malt sweetness with just a hint of an iron smell. Makes me think of Sam Smith's. The malt smell makes me think of chocolate chip cookies.

Very malty up front with a hop bitterness that comes in just the nick of time to balance, but stays for a long, slightly bitter finish with a hint of chocolate malt (maybe a caramel malt). Perfect balance! No diacetyl to speak of... (GFYS, haters). I was impressed with Brooklyn's scotch ale until this moment.

Thick and creamy. Might be bottle-conditioned, but I'm not sure. Certainly feels that way.

8.5%!?! That should kill the drinkability, but I can't seem to detect it, so I'm choosing to ignore it. Wonderfully easy drinking! I really wish I had two more bombers for this evening.

God, MA is producing some amazing beers these days! Without a doubt this is one of the best Scotch ales I have ever had. Seek it out.

Photo of BrewMan13
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass...Looks very much like a porter on the pour...darker then expected which is always a plus! Dark, with some faint ruby highlights. A slightly tan head, probably about a 2 finger head on the pour, which reduces slowly, but some manages to stick around in some capacity.
Very rich, bold taste. I've had a few scotch ales/wee heavy's in my day (not a ton), but the only one that even compares to this one is Traquair Jacobite, imo (yes, including the Traquair house ale which I found watery and disappointing). And considering this one is a shade under $5 for 22 oz and jacobite is $6 for 11.2 oz around here, the choice is obvious. Deep malty profile, but certainly not overly sweet. Just the right amount of butterscotch/caramel flavor one expects from a scotch ale among the dense malt. Hops kick in slightly at the finish, but arent distracting to me like in so many other MA brews.
Very smooth and full but not overly heavy on the palate, so its no trouble to finish the bomber.
This should EASILY be a 4+ beer...one of the best scotch ales I've ever had. I s'pose its probably not available too many places, so I consider myself lucky. My favortie MA brew, and I've had quite a few.

Photo of Zithal
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark burgandy pour, with a nice light brown foamy head.

Really had to get my nose is close as the the aroma was very light, malty which reminded me of a carmalized apple.

The sweet carmalized aroma was also evident in the sweetness of the beverge with a flavour that really delivered a strong initial punch. The brew had a nice creamy mouthfeel to it, and drinking it I felt taken back going to the carnival as a kid.

The alchohol burn is not too noticable at first but stays with you for a while after the initial swallow.

Probably couldn't do more than one or two of these in an evening, but one definately put me in a comfortable mood. Though the beer itself is really out there

As the beer warmed, I got hints of other fruits coming through; grapes and rasins. The maltiness of the beer constrasted nicely with the sweetness.

It delivers a big bold taste, but leaves you feel calm and contended. The perfect end to a stressful day.

Photo of pnkermiz
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade. Deep amber or chestnut in color. Hearty roasted malt aroma with a big malt flavor. Hints in the aroma and flavor of bitter chocolate, dark fruits like figs, some nuttiness as well with a mild alcohol finish. Definitely tastes all of its 9.0% ABV. It warmed me up on the cold winter night we tapped it.

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Ruby/Dark brown (almost opaque) with a tall tan head that lasted.

Smell: Sweet malt and wine.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt. Very pronounced alcohol taste but still pleasant (wine-like).

Mouthfeel: Creamy with smooth finish.

Drinkability: Enjoyable ale. Very good (the 22 oz. bottle went quickly), but I think the trick to a great Scotch Ale is for the alcohol content to be high but not very pronounced in the taste. Overall though, Middle Ages Brewing really does a nice job with dark ales, porters, and stouts.

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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.