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

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129 Ratings

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 09-16-2002)
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Photo of yelterdow
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz.bottle obtained from DeCicco in Pelham... thanks Ego as always for the score. Served at above fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip after dinner.

Appearance- Pours a rich, caramel cognac into my glass... a billowing head ensues, encompassing the better of its interior. Webs of lacing cling to the sides, it's a beautiful thing.

Smell- Wood, tobacco, peat, some aromatic herbs... a symphony for the nose. The smoky, peaty malts are well presented and pleasurable. Notes of burnt twigs and cinnamon linger afterwards, a terrific nose.

Taste- Heavy, peaty malts are up front and carry well into the middle. As the spices develop, with a delicately fruity undertone, a strong and lingering hop bitterness finishes dryly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For a 9% brew, the mouthfeel is certainly adequate without being detrimental. I love the overall feel of this beer, and it displays the most important features of a Wee Heavy extremely well. A bomber of Kilt Tilter might just be the prescription for a Friday night winddown. Some advice? Share it with a friend.

yelterdow, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

oberon, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep violet brown. Dense beige foam cap. Sweet whisky-soaked cherries and caramel malt constitute the aroma. Boozy cherries return in the taste, along with a substantial (I mean, really!) malt profile which is followed by an earthy hop and mineral finish. Then, an essence of peat emerges in the aftertaste -- surprising finish! Medium body, somewhere between juicy and slick. Ye Olde Malt Bomb is more like it. Drinkable enough, for sure.

orfeu, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber bottle. Pours a deep, clear, mahogany hue. Has some ruby highlights at the edges, and Tilter is topped by a rapidly receding tan, fine head. Lacing left behind in the glass is average to above-average. Aroma is robust, and hit my nose right out of the bottle. Lots of sweet, malty notes present. Body is just about medium, though I wish it were a little fuller. Still, it passes smoothly over the tongue.

Starts out with some decent caramel maltiness, coating the tongue with a light sweetness. Soon thereafter it turns slightly bitter and dry. There is a floral hoppiness which tends to overtake the malt, leaving the bitter character to dwell in the mouth, along with a smidge of buttery-ness. Has a hint of a peatiness, but perhaps I could just be hoping to find that quality. ABV of 9%, as noted on the bottle, is well hidden. Lacks depth and complexity, overall, imo. Decent, but not one I'd seek out.


overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Bierman9, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of GnomeKing
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely interesting. The flavors are hard to identify, but here it goes...

Dark brown, with a small head and moderate, light brown lacing. The taste is slightly roasted, but midly sweet caramel flavors come through most strongly. There's a slightly warm spiceness to the beer. The taste lingers on the tongue well after the brew slips down into your belly, so this beer rewards slow sipping.

GnomeKing, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark ruby with a fine, light brown head. Malty aroma with plenty of caramel and toffee, some plum and raisin, along with mild alcohol. Solid bitterness with strong caramel maltiness. Mild hop and dark fruit flavours, with a warm, bitter finish. Slightly grainy texture, low carbonation and full body. Quite enjoyable.

DrJay, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost purple velvet-like color. Very dark, and strikingly handsome with it’s creamy off-white head.

I swirl my pint glass a little and take a big old whiff, and am met with a mixture of oak-aged whiskey, caramel, mild alcohol vapors, and a toasty, slightly burnt bread aroma.

Upon my first sip I notice a lot of the same sweet caramel flavors I found in the smell. Truly this is a malt lovers dream. Like the traditional Scottish Wee Heavy, there aren’t many hops to be found. Lingering in the back of the tongue is the alcohol I already mentioned. This is a potent potable, much like the Jeopardy category. This will really hit you if you don't eat something beforehand.

Litterbean, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature. The brew pours a clear deep mahogany with beige colored creamy head that fades to an edge layer and a thin island of bubbles in the middle. Aroma is toffee and sweet malt with just a hint of chocolate and no real hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. Flavor is fairly sweet with brown sugar and caramel and just a bit of roastiness on the finish. The finish is also a little drying like a merlot. A decent brew that hides its 9.0% very well.

sulldaddy, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of loren01
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown color with tan/white head and lots of carbonation in the glass. No lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is very malty with an almost black licorace scent. also smells of rasins, slight yeast smell and some alcohol
T: I actually expected it to be more malty flavored. Tastes to me of dates, rasins . you can definatly taste the alcohol in this one, its very warming thats for sure.
M: mouthfeel is very creamy, somewhat dry at the end
D: I didn't really care for the first few sips of this beer, however toward the end I found it very complex and drinkable. not sure if thats the high alcohol% or if i just became more adapted to the style, probably a little of both.

loren01, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours vigorously into the glass with a medium chestnut brown color and auburn highlights. The light tan colored creamy head rises to a thick one-finger in height, displaying bubbles like one would find atop an uncooked pancake on the griddle. The lacing is fair and spotty.

S - Big sweet maltiness with notes of vanilla, caramel, maple sugar, figs, dried plums and raisins. I also get a hint of rum-like alcohol. Very subtle notes of roasted coffee. Yummy!

T - Oh so good... Starts off with a sweet, dark bready sweetness - all malt. Organic yeastiness in the middle, with nuances of the big alcohol that lurks sneakily beneath the surface. The finish is toasty, and the hops that were all but absent in the smell come through with a satisfyingly drying finish. For as sweet as this is, there is no cloying at all. Ah... feel the warming in the belly! Excellent!

M - Unbelieveably creamy and smooth... soft and tantalizing like a melt in your mouth truffle. Slides down the back of the throat like ice cream sliding off of a hot spoon. Perfect for the style.

D - My oh my is this one good... and dangerous, given its high ABV. This beer is so very drinkable in almost all respects; as a warmer for a cold evening... as an all-nighter at a party (heh - be careful). Excellent job, Middle Ages!

EPseja, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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).

Sammy, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap from the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Mass. The beer was presented to me in a 13oz. toulip glass. The beer was a dark amber color boardering on light black. There was a sliver of head that reduced to just spotty carbonation. Lacing stuck to the glass throughout the sample and some slight bubbles of carbonation ran up the sides of the glass.

The smell was a mild sweetness with accents of caramel and toffee. Faint alcohol as well. A "malt dominated" aroma to be sure.

The taste was innitially very sweet--true to its malty wee heavy style. Mellow flavors of carmel, toffee, and raison and a very slight alcoholic tinge to the taste, The flavors and alcohol were inhanced as the beer slightly warmed. Very smooth to the finish with a robust flavor.

Medium to firm body with a creamy smoothness and mouthfeel. Very little carbonation, robust, and hearty.

A super drinkable beer. So smooth and enjoyable to drink with a inticing sweet malt smell and a taste that wonderfully backs up every aroma. Great balance and a great beer. Another winner from Middle Ages.

Sycodrummer, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing burgundy with shades of brown and a clumpy tan head. Smells of cranberries, molasses and cookie dough. Tastes of molasses and orange/apple juice. There’s also an unpleasant dryness much like the inside of a walnut or pecan. Mouth feel is very thin with little carbonation.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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

Billolick, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Zithal
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Zithal, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive initial beige head, nice spotty lace; solid brown in color.

Creamy nutty aromas, noticable levels of high alcohol.

Moderately bodied, with a high level of carbonation--the alcohol content does not show up initially. The taste starts with a full flavored dark malt. This transitions to a mild sweetness and then to the hop bitterness. The aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolates and dry hops.

Full flavored and, for the style, quite bitter Scotch Ale.

smcolw, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little confused because it appears Middle Ages did a little swap-a-roo with the name of this beer. While it's called "Ye Old Kilt Tilter" here on BA, it's mysteriously called just "Kilt Tilter" on the bottle AND the bottle looks nothing like the picture in the upper right corner of this web page...

and yet...they are the same beer. The intrigue grows deeper...


Pours a dark mahogony brown in that smooth velvety way that wee heavy's do. Soft full head recedes into splotchy pools of bubbles and then finally eases into a full foamy ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is all ripe fruit - cherries, pears, and raisins - and sweet sugars. A slight hint of the alcohol edges in there as well. Nothing to complain about here.

Again with the ripe fruit in the taste, although the alcohol has quite a bit more presence here. Slight smokiness but not nearly as much as some other scotch ales. In fact, this is not a terribly complicated beer. Not bad, but somewhat average as scotch ales go.

Mouthfeel is full - smooth and creamy, but the sugars leave a little bit of a residual dryness at the end.

Not bad by any means, but nothing to really write home about. Give it a shot if you have a chance.

FirstMan, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, yet deep amber color that is topped by a creamy 1 finger thick light brown head. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, marshmallows, sweet cherries, toasted bread with a sugar glaze that has been just so slightly burnt at the edges. The aroma is not big and boisterous, but it is solid and interesting, just like a good Scotch ale should be.

This beer is fairly dry, it still has a malty sweet edge to it, just not quite as much as I was expecting. There is a full range of malty flavors here; from the deep caramel notes, to the lightly toasted perhaps even hint of roasted malt notes in the finish. There is a hint of butterscotch here, but just barely and it seems to magnify the overall maltiness of this beer. As the beer warms up a bit the mouth feel/ palate of this beer begins to pick up and it starts to coat the mouth after each sip. It also begins to pick up a candied cherry note, almost a bit reminiscent of cough syrup, in the finish, though it is not enough to be detracting. There is a bit of a tannic bite here as well, almost woody and there is a suggestion of smoke (though I might just be imagining this) and a definite salty note as well. This beer is quite simply about the malt, there is a bit of balancing bitterness in the finish, and maybe a hint of hop flavor, but really it is all about melanoids and carmalized malt notes; quite tasty.

Gueuzedude, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a double-duecer whilst in Buffalo, NY. Ye Olde Kilt Tilter pours a dark deep eggplant allow narrow slivers of light to escape, topped off with a spumescent head cap of khaki tan that leaves a web of lace in the glas.

Initial scents of peat and caramel. Some sweet sugary detection as well.

First swigs: Banana soft sugariness like a dopplebock or even more like a weizenbock. The delicate aspects of a scotch ale ale eventually are soaked up. Some smoky hints peak out. A good dose of rummy vanilla ice cream. ABV is well hidden until the warmed end.

Feel is heavy with a sheeting of foamy carbonation. Medium to full bodied. A linger of doughy vanilla finish.

Last swigs: Buttery doughy banana muffin.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" light brown head over the deep burgundy brew. Frothy head lasts well, and lacing is tremendously heavy foam coverage. Aroma is strong, sweet, fruity maltiness, with alcohol apparent as well. Taste is just what the nose indicated, but with some chocolate somewhere in there, and the alcohol muted by the plethora of flavors already present. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, oh-so nice, and drinkability is incredibly scary for the style. One of the best Scotch-style ales I had enjoyed.

ppoitras, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of BrewMan13
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

BrewMan13, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If we could list our top 5 favorite styles, wee havies would be 1A for me. The beer is lovely. Pours dark brick red, so dark that light can barely pierce through the heart of the glass. Just a slight refraction on the edges of the beer. Thik foamy head that at first appearance made me look for a nitrogen ball in the beer it was so creamy. Lots of stringy lace. Nose is potent. Lots of earthiness going on. Sugary malts with very odd hops to the nose. Some roasted tones too. Taste is very complex, with a nice alcohol burn coming through it all. Nice fruits like figs and grapes. Hops come across as clover or fieldgreens. Cream like tones are also finding their way through onto tongue. Some dark chocolate and salt water toffee candy comes out just slightly. Mouthfeel has a nice creamy texture to it; full body as well. Very drinkable and with the alcohol burn one cannot forget to be careful because it is pleasantly present.

MuddyFeet, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of krberg
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

krberg, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Middle Ages. Ruddy caramel brown, small tan head of foam. Aromas are all scotch ale-tastic with roasted malts, caramel, and an interesting yeast-play at work as well. Taste is nice. Sweet malty, roasty, caramel-like, and slightly smoky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is good, as there is really no hint to the abv of this beaut. Bottles here we come.

francisweizen, Feb 09, 2005
Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.