Ye Olde Kilt Tilter - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-05-2006 21:51:20 | More by DrJay
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours an almost purple velvet-like color. Very dark, and strikingly handsome with its 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 arent 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.
02-21-2006 04:38:51 | More by Litterbean
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
02-19-2006 23:25:10 | More by sulldaddy
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
02-09-2006 18:21:02 | More by loren01
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
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!
02-08-2006 01:51:00 | More by EPseja
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
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).
02-05-2006 02:12:26 | More by Sammy
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
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.
01-10-2006 23:37:55 | More by Sycodrummer
3.28/5 rDev -14.6%
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. Theres also an unpleasant dryness much like the inside of a walnut or pecan. Mouth feel is very thin with little carbonation.
11-29-2005 17:41:36 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.88/5 rDev +1%
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
11-29-2005 02:33:48 | More by Billolick
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
11-24-2005 00:31:31 | More by Zithal
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
11-20-2005 20:37:55 | More by smcolw
3.5/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
11-13-2005 01:54:14 | More by FirstMan
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-03-2005 06:45:38 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
09-07-2005 01:26:04 | More by blitheringidiot
4.78/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
08-23-2005 00:19:39 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
08-08-2005 22:05:05 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
07-23-2005 03:48:04 | More by BrewMan13
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
06-23-2005 00:23:46 | More by MuddyFeet
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
06-10-2005 05:37:18 | More by krberg
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
02-09-2005 04:40:07 | More by francisweizen
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
sampled at clarks real ale fest on 09-05-2004.
2 year old vintage cask, big thick tan head dark brown mahgony color. sweet caramelly alcohol earth dread chracters. a definete earthy musty aroma, aged more like it. rich mouthfeel of chocolate, kind of sweet. resembled a homebrewed old ale I made 1.5 years ago. I couldn't see myself drinking to many off these as the rich sweet musty taste gets to me after awhile.
09-07-2004 17:10:35 | More by shippos
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Growler filled at the brewery
Pours a deep mahogany with an auburn glow. Not much of a head, but the thin stain is chaotic and beautiful, leaving some lace.
Smell is balanced and ranging: hearty roast scents, nutty wisps, grape notes, some peat scent, light smoke, and a rooty presence like licorice. No one portion of the profile dominated, though the roast and dark fruitiness were the most noticeable.
This beer is impeccably smooth, from first sip to last swig. Predominantly tastes of a deftly easy but deep roast, but small fig-like flavors appear before the dark and burly body comes over. Opens to some licorice and Ringwood diacetyl, finishing with a rough chocolate flavor. Highly attenuated thus a thin mouthfeel. Lager smooth and ease through out.
A nice Scotch ale though I wish it had a little straight-ahead dark sweetness to it. Incredibly easy to drink and hid its alcohol incredibly well.
02-29-2004 20:45:46 | More by nomad
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-25-2003 17:35:33 | More by WesWes
4.4/5 rDev +14.6%
Rich, dark welcoming color, Creamy, tempting tan head. Aroma and flavor are big on malt sweetness, balanced by peat smokiness, roasted bitterness and an alcohol presence that enhances, and does not overpower. The Ringwood yeast traits are subdued. This brew's got some big ones. Hearty and satisfying. A real treat to find this brew cask conditioned. The MA web site says this is brewed once a year. Guess my timing was just right.
09-16-2002 12:12:38 | More by John
Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.