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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 123
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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pauljunk

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

07-02-2012 18:15:22 | More by pauljunk
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nnthom266


1.75/5  rDev -54.4%

07-01-2012 02:10:19 | More by nnthom266
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vonnegut21

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-04-2012 18:10:46 | More by vonnegut21
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -41.4%

05-02-2012 16:21:03 | More by TheBigBoy
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-01-2012 02:27:33 | More by Vylo
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ng85

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-11-2012 16:42:39 | More by ng85
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Edwaka01

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:46:20 | More by Edwaka01
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 12:38:17 | More by MoreThanWine
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Lawl3ss

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-02-2012 10:04:05 | More by Lawl3ss
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-02-2011 04:29:53 | More by rab53
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-26-2011 13:24:34 | More by deapokid
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 05:22:04 | More by radioscooter
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blackened1339

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 04:34:10 | More by blackened1339
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-15-2011 03:01:49 | More by bpfrush
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 17:30:29 | More by rlee1390
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:52:13 | More by Urbancaver
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 07:36:20 | More by steve8robin
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:48:12 | More by Buebie
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Avagadro

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 02:18:37 | More by Avagadro
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GregSVT

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:39:37 | More by GregSVT
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Kendo

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 13:20:03 | More by Kendo
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 01:58:20 | More by BeerImmediately
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:25:26 | More by Jayli
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:18:06 | More by JasonA
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Stimack

New York

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 14:20:33 | More by Stimack
Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.