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

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Ye Olde Kilt TilterYe Olde Kilt Tilter

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132 Ratings

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Buebie
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


Photo of Avagadro
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of JasonA
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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 Stimack
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of SaucyA
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 :)

Photo of scottg
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 almychristopher
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Drewcifer
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish-hued brown with a huge head that takes quite a while to subside.

Scents of dark fruits and a slight banana scent, all underneath a malty base. The smell is a bit underdone, but there.

Taste is sourdough bread, malts, a slight banana flavor, somewhat nutty finish to it.

A medium body, leaning towards heavy, creamy, carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum.

Overall, a quite solid, well done example of a wee heavy, a style that I'm really start to enjoy quite a bit. Quite drinkable, not something you'll make a session out of, but wonderful for relaxing with.

Photo of jscondon
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours with a ridiculously large head that subsides slowly. it is a dark brown with red hues that somewhat transparent. not much nose to this one, very very slight maltiness. the taste is delicious. it fronts somewhat mildly with a little malt tinge, a little lacking but this is more than made up for in the middle and end. the middle has a nice kettled flavor(very slight smokiness), which moves rapidly into a subtle caramel and malt thickness, to finish with a nice but albeit subtle black patent flavor.

yummy says me wife, and i agree. drinkable for sure, a nice interpretation of the wee heavy.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Looks pretty much spot on for the style. Deep, hazy caramel brown with a couple fingers worth of tan head that is generous with its deposits upon the glass.
Smells... like a Belgian strong dark ale! or a dunkel weizen! or weizen bock! Somewhere between Ommegang Abbey and Aventinus is what I'm getting out of here. Banana scents mixed with dark cherries. The flavor profile has a lot of that stuff going on, too. Dark bread with banana and cherries. Malts and yeast dominate here; sour dough bread with dried cherries or cranberries? Very layered and complex. I'm diggin it.
This will likely lift many a kilt if consumers are not careful. Big, bold and tasty all around. Those in the mood for a darker, heftier, sweeter type brew should be satisfied with this one. Good stuff and a bargain considering the $4.99 I paid.

Photo of TheBCrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown with some red in it. Two fingers of off tan head.

S: Not too much of a nose on this one. I only got some malt sweetness. Could be the cask.

T: Really nice. Sweet malt finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This was the sweetest example of the style I have ever had.

M: Solid med body. Carbonation is really good especially for a cask.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Came in from the rain and had this one and it was perfect.

Photo of GFSchwab
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is definitley one ofthe greatest scotch ales I have ever had.

It poured into a glass with a thick dark character, with a small egshell white head that faded along with consumption.

The aroma was deep and engulfing, with the scotch malts giving off oak, whisky, hickory, brown sugar and simmered oat meal.

The taste was enveloping, with the malts filiing my mouth with the aromas that it promised. The flavoring was deep in oak and hickory, with notes of tofee and a pinge pf butterscotch. The ethonal burn that should of been their barley made itself present.

The mouthfeel was HEAVY, with the aroma and taste lingering for literaly hours after I drank it, and was very easy going down.

the beer lefted me deeply satisfied and litte full, being its a VERY big beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 Phatz
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Shertz for sharing this. I have had it before but never reviewed. I was sharing with some guy just this evening that if there is a style I like above and beyond the average of general BA opinions it is certainly Hot, Boozy, Scotch Ales. This falls into that category.

Appearance: Pours mahogany brown with off white head.

Smell: Warm alcohol notes make it straight to the nose. If you don't want to taste or smell you alcohol skip this one. Banana, dark fruit and butterscotch diacetyl reach the nose as well:

Taste: Toasted caramel and dark fruits, typical dark scotch ale malt flavors, fig and hint of grape with alcohol presence, grain and banana followed by an almost smokiness/peat/wood scotch and a hop element.

Mouthfeel: Warm. I like that but not everyone does. It is a medium body beer but the cheeks are feeling it pass.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer by all means but a terrific one I would like again.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of halo21
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber at the local beer shop; no freshness date.

Poured nice airy head. Dark ruby color.

Smelled fruity and sweet. Hint of alcohol;not too overpowering or showing signs of being a 9%

Sweet start with a dry finish. Tastes like scotch at the start. Fruity and smooth.

Carbonation not too high; which for me is a plus. Too high alcohol content to be a session beer, but could put a few back for they are smooth start to finish

Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ye Olde Kilt Tilter pours a dark, dark ruby (almost black) color with a creamy light tan head on top. the foam dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind some spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very malty with notes of roasted and caramel malt. Hints of peat and nuts are also present. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth with a mild carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is malty with strong notes of caramel and roasted malt. Reminds me of a dark ale. Mixed in are some flavors of peat and bubblegum with a hint of peppery spice and nuts. Once gone a mildly bitter nutty flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer hides its 9% abv very well. It's quite tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of number1bum
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bombers pours a deep dark brown, almost pitch black but not quite as dark as a good stout. Nice billowing coffee colored head that retains slowly, maintaining a nice ring of lace. Smell is somewhat weak, but has a decent malty nose with some caramel sweetness.

Taste is also nice and malty but somewhat bland. Not the robustness of malt flavor I'm looking for. Roasted and caramel malts are most pronounced but struggle to stand out. There is a light sweetness that gives some molasses flavor in addition to caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium-bodied and is pretty creamy on the palate, carbonation is appropriate.

Pretty solid brew but not an exceptional one. I love Middle Ages but this is one of my lesser favorites from them (not bad when a 3.75 is one of your lesser favorites).

Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.