Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Twisted Kilt Scotch AleTwisted Kilt Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 68
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This beer is clear and tawny, with a head that rises high and leaves a lot on the glass. Coffee, brown bread, a little yeast and a bit of dried plum in the aroma. Crispness dances around within its creamy mouthfeel. This brew packs lots of malt and a hint of spice. It starts off bready, then a little caramel and even some burnt sugar comes in. Modest hopping lets the malt really take hold of the palate. The yeast and fruit shine in the middle. This beer has loads of flavor and is so drinkable. A dreamy ale.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper/amber with one finger of tan head. Head doesn't last long but there is some good lacing.

S - Mostly caramel malt, some grain and a nice bread aroma.

T - Starts with some coffee, which I did not get in the aroma. After that the caramel malt takes over, with other flavors of earthy bread, raisin and some subtle hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel with some biting carbonation. Subtle bitterness on the finish.

O - An enjoyable, easy drinking ale with some nice earthy flavors that don't overpower the palate.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clear deep ruddy amber hue with a bright lighter khaki hue with even finely spread lacing around the chalice. Aroma strong smoked peated malts an amazingly light smoked meats tone going on. Flavor is great a rush of smokey sweet malt light brisk malt character this is really well made Scottish ale, there's body moderate carbonation wonderful mix of flavors in this beer. Sturdy herbal backing earthy hops this stuff is great really drinkable I'm glad I gambled on a bottle. Definitely one I will look out for I wanna try more Thirsty Dog brews, these are solid standup players in the Ohio microbrew scene. I heard there brewer used to work at Great Lakes and he helped formulate some of the famous Great Lakes brews so my next stop will be their Dortmunder Lager aka Labrador Lager.

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a glass mug.

Pours dark brown, clear, with a well proportioned and very durable tan head.

A load of smoke in the nose but more subdued in tasting where more molasses and dark fruit notes come out. High levels of roasted barley in both the nose and taste.

Good carbonation and solid medium body.

O: Served at about 45F, it improved with warming.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A story of toasted malt, a significant caramel. A decent serviceable Scottish. A moderate smokey aroma, a little peaty taste. Dark yellow colour, modest off-white head. Creamy mouthfeel. Satisfying, spot-on style, though not terrific.On the sweeter sugar syrupy side.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

in Ohio for a hockey tourny and had a chance to try some Thirsty Dog beers. The Twisted Kilt pours a hazey orange color with good white head that laced. The smell was powered by peaty malt and earth. Taste is a bit sweet, with a hefty pulse of peaty malts. A bitter finish helps to clear the pallet. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good scotch ale to session.

Photo of McNealc31
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Twisted Kilt had a lot of promise. I do really enjoy everything I've had from Thirsty Dog, and Scotch Ales are rising on my list of favorite styles. The color was like iced tea, maybe a bit more orange. Some moderate malty flavors with some light hop bitterness and some fruit notes. There's an unexpected sour finish, but once I knew to expect it, I liked it.

Overall, I thought it was alright. I might get it again, but there are other Scotch Ales I much prefer

Photo of nickd717
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to Ryan011235.

Clear reddish-amber in appearance with a one-finger off-white head.

Not too much happening on the nose. You've got your caramel and you've got your roast, and there's a touch of earthiness in there.

On the flavor, it gets a bit more interesting. The caramel malts contribute a good level of sweetness, and there's a hint of toast and some graham cracker notes with an earthy finish.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation and a very run-of-the-mill average mouthfeel.

You know, man, this is not a bad beer. It's drinkable and to style.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A decent Scotch Ale drinks ok

Photo of Bung
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Draft at Grapevine. Orangy/amber pour, nearly zero white bubbles on top.

Has that lager scent. Musty, malt, toffee.

Some malt, peat and heavier yeast tones.

Goes down quite easy. More lively mouthfeel than the appearance. Pretty light however.
Reminded me quite a bit of Yuengling lager.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel colored brown coming out of the bottle. Some nice, light ruby colored tones mixed in throughout as well really did a nice job of lightning it up a bit. Some haze, but pretty good clarity. A nice one inch foam head of white then came over the top and settled down slowly, leaving behind a broken crown and some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was totally malt driven as you would expect, with lots of nice caramel and earthy tones. Nice hints of grain and a touch of almost a raisin or fig like flavor as well. Very nice, but a touch on the light side would be my only complaint with it. The flavor largely followed suit, not being as sweet as I thought it would be, there were several touches of fruit, and a ton of grain in the flavor. The caramel malt driven back coming through very nicely as well. Your classic scotch ale flavor here, with not a whisper of alcohol anywhere to be found.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.72/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds pint. The beer has a medium copper color, rather light for the style, with surprising high carbonation and lots of head. I couldn't even get the entire contents of the bottle into the glass, despite giving it a gentle pour. The head does dissipate quickly. The nose is malty with just a whiff of lemony hops. I get notes of toffee, bread, toasted nuts, and a very light smokiness. Nice.

The flavor is surprisingly fruity and citrusy. It has a lemony, acidic character that is completely uncalled for in this style. I don't get the sweet, caramel-like, clean malty flavor that I enjoy in this style. This one is horribly fruity, bitter, and a bit sour. Very poor indeed.

All I can say is ``yuck.'' I could swear I've had this beer before and thought it was a nice Scottish-style Ale. This particular bottle that I brought home was a disaster. Horribly citrusy with absolutely no trace of malty sweetness. Given the excessive carbonation, I wonder if this particular bottle was the victim of some wild fermentation. Since I have no desire to buy this again, I suppose I'll never know.

Photo of devilben02
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich and deep but translucent reddish chestnut brown color, but only a thin film of fizzy head appears before quickly vanishing into a faint ring. The aroma is pleasantly potent, with a rich malty character filled with dark caramel, cherries, and plums. The flavor isn't quite as bold as the aroma, with the primary characteristic being a sweet graininess that is reminiscent of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, but there are also the light fruitiness from the aroma, as well as a rich caramel finish. The texture is a disappointment, with a thin, light fizzyness that doesn't match the rich malty flavors. Overall, this beer was complex and enjoyable, but the weak body really deflated the flavors, leaving me wanting for something more substantial.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks good so far a dark brown that's a bit clearer than I expected with a half inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells of good roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of rum soaked bread.

T - Starts off a bit dry but to me it is really overall sweet. To me it's like a raisin bread soaked in rum but without the alchohol taste. A very smooth caramel taste with a touch of chocolate cream to balance. Very tasty.

M - The best part of this beer all this flavor with a low ABV. A damn good scotch ale.

Overall next to their pumpkin ale this is my best beer I ever had and maybe even the best scotch ale since it's not a ABV bomb. Well done guys!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, sweet and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and tea. There are a lot of flavors going on at once which creates a good complexity. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with a lot of substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a decent off-white fluffy head.

The scent is toasted bread and caramel malt.

The taste is of caramel malt, some spice, notes of bread and a little alcohol presence.

Medium body, smooth and a little dry, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, there was good flavor and pretty easy to drink. Although nothing really made me want to look for this again.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy chestnut brown with a nice creamy beige head. Foam settled to a thick ring with some drippy lace.

S- very fresh somewhat peaty grain aroma. A touch of cocoa and coffee and some peat. Dry, woodsy, cigar, very subtle raisin and fruity tartness, mild earthy hops.

T- some sweetish caramel malt, a little chocolate, otherwise nicely woodsy and toasty with tasty peat. Some herbal hops in the finish.

MF- a little too fizzy, but finishes with a good powdery feel. Almost full bodied.

D- highly drinkable scotch ale especially thanks to the low abv. On the level with everlasting good example I've had.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet to small alcohol presence with a peat like malt. In the taste, a small caramel and peat like malt, and a bit watery. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a note of dryness to clean like aftertaste. Big nose, decent flavor, but keeps going down from there.

Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brownish-copper with some brighter orange edges. There is about a finger of off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Nose is pleasantly malty. The taste is also malty, but the body is a touch light for the style. This is a very drinkable offering that is enjoyable, but not quite true to style.

Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight earthy malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, easy-drinking, well blended, but sub-par appearance and body.

Photo of StretchZep
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Scottish Ale! The malt is exceptional and goes down really smooth. One of my favorites. ;)

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Had an aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and a woody quality.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, and a smoky/woody quality. A nicely balanced, vibrant flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable American version of Scotch ale.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, plum, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, plum, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, fig, plum, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, dark orange liquid with some ruby highlights. The thin and splotchy white head is kept alive with a few streams of rising carbonation.

S- Sweet malt, a bit of smoke, and some peat. Does not seem as hardcore as some other beers of this style.

T- Sweet malt and light smoke.

M- Carbonated enough to have a bit, but a bit thin and watery on the finish.

D- Overall, a slightly above average beer, although it is not all that memorable.

Photo of bamadog
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 9/20/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard coppery color with some toffee brown tinges to it; starts with 1/2 finger of off-white head that fades quickly to a thin and incomplete skim; body is pretty clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; no lacing is left behind.

Smell: Mostly tall, wet graininess; not really robust and it doesn't have much going for it. Not impressed.

Taste: A lot of the wet graininess right up front; a bit of a sweet maltiness; tastes a bit like a lager as opposed to a Scottish Ale and it makes me wonder what kind of yeast they use for this; doesn't really compete with the likes of a Dirty Bastard or Robert The Bruce, but it's certainly not awful.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice and strong in the body that's just a little bit heavier than what I would consider to be light; it has a bit of a sticky coating that's left on the roof of the mouth; not really a "weighty" beer at all.

Drinkability: Not an especially tasty Scottish Ale overall, but not bad tasting, either; not too heavy and a pretty moderate ABV that's not going to overwhelm anyone; not really something I would seek out when I'm in the mood for this particular style.

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Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.