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Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Twisted Kilt Scotch AleTwisted Kilt Scotch Ale

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67 Reviews

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 23.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 187
Photo of adamette
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I find it hard to believe that mine is the third review of this beer which I have seen on tap and in bottles regularly around here (granted I live in Ohio but still!). On tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio last night for I think $4.00. Review from notes taken at the bar.

A Opaque dark brown body but bad light at Winking Lizard made an accurate observation difficult to say the least.

S Nice sweet scotch ale smell, very appropriate to the style and inviting.

T Nice above average scotch ale taste with malt, some hops in a nice balanced ale. Really quite good. Anyone with a taste for this style and access to this beer should give it a go.

M Moderate fullness, true to the style.

D Very good indeed and a good sessionable beer.

Notes: Count me as very impressed with this beer, a good and very drinkable example of the style. I will have to try more from this brewery!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Pours a dark brown with one finger soapy off-white head, with pretty high carbonation streaming

S- Butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar

T- Butterscotch, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, and coffee

M- Goes down very smooth, creamy on the finish, with some good carbonation that is not overwhelming. Does have a sticky mouthfeel.

O- Very drinkable and flavorful. There is a little nice roastiness to this beer that plays well with the sweetness. This is a great sessionable beer at 5.2%.

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Photo of horshack7
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a dark amber to mahogany with a thick light beige head two fingers thick.

Aroma: Lots of caramel malts nicely bready with notes of molasses. Some dark fruits, plum, traces of grape.

Taste: Chocolate malts, notes of coaco, the malts are very bready which is a very good thing. There are some dark fruits bits of plum and some note of black licorice. The mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation.

Notes: This is dam tasty the breadiness is nothing short of remarkable. Cheers.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a thin off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of malt, alcohol and cinnamon. Warm and rich malt flavor with a somewhat syrupy finish. Another foray into higher-ABV beers for Thirsty Dog, this is good stuff. It's nice to see a new Scotch Ale on the market!

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Photo of Innocentexile
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark amber color and a little cloudy. dissipating head but sticks to the glass pretty well.

S-malty goodness, with a slight scent of coffee.

T-Roasted taste and a bready taste afterwards. I was able to taste the alcohol faintly

O-Yet another good brew from Thirsty Dog. I can see myself picking up this again.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool bottle in the traditional Thirsty Dog K-9 style with eye-catching graphics and font. Label gives IBU info and ABV info, a small description of the beer, web info, and a bit of brewery info.

Appearance: Poured out of its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint. Pours out a deep orange amber color that has just a slight haze to it. An aggressive pour lead to a 3 finger off white fluffy foam head of of a medium airy density. Excellent lacing. Head retention was 4min 58sec before fading to a thick airy coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of sweet tasted caramel malts along with a slightly bready yeasty aroma. Hints of spiced fruit also hits the nose.

Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out very bready with a slight fruitiness that turns to a toasted caramel malt flavor before finishing with a bit of a bitterness along with a toasted bread flavor. A nice toasty aftertaste is experienced.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and smooth with a slightly below average carbonation. Very drinkable, even chug-able.

Overall/Comments: A very good Scottish Ale that is extremely tasty and smooth. Highly recommend trying this! Classified as a Scottish Ale @ 5.2% ABV. Consumed 4-13-13

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of searsclone
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper brown with an off white, almost gray head lots of bubbles

smells like toffee, caramel and bread

tastes of smoke and caramel, bready and sweet with a chewy aftertaste. has a little coffee in the aftertaste, which is off putting to me personally

thought it would be highly carbonated, but it's clean and smooth

really tasty and easy to drink

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark red color with a small off white head. Head leaves a layer of bubbles and some spotty lacing.

S- Smells like most other scotch ales. Dominanted by sweet malts, just a touch of hops and bit of alcohol in there.

T- Follows the nose really well. An excellent example of the style.

M- Medium to full in body and lighter on the carbonation. Feels really just right.

D- Easy to drink and very impressed.

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Photo of Mcculler
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear dark amber with a thin head that left no lacing in a pint glass at Fries Cafe in Cincinnati.

Smells of subtle caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, and fennel, wet fall leaves on a forest floor, fresh walnuts, and very subtle earthy hops.

Taste follows nose.

Mouthfeel is excellent for a British style. Very low carbonation, unctuous, yet watery and refreshing.

The appearance is a bit week, but that's to be expected for the style so its excusable. I was expecting something more American in interpretation (malt and hop bomb) yet found this subtle, delicate Scottish style Amber. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Copper/amber in color, with a big fluffy head of off-white foam
Aroma-Roasted, smoked malt
taste-Roasted barley,sweet maltiness, and an underlying smokiness, clean, caramel notes, spicy finish.
Overall, an interesting,favorful beer.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Doggy label style. Julian code on bottom of bottle.

Pours a hazed, dirty orange color. Nice head retention. Smell is crisp and tight, with a ton of peaty malt scent. Taste is a bit bockish and sweet, with a gob of peaty malts immediately following. A tart, bitter finish happens with a creamy feel. Drinkability is good. An excellent, tasty beer.


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Photo of DannyDan
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown that has very little retention, no lacing and high carbonation. The smell is sweet burnt sugar, hint of hops, some caramel and coffee. The taste starts out with a sweet brown bread, than some caramel and maple come into it, and finishes off with coffee and a hint of hops. Thirst Dog does a great job of blending the tastes making it a nicely balanced ale. The mouthfeel starts off slightly creamy, but finishes off dry. A nice beer to drink when in the mood for a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew with a small ivory head. Good retention and lacing from the residual layer. Sweet malt level with noticeable alcohol component. The nose portrays lots of malt and little bit of a spice overlay. The feel is full and creamy with lots of smoothness. Good drinkability for an obviously high ABV beer.

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Photo of JDFish
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Real light for the style. No hops whatsoever, not overly sweet and dry. Dark yellow in color, very drinkable. Great session beer, although the snobs won't like it. Easy drinkin' treat for me.

Somewhat citrusy to the nose. Crisp flavor, pretty main stream.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown color, just a tinge amber i would say. creamy looking off white head.

low malt sweetness. low roasted malt aroma. and low caramelization aroma.

initially sweet maltiness that goes dry, but the flavor of malts builds. a little roasted malt flavor and a little caramel flavor. low hop bitterness. the flavor of malt lingers. a fairly complex malt character. no ester flavor.

medium body. medium carbonation. dry finish.

this is a nice malty sessionable beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper penny and tangerine orange with bold butterscotch edges. A fairly vigorous pour produced two fingers of buff colored foam that develops soft craters as it starts to melt. Glass coverage is pretty decent too.

The nose is brown malt earthy and toasted nutty, as befits the style. The second sniff delivers plenty of caramelized sugar, which is why the above score was chosen. This is shaping up to be another good beer from Thirsty Dog.

Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale tastes bolder than its ABV would suggest. This is a solid version of the style that is appropriately malt-dominant and has just the right amount of sweetness. It will never be mistaken for a wee heavy, but it's one of the burliest Scottish ales around.

Specific flavors include brown bread covered with fruit marmalade and caramel, sugared nuts, and hints of sweetened pipe tobacco. The hops add a slight herbal influence and smoke is not appreciated. There are plenty of positives and no real negatives.

Any beer with this much malt for its ABV is going to impress on the mouthfeel front. There is a great deal of smooth-edged creaminess in each mouthful and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too abundant.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company doesn't get enough credit in a state that also includes Great Lakes and Hoppin' Frog. Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale has been available on-tap for years. Luckily for those of us who live out of state, it's now available in bottles.

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Photo of rembrant
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a SCOTTISH and not a SCOTCH. It is not supposed to be Porter like in density,robustness,as then It's a Scotch/Wee Heavy. There's no added spices as with Belgian styles or Holiday beers. There often is some peat smoked malt,though it may be subtle (and is) that gives a hint of an Islay Scotch Whisky. Hops are few.

This pours a nice red orange. Darn little head after a few sec.
Aroma,a bit off toffee,a hint of sherry and some earthy mystery thing..maybe a bit of peatsmoke,maybe a yeast?

Taste Well,that ? thing may be a little smoke. This is a Scottish,not a Scotch Wee Heavy....so it's a wee less heavy and gets that woody,smokey scotch whiskey hint...but not the actual whiskey,just the secondaries. There's a wee bit of sweet toffee malts with a wee bit of robust (not very heavy).
However..I'm liking this,there's a number of subtle complex things happening. There's a little tartness,cherry or Sherry or a Cherry Sherry.

Body, sort of medium, between an amber and a brown. As I'd expected I'd bought a Wee Heavy, I was a bit surprised to pour out a Wee Medium. Looking more closely at the label....Scottish. I am okay with it. Kind of like some Great Lakes beers,Nosferatu,Elliot Ness, there's quite a few interesting nuances here that keep it from being too darn simplistic. Decent Carbo adds a bit of energy,as this is not relying on a hops zing. Strange,I let the last sips warm and the malts,as expected ,sweetened a bit more,but the body-texture seemed to thin out some,get wetter,which is seldom the case.

Drinkable....Yes,in an out of the usual way. I like this and I can't quite say why except it's different.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.