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Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Twisted Kilt Scotch AleTwisted Kilt Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 13
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003)
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Lob

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -46.1%

07-16-2013 14:21:15 | More by Lob
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

08-03-2013 01:47:15 | More by mwbrady12
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Perfect Pint.

Appearance
This is a decent looking beer. It has a really long lasting head. It fades down to a persistent 1/4 inch thick cap. No real lacing, this foam isn't very sticky looking. The beer is a ruddy orange with a modest haze.

Aroma
Malty, but with some balance provided by grassy hops. Light caramel-corn, leafy greens and not a whole lot else.

Taste
Nope. What's the deal here? Its sorta tart and salty. I don't wanna say that this is infected. I've never had anything by Thirsty Dog go bad and this isn't exhibiting any other signs of infection. This might just be a whack beer. It tastes like a caramel apple made with a granny smith, only there is a porridge flavor that makes it less appealing. Finishes pretty clean though.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied but the carbonation is way, way too high. It's starting to display that "mouth full of canned insulating foam" feel.

Overall
I'm on the fence about this being spoiled or not. They don't have any best by dating so the I'm thinking the likelihood is that it's just a bit too old. But guess what. My review will stand, simply because they don't bottle date.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 22:31:40 | More by MbpBugeye
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carteravebrew

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

12-30-2013 16:48:06 | More by carteravebrew
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

05-10-2013 12:59:18 | More by tommyguz
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:38:00 | More by deadonhisfeet
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beer1018

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my ommegang glass. Apears a light amber color. Head is bubly and disapates within a couple minutes. Not much to smell here, a slight woody smell with roasted malt. Taste and mouthfael both feal water downed to me with to much carbonation. Bells ca blows this out of the water. I could drink a decent amout of these because of the abv but wouldnt want to.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 21:31:52 | More by beer1018
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hackmann

Michigan

2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber body with a decent off white head that leaves no lacing behind on the glass

Aroma: toasted caramel, roasted grains and bread

Flavors: sweet toasted caramel, roasted grains and wheat or wheat and rye bread like;

Mouthfeel: the sweet caramelized sugar shows through, while the sweetness shows up the hops must being doing a little work to help out for at least the sweetness does not slap you silly, moderate carbonation, light-moderate body overall,

To the Point: nice flavors, nothing super special here, easy to drink, for me personally on the sweet side so one and done.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:51:51 | More by hackmann
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-29-2013 11:57:01 | More by Cynic-ale
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zoso1967

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-13-2012 03:38:17 | More by zoso1967
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.1%

10-27-2013 00:08:54 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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WesMantooth

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-11-2014 03:11:39 | More by WesMantooth
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours deep copper, amber color with a 1/2 finger of khaki colored head. Head retains immediately leaving minimal spots of lacing.

S: Nose is major toffee, caramel malts, and big grainy notes.

T: Taste starts with a big dose of caramel malts, big toffee notes, and grain. These are pretty much the only detectable flavors that hold through playing off each other. Grain notes are far more prevailing than most other flavoring.

M: Lighter side of medium body, lower carbonation, light but slick, with a slight sticky feel.

O: Goes down ok, eh tasting, not too filling, low kick, average taste for style. This is an ok beer that would be a good alternative at a BMC bar, but I wouldn't seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:19:11 | More by Jayli
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cet128

Indiana

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-26-2013 13:48:48 | More by cet128
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maznblue80

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-16-2013 05:34:45 | More by maznblue80
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baconman91

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.1%

10-10-2013 20:14:18 | More by baconman91
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ksimons

New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-29-2014 01:12:18 | More by ksimons
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:05:02 | More by bamadog
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A whole lotta foam; as the foam lifts, it reveals a clear amber liquid; of course, the retention is great

Smell: Malty, with caramel and a faint hint of coffee

Taste: Caramel flavors, up front, with a developing apple tartness in the middle; butterscotch in the finish, though the tart flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated; medium to full body

Overall: Rather disappointing, particularly in the carbonation; not sure that the tartness was intended, either

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:58:51 | More by brentk56
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish amber, one finger white head dissipates quickly.

S: Aroma is very faint; I first notice something that almost smells sour? Mostly musty and slightly fruity.

T: Taste is just a bit tart; malts, and a slight caramel are evident. A bit of a corn taste in there too? I assume they don't use corn in this, but something in here is lending a corn flavor to the beer. More bland than other Scottish ales I've had; would have thought this was a lager if it was a blind test.

M/D: Light body and medium carbonation, certainly an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 13:53:11 | More by AwYeh
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at cellar temp into imperial pint
Aroma faint malt
Head large (6.5 cm), off-white, creamy, mostly lasting, very slowly diminishing
Lacing – none
Body clear, a very attractive reddish brown
Flavor very light malt, slightly sweet; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, carbonation soft

This is a really attractive beer, but when I drink it, it’s pretty much a non-entity, i.e. very sessionable. Low alcohol, not much flavor, definitely chuggable. A weak version of a Scottish export ale. I last had this in 2010 and have to downgrade it from “good” to “OK”.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 13:15:49 | More by Ozzylizard
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 19:25:24 | More by OWSLEY069
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a nice crisp brown with a frothy lasting eggshell head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is smooth burnt caramel and brown malts. The taste is loads of sweet caramel malts with a hint of sweet and dried fruits. The beer is light bodied, but a bit overly sweet. This is an interesting Scotch ale, but not likely one I'd pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 03:19:41 | More by atsprings
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McNealc31

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:18:25 | More by McNealc31
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was a pretty good Scotch Ale. Not my favorite but still quite tasty. I loved the rich color it had. The flavor was nice too, Originally I thought it was a little weak but as it warmed it kinda got better. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy but it has substance which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:57:56 | More by Knapp85
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Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.