Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Twisted Kilt Scotch AleTwisted Kilt Scotch Ale

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 23.71%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Perfect Pint.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Photo of hman43
2.39/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a amber color. Sweet aroma with roasted malts and molasses. It is very highly carbonated. Tastes of roasted malts, hoppy grass and an off taste of seltzer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of beer1018
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of hackmann
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Photo of Jayli
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.01/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
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

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
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”.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of bruachan
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

toasty and hoppy flavored...hmmm (you know, the other day my girlfriend was drinking this and i took a sip, not knowing what it was, and asked if this was the oktoberfest i just bought. not a good sign)

smells herbal and toasty. little of the anticipated caramel or brown sugar

not sweet in the way i expect of a scottish ale, even if some caramelization is in the house. dry and bready. this honestly tastes more like a brown ale.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. The appearance is deep amber and mildly cloudy. It has a nice sudsy, off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt, a nutty tone, some earth and a little wood. It's kinda weak but decent. The taste is mildly sweet and toasty. There's a lemon twang in the finish. Mouthfeel is normal - smooth, sudsy. It's a fine, calm beer. Easy to drink and inoffensive.

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Photo of atsprings
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

5% ABV, 13 IBU's, OG = 13.5 P.

Pours out to a clear dark copper forming a tall rocky light yellow head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The nose is great with a wonderfully unique definite caramlezation that I haven't had in other scottish ales. Like toasted marshmallows and amber candi syrup. Really nice. No hops in the nose. Mouthfeel is smooth, minerally, and light bodied. Cola-like. The taste opens with the caramel, then a peculiar coppery metallic acidity creeps in the middle..not tart or sour per say, but definitely there and out of place. The beer finished abruptly. Hardly any malt in the middle. Finishes dry and slightly tart, definitely not to style.

I'm thinking that this might be an off batch or an old bottle. I would love to try this on tap or really fresh and see what it's like because other experienced tasters are giving it good reviews and all the other beers I've had from these guys have been spot on.

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Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a tea colored concoction that poured a tan head that went away very fast. The beer had a slight sour smell to it but did not taste so. In fact it had a bit of a caramel note. Good lacing was present but the beer was a little flat tasting, still I will try it again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - translucent crimson color with little white head

Smell - caramel, cherry

taste - cherry, caramel

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness, not much complexity in the flavor profile

overall - a beer who's flavor profile lacked bold or complex flavors, can't say i'd be interested in a re-visit

Price Point - $2.35/12 oz single

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Photo of chaz410
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at the Common Market in Charlotte NC
Pours a dark brown hinted amber body with a kahki colored head that simmers down pretty quickly.
Smells of heavily toasted barley, chocolate notes and caramel dance around the nearly bacon-like backbone. There's a tin-note through the tail end that I can't put my finger on.
Taste similar to the smell but not as sweet as I would expect. It's more subtle roast and peated malt rather than the deep caramel that you get off the smell. There's a bland, nearly metallic taste at the end but it's not unwelcome.
Decent mouthfeel but not as thick as I would want from a scotch styled ale.
Pretty easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of Bung
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. Has an interesting flavor, different from other beers of similar appearance. Certainly richer and creamier than I expected. Very little hop bite which seems to allow malty flavors to come through. Sort of tastes like I'm eating a biscuit. I like it!

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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