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

182 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 16
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: 182 | Reviews: 68
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 brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
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

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Dogbrick
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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 barczar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with copper highlights and a health inch cream head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam.

Caramel, brown sugar, and melanoidins lead the aroma, with toffee, a hint of alcohol, significant nuttiness, and a bit of peat comprising the finish. Fairly sweet.

Flavor is predominantly nutty, deeply toasted malt throughout. There's a bit of burnt sugar adding depth. Slightly sweet, there are cola flavors present. Hop flavor is minimal, slightly floral. A smoky, peaty tone emerges as it warms.

Body is slightly on the light side, with fairly high carbonation. There's an alcohol warmth at the finish. The aftertaste is astringent and a bit tangy.

Overall, a drinkable beer, very malt-centric, as expected, but a bit sweet and lacking in exceptional flavor than better examples of the style.

Photo of popery
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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 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 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 Mitchster
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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 nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of atsprings
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Jayli
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.

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Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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