Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -2.7%
Thanks to Jesse13713 for this beer, it's only the second I've had from Thirsty Dog, and the first was courtesy of Jesse back in the fall as well.
Pours a dark brownish amber with maroon and purple hints. Clarity is decent for how dark it is. Head is minimal - a half-finger at best - and fizzy, dissipating quickly and leaving not too much lace.
Rich, funky bread (a la sourdough or rye) hits the nose first, followed by caramel and soft, leafy hops. It's a good smell, though lacking punch.
Taste is actually tart to start, but quickly moves to a bready, caramel middle that retains a bit of that tart citrus for a good combination. Everything tastes unnaturally fresh and crisp - it is rather strange feeling that the malt is "fresh". Metallic taste makes a brief cameo behind the malt, perhaps creating that "fresh" illusion somehow. Hop flavors are the best part of this beer though, with juicy citrus lingering throughout - I wasn't expecting hops to be the best part of a beer in this style.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and acidic. It's not the best, but it isn't the worst either, and it certainly remains drinkable. The dry finish helps in that department a great deal as well, along with the low abv and the lack of any overpowering flavors. Definitely a solid session beer that I'd have again in the right situation.
03-22-2011 08:02:42 | More by madvermin
3.2/5 rDev -13.5%
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
01-25-2011 03:18:25 | More by McNealc31
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
08-19-2010 03:15:38 | More by chaz410
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Small lacing head of bone white on top of a brown almost reddish body.
It smells very roasted and toasted. It almost has a nutty flavor and is slightly sweet. It has no hop aroma at all.
Very subtly sweet malt flavor that has no bitter flavor at all. It has a strange unexplainable flavor without much of any hops. It has an almost tobacco flavor.
Mouthfeel is pretty slick.
Completely drinkable and almost sessionable.
12-23-2010 04:06:55 | More by tchenery
4.18/5 rDev +13%
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
06-10-2012 01:13:14 | More by searsclone
4.24/5 rDev +14.6%
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
04-14-2013 12:56:20 | More by thegodfather1076
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
Dark brown pour with a deep dark ruby cast. Fair head with little lacing. Light nose of sweet and toast malt. The body is light medium and the mouthfeel is smooth. Well carbonated. The flavor is rather subdued - not bad, just not much there. It has an underlying tartness against a weak malt background. The finish is crisp. Since TD doesn't bottle date, this one may be old. I was expecting more than what was delivered.
01-22-2014 19:56:37 | More by tillmac62
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
A - Pours an amber/orange slight haze, nice foamy off white head that holds retention.
S - On the nose getting some rye bread scents and some slate like funkiness along with a little brown sugar.
T - Initially get a sour tart biscuity taste, this gives way to a slight maltiness on the finish.
M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation a tartness is definitely present.
D - A different Scottish brew,leaves a little pucker factor, refreshing quaff.
07-04-2011 18:26:58 | More by stercomm
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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!
07-22-2011 21:41:06 | More by Vierenner
Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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