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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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BA SCORE
84
good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
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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madvermin

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 08:02:42 | More by madvermin
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich and deep but translucent reddish chestnut brown color, but only a thin film of fizzy head appears before quickly vanishing into a faint ring. The aroma is pleasantly potent, with a rich malty character filled with dark caramel, cherries, and plums. The flavor isn't quite as bold as the aroma, with the primary characteristic being a sweet graininess that is reminiscent of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, but there are also the light fruitiness from the aroma, as well as a rich caramel finish. The texture is a disappointment, with a thin, light fizzyness that doesn't match the rich malty flavors. Overall, this beer was complex and enjoyable, but the weak body really deflated the flavors, leaving me wanting for something more substantial.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 16:33:49 | More by devilben02
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nickd717

California

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 04:44:08 | More by nickd717
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:34:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 21:20:38 | More by Minkybut
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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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rembrant

Ohio

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 18:49:43 | More by rembrant
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tchenery

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:06:55 | More by tchenery
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JDFish

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:22:54 | More by JDFish
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 06:01:08 | More by sixerofelixir
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david131

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, dark orange liquid with some ruby highlights. The thin and splotchy white head is kept alive with a few streams of rising carbonation.

S- Sweet malt, a bit of smoke, and some peat. Does not seem as hardcore as some other beers of this style.

T- Sweet malt and light smoke.

M- Carbonated enough to have a bit, but a bit thin and watery on the finish.

D- Overall, a slightly above average beer, although it is not all that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 02:47:30 | More by david131
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 01:42:59 | More by bruachan
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 12:35:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 00:56:55 | More by Sammy
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Bung

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 19:06:57 | More by Bung
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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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beer1018

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
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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chaz410

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 03:15:38 | More by chaz410
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 12:17:15 | More by avalon07
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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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hosehead83

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 22:32:21 | More by hosehead83
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 17:12:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2010 01:52:15 | More by hustlesworth
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 03:33:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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