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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

163 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 66
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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Photo of tlazaroff
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks pretty good. It is a dark carmel color in the center, and lighter around the edges. It's topped by a nice thin white head.

S: The smell is feint but it's there, and it's not what I would expect from this. I get a slight roasted character which backs up the more malty backbone of the beer.

T: The roast comes through on the taste as well, but even more-so than on the nose. I get a slight chocolate flavor mixed in as well. It is also a bit hopper than expected, but not so much that is out of the box.

M: Good carbonation (medium) and a moderatly-high body. Not cloying or sticky at all.

D: Drinks quite nicely, I like it a lot.

tlazaroff, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

Vierenner, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stercomm, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Pours a dark brown with one finger soapy off-white head, with pretty high carbonation streaming

S- Butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar

T- Butterscotch, caramel, nuttiness, brown sugar, and coffee

M- Goes down very smooth, creamy on the finish, with some good carbonation that is not overwhelming. Does have a sticky mouthfeel.

O- Very drinkable and flavorful. There is a little nice roastiness to this beer that plays well with the sweetness. This is a great sessionable beer at 5.2%.

Hoptometrist, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
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.

MbpBugeye, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a decent off-white fluffy head.

The scent is toasted bread and caramel malt.

The taste is of caramel malt, some spice, notes of bread and a little alcohol presence.

Medium body, smooth and a little dry, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, there was good flavor and pretty easy to drink. Although nothing really made me want to look for this again.

BeerCon5, May 11, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fine tasting Scottish Ale.Reminds me of something I've had before.Appears to be orange-brown ale.THis fine ale has a sweet aroma.THe taste is bit of caramel,nutty,bread tasting,kinda like a dubbel.Has great potential to be all night party favourite.Not to mention how funny the label is.P.S. Don't drink this after you brush yor teeth.

BrewStoutMagic, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown that has very little retention, no lacing and high carbonation. The smell is sweet burnt sugar, hint of hops, some caramel and coffee. The taste starts out with a sweet brown bread, than some caramel and maple come into it, and finishes off with coffee and a hint of hops. Thirst Dog does a great job of blending the tastes making it a nicely balanced ale. The mouthfeel starts off slightly creamy, but finishes off dry. A nice beer to drink when in the mood for a Scottish Ale.

DannyDan, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of madvermin
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

madvermin, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

devilben02, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of nickd717
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

nickd717, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
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

McNealc31, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Minkybut, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
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.

AwYeh, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of rembrant
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

rembrant, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of tchenery
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

tchenery, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of JDFish
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

JDFish, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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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sixerofelixir, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

david131, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

bruachan, Nov 11, 2010
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 09, 2010
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.

Sammy, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Bung, Oct 02, 2010
Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.