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Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt - Monday Night Brewing

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty KiltBourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 30 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: khargro2 on 12-17-2013

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a very dark, almost pitch black mahogany. Lacing is thick, layered, web-like and with excellent stick. A really outstanding looking beer.

Nose is orange chocolate, mint, brown sugar, and a slight tickle of booze. Very unexpected and a bit awkward. Not bad though.

Opens molasses, brown sugar and hazelnut. A slight bit of roast and booze in the middle with more brown sugar and nuttiness. Slightly boozy backbone but overall very sweet. Finishes lightly minty with molasses and anise. Sweet, syrupy aftertaste. Pretty good.

Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a little prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Finishes accented with a sharp, slightly lingering aftertaste. For a barrel-aged beer, I was hoping for a more substantial body.

Overall a pretty good beer but this one might as well not be barrel-aged. The barrel presence isn't very prominent and I don't think it added much to the beer at all. Slightly above average for the style.

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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Goldndomer
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AaronDz
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WckdVbz
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Techichi
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GTJayG
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wcu80
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dankjohn
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ari32
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MARichards
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wbeaver
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ddedhed
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Nordbier
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"The chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts in Drafty Kilt complement the charred oak and vanilla notes in the bourbon barrels quite well. Notice we didn't say 'compliment'. Scotch and Bourbon still don't send each other Christmas cards." Brewed in the style of a Scottish Ale, barrel aged in Bourbon barrels. Released as part of the Black Tie Series reserve ales, available in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft. I am comparing this bottle to a standard Drafty Kilt to highlight the key differences.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Monday Night snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt pours an explosive frothy foam head of a caramel-ecru white over a very dark brown body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) The aromas of the Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt are slightly less fruity and toasty and more acidic and cidery, with the standard ale's fruitiness taking a back seat, while the subtleties of the bourbon barrel, slight woodsy oakiness, earthy vanilla and a touch of booze creep forward. While decidedly more complex than the standard ale, it is arguably on par in its impressiveness. 3.75

(Taste) The flavors significantly reduce some of the transitional and peak notes of the standard ale, cutting the sweetness of the malt body and reducing the roasty finish to yield a much smoother bodied ale, and the finish is graced with a distinguished smack of booze, vanilla and mild wood. The bourbon character itself is fairly evident and certainly not as seamlessly integrated as any novice to bourbon would ask for, but again I find it on equal footing with Drafty Kilt, neither superor nor inferior in its flavor profile. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Like the standard ale, Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt generates a silky, lightly chewy and mildly dry texture. The carbonation generates a very subtle frothiness for a slightly creamy, borderline silky mouthfeel. The body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter over sweet. The alcohol presence is mild, with minimal off characters allowed. 4.25

(Overall) I felt it important to review this beer alongside a standard Drafty Kilt to highlight the differences and recommend any connoisseur to do the same, as it really calls out the key changes all while protecting them as desireables instead of off flavors. It's easy to see why an easy drinking ale such as Drafty Kilt can generate some unfavorable opinions especially when notes like bourbon are brought into the mix. The Bourbon is certainly evident in the flavor and the finish, with both toasted wood notes and vanilla coming through the most and creating the greatest impact on this beer. Ultimately, I find this beer may not necessarily top your love for the standard Drafty Kilt but it's difficult to compare the two as the bourbon makes this such a different beer. I don't doubt that Monday Night will craft far superior Barrel Aged concoctions in the near future but in the meantime, this should be a favorable twist on an enjoyable recipe, especially for Bourbon lovers. 4

Monday Night Brewing's
Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

Photo of jshusc
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of thereal_adam
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.