Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt - Monday Night Brewing

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty KiltBourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 15.42%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: khargro2 on 12-17-2013)
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

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look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Upon cracking this was a slow riser...uh oh...

A - Pours a nice darker murky brown with a billowy three finger light brown head that fades to leave light lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Nooo! Getting aromas of apples here. Seriously?! Sigh. The bourbon is there but more just alcohol, loads of alcohol and apple notes like an apple brandy thing, faint sweet malts. The apples dominate everything here.

T - Taste is more of the same. Heavy, syrupy apples. The nice bourbon barrel sweetness and vanilla is there, sweet caramel malts, but like the nose everything is dominated by sour apples

M - Mouthfeel is absurdly carbonated up front, nearly like a soda, before getting super smooth. Alcohol burn too.

O - Overall this was an epic disappointment. Regular Drafty Kilt was my favourite non BA scotch ale and to try this is like a kick in the gut. So unfortunate something went wrong here.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ikea snifter. Liquid is a dark mahogany - nearly black, with a really nice creamy brown head that leaves bits of lace on the way down.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, wood. Definitely sweeter than the regular Drafty Kilt.

Taste follows the nose - super smooth. Nice barrel character - adds nice sweetness and alcohol burn without being too much of either. Charred malts add a good bitter complement to the bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel is super creamy in the best way possible, with just a moderate amount of carbonation. I would like it a little bit thicker though, but otherwise great.

Overall, really solid BBA scotch ale.

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing
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