Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt - Monday Night Brewing
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1.84/5 rDev -54.2%
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.
05-09-2014 00:41:53 | More by rudzud
4.11/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-22-2014 00:06:06 | More by MasterfulIdiot
3.14/5 rDev -21.9%
On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Large and durable head over an opaque and, I think, murky black body.
Aroma: uninviting, dank mess smells more like old red wine barrels were used rather than bourbon barrels. Improved a little with warming.
Flavor: hard to get past the aroma but here goes... Not bad. Not great but not bad. Still, not as expected and a bit too sweet. This is from a keg I saw getting delivered directly from the brewery earlier today, so there' s no way this should be bad beer. Cannot account for the bad aroma except to suspect the barrel.
Feel: medium body and carbonation.
03-04-2014 01:34:50 | More by chinchill
3.89/5 rDev -3.2%
appearance: dark brown. Like a cola, some ruby highlights. Pretty substantial tan head on the pour that hangs around pretty good.
smell: Sweet, rich dark fruit. The barrel treatment has added some nice vanilla and bourbon.
taste: A little drier than the nose and not as rich.
overall: Like it's non BA version, quite drinkable, alcohol well hidden. BA has improved this one. I'm probably ruined by Backwoods.
03-02-2014 23:16:00 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.44/5 rDev +10.4%
A- Pitch black until you hold to light, then a super dark brown. Poured a thick, foamy 2 finger head. Settled into a beautiful off-white sheet on top of beer. Awesome trailing and lacing.
S- Bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, nice oak character, and some chocolate. Second pour brought out some light tropical fruit and pine in the back.
T- Plum, caramel, and other dark fruits up front, followed by a wave of tropical fruit over a nice roasty backbone. Smokiness comes in toward the end with some light notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and pine. Ever so slight bourbon on the finish with a nice little burn. Sometimes dark cherry shows up as well. Dark chocolate, roast, and some pine comes out in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body. Slightly slick on the tongue and very drying. Nice, crisp carbonation.
O- This is a fantastic beer! Flavors all over the map with nice balance and complexity. I'm a GA boy who had never even heard of this brewery until my beer guy gave rave reviews. I will definitely be buying if I ever see it again.
01-13-2014 23:43:03 | More by tmm313
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No bottle date but this was a late 2013 release. Served in a Monday Night snifter.
Pours opaque, ruddy chestnut with two and a half fingers of sandy head. The nice thick layer of foam retention leaves beautiful sheets of lace.
Aromas of woodsy vanilla, burnt caramel, mildly smoked/charred malts and faint cocoa powder.
Taste follows the nose. A good bit of vanilla barrel character throughout with notes of charred wood, caramel/toffee-like malts, bourbon, cocoa and vague smoke. Drinks smooth with no real alcohol burn. An enjoyably balanced blend of barrel and Scotch ale.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. It seems a little thin but can still be considered creamy. Barrel, caramel and charred wood aftertaste.
Far and away the best I've had from Monday Night. The base Drafty Kilt is probably my favorite they brew and the barrel treatment really kicks it up a notch. Nice depth of flavor make it worth checking out. Glad I picked up a few.
01-13-2014 23:25:54 | More by ThickNStout
Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.