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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale - Monday Night Brewing

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
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Monday Night Brewing visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 08-09-2011

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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 40
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Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Growler fill from Moondog Growlers located in GA near the brewery. {lightly revised based on April 2013 trip to the brewery.}

Served in a snifter, this beer is a lovely ruby-brown color; crystal clear with fine highlights. Ample and durable tan hand (on tap).

The aroma is rather light and fruity compared to the full flavor. The latter features dark roasted malts and more spicy hops than I expected. The higher ABV is well-hidden; drinks like a 5.5% although the alcohol comes through in the nose after warming. Hints of smoke and roasted nuts. Brewery says the grain bill includes "cherrywood-smoked malt, chocolate malt, and roasted barley". Roasted grain, coffee, toffee and a trace of smoke in the aftertaste. No burnt flavors and almost no peat.

M: medium-full body; good carbonation; dry finish.

O: a very drinkable and rather dry Scotch Ale, "Americanized" with a healthy but well-proportioned dose of hops. Unique, perhaps due to the cherrywood-smoked malt.

Photo of tomgeorgia
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Blue Ridge. Really an excellent choice from these guys, the new facility is turning out better beer than when they were contracting. Great balance, excellent smell. The best I have tried from them. Reminds me a bit of Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing Company.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Small off white head. Thin collar and nothing else going on.

Smell - Lots of caramel. Some booze. Slightly fruity. A bit of butter.

Taste - Boozy. Caramel and some honey. A little abrasive. Not strikingly scotch, but I get some of the malt character.

Mouthfeel - Boozy with low carbonation. Medium body and a bit dry.

Overall - Eh. Not impressed. Just not a lot going on.

Photo of MrMagoo
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is from memory - had this beer several weeks ago at Shorty's Pizza in Tucker GA.

Served on tap, from an outstanding selection of 6 beers on tap, with 5 of them at or near world class ranking. They include a 'Customer of the Month' special and for my visit this was a Sam Adams.

Just remembering that after being out for the night with a friend and ending up at Shorty's, this one beer just jump-started my taste buds. Rich, full-bodied with a great aftertaste.

I know this review is kind of weak from a technical standpoint, but I will update this after my next trip to Georgia and Shorty's Pizza.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one during my buddy’s bachelor party! Tick all day, every day! Served from tap into a Samuel Adams sampler shaker. Poured a deep red brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, caramel hop, and bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, milk chocolate, wood, subtle smoke, nutty, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. If I am honest, everything for this brew’s style was pretty close to being spot on. It could have done quite nicely with a bit more complexity to carry it into a new realm, but it was fairly enjoyable for the most part with what it had going on. Not the best thing I had on the day of ticking, but definitely not the worst. I would try it again in the future.

Photo of richj1970
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured draft into shaker pint.

A: Pours very dark brown almost black with thin off white head that settled quickly. Some decent lacing.

S: Not much nose of this one, but some hints of smoke, roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts and caramel sweetness. A bit of molasses and some dark fruits. Reminds me a bit of drinking a coke.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: Easy drinking brew. Enjoyable but nothing stands out with it. Bourbon barrel age this one and you might have something special.

Photo of mscudder
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fresh growler from HopCity. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Roughly a finger of light tan head. Ruby brown hue that leaves some lacing.

S - A few subtle dark fruits but nothing prominent.

T - A malt dominated beer for sure. There are some notes of dark fruits and a bit of sweet caramel and barley. A good set of tastes that while underwhelming, puts together a nice experience.

M - Smooth, thin feel. The malts carry this one with little carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant bite.

O - Not a bad showing but nothing to getting overly excited about.

Photo of Jaymc
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light on the smokey, barely any nose, high carbonation. Good start for the night,solid beer, but will follow it up with a change.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark brown, looks like a cola when held to light. Pretty full tan head on the pour.
Smell: sweet but not overly so malt. Rich dark fruit. Not complex, but nice.
Taste: a little sweetness but drier than the nose. Some complimentary smoke.
Overall: very smooth. Alcohol is imperceptible. Nice job.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5: Lovely, deep, dark brown color. Reminds me of burnt caramel. Smallish head, but that's to be expected in a beer from a growler. Very clear and translucent beer, no particulate matter at all.

Smell 3.75: Very nice bouquet of toasted grains and wood rosins. There is also a deep maltiness to this bouquet; however, there is little to no hint of any sugary scents. Very clean and inviting.

-Taste 3.75: Front is flat with little to no flavor. Middle is also a low-level taste; nothing jumps out. However there are some very nice notes of smoky grains and toasted malt. Finishes up with a big smoky malt punch, right in the center of the palate. This time the maltiness is almost brown sugar in taste. Finish is very clean and refreshing. Aftertaste is somewhat smoky but quickly dissipates.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: Carbonation/conditioning was way too low for this beer, IMHO. It was flat and could have used at least a British Bitter or Irish Stout level of CO2.

-Overall 3.5: A very good Scottish Ale. The smokiness and malt flavors and bouquets are well-balanced and make for a refreshing and satisfying session beer. However, the low CO2 detracted from the overall experience. I would like to try this one again, but maybe after it sat in the kegger for a few extra days.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beth and Kime for hauling this back from Atlanta!

This one pours a little dark with brown highlights that glows a lovely ruby when held to the light. The head is a sandy brown, in texture and color, with tons of lace.

The nose is really light with smokey, roasted grain as well as sour grains. This is really light.

Wow, what we've got here is a porter, Scottish ale hybrid. Not "right" for the style, but delightful nonetheless. Got the toasty grains, and the sweet and sour character of the Scottish Ale. I'm diggin' it. Great balance here between the two characters.

Feels dense but clean with a saving lift of soft carbonation. Not too dense, not too sticky, not too foamy. Nice.

This is a pretty good, easy drinking beer. I'd never have guessed this was 7.2 %. I'd better watch myself!

Photo of dogchasecats
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great thing to do before the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. I stopped at the new beer store in Duluth, GA, The Best of Brews, and bought a growler to go of some Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. So I will be slicing brisket for dinner for my wife, and enjoying a few hours of PTO.

This beer is very nice. I'm drinking it from a standard beer tumbler. I poured it down the middle to get a good head on the beer and it did pretty well. There is still a nice amount of carbonation left in the beer after the pour. Not too much lacing down the sides. The color is a very dark 'cola' shade. The taste has a strong malt taste that I like very much.

Sometimes I like a beer with a bite, like a good IPA. Today, I was more in the mood for a sweeter yeastier beer. This beer is very satisfying for that. This beer is very easy to like.

It's a shame that so many people start their beer drinking lives with the cheapest of the cheap beers like Keystone or PBR (which is having an odd renaissance with people whose taste buds have long since died along with their hearing.) They could have had a great beer like this one.

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately don't remember who gave this to me, so whoever you are thanks. Called Monday Night Brewing, it's Monday night and I'm watching the Bruins, does that count?

Pours a darker slight coffee colored quite fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, touch of lacing, super dakr molasses brown color with faint hint of light barely getting through.

Nose brings sweet malts, lots of toffee and caramel, little maple like syrupy note, so much toffee, and caramel, little nutty, lots of toasty brown malts too, bit sweet candy like, some fig paste as well, very date and fig like but no other fruit.

Taste starts not as sweet as I expected, lots of toasty brown malts, right into the fig and date flavors again but also no other fruit again, more caramel and toffee, lots of toffee, little sweet syrupy, hint of molasses, with toasty nutty flavors too, brown sugar, bit syrupy. Sweetness eventually catches up, with fair sweetness but not a lot, and a little earthy hop bitterness. Finish dries a lot but stays a bit sticky, mild warming booze finally catches up, with a bit more spicy hop bitterness, and plenty of toasty brown malts, brown sugar, and fig paste lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little syrupy, nice carb, esp for the style, hint of warming booze late.

Overall not bad, nice brown malts, toasty, nutty, lots of caramel and toffee, nice mild bitterness and mild booze late, I almost wanted more booze warmth, nice carb, nice fig paste flavor, nice profile without getting too sweet or syrupy, pretty well done I think.

Photo of JLSIV
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep dark brown, with a very impressive Inch thick tan head. Nice bubbles, and good lacing. The Head had excellent retention.

Aroma: Some malt with a hint of smokiness, mostly sweet malt. Some chocolate.

Taste: Definitely sweet malt, some caramel, I got a hint of Coca Cola, but I must admit, if I had not heard that in another review, I would have missed it. The Coke flavor developed only after the ale warmed a bit

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slight chew, very smooth. No rough spots that I could detect.

Overall, a decent Scottish ale, but I would agree with the raters that say there are better. Definitely an up and coming brewery, although I think they market better than they brew…

Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour from the bottle into our Hop City pint glasses. The beer shows a shimmering ruby-blood coloring, sporting a two and a half finger tall head of sandy colored bubbles. Head retention is hearty, leaving erratic patterns of moon-crater lacing as it goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives doughy biscuity breadiness, soggy wheat crackers, tinny metallics, wet oaty grain, animal mustiness, straw, roasted caramel, brown, crystal, and amber maltiness, the faintest sourness of citric hoppiness, proteinaceous kidney and black bean shell, Sprite soda sweetness, walnut and peanut oily dustiness, soy sauce, and teriyaki glaze sugars. Our first impression is that there is an instantly recognizable smoked peatiness alongside the caramel maltiness of it, offering a gentlemanly pleasurability to the sip. The taste begins with banana and fruity esters, brown maltiness, sweeter notes of milk chocolates and sugary coffee creamer, hazelnut sweetness, tinny metals, thick buttery diacetyls, honey sugars, burnt peaty rumbles, and baked graham cracker crustiness. The middle comes to a peak with roasty caramel and crystal maltiness, bitter grassy hops, lighter floral notes of jasmine and juniper, moss, brown sugar cloy, and laundry detergent soapiness. The finish is through a blend of brown, crystal, and chalky chocolate maltiness, bitter grassy notes, white and cane sugar sweetness, cover leafiness, black pepper booziness, generous smoked peat, agave and aloe nectars, and gentle herbal hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes of bitter herbal and grassy hoppiness, stark smokiness, big brassy metallics, slick buttery diacetyls, sweaty saltiness, nylon plastics, big mustiness, thick caramel malts, nori, and steely coffee malt metallics. The body skirts between medium and full, and carbonation is lightly medium. Slurp and smack are decent, but cream, froth, and foam are loose and forgettable. The mouth is left wet and satiated, with lightly toasty astringency concentrated to the far back of your palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back just okay.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is, well, it’s a tossup between the aroma and flavoring. That said this is, as a whole, arguably a tough sell for the style, as the butteriness and smokiness are rather subtle and subdued by the end of the glass. The smoke actually enhances and billows with warmth, matching the thickness of the beer. It does hit all of the desired and required notes you would expect at least once, but is generally just a bit weak. This is a tasty local swing at an admittedly challenging style, and while they don’t execute perfectly, it should satisfy for someone looking for something on the sweeter, maltier side of the craft beer spectrum.

Photo of firkinhophead
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown with a reddish tint. Not much head.
Aroma of caramel, cold coffee, nuts.
Taste is full of nutty, roasty malts, toffee, smoke, earthy and herbal hops.
Medium bodied, somewhat under carbonated, nice full finish.
Terrific beer. Better than most from Scotland. Recommended.

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Deep brown, bordering on opaque with a dense light brown head, great lacing.

Aroma: Medium intensity aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, English-esque yeasty ester and a hint of smoke.

Flavor: Rich and malty. Smoked malt comes out a bit more under layers of chocolate, roast, and dark fruit. Low alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium full body.

Photo of breakingbland
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Brick and Tin in Birmingham. The aroma is the best part: fruity and malty.

Photo of bareju
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a porter, not much to the nose.

Taste is really nice. Some dark roasty notes, caramel, coffee, a hint of smoke and scotch, and finishes with a bit of coffee acidity. This one could almost have been aged in whiskey barrels, but it's more subtle than those, which I like. The taste is superb for me.

The feel is medium, the carbonation is just a tad too much.

Overall a great brew. I will definitely be coming back for this one, would be perfect with chocolate desserts or in the cold of winter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, slight smoke, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a better smoke presence in the aroma.

Photo of mothmanscott
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very dark brown with a ruby tint when held to the light. The pour produces a solid 2 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived, head that leaves a sheet like webs of lace. Aroma is dark malty roast, molasses, vanilla, butterscotch, some dark fruit & a hint of smoke. Taste is heavy roast, dark malt, molasses/caramel/vanilla, hints of dark chocolate, roasted nuts & a little earthy coffee with a buttery, smokey & faintly boozy finish. Afrertaste is sweet but deeply roasted malts, roasted nuts & molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, creamy with a nice peppery prickle.

Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark almost chocolate brown hue with a light half finger off white head that fades to leave a light, thin halo and slight cloud.

S - Aromas of big, bold malts, caramel, light smoke slight dark fruit. Very pleasant.

T - Taste is super malty, but not overly sweet. Nice light caramel, lingering dry smoky finish. Really pleasant. Flavours are really solid and harmonious.

M - Mouthfeel is nice, drinks easy albeit slightly thin.

O - Overall this is a very fine representation of the style. Glad to try this one.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell but has a huge dose of a caramel and molasses as well. Some other aromas of a cherry and prune nature are there as well mixing with the other sweet smells and producing a potently sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a roasted malt flavor and a whole lot of sweet caramel and some dark fruit flavors of cherry and plum. As the taste advances the caramel transitions to a more molasses like taste with a bit of chocolate and even more cherry and plum coming to the tongue. Some flavors of a cola sweetness then come to the tongue more toward the end. This makes the brew rather sweet overall, but with a little bit of a more herbal and earthy hop flavor coming to the tongue, while not balanced out the sweetness is subdued a bit, leaving a sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel wasn't all that great in my opinion. The thicker body accentuates the sweet flavors a bit too much with a lower carbonation likely having been better for the mix of lighter dark and hop flavors, possibly giving them more influence overall.

Overall – I know a scotch ale should be sweet, but this was just rather unbalanced and not all the great of a scotch ale. The flavors don’t really meld well on this one and with the rather poor mouthfeel and look, it really doesn’t have much draw.

Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Received in an informal "locals" exchange from good friend Erinn.

A: Very murky dark brown with thin cap of light beige head which leaves a little wispy lacing.

S: Comforting mix of caramel and toffee, light smoke, and dark fruit raisin and date.

T: Great flavor with a nice combination of sweetness, smoke, and maltiness. The dark fruit flavors start it off but merge into a light woody smokiness and finish with a blast of caramelly maltiness. Alcohol presence is there but mainly warming. No yeast character at all.

M: Smooth with low carbonation and medium body and leaves a light coating impression on the palate.

O: A really great surprise -- a malty delight with a light touch of smoke to provide a little uniqueness. A really fine beer from Monday Night.

Photo of TastyMcBeerson
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Johnnie McCracken's, Marietta, GA
A - Reddish brown with a ~1 finger head
S - I didn't really get a good smell of this; will need to do a follow-up.
T - Very drinkable in that this beer is not overpowering in either the hop or malt category, but well balanced; though it is more malty than hoppy (I think that's the characteristic of this style)
M - Slightly thinner mouthfeel than I expected, no unpleasant aftertaste, alchohol burn not perceivable. Brews on the maltier side tend to be slightly syrupy; that is not the case IMO.
O - Great brew I will order wherever it's available. The only negative thing I might add is that this brew doesn't seem aggressive in any sense. Not sure what it's trying to be.
I will have to try it again! Probably at a warmer temp., to bring out more complexity.

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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.