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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale - Monday Night Brewing

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Drafty Kilt Scotch AleDrafty Kilt Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 199 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by TheBrewo:
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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.

More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Golden32
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 seavercm
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KensWorld
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StanleysCup
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jverizon23
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 mjstacker
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of vancean2
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Trent
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing
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