Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale - Monday Night Brewing
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Reviews by 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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 01:51:38 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
My first beer from Monday Night - it's pretty typical for the style, overall a good beer, but also nothing great about it. Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, good light brown head on it that remained over the whole top until about halfway through. Seemed a bit over-carbonated, but other than that a pretty solid beer. Looking forward to more from Monday Night.
Serving type: bottle
06-20-2014 21:42:06 | More by pvo
4.06/5 rDev +6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-04-2014 20:00:59 | More by richj1970
Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.