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Tilted Kilt - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Tilted KiltTilted Kilt

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-16-2002)
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3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours up dark with a deep red tint when held to light. A heavy pour generated no foam. Thick in consistancy. Smell was sweet and syrupy with hint of alcohol. Taste isn't powerful with molasses note and has a lingering alcohol finish. A bit of a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 19:22:34 | More by BCMan
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-06-2014 15:08:10 | More by DaveMiller
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-06-2012 00:31:12 | More by ralphw56
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

02-28-2012 08:06:33 | More by shelby415
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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

01-06-2012 14:47:00 | More by JFrankParnell
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 17:46:11 | More by bpfrush
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3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aah, another scottish style ale. I actually like American versions of Scottish style ales more than the ones from Scotland....

Okay, this one pours transparent almost black dark mahagony color. There is minimal foam, with hardly a ring, no lacing that sticks, but it does have foam draining down the side.

Smells nice and malty. maybe a little alcoholic.

Taste is a bit harsh in a way I can't quite describe. it is not pepper, but it is something I don't care for which pierces through the taste. Otherwise it is nice and malty with a slight hop balance.

The mouthfeel seems a bit watery. Not creamy. Fizzy up front, and it dissipates to souer lemon at the back of the throat.

The body is a bit thin too.

The finish is clean, no bitter aftertaste.

This is not my favorite Scottish style ale. I would definitely pick this over any mass produced beer though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 00:22:04 | More by karengarys
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2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the stubby brown bottle a deep brown with red notes coming out when the light strikes. Not much head to speak of here. Caramel malt invades my nose along with raisins and dark fruits. Nice...but subdued.

First sip is upfront with caramel sweetness mixing with plums, raisins. A bit of a vinous flavor is there as well...almost red wine..perplexing. The wine flavor really comes through on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is good with a pretty full body and not too much carbonation. Drinkability is not too good as I find this a bit boring and off for the style. Not one I'd come back to...but worth the experince to try once.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 03:49:47 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from spring 2004. Pours a ruby brown color with a thin head. Smells of sweet smoked malts, very scotch whiskey-ish.Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Taste is a weak smoked malt sweetness with a bitter red wine flavor to finish.
Not a bad beer , but not a good scotch style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 15:57:14 | More by beerceller99
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3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured out a nice dark chestnut colour, with an tan head, which was very small and disappeared incredibly quickly. some rough carbonation at the top of the beer for a few moments, which released an awful lot of aroma.

the smell is incredibly sweet and malty. "brewed with 7 varieties of malt" would explain this. also, there is a strong smell of rubbing alcohol, which, once i noticed it, disturbed me a bit.

taste is very sweet, and there is that fragrance of rubbing alcohol that is peculiar, and doesn't translate to an ethanol flavour. the carbonation is nice, and the beer is somewhat creamy-ish, but, too thin, i think, for the colour and sweetness. the finish is quick and sweet, with a bit of plum or fig coming through.

this is an alright beer, but, the off smell and overt sweetness don't make me want to drink it again anytime soon. i'd say, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 23:14:22 | More by trancefishy
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3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was what I expected from a scotish ale, however it was nothing special. It pored a nice dark color similar to a porter, however the carbonation was almost non-existant, however what little head I was able to get out of it quickly dissapeared. The smell was of all malt with a musty scent. The mouthfeel was full and robust with a malty sweetness. The taste was very sweet, and unless you really like scottish ales this is a one timer, good but not my cup of tea to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 14:25:26 | More by rugger
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3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

After looking up and down theis kilt label, no freshness date info but a 6.3% ABV indication.

Pours into me pilsner with a dark clear russet color that matches the brown bottle and a ring of off white lace around the top edge. No carbonation to speak of here.

Caramel & syrup malt scents dominate the nose.

A big rootbeer blast hits me first, with a sharp bitter metallic and malts lasting aftertaste. Earthy wood notes and cloying sweetness.

This beer has serious thick & syrupy body. Almost like a "needs a knife & fork" body.

PYRAMID Tilted Kilt hits a low mark in the drinkability department. I could not drink another one.

Last swigs: Full bodied filling root beer & earthy malty 6.3 %'er with a lingering maple syrup aftertaste. This one almost turned into a drainpour as it warmed. Whew! This is one of the most overall malty beers I have ever had.

Beer is good. (even when it's harsh) Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 02:05:16 | More by blitheringidiot
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had lunch with a friend and had a sampling of this on-tap.
The appearance is a dark ruby brown color. It did not have much of a head despite the quick service we had. The smell was of sweet malts and the taste was very much the same, extremely sweet. The mouthfeel was somewhat full and the carbonation made it lively. The overall drinkability was good but a bit too sweet for this style of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2004 21:48:32 | More by arizcards
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3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown color with a medium light tan head. Thin and quick lacing. The aroma is smoky malt and caramel. Medium-bodied with a big malt profile, and very little else in the flavor aside from a hint of caramel. The finish is sweet and lasting. Kind of a one-trick pony with the malt but it is smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 18:48:58 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Winter


2.3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown in color with auburn highlights. Tight creamy white head. Aroma consists of chocolate malt, cocoa and grape skins. Mouthfeel is thin-bodied and watery. Taste seems so "off" for a Scotch ale that it's hard to describe. A grape juice-like fruitiness emerges initially. Traditional maltiness and peat are nowhere to be find in this offering. Overly sweet with some light nuttiness. Finish border on dry but is also way to cloying. Disappointing for Scotch ale, to say the least.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2004 02:03:01 | More by Winter
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3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut color, creamy orangish head that settles in comfortable at 1/4 of an inch. Sparse drip laces, liquid coating. Sweet malty smell, deep with some sense of oaky, woody aromatics. Flavor is similar, way tipped toaward the malt end. Sweet, light bits of dates, pears. A cinnamon leavening to the back flavor, hopping can be picked out but is very slight. Body is medium, lightly sticky. Perhaps just a touch of peaty smokiness comes out mid mouth to close, not a big mark in the profile. Light alcoholoc sense. Not bad...

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 18:16:52 | More by ADR
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3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours opaque mahogany from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California. The head is close to an inch tall, fuzzy white, and falls fast leaving no lace but a gray, thin film on the brew's surface.

Nose is up-front sweet and bready, subtle spicy notes follow -- licorice, black pepper -- and the finish is a spray of prune juice.

Taste opens with a bitter-sweet nudge on the tip of my palate, it flows back opening up some peppery and sweet fruity (dark dried fruit, take your pick) notes, closing on a raspy bitterness that holds on through the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a little sticky on the finish, and very carbonated (much like your average soda pop).

Not earth shattering -- enjoyable and drinkable nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 04:49:28 | More by RootedFool
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2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark cheery wood type with a little tan head that slowly fades. Little lacing remains on the glass as you drink. Smell is of syrup and heavy malts. Little to much for me, the taste is the same, tastes like syrup with hops. Not my style but can understand why people like it, to strong though. Feels very full and powerful in the mouth. I could not drink more than one of these, forced to just finish one. Not the Scotch Ale I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 05:40:54 | More by beertaster13
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2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Much deeper than you expect from a Scotch ale, a deep auburn, almost mahogany--it looks exactly like a flat cola. A moderate pour produces a rich, off-white head with some pretty serious lacing.

Smell: Obviously malty; quite sweet with only a moderate hint of hops and yeast esters. However, there's none of the smoky/peaty scents I would expect from a Scotch ale.

Taste: Well, they say there's seven malts in this, and it's obvious--it tastes like a glass of molasses, with a sour sugary finish. It's not bad, necessarily, it's just totally wrong for the style. Have the brewmasters at Pyramid ever HAD a Scotch ale? If so, they'd know that they could lose half the body and add a bit of the earthy, peaty bite that makes Scotch ale/whiskey so distinct. Just... baffling. That said, the mouthfeel is smooth, thick and rich, and the 6.3% abv is nicely concealed.

Drinkability: Actually, pretty good. It's rich, the flavor isn't bad, the alcohol is well concealed; I could drink a few of these.

Again, not a bad beer, but so radically wrong style-wise you have to wonder what they were thinking. Ale yes; Scotch ale, no.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 06:36:34 | More by WetCoaster
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2.45/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Hey kids! Do you like sody pop? Dr. Pepper in particular? Then Pyramid Tilted Kilt is the beer for you! I was at the grocery store, browsing the beer aisle looking for a spring seasonal on sale, and this jumped out with the best price. Not generally enamored with Pyramid beers, I nevertheless took a chance on what I deemed to be a beer style sturdy enough to withstand the insipidness that Pyramid often brings to their other, fruitier beer. The line from the Mr Show sketch about mail-order brides sprang to mind: "How ugly could she be?" I was soon to find out.

With utmost coaxing, a very slight fizzy head forms and then immediately disappears. Odor has a slight sweet malt presence. This being a Scottish-style ale, malts are the name of the game, but instead of intricate, peaty, smoky, soothing malts, you get a big one-dimensional blast of sugary, lightly spicy candy confection. Again, Dr Pepper is the best frame of reference. I felt like brushing my teeth after drinking this beer. A light banana yeastiness is a spark of light in the darkness, but it is ultimately thrashed into a pulp by overbearing butter flavors. A very light hop twinge is one of the last remnants of taste. Decidedly poor.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 01:42:47 | More by Thrasher
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2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Scottish ales are one of my favorite styles but this is definatly not one of my favorite beers.

This beer pours a nice dark complex brownish amber however it sits under a thin fizzy head that dissapears instantly that any true scotsman would send back. Smell is minimal with hints of grains and esters.

Taste is very malty with hints of peat, smoke and toasted malt but the mouthfeel is so horrid that it takes away from the taste. The carbonation is sharp, like a pop. The odd carbonation makes it hard for me to drink.

Alcohol content is on the low side for a scottish ale. Other scottish ales have got me much more tilted and much more kilted.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 05:58:46 | More by zacharius
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3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin dark amber with a minimal light tan head that just doesn't last--not quite soda-head--but close. Smells of rich, meaty peat-soaked bread malts. But I'm also picking up a characteristic Pyramid smell; kinda adjuncty, although I'm pretty sure there aren't any in here. Weird. Tastes like singed cookie dough. Sweetish, with a thin, bubbly mouthfeel. Not as complex as other Wee Heavys I've had. Carroty/bitter finish that's is a bit astringent and homebrewish, with lingering sugariness. This kinda reminded me of some blah Marzens I've had, interestingly enough. One of the weaker Pyramid brews (not saying too much).

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 03:52:29 | More by alexgash
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3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uniformly dark and gelatinous in appearance, Tilted Kilt looks like an oversteeped iced tea; with no head or lacing, it'd be tough to tell the difference from a distance. But aesthetics aside, this beer is an authentic scotch ale. The nose is spot on rich with caramel, a touch of alcohol, and smoked malt. The taste follows suit with a delicate hint of chocolate, treacle, but then dies in the mouth. The light hop bittering comes to take on this malt giant and Goliath will not lose to David again. Out come them phenols confusing themselves with the light peated malt and you are left, indeed, with a cola-like citric/tannic finish with a hint of grain (that's actually quite pleasant). I think this is what would happen if you mixed coffee with tea.

The pieces are there for a world-class beer, but all the king's horses and all the king's men . . .

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 21:05:53 | More by ngandhi
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3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When poured, this beer had a small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that fully dissipated.The body was hazy with carbonation observed and a reddish-brown hue.The nose was that of malt and caramel and the flavor was malty and a hint of caramel.The mouthfeel was slightly tingly/bubbly and medium bodied.The lacing was very sparse.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 00:01:20 | More by hotstuff
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3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color, medium white head. Medium bodied scotch ale. Malty and smoky. Blend of 7 different malts makes for a complex flavorful ale. Full flavored. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2003 02:08:53 | More by beerguy101
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Tilted Kilt from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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