Tilted Kilt - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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Reviews by trancefishy:
3/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
10-14-2004 23:14:22 | More by trancefishy
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2.95/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
11-16-2004 03:49:47 | More by orbitalr0x
2.45/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
03-09-2004 01:42:47 | More by Thrasher
3.8/5 rDev +14.1%
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...
05-02-2004 18:16:52 | More by ADR
3/5 rDev -9.9%
Tilted Kilt: a Scotch ale, a style that I’ve never been a big fan of. Deep brown in color, not very clear, not much head. The taste was initially not close to what I expected, cloying malts were predominate. However, several additional sips helped bring this brew around. The aroma is strong and malty. The molasses taste of this beer was all over the place. What was notable was a whiskey taste that infused each and every sip, and a taste that, in my view helped to improve the taste considerably. In my view, this is as drinkable a Scotch Ale as I’ve ever had.
05-23-2003 20:44:59 | More by jackndan
3.53/5 rDev +6%
Mahogany color with a brown head.
Aroma of roasted malt with hops underneath. Alcohol as well.
Taste follows the aroma. Roasted malt (maybe a little too roasted for the style). Good level of hop bitterness although again maybe too much for the style. Some alcohol as well. Not smooth.
Medium body and a decent mouthfeel.
Drinkability suffers a notch due to slight harshness at the finish and lack of refinement in this one.
Overall, a good beer, but not one I'm in a hurry to revisit.
04-04-2003 19:11:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.13/5 rDev -6%
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.
11-04-2003 00:01:20 | More by hotstuff
3.08/5 rDev -7.5%
This beer gave me a bad impression. the first sip was "yuck"...then I somehow settled in and got used to the unique flavor. Uniqueness in the case is not necessarily good or bad. Just "different". The head disappeared completely and it had a weak malt aroma. Low hopping (appropriate for style I think?) and malt dominance with plum and whiskey notes and a malty, pleasing finish. not a terrible beer but has some weird flavor touches here and there that make it a beer that most people, including myself, will find to be a deal-breaker.
08-25-2003 01:49:46 | More by EagleTalon
3.45/5 rDev +3.6%
The beer pours a deep garnet color, the head is modest in size, and creamy in texture, beige in color with slim sheets of fine lace, both desiccate quickly. Large malt nose that is sweet and a bit floral backed up by caramel and toasted grain tones. The start ambrosial, middling top, the finish has a Coke like acidity, as in Soda Pop, not that other stuff. Pleasantly hopped with a long lasting droughty aftertaste.
11-16-2002 09:41:08 | More by Gusler
2.55/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
02-14-2004 05:58:46 | More by zacharius
2.95/5 rDev -11.4%
Dark red nearly brown hue, with no apparent haze. The head retention is fairly poor, and the head settles to a thin rim that only coats the glass itself. Almost sharp, vinous aromas hit at first and are ensued by very toasty and caramel like malt notes. A very subtle peated malt aroma is disernable as well. Tilted Kilt does lack the "chewy" malt aroma that a good heavy scottish ale should have. The carbonation is a bit too high that I like for a Scotch Ale, and the mouthfeel is quite thin. The taste is dominated by borderline astringent roasted malt flavors, and the hop bitterness is a tad too high for style. There is a bit of sweetness and roasted barley bitterness in the finish. If you care about style, (which I don't particularly care about as long as the beer is tasty) this beer falls way short of a wee heavy. As a beer in itself, it has too many conflicting flavors. I was a bit disappointed.
03-29-2002 22:28:17 | More by marc77
3.85/5 rDev +15.6%
Came in the short-neck brown 12 oz bottle, with the usual Pyramid label framed in red tartan
Pours a nice dark amber/red into the glass, atop the beer sits a nice sized creamy head, which dissapates to leave a good laceing down the glass..very attractive beer.
The aroma is a little subdued, but I can make out the roasted barley malt, sweet and chocolaty.
A nice dark unsweetened chocolate malt flavour. Also a dry peaty taste is discernable..very good!
Later in the gulp a smoky aftertatse makes its appearance.. I like this beer.
Feels very smooth on the tongue nice finish to this beer.
I liked this beer, its pretty drinkable a nice spring seasonal from Pyramid.
03-16-2003 00:46:40 | More by Reidrover
3.78/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
07-27-2004 14:25:26 | More by rugger
3.18/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-31-2004 15:57:14 | More by beerceller99
3.8/5 rDev +14.1%
A murky, sort of smoky caramel and brown await all who would deign to doff the cap of this tartan-adorned bottle. Hints of red play around the edge of the glass. Not much head on the pour and no retention at all.
Initially shows a nice fat malt nose with sturdy sweetness. Very brief however, and a little disappointing. There's still a bit of aroma there, but that first sniff was pretty nice. Alas, we hardly knew ye...
Taste is raisiny sweet, intensely malty. No real development beyond that. Big carbonation and a light sourness stop the sweetness from getting carried away. Not real versed on Scotch Ales, but I like this.
Very full-bodied, dangerously smooth feeling and a pleasant coating of the mouth.
Very drinkable, but with its limits. The alcohol presence shows itself enough to give fair warning, but I could still enjoy several of these in a sitting.
08-25-2003 17:49:34 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.1/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-19-2004 00:22:04 | More by karengarys
2.98/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
03-22-2004 05:40:54 | More by beertaster13
3.48/5 rDev +4.5%
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
09-16-2003 02:08:53 | More by beerguy101
2.3/5 rDev -30.9%
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.
05-21-2004 02:03:01 | More by Winter
2.9/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
03-14-2004 06:36:34 | More by WetCoaster
3.7/5 rDev +11.1%
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 . . .
12-11-2003 21:05:53 | More by ngandhi
Tilted Kilt from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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