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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Ye Olde Kilt TilterYe Olde Kilt Tilter

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 09-16-2002

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Photo of Avagadro
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: pours dark brown in my goblet, with hints of red peaking through in the light. Head is vigorous, and beige in color.

S: the bouquet is dominated by sweet malt, with bananas in the background.

T: bananas, butter, and bubblegum combine to make up a rather unpleasant flavor profile. I'm really not a fan of the this, maybe too high of a fermentation temp? Either way, scotch ales are normally cleaner than this.

M: full body with little carbonation.

D: I'm really not a fan of how messy the fermentation was. overall, a pretty pathetic scotch ale.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz into stout glass.

Poured with good looking 3F of tan head on top of a cola-colored body, with noticeable carbonation seeping up the edges.

Alcohol hits you in the face like this one will have 12-15% ABV - followed as it warmed by some bubble gum, toffee and whole wheat bread.

First few sips were whiskey soaked - sort of like that last sip of melted ice at the bottom of a scotch on the rocks. Strange rye-like bitterness, maybe some tin can, then a little butterscotch toffee sweetness tries to balance. Little bit of charred wood in the finish.

Mouthfeel was simply too thin for the style and for the ABV. More depth and creaminess would help even this out.

Not great, but not poor on overall drinkability... I got used to the unbalanced, weird blend after half the bottle. But still can't say I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle at 43 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt (weak)
Head small (0.5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, diminishing by end of pour to partial ring
Lacing none
Body deep red amber, clear, some effervescence
Flavor very sweet and sticky, malty; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of cbl2
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.99 22 oz. 9.00% No best by date.


Pours a dark almost opaque brown rimned with hints of burnt orange. Topped off with a half inch of bubbly tan foam.


Sweet scotch malts with some peat mixed in along with a slightly salty seaweed aroma.


Alcohol is not well masked, and is the first flavor on the tongue, followed by an odd grape-like fruit flavor that is not nearly as sweet as what was hinted at in the nose. Finish has a smoky bitterness to it that is somewhat offputting. I've never been wowed by Middle Ages, and this is yet another example from them that underwhelms. Seems off for the style, with alcohol way too high, and flavors not particularly reminiscent of a Scotch.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep hazy brown with a small head that fades and leaves no real lacing.

S: The nose is full of smokey/peaty notes and a sour funkiness.

T: Tastes sour and smokey with a bit of peat and if you really pay attention, a slighty sweet note in the finish. No real malt flavors that I associate with big scottish ales...pretty disappointing.

M: Mouthfeel is kind light for a 9% Wee Heavy and the carbonation is very light.

D: I wasn't impressed with this one. If it had more malty/sweet flavors I could see this being good but it was too sour.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing burgundy with shades of brown and a clumpy tan head. Smells of cranberries, molasses and cookie dough. Tastes of molasses and orange/apple juice. There’s also an unpleasant dryness much like the inside of a walnut or pecan. Mouth feel is very thin with little carbonation.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nicely dark ruby colored brew, bubbly head that dropped quickly.

Smells great, very much a scotch ale nose of malt, peat and a bit of spice. Tasted a bit to strongly of alcohol for my taste, but did not knock me out of my chair with it's strength.

Good brew that I'm glad came to me via trade.

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Photo of Edwaka01
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. into nonic imperial pint.

A - Dark, deep brown-red. Ruby, brown, and red-orange when held to the light

S - 50/50 blend of malt and hops. Not a terribly potent aroma, having a hard time pulling out anything but hops and malt.

T - More malt forward than aroma implies. A bit of hop bitterness, but no floral/citrus flavor. With the malt comes a bit of molasses-like sweetness, and finish is slightly alcoholic, booze flavor works here though.

M - Full, simple, coating, and a bit warming going down. Perfect for the style.

O - I'd drink this again, but with so many other choices, I don't think I'll grab it in a bottle shop in a huge rush.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a mug. One of these days I really should find out what kind of glass this is, my favorite beer mug, it's not a common one. But that's a tangent... on to the beer.

Pours a lovely dark ruby/ mahogany color with an ivory head two fingers high. Aroma is sweet at first- strawberry esters, burnt sugar, a hint of caramel. Malt, hops, and a tad bit of alcohol apparent upon deeper inspection. Taste is again strawberries up front, malt quickly jumps in and brings fullness, also burnt sugar and caramel, hops, then some smoke, liccorice, a pinch of alcohol burn, and strawberries again in the finish. The finish on this beer is by far the most complex part. Mouthfeel is moderately slick, carbonation is good, and the alcohol at the end isn't pleasant but not overpowering or terrible either. Overall a heavier medium-bodied beer.

I'm not sure what a Scotch Ale is supposed to taste like, but I found it enjoyable. Not going to rush out and buy it again, but I would certainly drink it if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a dark brown color ale with a small foamy head with average retention. Aroma of big sweet malt with a very subtle note of peat malt. Taste of rich sweet caramel malt with some peat notes and some warming alcohol. Body is a bit thin for the style and less filtration would have benefited this beer IMHO. Alcohol is present and warming but really does fit well and it didn’t bother me.

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Photo of FirstMan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little confused because it appears Middle Ages did a little swap-a-roo with the name of this beer. While it's called "Ye Old Kilt Tilter" here on BA, it's mysteriously called just "Kilt Tilter" on the bottle AND the bottle looks nothing like the picture in the upper right corner of this web page...

and yet...they are the same beer. The intrigue grows deeper...


Pours a dark mahogony brown in that smooth velvety way that wee heavy's do. Soft full head recedes into splotchy pools of bubbles and then finally eases into a full foamy ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is all ripe fruit - cherries, pears, and raisins - and sweet sugars. A slight hint of the alcohol edges in there as well. Nothing to complain about here.

Again with the ripe fruit in the taste, although the alcohol has quite a bit more presence here. Slight smokiness but not nearly as much as some other scotch ales. In fact, this is not a terribly complicated beer. Not bad, but somewhat average as scotch ales go.

Mouthfeel is full - smooth and creamy, but the sugars leave a little bit of a residual dryness at the end.

Not bad by any means, but nothing to really write home about. Give it a shot if you have a chance.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an opaque brown with a quick-receding off white head. Non-descript, it looks more like a porter than a scotch ale. Doesn't lace the snifter at all.

S - VERY boozy. It's most of what I smell, in fact. Underneath the alcohol there is a fruity yeast note, some smokey malts and whiskey affects that aren't entirely unpleasant. WAAAY underneath that I pick up traces of vanilla and molasses.

T - A lot better than the smell leads on to be. It starts with a weird fruity vibe and initially finishes pretty sweet... then a second or two after the swallow, a very nice chocolatey smokiness lingers for an abnormally long time. Complexities and nuances really pop out as it warms.

M - This is where I'm thrown off. It's waaaay too light and watery, and the carbonation is almost sparkly.

D - Surprisingly drinkable despite its few glaring flaws. Not very boozy in the taste, and even tho it walks the line of being cloying, it's not. For 9%, this bomber will be fine tho.

Notes: I'm 50/50 in terms of Middle Ages brews. I have had a few solid hits, but a couple misses as well. Still sittin on a Druid Fluid and Dragonslayer :)

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no obvious date information, but 306 A2 19:47 was inkjetted on the bottle bottom.

Clear cordovan with ruby highlights. Modest sand colored head of loose packed medium bubbles that slowly settled to a skim coat. No visible carbonation streams. Rich and sweet malt, dark alcohol-soaked fruits, brandied caramel, vanilla, and alcohol fill the nose. Nice and rich with dark fruits filling the mouth, the alcohol is prominently placed. There is a dry, hop-derived bitter undertone. Each flavor; fruit/malt, alcohol, and hops, seems to stand distinctly apart. The finish is on the thin side, with some warming alcohol and an edgy subtle hop bite. Medium bodied with a thin, dry mouthfeel, this did not have the full, rich mouthfeel expected. An average Scotch ale, the mouthfeel and lack of adequate maltiness left me wanting more.

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Photo of JasonA
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep carmel, maybe a bit hazy. Very little head, minimal lacing.

Yummy, sweet, deep malt. ABV present, but smells delicious.

Alcohol, somewhat dry. A bit watery. Quite strange. Not much else. Maybe a bit yeasty/bready. Seems like a lot missing.

Sits well, ABV not overpowering. Im searching for the malt though.

Decent, not sure I would go back to it. Id like a bit more walt, less watery flavor.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin than head over a black-mahogany body. Head dissipates quickly, although not surprising for the style especially at this ABV. Aromas start wafting upward as soon as the ale is poured— dark rum, vinous fruit and caramel. Flavor is a mixture of biscuits and caramel. The sweetness seems drown out by alcohol, but you can tell it is in here with a full body. A touch of alcohol heat and hop bitterness too.

It could just be my personal taste, but something seems a bit off in here—not exceptionally so as the ale is still quite enjoyable. But the body just comes off as a bit dry to me… could be the elevated abv or over-zealous hopping.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber with no freshness date.

A- Three fingers of thick foam hold like a champ, dark hazed reddish brown glows in the light.

S- Bubble gum, banana taffy ... lots of malt sweetness with a diacetyl caramel backing.

T&M- Very smooth with a creamy slickness on the tongue. Hint of fusel alcohol. Bold malt profile with a big caramel and rounded toasted grain, ample sweetness is balanced by a modest hop and warming alcohol. Suggestions of banana taffy in the finish with in the malt sweetness.

D- Not to bad at all, a bit too much alcohol up front for me but all in all a good brew to be had and worthy enough to be called a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of scottg
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany with reddish hues and two finger tan creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of molasses, alcohol, and a cherry yeast. Sweet caramel malt up front with chocolate, molasses, cherry flavors and alcohol with a sugary finish. Medium high body, medium carbonation, there is a creamy mouth coating feel to it.
Good scotch ale but a little to sugary sweet in the finish for me, there are much better ones out there.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought at the brewery a week ago.

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice frothy one finger tan head. Virtually no lacing.

Smells of astringent hops and alcohol at first, which is surprising for the style, sweet caramel malt and bubblegum.

The taste is much dryer than your typical scotch ale. Caramel and candy flavors are quickly overtaken by a hop/alcohol astringent finish. Not anywhere near as sweet as most scotch ales.

Full-bodied, smooth & creamy.

Not a bad beer, but far from my favorite for this style. I spoke at length with the brewery's owner and he is against anything with any sweetness, which explains this interpretation of a scotch ale. If you find yourself near Syracuse, drop in for a tasting. The owner is a great guy and almost too modest. They make some great beers.

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Photo of number1bum
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bombers pours a deep dark brown, almost pitch black but not quite as dark as a good stout. Nice billowing coffee colored head that retains slowly, maintaining a nice ring of lace. Smell is somewhat weak, but has a decent malty nose with some caramel sweetness.

Taste is also nice and malty but somewhat bland. Not the robustness of malt flavor I'm looking for. Roasted and caramel malts are most pronounced but struggle to stand out. There is a light sweetness that gives some molasses flavor in addition to caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium-bodied and is pretty creamy on the palate, carbonation is appropriate.

Pretty solid brew but not an exceptional one. I love Middle Ages but this is one of my lesser favorites from them (not bad when a 3.75 is one of your lesser favorites).

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Photo of almychristopher
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown with red highlights and a tall tan rocky head that fades to lacing, the aroma isn't awe inspiring but a good bit of malt and a bit of spiciness of some sort. the taste is very malty caramel and yeasty dryness. the mouthfeel is of course very full, but with a nice counterpoint of carbonation and dryness, this isn't the first one of these I've had and I'm sure it won't be the last.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine best described this as a Wether's hardy candy. It really does taste like an odd caramel flavor. This is a good, but not great Wee Heavy. The body is a little heavy and the flavor is a little off, I wish I could pin point it. Still worth a try.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark Brown, about one finger of head, not much lacing.

S-Woody, smoked malkts

T-Extremely sweet, not much bitterness. Not overly complex and lacing a decent finish. The finish seemed bland to me.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, not much carbonation.

D-Split the bomber with someone, 11oz was enough. Nothing great here. It could be that I recently had the SA Wee Heavy and loved it so it couldn't compared, but there are better versions of the style.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber bottle. Pours a deep, clear, mahogany hue. Has some ruby highlights at the edges, and Tilter is topped by a rapidly receding tan, fine head. Lacing left behind in the glass is average to above-average. Aroma is robust, and hit my nose right out of the bottle. Lots of sweet, malty notes present. Body is just about medium, though I wish it were a little fuller. Still, it passes smoothly over the tongue.

Starts out with some decent caramel maltiness, coating the tongue with a light sweetness. Soon thereafter it turns slightly bitter and dry. There is a floral hoppiness which tends to overtake the malt, leaving the bitter character to dwell in the mouth, along with a smidge of buttery-ness. Has a hint of a peatiness, but perhaps I could just be hoping to find that quality. ABV of 9%, as noted on the bottle, is well hidden. Lacks depth and complexity, overall, imo. Decent, but not one I'd seek out.


overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of kbnooshay
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: Gorgeous dark brown ruby color with a cocoa tan colored foamy fluffy head that was quite huge.

s: The smell contained a banana like sweetness. The aroma was incredibly rich. Do I detect bubblegum here? Very interesting.

t: The scotchy flavor is very sweet like butterscotch candy.

mf/d: Surprisingly this was a tad watery but not bad at all. This brew was kinda obscure but high in alcohol, interesting and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brown colour with some head. Understated Scottish portion, looking for peatiness but only in mid-sip. Somewhat like a brown with more character, molasses, caramel and malt. Nicely hopped. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable for a 9% (according to the bottle).

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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
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