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:
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Added by John on 09-16-2002

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is everything i want in a scotch ale, and its perfect for the fall time. its rich in its grain composition, packed with earthy but not smoky red malt and with some caramel to round it out, but this particular version is approaching bone dry, not laced with residuals like many others, which for me makes it close to perfect for the style. its fuller bodied, frothy as they come, and with just enough carbonation to keep it moving, but it has english barleywine elements with the yeast structure and with the alcohol strength that just pierces through a little bit. its a rich brew, a bomber worth sharing i think, but not necessarily too much for one man. its dry in the finish, almost like a real high attenuating irish ale yeast was used, it has that level of completeness, but tastes like an english strain. my favorite scotch ale of the season so far, and one of the better middle ages beers going at the moment.

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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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich burgundy with a well retained 1/2 finger off white colored head that really settled slowly,Nice melding of malt dominated aromas some brown sugar and pretty hefty somry aromas with lighter notes of butter and alcohol,that smokiness really comes thru in the flavors something that usually comes with good Scotch ales this seems more prominant with notes of brown sugar and dry earthy note in the finish,the alcohol creeps up slowly.A nice big chewey mouthfeel goes well with the bigger malty flavors,not the ideal beer to drink on a warm spring night like tonight here in NC. It"s big and warming a fine example of the style in my mind.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Middle Ages Kilt Tilter delivers a beautiful dark mahogany body beneath a short head of creamy tan foam that holds quite well and leaves some nice streaks and spots of lace about the glass.

The nose offers a whiff of alcohol; some yeasty fruitiness; and a touch of mild, caramelish malt.

It's smooth and oily in the mouth, with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The bold flavor delivers a solid punch of alcohol-soaked dark caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, a smear of buttery diacetyl, and leafy & grassy hops. It's backed by a brisk bitterness, and it's alcohol splash and hop residue leave it remarkably dry in the finish.

It's not done particularly well to style (too bitter, too much hop flavor, too much noticeable alcohol); but it's the alcohol that really hinders this one. Perhaps I've simply gotten a bad batch... I'll look for another bottle to re-review.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color with a big, foamy, tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of vanilla, spice, malt & smoke, with a hint of alcohol.

T: The taste isn’t too smoky, but has plenty of malt sweetness with flavors of vanilla & caramel. The alcohol presence is felt towards the end of each sip, but not as strongly as most beers with a 9.00% ABV. The after-taste is sweet as you would expect, but mild.

M: Very smooth and slightly more viscous than most beers I've had in this style, full bodied, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and just a bit sticky.

D: Very tasty, not as filling as you would expect from a Scotch style ale. I can see how one might say this beer is a sipper, but I won’t because I drank it way too damn fast for it to be a sipper. I needed to pick this one up for a trade with BlackAngus (see his review below) and just had to grab a bottle for myself. I’m becoming more and more impressed with Middle Ages Brewing and the Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy style is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt pecan with explosive red and orange highlights. Holding the glass up to my sunlit front window reveals its true, uniformly dusky crimson nature. Up top sits a wonderful looking cap of light caramel brown that is at least three fingers in height and is dense enough to endure.

I hope the nose comes out of its shell with warming because I get the sense that it's a good one. It's sweetly caramel malty with overtones of vanilla, brown sugar and possibly even cocoa. It isn't especially smoked peaty, which is a characteristic that the best Scotch ales need to possess if they're going to impress me.

It's obvious from the first ounce that Ye Olde Kilt Tilter is delicious beer. The malt structure is massive and delivers flavors reminiscent of chocolate and dark caramel-toffee. Dark fruit is a major contributor as well. In particular, molasses-drizzed, dark brown sugar-crusted dates. Like much beer of this style, the flavors mirror the flavors present in British figgy pudding or sticky toffee pudding.

There's a mildly pungent tanginess present that isn't especially smoked peat-like. I also pick up a hint of vodka-macerated cherries that reminds me of some barleywines. Even though it isn't a nuisance, the alcohol is slightly more prominent than I'd like.

I've had bigger bodies on wee heavies. Not to worry, though; it's big enough. It's well within the bounds of medium for the style, feints toward slick and sticky on the finish (without quite getting there), and has a restrained amount of carbonation.

Ye Olde Kilt Tilter falls short of some of my favorite Scotch ales. That isn't to say that it isn't a worthwhile purchase. There's a lot to like here and I have no trouble at all recommending this fine ale to any and all whose kilts are in need of some serious tilting.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Impressive initial beige head, nice spotty lace; solid brown in color.

Creamy nutty aromas, noticable levels of high alcohol.

Moderately bodied, with a high level of carbonation--the alcohol content does not show up initially. The taste starts with a full flavored dark malt. This transitions to a mild sweetness and then to the hop bitterness. The aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolates and dry hops.

Full flavored and, for the style, quite bitter Scotch Ale.

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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 tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brownish amber with a thick layer of dense, brownish, off white head that has decent retention

S - baked apples, peat, caramel

T - baked apples, caramel, some candy sugar, faint graininess, alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a big bodied, full flavored Wee Heavy. The flavor is bold and balanced. The alcohol is present but tamed. My only disappointment was that there was a faint grainy note in the finish. Otherwise, this was a big, bold offering that is worth trying.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness dating, but sporting newer graphics then those shown above. Pours a very dark shade of mahogony, dense tan head dissolves to nothing, and leaves light fine lacing then minor lacing late. Nose here is of coca-cola, and some gooey caramel. Rich malty brew, notes of burnt peat, lots of dark caramel and smoky chocolate character. Smooth and coating mouthfeel, this stuff sticks to the teeth for a good long while. NIce, strong winter sipper. Malt lovers rejoice

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear dark brown with some burgandy highlights. Fluffy 2" head with big bubbles lasts a while.

Smell: caramel, and a hint of smokey peat.

Taste: nice caramel base with prunes, soft vanilla tones, hints of chocolate, nice bitterness, all wrapped in a soft smokey peat flavor and a bit of breadiness. Alcohol is barely noticable. Flavors really developed while it warmed.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start while leaning towards a smoother finish. Flavors linger briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very nice afternoon sipper for me while sitting on the deck enjoying a nice sunny day. Easy to quaff, and the flavors were very pleasant. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stegmakk for this brew.

Pours a clear/clean dark brown/dark reddish color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is basically slightly sweet malts and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet malts and caramel, maybe some spicies in there, ABV hidden very well. Medium body. Drinkable, was expecting more, but it is a nice satisfying brew, glad to have had a chance to try it out.

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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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch bone white head. The aroma is a complex mixture of sweet malts, Ringwood yeast, and hops. The taste is good. A fine balance of pale base grains and crystal malts to attain a high alcohol content. There is also a bit of hop flavor with this as well that seems to mellow out the "strong" in the taste. The body is low to medium, but is still quite enjoyable for an elevated abv. beer. This would make a good session beer, although maybe a short session.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber hue with tons of haze and two fingers of frothy tan foam. Just what I like to see.

Smell: rich malty aroma with lots of breadiness and plenty of fruity character on top. There is a hint of caramel and even some minor spiciness to round 'er out. Quite nice.

Taste: fruitier than the aroma, there is a lot of good raisin, date and cherry in here. It reminds me of an old ale or an English barleywine in some respects. There's plenty of bread and butterscotch in the flavor with the fruit. Really quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: tons of body with a great carbonation yield a highly satisfying creaminess. I love the effect here.

Overall: this is quite a wonderful beer. I wish it were more available in my area.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear, yet deep amber color that is topped by a creamy 1 finger thick light brown head. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, marshmallows, sweet cherries, toasted bread with a sugar glaze that has been just so slightly burnt at the edges. The aroma is not big and boisterous, but it is solid and interesting, just like a good Scotch ale should be.

This beer is fairly dry, it still has a malty sweet edge to it, just not quite as much as I was expecting. There is a full range of malty flavors here; from the deep caramel notes, to the lightly toasted perhaps even hint of roasted malt notes in the finish. There is a hint of butterscotch here, but just barely and it seems to magnify the overall maltiness of this beer. As the beer warms up a bit the mouth feel/ palate of this beer begins to pick up and it starts to coat the mouth after each sip. It also begins to pick up a candied cherry note, almost a bit reminiscent of cough syrup, in the finish, though it is not enough to be detracting. There is a bit of a tannic bite here as well, almost woody and there is a suggestion of smoke (though I might just be imagining this) and a definite salty note as well. This beer is quite simply about the malt, there is a bit of balancing bitterness in the finish, and maybe a hint of hop flavor, but really it is all about melanoids and carmalized malt notes; quite tasty.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" light brown head over the deep burgundy brew. Frothy head lasts well, and lacing is tremendously heavy foam coverage. Aroma is strong, sweet, fruity maltiness, with alcohol apparent as well. Taste is just what the nose indicated, but with some chocolate somewhere in there, and the alcohol muted by the plethora of flavors already present. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, oh-so nice, and drinkability is incredibly scary for the style. One of the best Scotch-style ales I had enjoyed.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark ruby with a fine, light brown head. Malty aroma with plenty of caramel and toffee, some plum and raisin, along with mild alcohol. Solid bitterness with strong caramel maltiness. Mild hop and dark fruit flavours, with a warm, bitter finish. Slightly grainy texture, low carbonation and full body. Quite enjoyable.

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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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Middle Ages. Ruddy caramel brown, small tan head of foam. Aromas are all scotch ale-tastic with roasted malts, caramel, and an interesting yeast-play at work as well. Taste is nice. Sweet malty, roasty, caramel-like, and slightly smoky. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is good, as there is really no hint to the abv of this beaut. Bottles here we come.

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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 sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature. The brew pours a clear deep mahogany with beige colored creamy head that fades to an edge layer and a thin island of bubbles in the middle. Aroma is toffee and sweet malt with just a hint of chocolate and no real hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation. Flavor is fairly sweet with brown sugar and caramel and just a bit of roastiness on the finish. The finish is also a little drying like a merlot. A decent brew that hides its 9.0% very well.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ye Olde Kilt Tilter pours a dark, dark ruby (almost black) color with a creamy light tan head on top. the foam dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind some spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is very malty with notes of roasted and caramel malt. Hints of peat and nuts are also present. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very smooth with a mild carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is malty with strong notes of caramel and roasted malt. Reminds me of a dark ale. Mixed in are some flavors of peat and bubblegum with a hint of peppery spice and nuts. Once gone a mildly bitter nutty flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer hides its 9% abv very well. It's quite tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Roured a very deep brown color with slight reddish highlights.Modest lacing.
Smell is smoky and dark fruity with much alcohol noted.
Taste is extremely enjoyable. The alcohol is virtually undetectable. (maybe the trick is to pour it and let it set for 5-10 minutes before teasting. Much dark fruitiness present. Roasted and smoky malt abound. A slight bitterness does some balancing of the sweetness.
Rich, creamy and full in the mouth with good taste retention.
Way too drinkable for a 9% beer. Definitely a bomber to share.

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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.86 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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