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

Ye Olde Kilt TilterYe Olde Kilt Tilter
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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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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of crwills
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice, cloudy brown colour with a big head. Shared among friends who were getting tired of tasting, so I got more than I should have, considering the alcohol.

Aroma is pleasantly sweet and yeasty, with notes of vanilla and some standard Scotch ale roasted caramel. Flavour is a little bit over the top sweet, still vanilla and caramel with some burnt chocolate or marshmallow, and maybe some prune in there. Aftertaste is mildly cloying, reducing drinkability. Very little carbonation, which unfortunately, in this case, adds to the cloying-ness of it.

Not my favourite of the style ever, but definitely not bad. I should review again when I'm more in the mood for it (and haven't had a few already).

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 geexploitation
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing mahogany brown with slightly thin head. Brown sugar, spicy bananas, and raw alcohol in the nose. On the palate, present alcohol up front, along with dates and molasses sweetness. Some stout-sourness develops around the mid palate, which seems odd for the style and does detract from the rich sweetness that starts off the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, and definitely has too much alcohol detected. Still, fairly drinkable, and interesting enough flavors. A decent scotch ale.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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 BlackAngus
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big shoutout to TheManiacalOne for sending me this. Thanks man!

Appearance is a dark, opaque brown. Head is very light, with a coffee-colored head. Head is very subdued.

Smell is smokey, malty, "scotchey." But not overpowering.

Taste is dominated by alcohol and smokey malt. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full-bodied, but a residual aftertaste that I'm not digging.

Overall, a good brew, but I'd drink Robert the Bruce over this almost any day. Glad to have the chance to try it, though.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.37/5  rDev -12%
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 cbl2
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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 taez555
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown, but clear, body with an off-white head.

Rich sweet malt nose, big sugar caramel, a little bit of tropical fruit and definitely some hints of that baseball card type bubble gum. Some fruity earth and natural root fruit flavors as well.

Medium to full bodied and very smooth from start to finish. Slightly toasted malt, rich caramel, fresh grain and some mild licorice flavors. Not much in the way of hops or hop bitterness but enough to give it an invisible backbone that never actually lets the malt overpower. Ends with a slightly astringent taste with touches of the burnt roasted malt.

Nice scotch ale, not the most impressive ever but another fine beer from Middle Ages.

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Photo of johnniemarg
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 edchicma
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a drak ruby amber with a small head but ok lacing. Smell was a sweet blend of molasses and malt...very nice. Taste reflected the smell quite nicely...molassess sweet maltiness, finsihes with a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy. This is a smooth brew, even though it has a chewy quality...a definite try.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Jason
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a drark brown chestnut color with a packed mound of ecru foam on top.
Aroma of caramel malt aroma and some floral alcohol and hop notes in the background, as it warmed a real bready quality also appeared.
Flavors of rich caramel and some chocolate, along with dark fruits seem to dominate the background of roasted bread tones.
Mouthfeel is very full and alive with carbonation. Just a hint of hot alcohol emerges as it warms up.
Drinkability is really top notch, another winner from Middle Ages.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 johnyeast
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich brown in color with a slight beige colored head. Smells of hops, malt, bannana and slight citrus scent. A wonderful Scotch Ale. Strong in taste, yet smooth. Just a slight hops finish. Nice mouthfeel not overpowered by the alcohol. An incredibly drinkable beer that has a kick. Yeah a kick.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz.bottle obtained from DeCicco in Pelham... thanks Ego as always for the score. Served at above fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip after dinner.

Appearance- Pours a rich, caramel cognac into my glass... a billowing head ensues, encompassing the better of its interior. Webs of lacing cling to the sides, it's a beautiful thing.

Smell- Wood, tobacco, peat, some aromatic herbs... a symphony for the nose. The smoky, peaty malts are well presented and pleasurable. Notes of burnt twigs and cinnamon linger afterwards, a terrific nose.

Taste- Heavy, peaty malts are up front and carry well into the middle. As the spices develop, with a delicately fruity undertone, a strong and lingering hop bitterness finishes dryly.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For a 9% brew, the mouthfeel is certainly adequate without being detrimental. I love the overall feel of this beer, and it displays the most important features of a Wee Heavy extremely well. A bomber of Kilt Tilter might just be the prescription for a Friday night winddown. Some advice? Share it with a friend.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 orfeu
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep violet brown. Dense beige foam cap. Sweet whisky-soaked cherries and caramel malt constitute the aroma. Boozy cherries return in the taste, along with a substantial (I mean, really!) malt profile which is followed by an earthy hop and mineral finish. Then, an essence of peat emerges in the aftertaste -- surprising finish! Medium body, somewhere between juicy and slick. Ye Olde Malt Bomb is more like it. Drinkable enough, for sure.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 GnomeKing
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely interesting. The flavors are hard to identify, but here it goes...

Dark brown, with a small head and moderate, light brown lacing. The taste is slightly roasted, but midly sweet caramel flavors come through most strongly. There's a slightly warm spiceness to the beer. The taste lingers on the tongue well after the brew slips down into your belly, so this beer rewards slow sipping.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Litterbean
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost purple velvet-like color. Very dark, and strikingly handsome with it’s creamy off-white head.

I swirl my pint glass a little and take a big old whiff, and am met with a mixture of oak-aged whiskey, caramel, mild alcohol vapors, and a toasty, slightly burnt bread aroma.

Upon my first sip I notice a lot of the same sweet caramel flavors I found in the smell. Truly this is a malt lovers dream. Like the traditional Scottish Wee Heavy, there aren’t many hops to be found. Lingering in the back of the tongue is the alcohol I already mentioned. This is a potent potable, much like the Jeopardy category. This will really hit you if you don't eat something beforehand.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 loren01
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown color with tan/white head and lots of carbonation in the glass. No lacing down the glass.
S: Smell is very malty with an almost black licorace scent. also smells of rasins, slight yeast smell and some alcohol
T: I actually expected it to be more malty flavored. Tastes to me of dates, rasins . you can definatly taste the alcohol in this one, its very warming thats for sure.
M: mouthfeel is very creamy, somewhat dry at the end
D: I didn't really care for the first few sips of this beer, however toward the end I found it very complex and drinkable. not sure if thats the high alcohol% or if i just became more adapted to the style, probably a little of both.

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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 69% out of 100 with 145 ratings
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