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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:
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Added by John on 09-16-2002

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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 142
Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into nonic

Deep mahogany color, almost opaque. The head is about two fingers thick, light tan, and slowly settles to a thin cap.

Malty aroma, consisting of thick syrupy caramel aromas along with a little brown sugar and raisins. Maybe a hint of chocolate.

A slight bitterness is among the repeated caramel flavors (somewhat burnt in the flavor). There is also a touch of spiciness. Fully bodied, almost chewy, with a low amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering burnt caramel.

Not a bad scotch ale. Though not as complex as others it's still pretty solid.

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish-hued brown with a huge head that takes quite a while to subside.

Scents of dark fruits and a slight banana scent, all underneath a malty base. The smell is a bit underdone, but there.

Taste is sourdough bread, malts, a slight banana flavor, somewhat nutty finish to it.

A medium body, leaning towards heavy, creamy, carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum.

Overall, a quite solid, well done example of a wee heavy, a style that I'm really start to enjoy quite a bit. Quite drinkable, not something you'll make a session out of, but wonderful for relaxing with.

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Photo of jscondon
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours with a ridiculously large head that subsides slowly. it is a dark brown with red hues that somewhat transparent. not much nose to this one, very very slight maltiness. the taste is delicious. it fronts somewhat mildly with a little malt tinge, a little lacking but this is more than made up for in the middle and end. the middle has a nice kettled flavor(very slight smokiness), which moves rapidly into a subtle caramel and malt thickness, to finish with a nice but albeit subtle black patent flavor.

yummy says me wife, and i agree. drinkable for sure, a nice interpretation of the wee heavy.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Looks pretty much spot on for the style. Deep, hazy caramel brown with a couple fingers worth of tan head that is generous with its deposits upon the glass.
Smells... like a Belgian strong dark ale! or a dunkel weizen! or weizen bock! Somewhere between Ommegang Abbey and Aventinus is what I'm getting out of here. Banana scents mixed with dark cherries. The flavor profile has a lot of that stuff going on, too. Dark bread with banana and cherries. Malts and yeast dominate here; sour dough bread with dried cherries or cranberries? Very layered and complex. I'm diggin it.
This will likely lift many a kilt if consumers are not careful. Big, bold and tasty all around. Those in the mood for a darker, heftier, sweeter type brew should be satisfied with this one. Good stuff and a bargain considering the $4.99 I paid.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick deep amber with creamy tan head. Slight lacing. Aroma is intense with dark malts, caramel, toffee, and ripe fruit. Initial flavor of sweet malt followed by roasted barley and finally some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, almost chewy. Good sipping beer that will definitely tilt your kilt if you aren't paying attention.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown with some red in it. Two fingers of off tan head.

S: Not too much of a nose on this one. I only got some malt sweetness. Could be the cask.

T: Really nice. Sweet malt finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This was the sweetest example of the style I have ever had.

M: Solid med body. Carbonation is really good especially for a cask.

D: Very drinkable for the style. Came in from the rain and had this one and it was perfect.

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Photo of GFSchwab
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is definitley one ofthe greatest scotch ales I have ever had.

It poured into a glass with a thick dark character, with a small egshell white head that faded along with consumption.

The aroma was deep and engulfing, with the scotch malts giving off oak, whisky, hickory, brown sugar and simmered oat meal.

The taste was enveloping, with the malts filiing my mouth with the aromas that it promised. The flavoring was deep in oak and hickory, with notes of tofee and a pinge pf butterscotch. The ethonal burn that should of been their barley made itself present.

The mouthfeel was HEAVY, with the aroma and taste lingering for literaly hours after I drank it, and was very easy going down.

the beer lefted me deeply satisfied and litte full, being its a VERY big beer.

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

Ok, this is a seriously dark Scotch Ale, complete with toasty mocha head. Tons of bubbles racing up to the top. Quite a lot of lace buildup.

Aroma is subdued, with some dark fruit and malted milk ball teasing the nose.

Flavor is rounded and big, with berry, chocolate, peanut and the mildest hint of smoke. Pronounced juicy grape in the finish without seeming vinous. The mouthfeel is creamy and on the thicker side with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling flat.

I liked this, and it does have some Scotch Ale traits, but it seems a little off-style...which I'm not anal about, but it says "Scotch Style Ale" on the bottle, so I didn't expect such a desserty beer. I even seriously wondered if they might've stuck the wrong label on a porter...or a stout. Will I pour it down the sink? Yeah right. It's a very good beer no matter what you call it. Definitely improves as it warms.

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

Huge thanks to Shertz for sharing this. I have had it before but never reviewed. I was sharing with some guy just this evening that if there is a style I like above and beyond the average of general BA opinions it is certainly Hot, Boozy, Scotch Ales. This falls into that category.

Appearance: Pours mahogany brown with off white head.

Smell: Warm alcohol notes make it straight to the nose. If you don't want to taste or smell you alcohol skip this one. Banana, dark fruit and butterscotch diacetyl reach the nose as well:

Taste: Toasted caramel and dark fruits, typical dark scotch ale malt flavors, fig and hint of grape with alcohol presence, grain and banana followed by an almost smokiness/peat/wood scotch and a hop element.

Mouthfeel: Warm. I like that but not everyone does. It is a medium body beer but the cheeks are feeling it pass.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer by all means but a terrific one I would like again.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of halo21
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber at the local beer shop; no freshness date.

Poured nice airy head. Dark ruby color.

Smelled fruity and sweet. Hint of alcohol;not too overpowering or showing signs of being a 9%

Sweet start with a dry finish. Tastes like scotch at the start. Fruity and smooth.

Carbonation not too high; which for me is a plus. Too high alcohol content to be a session beer, but could put a few back for they are smooth start to finish

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

thanks to BeerTruth for this via trade! This was the first brew I ever heard of from middle ages and have wanted to try for some time.
A - Deep reddish brown color with a thick light tan head.
S - rich caramel malts!
T - Similar to the smell, rich and malty. Hides the ABV very nicely.
M - Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and creamy smooth
D - Best one of the middle ages brews I've had to date. I'd recommend trying it.

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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 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 Abita45
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle and into a pint glass, this is a nice looking beer with a dense but shallow tan head and dark ruby, almost coppery brown color. A sweet aroma of ripe roasted fruit and malt is apparent as it is in the taste which is subtly astringent with a sweet, smokey malt flavor with tones of caramel. Smooth and full, this beer is well malted, slightly heavy and consistent through out.

This seems like a fine example of a Scottish Ale and my first from this brewery. I'll have to look out for other styles from them.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Ruby/Dark brown (almost opaque) with a tall tan head that lasted.

Smell: Sweet malt and wine.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt. Very pronounced alcohol taste but still pleasant (wine-like).

Mouthfeel: Creamy with smooth finish.

Drinkability: Enjoyable ale. Very good (the 22 oz. bottle went quickly), but I think the trick to a great Scotch Ale is for the alcohol content to be high but not very pronounced in the taste. Overall though, Middle Ages Brewing really does a nice job with dark ales, porters, and stouts.

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

From the mouth of a 22oz bomber...

Dark red with a tiny bit of clarity pushing its way through. Reddish brown color. Decent cardboard-colored head.

Slight spicy smell, with all the pungence of a typical Scottish Ale. Hint of caramel/molasses. Has the presence of strong alcohol.

Combo of sweet and puckering-bitter. Has the strong, almost sour Scottish flavor with the perfect balance of sweet to calm you. The bitter slaps you, the sweet apologizes. Strengthens as it warms.

Slight thickness, but overall has a smooth, buttery feel. A bit fizzy for the aftertaste, but quite good. It's very drinkable for such a strong brew. Doesn't hit as hard as you'd think; deceptively smooth.

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Photo of granite
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into pint glass.

It poured a dark amber with red hues with a medium off white head.

S---The aroma consisted of all malt with a touch of smoke and crystal.

T---Burnt sugar, malt and maple followed by warming alcohol.

M--Medium bodied.

D---I really enjoyed this and recommend it.

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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 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 pnkermiz
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade. Deep amber or chestnut in color. Hearty roasted malt aroma with a big malt flavor. Hints in the aroma and flavor of bitter chocolate, dark fruits like figs, some nuttiness as well with a mild alcohol finish. Definitely tastes all of its 9.0% ABV. It warmed me up on the cold winter night we tapped it.

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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 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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Photo of crwills
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Ye Olde Kilt Tilter from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.86 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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