Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
196 Ratings
Twisted Kilt Scotch AleTwisted Kilt Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Stoutlad
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Wsherry1
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slasich
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tchenery
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small lacing head of bone white on top of a brown almost reddish body.

It smells very roasted and toasted. It almost has a nutty flavor and is slightly sweet. It has no hop aroma at all.

Very subtly sweet malt flavor that has no bitter flavor at all. It has a strange unexplainable flavor without much of any hops. It has an almost tobacco flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick.

Completely drinkable and almost sessionable.

 425 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours clear and orange brown with a crimson blush. Has good clarity adn you can see a stream of bubbles coming up from the center to meet a loose head of tan foam that falls fast and does not leave lace. There is a nice honey hue around the edges. Nose is malty. Bread, rich malt and a some earthy peat. A good fruitiness that is deep in the beer so you can't really name it and maybe a faint bit of grass. Taste is outstanding. Before your realize ti you have swallowed and what resides on the palate in the quick remembrance of an exceptionally smooth malty experience. There are several factes to this malt. The breaddiness which is dry and crisp and not too deep. There is dry cracker that keeps it light. And the earthy peat that could favor a variety of different malty expressions but finds caramel in this one. It's a bit sultry it's a bit dapper. The fruitiness is the middle and this finishes with a subtle rise in hops to a light grass and a faint bitter underneath the beer to push ti along the palate and finish it with a lovely lingering malty sweetness. Tall in the glass and not too sweet I loved this and thought it was excellent.

 1,153 characters

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of oakaged88
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear copper/amber with one finger of tan head. Head doesn't last long but there is some good lacing.

S - Mostly caramel malt, some grain and a nice bread aroma.

T - Starts with some coffee, which I did not get in the aroma. After that the caramel malt takes over, with other flavors of earthy bread, raisin and some subtle hop bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel with some biting carbonation. Subtle bitterness on the finish.

O - An enjoyable, easy drinking ale with some nice earthy flavors that don't overpower the palate.

 556 characters

Photo of BeerCon5
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a decent off-white fluffy head.

The scent is toasted bread and caramel malt.

The taste is of caramel malt, some spice, notes of bread and a little alcohol presence.

Medium body, smooth and a little dry, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, there was good flavor and pretty easy to drink. Although nothing really made me want to look for this again.

 387 characters

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fine tasting Scottish Ale.Reminds me of something I've had before.Appears to be orange-brown ale.THis fine ale has a sweet aroma.THe taste is bit of caramel,nutty,bread tasting,kinda like a dubbel.Has great potential to be all night party favourite.Not to mention how funny the label is.P.S. Don't drink this after you brush yor teeth.

 340 characters

Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks pretty good. It is a dark carmel color in the center, and lighter around the edges. It's topped by a nice thin white head.

S: The smell is feint but it's there, and it's not what I would expect from this. I get a slight roasted character which backs up the more malty backbone of the beer.

T: The roast comes through on the taste as well, but even more-so than on the nose. I get a slight chocolate flavor mixed in as well. It is also a bit hopper than expected, but not so much that is out of the box.

M: Good carbonation (medium) and a moderatly-high body. Not cloying or sticky at all.

D: Drinks quite nicely, I like it a lot.

 642 characters

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, plum, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, plum, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, fig, plum, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Scottish ale. All around good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,309 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/10/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea, vanilla and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, sweet and a little smoky with flavors of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and tea. There are a lot of flavors going on at once which creates a good complexity. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer with a lot of substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

 833 characters

Photo of Ezra-Poundit
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rembrant
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a SCOTTISH and not a SCOTCH. It is not supposed to be Porter like in density,robustness,as then It's a Scotch/Wee Heavy. There's no added spices as with Belgian styles or Holiday beers. There often is some peat smoked malt,though it may be subtle (and is) that gives a hint of an Islay Scotch Whisky. Hops are few.

This pours a nice red orange. Darn little head after a few sec.
Aroma,a bit off toffee,a hint of sherry and some earthy mystery thing..maybe a bit of peatsmoke,maybe a yeast?

Taste Well,that ? thing may be a little smoke. This is a Scottish,not a Scotch Wee Heavy....so it's a wee less heavy and gets that woody,smokey scotch whiskey hint...but not the actual whiskey,just the secondaries. There's a wee bit of sweet toffee malts with a wee bit of robust (not very heavy).
However..I'm liking this,there's a number of subtle complex things happening. There's a little tartness,cherry or Sherry or a Cherry Sherry.

Body, sort of medium, between an amber and a brown. As I'd expected I'd bought a Wee Heavy, I was a bit surprised to pour out a Wee Medium. Looking more closely at the label....Scottish. I am okay with it. Kind of like some Great Lakes beers,Nosferatu,Elliot Ness, there's quite a few interesting nuances here that keep it from being too darn simplistic. Decent Carbo adds a bit of energy,as this is not relying on a hops zing. Strange,I let the last sips warm and the malts,as expected ,sweetened a bit more,but the body-texture seemed to thin out some,get wetter,which is seldom the case.

Drinkable....Yes,in an out of the usual way. I like this and I can't quite say why except it's different.

 1,638 characters

Photo of afoltz2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe