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:
69
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A story of toasted malt, a significant caramel. A decent serviceable Scottish. A moderate smokey aroma, a little peaty taste. Dark yellow colour, modest off-white head. Creamy mouthfeel. Satisfying, spot-on style, though not terrific.On the sweeter sugar syrupy side.

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Photo of spycow
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew was a pretty good Scotch Ale. Not my favorite but still quite tasty. I loved the rich color it had. The flavor was nice too, Originally I thought it was a little weak but as it warmed it kinda got better. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy but it has substance which is nice.

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Photo of brentk56
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A whole lotta foam; as the foam lifts, it reveals a clear amber liquid; of course, the retention is great

Smell: Malty, with caramel and a faint hint of coffee

Taste: Caramel flavors, up front, with a developing apple tartness in the middle; butterscotch in the finish, though the tart flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated; medium to full body

Overall: Rather disappointing, particularly in the carbonation; not sure that the tartness was intended, either

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a glass mug.

Pours dark brown, clear, with a well proportioned and very durable tan head.

A load of smoke in the nose but more subdued in tasting where more molasses and dark fruit notes come out. High levels of roasted barley in both the nose and taste.

Good carbonation and solid medium body.

O: Served at about 45F, it improved with warming.

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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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear, dark reddish-brown body with a slim, thin, light ecru head.

Smell: Toasty, lightly nutty with a thin shaving of roast. A little fruitiness. Modest notes of cocoa and the brownest of sugars.

Taste: A washed out, watered-down taste of heavily toasted bread given a bit of brown sugar sweetness and a hint of cocoa powder. Light raisiny fruitiness. A modest touch of spicy hops with a very low bitterness. Sweetish, toasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: So-so.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper penny and tangerine orange with bold butterscotch edges. A fairly vigorous pour produced two fingers of buff colored foam that develops soft craters as it starts to melt. Glass coverage is pretty decent too.

The nose is brown malt earthy and toasted nutty, as befits the style. The second sniff delivers plenty of caramelized sugar, which is why the above score was chosen. This is shaping up to be another good beer from Thirsty Dog.

Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale tastes bolder than its ABV would suggest. This is a solid version of the style that is appropriately malt-dominant and has just the right amount of sweetness. It will never be mistaken for a wee heavy, but it's one of the burliest Scottish ales around.

Specific flavors include brown bread covered with fruit marmalade and caramel, sugared nuts, and hints of sweetened pipe tobacco. The hops add a slight herbal influence and smoke is not appreciated. There are plenty of positives and no real negatives.

Any beer with this much malt for its ABV is going to impress on the mouthfeel front. There is a great deal of smooth-edged creaminess in each mouthful and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too abundant.

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company doesn't get enough credit in a state that also includes Great Lakes and Hoppin' Frog. Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale has been available on-tap for years. Luckily for those of us who live out of state, it's now available in bottles.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel colored brown coming out of the bottle. Some nice, light ruby colored tones mixed in throughout as well really did a nice job of lightning it up a bit. Some haze, but pretty good clarity. A nice one inch foam head of white then came over the top and settled down slowly, leaving behind a broken crown and some decent side glass lace.

The aroma was totally malt driven as you would expect, with lots of nice caramel and earthy tones. Nice hints of grain and a touch of almost a raisin or fig like flavor as well. Very nice, but a touch on the light side would be my only complaint with it. The flavor largely followed suit, not being as sweet as I thought it would be, there were several touches of fruit, and a ton of grain in the flavor. The caramel malt driven back coming through very nicely as well. Your classic scotch ale flavor here, with not a whisper of alcohol anywhere to be found.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

in Ohio for a hockey tourny and had a chance to try some Thirsty Dog beers. The Twisted Kilt pours a hazey orange color with good white head that laced. The smell was powered by peaty malt and earth. Taste is a bit sweet, with a hefty pulse of peaty malts. A bitter finish helps to clear the pallet. The mouthfeel is medium to light in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good scotch ale to session.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clear deep ruddy amber hue with a bright lighter khaki hue with even finely spread lacing around the chalice. Aroma strong smoked peated malts an amazingly light smoked meats tone going on. Flavor is great a rush of smokey sweet malt light brisk malt character this is really well made Scottish ale, there's body moderate carbonation wonderful mix of flavors in this beer. Sturdy herbal backing earthy hops this stuff is great really drinkable I'm glad I gambled on a bottle. Definitely one I will look out for I wanna try more Thirsty Dog brews, these are solid standup players in the Ohio microbrew scene. I heard there brewer used to work at Great Lakes and he helped formulate some of the famous Great Lakes brews so my next stop will be their Dortmunder Lager aka Labrador Lager.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight roasted malt, and a hint of earthy malt. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight earthy malt, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, easy-drinking, well blended, but sub-par appearance and body.

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Photo of Dicers
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Had an aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and a woody quality.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, and a smoky/woody quality. A nicely balanced, vibrant flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable American version of Scotch ale.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks good so far a dark brown that's a bit clearer than I expected with a half inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells of good roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of rum soaked bread.

T - Starts off a bit dry but to me it is really overall sweet. To me it's like a raisin bread soaked in rum but without the alchohol taste. A very smooth caramel taste with a touch of chocolate cream to balance. Very tasty.

M - The best part of this beer all this flavor with a low ABV. A damn good scotch ale.

Overall next to their pumpkin ale this is my best beer I ever had and maybe even the best scotch ale since it's not a ABV bomb. Well done guys!

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