Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Twisted Kilt Scotch AleTwisted Kilt Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Dogbrick on 01-13-2003

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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 196
Photo of gordavidson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, dark orange liquid with some ruby highlights. The thin and splotchy white head is kept alive with a few streams of rising carbonation.

S- Sweet malt, a bit of smoke, and some peat. Does not seem as hardcore as some other beers of this style.

T- Sweet malt and light smoke.

M- Carbonated enough to have a bit, but a bit thin and watery on the finish.

D- Overall, a slightly above average beer, although it is not all that memorable.

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Photo of bruachan
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

toasty and hoppy flavored...hmmm (you know, the other day my girlfriend was drinking this and i took a sip, not knowing what it was, and asked if this was the oktoberfest i just bought. not a good sign)

smells herbal and toasty. little of the anticipated caramel or brown sugar

not sweet in the way i expect of a scottish ale, even if some caramelization is in the house. dry and bready. this honestly tastes more like a brown ale.

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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 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 Bung
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Draft at Grapevine. Orangy/amber pour, nearly zero white bubbles on top.

Has that lager scent. Musty, malt, toffee.

Some malt, peat and heavier yeast tones.

Goes down quite easy. More lively mouthfeel than the appearance. Pretty light however.
Reminded me quite a bit of Yuengling lager.

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Photo of bamadog
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 9/20/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard coppery color with some toffee brown tinges to it; starts with 1/2 finger of off-white head that fades quickly to a thin and incomplete skim; body is pretty clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; no lacing is left behind.

Smell: Mostly tall, wet graininess; not really robust and it doesn't have much going for it. Not impressed.

Taste: A lot of the wet graininess right up front; a bit of a sweet maltiness; tastes a bit like a lager as opposed to a Scottish Ale and it makes me wonder what kind of yeast they use for this; doesn't really compete with the likes of a Dirty Bastard or Robert The Bruce, but it's certainly not awful.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice and strong in the body that's just a little bit heavier than what I would consider to be light; it has a bit of a sticky coating that's left on the roof of the mouth; not really a "weighty" beer at all.

Drinkability: Not an especially tasty Scottish Ale overall, but not bad tasting, either; not too heavy and a pretty moderate ABV that's not going to overwhelm anyone; not really something I would seek out when I'm in the mood for this particular style.

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Photo of beer1018
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my ommegang glass. Apears a light amber color. Head is bubly and disapates within a couple minutes. Not much to smell here, a slight woody smell with roasted malt. Taste and mouthfael both feal water downed to me with to much carbonation. Bells ca blows this out of the water. I could drink a decent amout of these because of the abv but wouldnt want to.

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Photo of chaz410
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at the Common Market in Charlotte NC
Pours a dark brown hinted amber body with a kahki colored head that simmers down pretty quickly.
Smells of heavily toasted barley, chocolate notes and caramel dance around the nearly bacon-like backbone. There's a tin-note through the tail end that I can't put my finger on.
Taste similar to the smell but not as sweet as I would expect. It's more subtle roast and peated malt rather than the deep caramel that you get off the smell. There's a bland, nearly metallic taste at the end but it's not unwelcome.
Decent mouthfeel but not as thick as I would want from a scotch styled ale.
Pretty easy to drink for the style.

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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 atsprings
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a nice crisp brown with a frothy lasting eggshell head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is smooth burnt caramel and brown malts. The taste is loads of sweet caramel malts with a hint of sweet and dried fruits. The beer is light bodied, but a bit overly sweet. This is an interesting Scotch ale, but not likely one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Copper/amber in color, with a big fluffy head of off-white foam
Aroma-Roasted, smoked malt
taste-Roasted barley,sweet maltiness, and an underlying smokiness, clean, caramel notes, spicy finish.
Overall, an interesting,favorful beer.

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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 hustlesworth
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy chestnut brown with a nice creamy beige head. Foam settled to a thick ring with some drippy lace.

S- very fresh somewhat peaty grain aroma. A touch of cocoa and coffee and some peat. Dry, woodsy, cigar, very subtle raisin and fruity tartness, mild earthy hops.

T- some sweetish caramel malt, a little chocolate, otherwise nicely woodsy and toasty with tasty peat. Some herbal hops in the finish.

MF- a little too fizzy, but finishes with a good powdery feel. Almost full bodied.

D- highly drinkable scotch ale especially thanks to the low abv. On the level with everlasting good example I've had.

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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 nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark red color with a small off white head. Head leaves a layer of bubbles and some spotty lacing.

S- Smells like most other scotch ales. Dominanted by sweet malts, just a touch of hops and bit of alcohol in there.

T- Follows the nose really well. An excellent example of the style.

M- Medium to full in body and lighter on the carbonation. Feels really just right.

D- Easy to drink and very impressed.

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Photo of adamette
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I find it hard to believe that mine is the third review of this beer which I have seen on tap and in bottles regularly around here (granted I live in Ohio but still!). On tap at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio last night for I think $4.00. Review from notes taken at the bar.

A Opaque dark brown body but bad light at Winking Lizard made an accurate observation difficult to say the least.

S Nice sweet scotch ale smell, very appropriate to the style and inviting.

T Nice above average scotch ale taste with malt, some hops in a nice balanced ale. Really quite good. Anyone with a taste for this style and access to this beer should give it a go.

M Moderate fullness, true to the style.

D Very good indeed and a good sessionable beer.

Notes: Count me as very impressed with this beer, a good and very drinkable example of the style. I will have to try more from this brewery!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew with a small ivory head. Good retention and lacing from the residual layer. Sweet malt level with noticeable alcohol component. The nose portrays lots of malt and little bit of a spice overlay. The feel is full and creamy with lots of smoothness. Good drinkability for an obviously high ABV beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a thin off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of malt, alcohol and cinnamon. Warm and rich malt flavor with a somewhat syrupy finish. Another foray into higher-ABV beers for Thirsty Dog, this is good stuff. It's nice to see a new Scotch Ale on the market!

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