Twisted Kilt | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hefe on 11-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by farHillsBrewer:
Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I attended the 2004 release party and ran into a half dozen old friends. We all agreed that this years edition was quite the thing.

Being a fan of smoked beers, I was anticipating this year's batch having heard a rumor that Jim had upped the smoke. The smoke was evident and blended well with the assorted other flavors: tasty malt, raisin, caramel and chocolate. The nose was super-malty, which is what it takes to get past my nasal polyps. I kept putting my nose in the glass to savor the great aroma.
The color was a dark brown-garnet and just translucent. The head was a soft snowy white.
Just enough bittering hops to add some counterbalance.
The drinkabilty was very good and I'm looking forward to having another soon.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hdofu
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lite bodied beer with a pleasant taste. Was like a reddish color. A little like wood and caramel with a hop finish. Has a sort of fruity flavor like grapes or cherry that is sort of buried in there. Mouth feel was lite, sort of bubbly. Not hard to down, though a bit harder then one would expect given the taste.

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is a deeper brown color, slightly opaque, with a finger's worth of white head that slowly dissipates.

S: The aroma is a combination of sweet malts and a bit of smokiness.

T: The ale has a big malt flavor, not so far as to be a malt bomb, but strong nonetheless. The malts don't really take on any one flavor, instead their bigness forces a very chewy component that is a little too much. The smokiness is a redeeming quality, as it provides a bit of taste to break up the monotony of the malt.

M: The mouthfeel is not so great, the malts are too big and unfocused to do anything bold.

D: I felt that this ale did not age well (see earlier review). Unfortunately I find that, when served fresh, it still isn't so hot.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut or mahogany color with a distint red streak and a small, tan head that leaves spotty lace.
Aroma of caramel, honey and chocolate and some lightly roasted barley.
Flavor of caramel and honey and some chocolate sweetness standout. Small amount of roasted charcoal and some oak notes on the backside.
Mouthfeel is hyper sweet and just cut on the finish by some lighter roasted and charcoal notes.
Drinkability for is mixed. I few it as a slightly flawed beer because I think honey or a similar substance is used to boost the ABV the easy way. I also don't few it as all that ture to style. However, those being said, whatever they do to this beer it absolutely works. It a tasty and delicious beer which while providing a nice buzz is incredibly refreshing and highly drinkable.

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Photo of tln13
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of cubedbee
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2005 release, sampled at Arundel Mills. Dark burgandy brown with a thin off-white cap of head. Nose was noticably smokey, a little oaklike, over a rather sweet malt, some dried raisin/prune. Taste seemed a little muted, with a blended kind of smokey toffee malt with a slight piney hop finish. Mouthfeel was medium, alcohol came through slightly. This just wasn't as full bodied or flavorful as the only other example of the style I've had, but it wasn't a bad beer, definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Phatz
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Fells Point location Saturday 9/29 with the LCB Baltimore pub crawl.
I sampled several other beers that were not very awe-inspiring. This was the one I picked for a pint and did enjoy it, as a decent tasty beer but not very big or bold or intense for a Scotch Wee Heavy.

Appearance: Served a dark amber copper with an ivory head that fades to a cap and a ring around the collar, nice lacing.

Smell: It has a dark fruit malty aroma with hints of smoke and light hop presence. Nice.

Taste: Soft juicy malt flavor, toffee and caramel and apple. light hop prickles. A bit of alcohol shows through. I would have liked more bourbon notes with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decent malty body. Medium feel in the mouth but too light for the style.

Drinkability: This is a mainstreamed version, approachable yes but impressive, not really.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap last night at the Fells Point location. The last bits of the 2005 version still on tap. Everyone else was pounding Bare Ass Blonde, so I had this beauty all to myself.
Poured a dark brown with red highlights. Tan head about a quarter inch thick gave way to a wispy, clingy ring.
Great aroma...Smoky caramel
Ripe fruits, a bit of smoke in the background, and chocolate/caramel malts. A very good drinkin brew.
Medium bodied, with a thick sweetness that stays on the tongue. Comes off being very drinkable, and went well with some chocolate cake.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Bel Air location. Dark brownish red in color with a quick rising tall tan head. Moderate lacing and retention. Aroma was smoky and some earthy notes. Dark ripe fruit notes and some caramel to balance it out. A touch of chocolate and roasty malt as well. Very nice. Sweet ripe fruits upfront on the flavor with a nice earthy smokiness coming on strong towards the back. Light notes of chocolate and caramel were present as well. Nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel with plenty of body to support it. Really drinkable stuff. This growler went easily and I will be getting some more of this before its gone.

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Photo of BogBoyJD
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BelAir location

Pours dark a rich ruby-reddish color. Has a cream colored head that fades.

Smells rich and sweet and malty. Makes me thirtsy to smell it.

Nice and bold and malty sweet up front with a fruity sweetness that follows. Some nice hints of caramel and chocolate. Maybe just a little too sweet.

Nice, full body. Rich and meaty - which completely backs up the big flavor.

A nice Scotch ale, but just a little too sweet to drink too many at once. Although, I would like to drink it again.

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Photo of Hefe
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1L swing-top wax capped bottle. This is the 2003 release that I've been hoarding for a bit. Served with the Beef entree at dinner on 3/19/05.

The beer is a splendid burnt caramel colour, with a slight mahogony/red highlight. The head is off-white and sticky. Wow, what an aroma, sweet malt, dried fruits, a slight smoky/earthy tone along with a whiff of spice. The Ale is full-bodied and lush, with a big malty profile and layers of flavor. Toffee, raisin, milk chocolate, clove, smoke, prune. Very drinkable, and a great companion for a hearty beef/game meal.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that recedes fairly quickly. The nose is roasted malt, dark fruits, sweet malt, and a bit of smoke. Taste brings light smoke and some dark malt. A bit of dark fruit. Fairly hefty body with a bit of alcohol. Drinkability i okay, but it's fairly run of the mill.

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Photo of ckollias
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fells Point location.

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a short one finger head that last a while. Nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: caramel candy and malt sweetness is up front and there is a bit of earthiness in the background.

Taste: bold grainy malt level that has a bit of an earthy tone. A barely noticeable hint of smokiness is there along with some caramel and mild bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable and is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. Long aftertaste as the malt sweetness hangs around the mouth a while. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: very enjoyable and easy to quaff beer. This will sneak up on you after a while. Must have if on tap.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this beer at the Fells Point location the other day.

The beer pours a darkish orange amber color with decent head retention and moderate lacing. I don't get much on the nose, just some sweet malt. On the palate this beer is pretty malty, and at least to my not very discerning palate, tastes much like an above average amber ale. The beer is fairly sweet with a hint of butterscotch, also with sweet cherry and apple. The beer has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with abv. pretty well disguised.

This is a decent enough beer, but probably not one I would seek out. Simple, straightforward flavors...

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Photo of Deuane
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Dark amber copper with a thin white head that fades, decent lacing.

S--Another DuClaws brew that smells better than it tastes. Fruity dark malt with hints of smoke...really interesting

T--Toffee and caramel with a backround hint of smoke. Quickly disapates and leaves you wanting more in the aftertaste.

M--A bit thin and light in the mouth. I was hoping for something a bit more robust.

D--Other than the smokiness a thin pedestrain version, unimpressive.

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Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of sideshowrob
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A splendid pint from Duclaw! Excellent deep amber hue in the glass. Was fortunate enough to get this one in the limited edition Twisted Kilt glass as well, which only added to the presentation. Smell was nicely sweet. Taste was very good for a dark ale - sweet, but still very drinkable. An excellent representation of the Scotch/Dark ale style. The smell and presence of the alcohol was obvious in this beer - it felt much heavier than the ABV would seem to indicate. Overall a great beer, and one that should be year-round offering...

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Photo of dickroop
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 Twisted Kilt, brought home a growler from the 2nd release night at Bowie. It pour with remarkably little head and was dark amber to brown, about the color of coke.

In the nose, some sweetness, some yeasiness, a little toasted bread, and a hint of alcohol. The taste was not sweet, not bitter, an easy malty bev with balance and a little body. I need more practice at picking out the malt flavors, I couldn't pin this down. There was a pleasant tang of carbonation, but overall it was a pretty muted flavor (at least for me, an unrepentent hophead).

This stuff has medium to good drinkability, but it's not my preferred style. The good balance does conceal the alcohol well, but for me this brew lacks the zip (hops) that I look for. Still, a decent offering, and I'm sure I will enjoy the rest of the growler.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of goldie2828
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of slvrmon82
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one was on seasonal yesterday at the pub in hanover, md. It poured an amber red. Had a little haze. The head was again not really there. At least it didn't last. The smell was interesting malty with a lot of smokiness. The taste again was very malty with a strong smoke flavor. Not as much as a rauch but very detectable with a little hops at the end. It was also a little thick for my liking. Didn't go down as smooth as I had hoped. Good but just not for me!

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Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Twisted Kilt from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 25 ratings