Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt | Monday Night Brewing

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty KiltBourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing
Georgia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 119
Photo of acmurphy696
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Scottish ale looks and tastes fantastic. This style is definitely in my wheelhouse and Monday NIght Brewing has certainly a beer that has gain a bit of a national reputation. It's good.

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Photo of Dmart1223
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Full disclosure: I sat on this thing for a couple years. It turned out well. Despite the age and alcohol, it's kept a fair bit of almond head and wispy lace. The beer itself is a deep, almost opaque russet. The bourbon barrel notes sing on the nose, which has a little vanilla, caramel and chocolate malt cut with roasted grain. Fortunately, the taste follows the smell: I got a huge, rich, malty backbone with that milk chocolate and caramel. Everything that could be harsh has long since been subdued: the alcohol taste left while the warmth stayed; the roast cuts the sweet without overpowering it. Overall it's warm, complex and a little sweet. On a cold and/or rainy day, it's close to perfect.

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Photo of PerfecTool
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if something happened to this year's batch or not, but definitely average at best. Last year was much better, not something you should go out searching for.

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown but light passes through the center. Small head. No lace.

Darker semisweet malt nose. Light toast.

Biting hop in a pleasant and surprisingly excellent way. Cocoa start with a dark toast flavor. Mild alcohol warmth. Good aftertaste but short.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instead of sending bourbon barrels to Scotland for their coveted whisky aging, the Monday Night brewers must have had a weekend hangover when they kept those Kentucky barrels for putting their own Scotsman into them. The award winning ale that emerges is a masculine array of aromas and flavors that beg for your finest cigar.

Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt blows in with a bright mahogany pour and a rich foamy crown to adorn the rim. Its rolling scent of sweet peat is of toffee, honey and caramel with a hickory smoke overtone. Nuances of vinous and cider fruits spring to like as the first sip ensues. Burnt caramel is toasty, succulent and nutty with cashew while its texture is soft and vanilla-like.

The creamy ale caresses the tastebuds to reveal developing flavors of breakfast blend coffee, cocoa and a rootish sarsaparilla herbalness. While honey and smoke offer a robust charm, notions of caramelized apple and light port wine offer a tinge of acidity to balance the sweetness with a faint peppery hop finish. But no mistake about it, the trailing taste is of the classic coconut, caramel and vanilla that only the booze-soaked oak of bourbon can provide.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's creaminess gives the beer a hearty lift and highlights the peppery, vinous flipside to the beer while its somber smoky-sweet finish could be of glazed fruit and perfumy, boggish peat. Its aftertaste is long with the same honey and smoke that started the show.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours coffee brown; the impressive ecru head leaves a surprising amount of lacing

Smell: Bourbon, toasted oak and vanilla; not picking up much of the base beer

Taste: Just like the aroma, there are toasted oak, Bourbon and vanilla flavors, perhaps some mint and hazelnut in the finish

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied (I would say light to medium) with moderate carbonation

Overall: Certainly enjoyable to drink but really seems to be missing something; I liked the beer but would have never guessed it was a barrel-aged Scottish Ale with an 8.5% ABV; aged for one year and is drinking nicely

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Photo of ccg
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a great-looking beer. Deep brown, almost black, with an inch of froth and tons of lacing.
The smell has lots of vanilla and caramel and sweet malt.
The flavor is light bourbon with some oak and vanilla notes. It's a bit like drinking bourbon and water with carbonation.
It has a creaminess to it, but it's also on the thinner side.
Overall: it's quite pleasant and, for me, a bit more drinkable than Founders Backwoods Bastard, which was richer and more complex but also cloying to the point that I felt like I had sugar coating my teeth. On the other hand, with BA Drafty Kilt, the bourbon barrel overpowered the base beer to a noticeable extent.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with a tan 2 finger head that lingered. Decent lacing.

S: Bourbon-y malts with a bit of peat in the mix. Caramel and dark fruits.

T: Bourbon rolls in heavily over a ton of malts with caramel in the background. Robust, thick, smoky.

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Honestly, I miss the taste of the base Drafty Kilt. The bourbon was a bit overwhelming here. Blue Pants Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy got it right.

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Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz growler into snifter.

A: Very dark brown almost black with 1-2 finger dense light tan head with lasting retention. Some light lacing.

S: Bourbon, raisins, figs, and sweet caramel.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Light bourbon with dark fruits and biscuit malts mixed with brown sugar and caramel.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

O: Nice BA Scotch Ale. I wish there was a bit more complexity to the flavors with bourbon overpowering them a bit but otherwise nicely done.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For no reason in particular, this is my first review in quite a while. With that in mind, please bear with me; I'm a little rusty.

I'm looking at an 11-ounce draft pour of Bourbon Barrel-aged Drafty Kilt as I write this.

Appearance: This beer looks pretty nice in a snifter-type glass. Opaque dark brown body, with just under a one-finger khaki head that recedes slowly and leaves ample lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite understated and unassuming. I pick up mostly faint vanilla, with a vague, fleeting hint of booze. Beyond that, nothing. Still, the aromas this beer does produce are inviting...just rather mild and distant.

Taste: Hmm. Honestly, this tastes like somebody dropped a shot of bourbon into my glass of scotch ale. The flavors do meld together fairly coherently, but the raw alcohol burn and the charred oak are prominently in the forefront. And for me, this isn't necessarily a good thing.

Feel: Mouthfeel is surprisingly decent for a barrel-aged beer, which is to say "still quite effervescent." There's a mild chewiness and some residual stickiness, but not in an unbalanced way. Feels good, man.

Overall: Decent. Not great, but certainly not bad. For fans of bourbon, I say this is nearly a must-try. For those who don't want an alcoholic kick in the mouth, stick with the regular Drafty Kilt, a fine beer in its own right.

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Photo of argock
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass tulip. No freshnes date apparent. Received as a gift from good friend Erinn.

A: Burnished brown with 2-fingers of frother beige hear with good retention and a nice stripe of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Raw alcohol is the chief aroma although some nutty dark malts pop through.

T: The flavor is thankfully a solid notch or two above the aroma with decadent caramel toffee maltinesslayering pretty artfully with the bourbon barrel presence, which is light but accenting. Thre is some booze but the sweetness dovetails with the vanilla barrel notes.

M: Medium bodied but quite drinkable with low-medium carbonation.

O: I enjoyed BB Drafty Kilt quite a bit although ignoring the aroma and allowing it to warm was key to enjoying the brew. A nice balance of sweet barrel character and caramel leaning dark maltiness.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinks like a lightly barreled praline....flavors are nice, barrel is understated, and the abv is in a great place. However, the gushing bottle and uberlively carbonation steals some of the nuances. Fun beer...thanks Mike!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger cream colored head with great retention. Beer is a very dark, almost pitch black mahogany. Lacing is thick, layered, web-like and with excellent stick. A really outstanding looking beer.

Nose is orange chocolate, mint, brown sugar, and a slight tickle of booze. Very unexpected and a bit awkward. Not bad though.

Opens molasses, brown sugar and hazelnut. A slight bit of roast and booze in the middle with more brown sugar and nuttiness. Slightly boozy backbone but overall very sweet. Finishes lightly minty with molasses and anise. Sweet, syrupy aftertaste. Pretty good.

Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a little prickly in the mouth and goes down aggressive. Finishes accented with a sharp, slightly lingering aftertaste. For a barrel-aged beer, I was hoping for a more substantial body.

Overall a pretty good beer but this one might as well not be barrel-aged. The barrel presence isn't very prominent and I don't think it added much to the beer at all. Slightly above average for the style.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"The chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts in Drafty Kilt complement the charred oak and vanilla notes in the bourbon barrels quite well. Notice we didn't say 'compliment'. Scotch and Bourbon still don't send each other Christmas cards." Brewed in the style of a Scottish Ale, barrel aged in Bourbon barrels. Released as part of the Black Tie Series reserve ales, available in 22 oz. bottles and limited draft. I am comparing this bottle to a standard Drafty Kilt to highlight the key differences.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Monday Night snifter glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt pours an explosive frothy foam head of a caramel-ecru white over a very dark brown body. Retention is very good, lacing is light and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) The aromas of the Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt are slightly less fruity and toasty and more acidic and cidery, with the standard ale's fruitiness taking a back seat, while the subtleties of the bourbon barrel, slight woodsy oakiness, earthy vanilla and a touch of booze creep forward. While decidedly more complex than the standard ale, it is arguably on par in its impressiveness. 3.75

(Taste) The flavors significantly reduce some of the transitional and peak notes of the standard ale, cutting the sweetness of the malt body and reducing the roasty finish to yield a much smoother bodied ale, and the finish is graced with a distinguished smack of booze, vanilla and mild wood. The bourbon character itself is fairly evident and certainly not as seamlessly integrated as any novice to bourbon would ask for, but again I find it on equal footing with Drafty Kilt, neither superor nor inferior in its flavor profile. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Like the standard ale, Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt generates a silky, lightly chewy and mildly dry texture. The carbonation generates a very subtle frothiness for a slightly creamy, borderline silky mouthfeel. The body is medium/heavy for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy bitter over sweet. The alcohol presence is mild, with minimal off characters allowed. 4.25

(Overall) I felt it important to review this beer alongside a standard Drafty Kilt to highlight the differences and recommend any connoisseur to do the same, as it really calls out the key changes all while protecting them as desireables instead of off flavors. It's easy to see why an easy drinking ale such as Drafty Kilt can generate some unfavorable opinions especially when notes like bourbon are brought into the mix. The Bourbon is certainly evident in the flavor and the finish, with both toasted wood notes and vanilla coming through the most and creating the greatest impact on this beer. Ultimately, I find this beer may not necessarily top your love for the standard Drafty Kilt but it's difficult to compare the two as the bourbon makes this such a different beer. I don't doubt that Monday Night will craft far superior Barrel Aged concoctions in the near future but in the meantime, this should be a favorable twist on an enjoyable recipe, especially for Bourbon lovers. 4

Monday Night Brewing's
Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt

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Photo of rudzud
1.86/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. Upon cracking this was a slow riser...uh oh...

A - Pours a nice darker murky brown with a billowy three finger light brown head that fades to leave light lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Nooo! Getting aromas of apples here. Seriously?! Sigh. The bourbon is there but more just alcohol, loads of alcohol and apple notes like an apple brandy thing, faint sweet malts. The apples dominate everything here.

T - Taste is more of the same. Heavy, syrupy apples. The nice bourbon barrel sweetness and vanilla is there, sweet caramel malts, but like the nose everything is dominated by sour apples

M - Mouthfeel is absurdly carbonated up front, nearly like a soda, before getting super smooth. Alcohol burn too.

O - Overall this was an epic disappointment. Regular Drafty Kilt was my favourite non BA scotch ale and to try this is like a kick in the gut. So unfortunate something went wrong here.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ikea snifter. Liquid is a dark mahogany - nearly black, with a really nice creamy brown head that leaves bits of lace on the way down.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, wood. Definitely sweeter than the regular Drafty Kilt.

Taste follows the nose - super smooth. Nice barrel character - adds nice sweetness and alcohol burn without being too much of either. Charred malts add a good bitter complement to the bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel is super creamy in the best way possible, with just a moderate amount of carbonation. I would like it a little bit thicker though, but otherwise great.

Overall, really solid BBA scotch ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

Large and durable head over an opaque and, I think, murky black body.

Aroma: uninviting, dank mess smells more like old red wine barrels were used rather than bourbon barrels. Improved a little with warming.

Flavor: hard to get past the aroma but here goes... Not bad. Not great but not bad. Still, not as expected and a bit too sweet. This is from a keg I saw getting delivered directly from the brewery earlier today, so there' s no way this should be bad beer. Cannot account for the bad aroma except to suspect the barrel.

Feel: medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark brown. Like a cola, some ruby highlights. Pretty substantial tan head on the pour that hangs around pretty good.
smell: Sweet, rich dark fruit. The barrel treatment has added some nice vanilla and bourbon.
taste: A little drier than the nose and not as rich.
overall: Like it's non BA version, quite drinkable, alcohol well hidden. BA has improved this one. I'm probably ruined by Backwoods.

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Photo of tmm313
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black until you hold to light, then a super dark brown. Poured a thick, foamy 2 finger head. Settled into a beautiful off-white sheet on top of beer. Awesome trailing and lacing.
S- Bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, nice oak character, and some chocolate. Second pour brought out some light tropical fruit and pine in the back.
T- Plum, caramel, and other dark fruits up front, followed by a wave of tropical fruit over a nice roasty backbone. Smokiness comes in toward the end with some light notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and pine. Ever so slight bourbon on the finish with a nice little burn. Sometimes dark cherry shows up as well. Dark chocolate, roast, and some pine comes out in the aftertaste.
M- Medium body. Slightly slick on the tongue and very drying. Nice, crisp carbonation.
O- This is a fantastic beer! Flavors all over the map with nice balance and complexity. I'm a GA boy who had never even heard of this brewery until my beer guy gave rave reviews. I will definitely be buying if I ever see it again.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No bottle date but this was a late 2013 release. Served in a Monday Night snifter.

Pours opaque, ruddy chestnut with two and a half fingers of sandy head. The nice thick layer of foam retention leaves beautiful sheets of lace.

Aromas of woodsy vanilla, burnt caramel, mildly smoked/charred malts and faint cocoa powder.

Taste follows the nose. A good bit of vanilla barrel character throughout with notes of charred wood, caramel/toffee-like malts, bourbon, cocoa and vague smoke. Drinks smooth with no real alcohol burn. An enjoyably balanced blend of barrel and Scotch ale.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. It seems a little thin but can still be considered creamy. Barrel, caramel and charred wood aftertaste.

Far and away the best I've had from Monday Night. The base Drafty Kilt is probably my favorite they brew and the barrel treatment really kicks it up a notch. Nice depth of flavor make it worth checking out. Glad I picked up a few.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown, almost to the point that it's black. Two fingers of fluffy white head forms and recedes fairly quickly. Great lacing.

S: Tons of sweet bourbon here. Caramel, prunes, oak, vanilla with mild smoke in the background. The bourbon flavor goes very well with the beer, but I wish the base beer was a bit stronger tasting to hold up to the bourbon.

T: Dark fruit and bourbon are quite present again, but the beer stays surprisingly dry given the aroma. It tastes much more like the base beer than it smells. Smoke is there again, but way in the background.

M: Medium thickness with creamy carbonation.

O: This is about as balanced a bourbon forward beer can get. Very easy to drink, balanced sweetness, but quite a bit of bourbon flavor and aroma. The bomber was gone in about 20 minutes. I really enjoy this.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, barely transparent chocolate brown with a thick and persistent buff head. Smoky, peaty aroma has a definite overtone of bourbon-soaked wood and a hint of caramel. Flavor has a firm bourbon bite that dominates the palate but allows coffee, caramel, earthy, and subtle nutty and chocolate notes to strut their hour on the stage. Texture is firm and smooth, though fizz is lacking. A winner indeed.

Actually, if you check history, a lot of Scotch-Irish did settle in the Southeastern U.S. So, why cant Scotch ale and bourbon be friends?

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Photo of dbrelsfo
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Monday Night's Release for this beer poured in Monday Night Tulip glass .

It poured a little thicker then it's base. Very little head, A little stayed around the edge of the glass. The smell had vanilla, toffee, and small amount of fruit in it. Definitely alot of bourbon coming out in this one. The taste matched the smell, very nice bourbon notes, when taking the tour I saw the barrels they used are from Heaven Hill. The fruits definitely came thru in the middle and then ended very smoothly. The mouthfeel was low to medium carbonation, it held had great consistency and was not thin at all. Overall this is a great BA brew, go pick some up, it is one of the best BA I have had in GA.

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Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing
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