Drafty Kilt - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Monday Night Brewing

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Drafty Kilt - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDrafty Kilt - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing
Georgia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
What do Scotland and the American South have in common? An appreciation for good booze. But that doesn’t mean they always get along. We put our award-winning Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale in Kentucky bourbon barrels and let them duke it out in the cellar. Who won? You did. Oh, also we did. Again. A GABF Gold Meal. No big deal.

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.

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of GarrettBoots
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with a fine, half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dry caramel and lightly bready malt, bourbon, oaky vanilla with a little smoke and mineral. Flavor is lightly caramel and biscuit malt, figs, dates, dark bread, a hint of cocoa and peat, oaky vanilla and bourbon. Nice bready bourbon finish. Nice medium body with moderate, silky creaminess. Delivers on its promise of a bourbon barrel aged Scotch ale. The Scotch ale base is somewhat underwhelming at first, but slowly reveals its pleasant maltiness under the bourbon. The flavors are enhanced by the great creamy body. Not a huge ABV, but still dangerously masks the alcohol and is big enough to be a slow sipper. Very nicely done and a great introduction to this Georgia brewery.

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Photo of strohme2
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can dated 11/14/18. Poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep and dark brown with a soft brown head of about half an inch. Unfortunately, not that great of retention but a decent amount of lacing.
Aromas of rich raisin bread, figs, cocoa and oak. Again, rich taste of breakfast bread, cocoa, oak and bourbon, smoke and l hints of coconut. Lighter mouthfeel, still velvety slick and no alcohol burn. Good beer, bump up that mouthfeel and it’d be competitive to some of the world class BA scotch ales.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin-ish, dark cola body with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nice dirty-white head that didn't hold up long but laced incredibly well.

Aroma profile is heavy on the barrel characteristics: vanilla, charred oak, light chocolate, toffee, and molasses. Maybe a little licorice. Malty and a little roasty, but quite mild. I really like what's there, but there isn't much of it.

Taste follows suit, though the flavor profile is dominated by dark, alcohol-soaked fruits. Raisins, figs, vanilla, dark wood, biscuity malt, mild licorice, some faint chocolaty notes, a little nutty, and some charred oak. Maybe a little smokey peat, as well. Again, interesting notes, but on the tongue it almost comes off as watered down.

Feel is a little heftier than the thin look would suggest, but pretty unremarkable. Silky, soft, a little overly carbonated, but a little thinner than I expected.

Lots of potential, and some very positive notes here and there, but every aspect of the beer leaves me wanting. Good but not nearly great, which is a letdown given how fond I've been of many of Monday Night's other offerings.

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Photo of mntlover
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown , mahogany hints show thru when held to the light. Nice fluffy two finger head from an aggressive pour falls oh so slow with tons of lace. Basically same as the regular so just going with this.

Aroma is big malts, peat notes, loads of toasted caramel, some nuttiness all the original goodness with an nice mellow bourbon notes that add touches of alcohol spiciness.

Taste is big malty goodness, nuttiness, hints of smokey peat and spice in the finish. All of the original flavors rounded out with good bourbon notes that blend well and add to the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with lightly peppy carbonation on this one.

Overall an enjoyable beer, very tasty would say its an improvement on the original. Only thing keeping people from drinking it a lot is the 4.50 can price.

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Photo of Boba_Booey
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually don't review beers since I do not claim to have the wine type ability that some of the reviewers do. Since I did not see this as an option beer and I may be one of the first to try it I felt I should say something. I got this in a can and when I popped it the was no pop. Almost as if it was a skunked flat beer. I was somewhat surprised that I got head on the pour. The look is an expected dark look and the smell has a sweetness to it. Again i do not claim to have to nose like others but I did enjoy the smell of this beer. It had a sweet bitterness that I enjoyed on my second can rather than my first. Overall I enjoyed the brew. A 4 pack may have been over priced but I am still glad I gave it a chance.

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Photo of rangerred
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vtblackdog
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find this one very close to the Founders Backwoods Bastard. Love the Non-barrel aged version too.

Nose is decent, taste is a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Gnilwod
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To be fair - I really like the regular drafty kilt, and this beer is excellent. The bourbon flavor is evident on the background of the rich scotch ale. Excellent!

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Photo of cd34
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzedup
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sk8kidamh
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of radiowxman
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesBondGA
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acmurphy696
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
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 StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jorgerod99
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismilner20
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlandy
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatche2
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmart1223
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -18.6%
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 Zazzi82
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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