Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt | Monday Night Brewing

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Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing
Georgia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

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.

Added by khargro2 on 12-17-2013

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by Cyberkedi:
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
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 tmm313
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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 brewskifan55
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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 DanGeo
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dankjohn
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%
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 VinceMig
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of WickedBeer
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of seavercm
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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 jburns301
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Will_The_Thrill
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of richj1970
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Keith_R
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mattyc88
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of wrw5031
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +25.9%

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

Photo of ddedhed
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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 DerrickW
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 124 ratings