Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale | Monday Night Brewing

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Drafty Kilt Scotch AleDrafty Kilt Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Monday Night Brewing
Georgia, United States

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delivered to me at a bar in a mug with a tan head and dark brown. Taste is very roasted malt with a nice hop twang up front. Some black licorice and some brown sugar in middle. Chaulky and sweeter finish. This brew has a nice mouthfeel. It's a winner.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours - Deep dark brown thin tan head decent lacing

Aroma - Roasted malts, caramel and dark fruit

Taste - Taste was similar to the aroma not much depth but a good flavors, roasted malts/dark fruit hint of coffee maybe.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated smooth

Overall - Pretty good beer, nice feel and flavors.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight smoke, slight yeast, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, smoke, hint of hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, body, and blend. The smoke is the distinguishing feature.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look 4.25
Deep brown but not completely opaque. Heavy looking light ran head with little/medium bubbles.
Smell 4
Strong scotch smell with a light malty/bready aroma hanging around.
Taste 3.75
Deep and dark, malt and scotch flavors. Lots of malt up front and kicks you in the teeth with a scotch burn going down.
Feel 4.25

Overall 4

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark, transparent black ruby - orange color with minimal aroma and a thin head. Very rich & substantial malt profile that stays roasted & bitter throughout. The richness turns slightly sweet & easy to drink midway through the glass and is one of those beers that should be enjoyed cool, not cold. A very enjoyable big beer.

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Photo of BNLTandem
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark root beer brown color, one finger head.

Smell - malty, brown sugar

Taste - lacks the heaviness of some scotch ales. No smokiness, a bit of sweetness and some hippy bitterness. A lingering sour on the back of the tongue that's slightly off putting. Maybe a too citrusy hop for the style?

Feel - lingers nicely on the pallet, but not shoary sticky like some underfermented examples of the style.

Overall - pleasant brew. A decent scotch ale that might be an outstanding brown instead

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with a tannish head that sticks nicely and drizzles some lacing

Smell: Caramel, dried dark fruit (dates and figs) and walnut; slightly peaty

Taste: Caramel, walnut and dates, with figgy elements building; earthy hops arrive in the middle but the finish is much like the start

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty nice rendition of the style; I would prefer to see more peat and less hops but very enjoyable

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Photo of neenerzig
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My brother brought me a 6 pack of different beers from this brewery when he came home to Cleveland to visit from Atlanta . Thanks Mark! Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a very dark, clear, amber/copper color with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light with lots of streams of little bubbles slowly but continuously and steadily rising to the beer's surface. Has a nice, slightly tan, fluffy white head over an inch thick when first poured with good retention. The head was not even when poured, meaning there were certain sections of foam that lumped up in mounds and little craters in the foam. Good lacing. Aromas of smoked caramel malt sweetness along with a mossy peat aspect followed by fruit notes of plum, dates, and raisins, along with molasses. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted caramel malt sweetness accompanied by some peat moss that gives way to the aforementioned fruit notes of plums, raisins and dates along with some molasses. Has a bit more bitterness to it than I'd have expected from a beer of this style. This may actually be the hoppiest beer of this style I have ever had. Damn tasty indeed, and all the flavors really balance each other nicely. Has a smooth, creamy, frothy, yet somewhat grainy, gritty, minerally, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and fairly dry after taste. A good beer all around and an interesting take on this style.


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Photo of jmv0009
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, not much head (side pour).
S - It smelled good even before I started intentionally smelling it. Very malty, wood and nuts.
T - The major flavors to me are oak and nuts. There is a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Some stout characteristics.
F - Heavier than other scotch ales I have had, and darker too. Not as heavy as a stout by any means.
O - Very enjoyable dark winter beer if you want something that tastes almost like a stout but isn't as heavy on the feel or the taste.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut with two fingers of tan head. Malty, nutty aroma -- which carries over to the taste. Sweet, with hints of burnt caramel and smoke, and the alcohol showing through. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. It's okay.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color with a small tan head.

Smoky aroma, roasted malt.

Smoky, peaty taste. A little sweet caramel.

A little too much smoke, giving a bitter mouthfeel.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Sampled on September 24, 2015.

Dark brown pour with modest tan head. Fairly opaque with lacing.

Lovely sweet malt and mossy characters on the nose. Low to no hop.

Soft medium body.

Sweet malts with a dry finish. No booze like some Scotch Ales.

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Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark brew with purplish highlights. Small cream head with poor retention.

Sweet and fruity aroma.

Flavor follows: potent, fruity. Alcohol surprisingly shows. Nutty and sweet.

A touch hot for the ABV, but smooth and oily.

A surprisingly good Scotch ale.

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Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a big malt and grain aroma. The color is pure dark brown with a medium sized off-white head.
The flavor is very rich and smooth. I liked this beer quite a bit and thought it was more than just a scottish ale.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear rich dark ruby (when held to light). World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Smells like a scotch ale should, but is a bit on the light side. Dark fruit (plum, date, raisin), molasses, light roast and a hint of smoke.

Medium bodied with a texture that has creamy aspects. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, complex, well balanced and is borderline outstanding. It begins with a sweet burst of molasses and dark fruit that quickly yields to a roast bitterness. Under the bitterness, caramel notes emerge in the middle. Subtle smoke characteristics emerge right before the finish, gain in intensity and come to the forefront as the finish fades over a subsiding caramel and molasses sweetness. In the lingering finish, prune notes are evident as well as a slight alcohol burn, subtle dryness and bitter pucker.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, very dark brown with a ruby tint when held to the light. The pour produces a solid 2 fingers of frothy, tan, shortlived, head that leaves a sheet like webs of lace. Aroma is dark malty roast, molasses, vanilla, butterscotch, some dark fruit & a hint of smoke. Taste is heavy roast, dark malt, molasses/caramel/vanilla, smoke, prune & dried fig with hints of dark chocolate, roasted nuts & a little earthy coffee with a distinct buttery, smokey & faintly boozy finish. Afrertaste is sweet but deeply roasted malts, roasted nuts & molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, creamy with a nice peppery prickle. Very Good!

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Photo of bareju
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a porter, not much to the nose.

Taste is really nice. Some dark roasty notes, caramel, coffee, a hint of smoke and scotch, and finishes with a bit of coffee acidity. This one could almost have been aged in whiskey barrels, but it's more subtle than those, which I like. The taste is superb for me.

The feel is medium, the carbonation is just a tad too much.

Overall a great brew. I will definitely be coming back for this one, would be perfect with chocolate desserts or in the cold of winter.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beth and Kime for hauling this back from Atlanta!

This one pours a little dark with brown highlights that glows a lovely ruby when held to the light. The head is a sandy brown, in texture and color, with tons of lace.

The nose is really light with smokey, roasted grain as well as sour grains. This is really light.

Wow, what we've got here is a porter, Scottish ale hybrid. Not "right" for the style, but delightful nonetheless. Got the toasty grains, and the sweet and sour character of the Scottish Ale. I'm diggin' it. Great balance here between the two characters.

Feels dense but clean with a saving lift of soft carbonation. Not too dense, not too sticky, not too foamy. Nice.

This is a pretty good, easy drinking beer. I'd never have guessed this was 7.2 %. I'd better watch myself!

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Photo of JLSIV
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Deep dark brown, with a very impressive Inch thick tan head. Nice bubbles, and good lacing. The Head had excellent retention.

Aroma: Some malt with a hint of smokiness, mostly sweet malt. Some chocolate.

Taste: Definitely sweet malt, some caramel, I got a hint of Coca Cola, but I must admit, if I had not heard that in another review, I would have missed it. The Coke flavor developed only after the ale warmed a bit

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slight chew, very smooth. No rough spots that I could detect.

Overall, a decent Scottish ale, but I would agree with the raters that say there are better. Definitely an up and coming brewery, although I think they market better than they brew…

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Photo of Nordbier
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has really improved over the years.

A - Very dark brown, almost black. One finger of dark beige head. Carbonation visible.

S - Sweet, roasty malt with hints of vanilla and caramel.

T - Pretty much delivers note for note on the promise of the aroma. Just sweet enough on the front end before evening out into a smooth, malty finish.

M - Heavier on carbonation than I tend to expect. However, the carbonation interacts well with the medium-heavy body of the beer.

O - Again, this beer seems to have been honed quite a bit since its inception. Really solid scotch ale. Hope to see the reminder of their line up refined in this way.

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Photo of pvo
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first beer from Monday Night - it's pretty typical for the style, overall a good beer, but also nothing great about it. Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, good light brown head on it that remained over the whole top until about halfway through. Seemed a bit over-carbonated, but other than that a pretty solid beer. Looking forward to more from Monday Night.

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Photo of richj1970
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured draft into shaker pint.

A: Pours very dark brown almost black with thin off white head that settled quickly. Some decent lacing.

S: Not much nose of this one, but some hints of smoke, roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts and caramel sweetness. A bit of molasses and some dark fruits. Reminds me a bit of drinking a coke.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: Easy drinking brew. Enjoyable but nothing stands out with it. Bourbon barrel age this one and you might have something special.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep brown color with a small tan colored head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell but has a huge dose of a caramel and molasses as well. Some other aromas of a cherry and prune nature are there as well mixing with the other sweet smells and producing a potently sweet smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a roasted malt flavor and a whole lot of sweet caramel and some dark fruit flavors of cherry and plum. As the taste advances the caramel transitions to a more molasses like taste with a bit of chocolate and even more cherry and plum coming to the tongue. Some flavors of a cola sweetness then come to the tongue more toward the end. This makes the brew rather sweet overall, but with a little bit of a more herbal and earthy hop flavor coming to the tongue, while not balanced out the sweetness is subdued a bit, leaving a sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall the feel wasn't all that great in my opinion. The thicker body accentuates the sweet flavors a bit too much with a lower carbonation likely having been better for the mix of lighter dark and hop flavors, possibly giving them more influence overall.

Overall – I know a scotch ale should be sweet, but this was just rather unbalanced and not all the great of a scotch ale. The flavors don’t really meld well on this one and with the rather poor mouthfeel and look, it really doesn’t have much draw.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately don't remember who gave this to me, so whoever you are thanks. Called Monday Night Brewing, it's Monday night and I'm watching the Bruins, does that count?

Pours a darker slight coffee colored quite fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, touch of lacing, super dakr molasses brown color with faint hint of light barely getting through.

Nose brings sweet malts, lots of toffee and caramel, little maple like syrupy note, so much toffee, and caramel, little nutty, lots of toasty brown malts too, bit sweet candy like, some fig paste as well, very date and fig like but no other fruit.

Taste starts not as sweet as I expected, lots of toasty brown malts, right into the fig and date flavors again but also no other fruit again, more caramel and toffee, lots of toffee, little sweet syrupy, hint of molasses, with toasty nutty flavors too, brown sugar, bit syrupy. Sweetness eventually catches up, with fair sweetness but not a lot, and a little earthy hop bitterness. Finish dries a lot but stays a bit sticky, mild warming booze finally catches up, with a bit more spicy hop bitterness, and plenty of toasty brown malts, brown sugar, and fig paste lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, a little syrupy, nice carb, esp for the style, hint of warming booze late.

Overall not bad, nice brown malts, toasty, nutty, lots of caramel and toffee, nice mild bitterness and mild booze late, I almost wanted more booze warmth, nice carb, nice fig paste flavor, nice profile without getting too sweet or syrupy, pretty well done I think.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

We pour from the bottle into our Hop City pint glasses. The beer shows a shimmering ruby-blood coloring, sporting a two and a half finger tall head of sandy colored bubbles. Head retention is hearty, leaving erratic patterns of moon-crater lacing as it goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be light. The aroma gives doughy biscuity breadiness, soggy wheat crackers, tinny metallics, wet oaty grain, animal mustiness, straw, roasted caramel, brown, crystal, and amber maltiness, the faintest sourness of citric hoppiness, proteinaceous kidney and black bean shell, Sprite soda sweetness, walnut and peanut oily dustiness, soy sauce, and teriyaki glaze sugars. Our first impression is that there is an instantly recognizable smoked peatiness alongside the caramel maltiness of it, offering a gentlemanly pleasurability to the sip. The taste begins with banana and fruity esters, brown maltiness, sweeter notes of milk chocolates and sugary coffee creamer, hazelnut sweetness, tinny metals, thick buttery diacetyls, honey sugars, burnt peaty rumbles, and baked graham cracker crustiness. The middle comes to a peak with roasty caramel and crystal maltiness, bitter grassy hops, lighter floral notes of jasmine and juniper, moss, brown sugar cloy, and laundry detergent soapiness. The finish is through a blend of brown, crystal, and chalky chocolate maltiness, bitter grassy notes, white and cane sugar sweetness, cover leafiness, black pepper booziness, generous smoked peat, agave and aloe nectars, and gentle herbal hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes of bitter herbal and grassy hoppiness, stark smokiness, big brassy metallics, slick buttery diacetyls, sweaty saltiness, nylon plastics, big mustiness, thick caramel malts, nori, and steely coffee malt metallics. The body skirts between medium and full, and carbonation is lightly medium. Slurp and smack are decent, but cream, froth, and foam are loose and forgettable. The mouth is left wet and satiated, with lightly toasty astringency concentrated to the far back of your palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back just okay.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is, well, it’s a tossup between the aroma and flavoring. That said this is, as a whole, arguably a tough sell for the style, as the butteriness and smokiness are rather subtle and subdued by the end of the glass. The smoke actually enhances and billows with warmth, matching the thickness of the beer. It does hit all of the desired and required notes you would expect at least once, but is generally just a bit weak. This is a tasty local swing at an admittedly challenging style, and while they don’t execute perfectly, it should satisfy for someone looking for something on the sweeter, maltier side of the craft beer spectrum.

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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing
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