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: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A roasty scotch ale with a hint of smoke. Full-bodied, but not overpowering. Smokey, but not in a creepy bar kind of way. Sweet, but not obnoxiously so. Sound like your ideal mother-in-law? Fair enough, but it also is a pretty dead-on description of our Scotch Ale. In a difficult hop-growing climate, Scottish brewers relied on other ingredients to impart flavor and bitterness – one such ingredient was smoked malt. Drafty Kilt is a dark, malty bombshell of a beer.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 334
Photo of brureview
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a chocolate brown color with a 3F head in a Gordon Scotch ale glass.

Mild plum and roasted malt aroma. Smoky.

Malty MF, light body.

Roasted malt and light plum in the taste.

Very different approach than other Scotch ales. Excellent look, and a larger head.
More emphasis on roasted malt, and maltier in the MF. A little more bitterness would enhance the beer.
I enjoyed this approach to the style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich mahogany with a tan head.

Roasted whole grain bread, caramel malt, bitter herb earthiness.

Toasted malt, roasted nut, caramel malt, burnt herb bitterness.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - massive butterscotch head atop a dark crimson body.

S - sweet malt, a little smoke, licorice.

T - peaty, slightly smoky malt with caramel, indiscernable spice, and a tiny bit of citrus. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - wish the peat was heavier in this.

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Photo of mntlover
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | 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.

Aroma is malty, caramel toasted, light nuttiness and hints of smoked peat.

Taste is like the nose big malty goodness, lots of caramel malts loaded with earthy peat notes and light liquid smoke hints. Good nutty notes in the finish with some light spice to round it out and keep it from being to sweet.

Mouthfeel is a big medium with good medium level of C02.

Overall this is a very solid Scotch Ale not sure if I am just in the mood for this one, but this one is striking me as better then average American attempts. Would have this one again for sure.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drafty Kilt 12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Very dark brown body with small tan head with low retention and decent lacing. 2.5

Smell - Roasted coffee, nutty. 3.75

Taste - Dark roasted character with some oyster stout qualities, strangely enough. Bitterness rapidly dissipates in the aftertaste. A bit more full bodied as it warms. 3.5

Mouthfeel - Clean, effervescent and a very mild, balanced astringecy. 4

Overall - Pretty mild and accessible for the style with no off characters. 3.5

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can in a snifter via the little lady's daughter and significant other---
Cheers Janette and Jamie! This brew pours a nice deep dark brown mahogany
with a nice head of khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and shows
some beautiful lacing. Nose of smoked peated malt, sweet caramel malts, subtle
cherry notes, and deep roasted elements with a hint of herbal hops. Flavors
follow the nose with toasty malts, light smoked peat elements, subtle herbal
hops, and a nice caramel flavor. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium
carbonation, and a rich malty finish with a touch of warmth.

Overall a SOLID little brew from a new to us brewery.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Peat, bog, smoked salmon, Cullen skink, shortbread, haggis, deep fried Mars bars and scotch. These are the things that remind me of Scotland. And this beer. Takes me back too those wet rainy streets of Glasgow. Wee good.

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Photo of Davidstan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had 6 months past BB date but was given to me so whatever. Not bad for old beer and since low IBU aged well i guess. Very similar to old Chub from OB fame. Had that Scotchy metallic taste with sweet malty tone. Style is not for me but seems to be a quality brew.

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Photo of ZlaVydra
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not usually a big fan of the style, finding it too sweet, but this is a brew I enjoy, albeit in small doses.

Definitely taste some caramel and a bit of smoke. It's sort of like a really heavy Amber, with a high ABV.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.4%
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 +1.8%
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 -5.2%
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 -11.2%
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 +2.1%
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 +8.3%
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 -2.6%
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 -7%
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 -6.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +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 +14%
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 +0.3%
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 +6%
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 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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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 334 ratings