Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale | Monday Night Brewing

Drafty Kilt Scotch AleDrafty Kilt Scotch Ale
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Cyberkedi on 08-09-2011

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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev -6%
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 RollTide1
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mverity
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JayEvans813
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Golden32
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NWatters
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jammergordon
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Growler fill from Moondog Growlers located in GA near the brewery. {lightly revised based on April 2013 trip to the brewery.}

Served in a snifter, this beer is a lovely ruby-brown color; crystal clear with fine highlights. Ample and durable tan hand (on tap).

The aroma is rather light and fruity compared to the full flavor. The latter features dark roasted malts and more spicy hops than I expected. The higher ABV is well-hidden; drinks like a 5.5% although the alcohol comes through in the nose after warming. Hints of smoke and roasted nuts. Brewery says the grain bill includes "cherrywood-smoked malt, chocolate malt, and roasted barley". Roasted grain, coffee, toffee and a trace of smoke in the aftertaste. No burnt flavors and almost no peat.

M: medium-full body; good carbonation; dry finish.

O: a very drinkable and rather dry Scotch Ale, "Americanized" with a healthy but well-proportioned dose of hops. Unique, perhaps due to the cherrywood-smoked malt.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tomgeorgia
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Blue Ridge. Really an excellent choice from these guys, the new facility is turning out better beer than when they were contracting. Great balance, excellent smell. The best I have tried from them. Reminds me a bit of Gaelic Ale from Highland Brewing Company.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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 WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Acatm50
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KensWorld
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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 jheezee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jburns301
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale from Monday Night Brewing
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