Tilted Kilt | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Tilted KiltTilted Kilt

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Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Spring

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Added by stirgy on 02-16-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by BCMan:
Photo of BCMan
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours up dark with a deep red tint when held to light. A heavy pour generated no foam. Thick in consistancy. Smell was sweet and syrupy with hint of alcohol. Taste isn't powerful with molasses note and has a lingering alcohol finish. A bit of a dissapointment.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the stubby brown bottle a deep brown with red notes coming out when the light strikes. Not much head to speak of here. Caramel malt invades my nose along with raisins and dark fruits. Nice...but subdued.

First sip is upfront with caramel sweetness mixing with plums, raisins. A bit of a vinous flavor is there as well...almost red wine..perplexing. The wine flavor really comes through on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is good with a pretty full body and not too much carbonation. Drinkability is not too good as I find this a bit boring and off for the style. Not one I'd come back to...but worth the experince to try once.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Thrasher
2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Hey kids! Do you like sody pop? Dr. Pepper in particular? Then Pyramid Tilted Kilt is the beer for you! I was at the grocery store, browsing the beer aisle looking for a spring seasonal on sale, and this jumped out with the best price. Not generally enamored with Pyramid beers, I nevertheless took a chance on what I deemed to be a beer style sturdy enough to withstand the insipidness that Pyramid often brings to their other, fruitier beer. The line from the Mr Show sketch about mail-order brides sprang to mind: "How ugly could she be?" I was soon to find out.

With utmost coaxing, a very slight fizzy head forms and then immediately disappears. Odor has a slight sweet malt presence. This being a Scottish-style ale, malts are the name of the game, but instead of intricate, peaty, smoky, soothing malts, you get a big one-dimensional blast of sugary, lightly spicy candy confection. Again, Dr Pepper is the best frame of reference. I felt like brushing my teeth after drinking this beer. A light banana yeastiness is a spark of light in the darkness, but it is ultimately thrashed into a pulp by overbearing butter flavors. A very light hop twinge is one of the last remnants of taste. Decidedly poor.

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Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut color, creamy orangish head that settles in comfortable at 1/4 of an inch. Sparse drip laces, liquid coating. Sweet malty smell, deep with some sense of oaky, woody aromatics. Flavor is similar, way tipped toaward the malt end. Sweet, light bits of dates, pears. A cinnamon leavening to the back flavor, hopping can be picked out but is very slight. Body is medium, lightly sticky. Perhaps just a touch of peaty smokiness comes out mid mouth to close, not a big mark in the profile. Light alcoholoc sense. Not bad...

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Photo of jackndan
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tilted Kilt: a Scotch ale, a style that I’ve never been a big fan of. Deep brown in color, not very clear, not much head. The taste was initially not close to what I expected, cloying malts were predominate. However, several additional sips helped bring this brew around. The aroma is strong and malty. The molasses taste of this beer was all over the place. What was notable was a whiskey taste that infused each and every sip, and a taste that, in my view helped to improve the taste considerably. In my view, this is as drinkable a Scotch Ale as I’ve ever had.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color with a brown head.
Aroma of roasted malt with hops underneath. Alcohol as well.

Taste follows the aroma. Roasted malt (maybe a little too roasted for the style). Good level of hop bitterness although again maybe too much for the style. Some alcohol as well. Not smooth.

Medium body and a decent mouthfeel.
Drinkability suffers a notch due to slight harshness at the finish and lack of refinement in this one.
Overall, a good beer, but not one I'm in a hurry to revisit.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.11/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When poured, this beer had a small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that fully dissipated.The body was hazy with carbonation observed and a reddish-brown hue.The nose was that of malt and caramel and the flavor was malty and a hint of caramel.The mouthfeel was slightly tingly/bubbly and medium bodied.The lacing was very sparse.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer gave me a bad impression. the first sip was "yuck"...then I somehow settled in and got used to the unique flavor. Uniqueness in the case is not necessarily good or bad. Just "different". The head disappeared completely and it had a weak malt aroma. Low hopping (appropriate for style I think?) and malt dominance with plum and whiskey notes and a malty, pleasing finish. not a terrible beer but has some weird flavor touches here and there that make it a beer that most people, including myself, will find to be a deal-breaker.

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Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep garnet color, the head is modest in size, and creamy in texture, beige in color with slim sheets of fine lace, both desiccate quickly. Large malt nose that is sweet and a bit floral backed up by caramel and toasted grain tones. The start ambrosial, middling top, the finish has a “Coke” like acidity, as in “Soda Pop”, not that other stuff. Pleasantly hopped with a long lasting droughty aftertaste.

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Photo of zacharius
2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Scottish ales are one of my favorite styles but this is definatly not one of my favorite beers.

This beer pours a nice dark complex brownish amber however it sits under a thin fizzy head that dissapears instantly that any true scotsman would send back. Smell is minimal with hints of grains and esters.

Taste is very malty with hints of peat, smoke and toasted malt but the mouthfeel is so horrid that it takes away from the taste. The carbonation is sharp, like a pop. The odd carbonation makes it hard for me to drink.

Alcohol content is on the low side for a scottish ale. Other scottish ales have got me much more tilted and much more kilted.

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Photo of marc77
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark red nearly brown hue, with no apparent haze. The head retention is fairly poor, and the head settles to a thin rim that only coats the glass itself. Almost sharp, vinous aromas hit at first and are ensued by very toasty and caramel like malt notes. A very subtle peated malt aroma is disernable as well. Tilted Kilt does lack the "chewy" malt aroma that a good heavy scottish ale should have. The carbonation is a bit too high that I like for a Scotch Ale, and the mouthfeel is quite thin. The taste is dominated by borderline astringent roasted malt flavors, and the hop bitterness is a tad too high for style. There is a bit of sweetness and roasted barley bitterness in the finish. If you care about style, (which I don't particularly care about as long as the beer is tasty) this beer falls way short of a wee heavy. As a beer in itself, it has too many conflicting flavors. I was a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in the short-neck brown 12 oz bottle, with the usual Pyramid label framed in red tartan
Pours a nice dark amber/red into the glass, atop the beer sits a nice sized creamy head, which dissapates to leave a good laceing down the glass..very attractive beer.
The aroma is a little subdued, but I can make out the roasted barley malt, sweet and chocolaty.
A nice dark unsweetened chocolate malt flavour. Also a dry peaty taste is discernable..very good!
Later in the gulp a smoky aftertatse makes its appearance.. I like this beer.
Feels very smooth on the tongue nice finish to this beer.
I liked this beer, its pretty drinkable a nice spring seasonal from Pyramid.

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Photo of rugger
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was what I expected from a scotish ale, however it was nothing special. It pored a nice dark color similar to a porter, however the carbonation was almost non-existant, however what little head I was able to get out of it quickly dissapeared. The smell was of all malt with a musty scent. The mouthfeel was full and robust with a malty sweetness. The taste was very sweet, and unless you really like scottish ales this is a one timer, good but not my cup of tea to say the least.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle from spring 2004. Pours a ruby brown color with a thin head. Smells of sweet smoked malts, very scotch whiskey-ish.Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Taste is a weak smoked malt sweetness with a bitter red wine flavor to finish.
Not a bad beer , but not a good scotch style.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Head disipates quickly, nice ruby color. Good malt flavor - they use seven malts, smooth, easy to drink the high ABV is not really noticeable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Oh man here is a blast from back in the ol' college days. For whatever reason, there's like 95 breweries with a Tilted Kilt beer, it must have been in use before trademark or something complicated over the casual beer nerd's head trying to play intellectual property lawyer.

Anyways, it poured a chestnut brown color, beige head in the 2/3" range, dense and good retention. Aroma was that peat moss thing and red ale malt vibrations.

Taste was a lighter than usual affair for a scotch ale, more sessionable than say McEwan's (the other scotch ale we were drinking regularly in college). More of a blend of a scotch, brown and red ale at times. Which is fine. Slight dark fruit bitterness although it is pretty light. I dunno, you have to parse this beer through its historic relativism in the 90s. Even a hint of smoke in the mouthfeel. It was a decent beer with no off flavors but hardly what you would recommend to someone looking for a hearty big scotch ale.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky, sort of smoky caramel and brown await all who would deign to doff the cap of this tartan-adorned bottle. Hints of red play around the edge of the glass. Not much head on the pour and no retention at all.

Initially shows a nice fat malt nose with sturdy sweetness. Very brief however, and a little disappointing. There's still a bit of aroma there, but that first sniff was pretty nice. Alas, we hardly knew ye...

Taste is raisiny sweet, intensely malty. No real development beyond that. Big carbonation and a light sourness stop the sweetness from getting carried away. Not real versed on Scotch Ales, but I like this.

Very full-bodied, dangerously smooth feeling and a pleasant coating of the mouth.

Very drinkable, but with its limits. The alcohol presence shows itself enough to give fair warning, but I could still enjoy several of these in a sitting.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of karengarys
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aah, another scottish style ale. I actually like American versions of Scottish style ales more than the ones from Scotland....

Okay, this one pours transparent almost black dark mahagony color. There is minimal foam, with hardly a ring, no lacing that sticks, but it does have foam draining down the side.

Smells nice and malty. maybe a little alcoholic.

Taste is a bit harsh in a way I can't quite describe. it is not pepper, but it is something I don't care for which pierces through the taste. Otherwise it is nice and malty with a slight hop balance.

The mouthfeel seems a bit watery. Not creamy. Fizzy up front, and it dissipates to souer lemon at the back of the throat.

The body is a bit thin too.

The finish is clean, no bitter aftertaste.

This is not my favorite Scottish style ale. I would definitely pick this over any mass produced beer though.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark cheery wood type with a little tan head that slowly fades. Little lacing remains on the glass as you drink. Smell is of syrup and heavy malts. Little to much for me, the taste is the same, tastes like syrup with hops. Not my style but can understand why people like it, to strong though. Feels very full and powerful in the mouth. I could not drink more than one of these, forced to just finish one. Not the Scotch Ale I expected.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Amber color, medium white head. Medium bodied scotch ale. Malty and smoky. Blend of 7 different malts makes for a complex flavorful ale. Full flavored. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet

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Photo of Winter
2.34/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown in color with auburn highlights. Tight creamy white head. Aroma consists of chocolate malt, cocoa and grape skins. Mouthfeel is thin-bodied and watery. Taste seems so "off" for a Scotch ale that it's hard to describe. A grape juice-like fruitiness emerges initially. Traditional maltiness and peat are nowhere to be find in this offering. Overly sweet with some light nuttiness. Finish border on dry but is also way to cloying. Disappointing for Scotch ale, to say the least.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Much deeper than you expect from a Scotch ale, a deep auburn, almost mahogany--it looks exactly like a flat cola. A moderate pour produces a rich, off-white head with some pretty serious lacing.

Smell: Obviously malty; quite sweet with only a moderate hint of hops and yeast esters. However, there's none of the smoky/peaty scents I would expect from a Scotch ale.

Taste: Well, they say there's seven malts in this, and it's obvious--it tastes like a glass of molasses, with a sour sugary finish. It's not bad, necessarily, it's just totally wrong for the style. Have the brewmasters at Pyramid ever HAD a Scotch ale? If so, they'd know that they could lose half the body and add a bit of the earthy, peaty bite that makes Scotch ale/whiskey so distinct. Just... baffling. That said, the mouthfeel is smooth, thick and rich, and the 6.3% abv is nicely concealed.

Drinkability: Actually, pretty good. It's rich, the flavor isn't bad, the alcohol is well concealed; I could drink a few of these.

Again, not a bad beer, but so radically wrong style-wise you have to wonder what they were thinking. Ale yes; Scotch ale, no.

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Tilted Kilt from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 38 ratings