Drafty Kilt Scotch AleApril 14, 2014
This Scotch ale is brewed with cherrywood smoked malt, chocolate malt and roasted barley. It is hopped with Columbus and Willamette hops. It won bronze in the Scotch Ale category at the 2014 World Beer Cup.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: NA
Creative and attractive label and name. Balanced nose is herbal and breadlike. Dense off-white head contrasts with deep cocoa robe. On the palate, the sweet malt is in harmony with bitter hops titillating the taste buds and demanding more investigation. Though a good beer, the quantity of hops is extraordinary by Scotch ale standards, making food choices limited. We enjoyed it as they would in Scotland, with a spicy Indian meal of curried lamb lollipops, smoky eggplant bharta seasoned with lime pickle, raita and roti.
- Charles Finkel
A generous Scotch bonnet of creamy foam is the only thing separating you from the lusciousness below. Super dark no-see-through brew. An inviting touch of sweet-caramel malt and oh-so-subtle cornlike aroma is quite inviting. No hop aroma evident, but perfect balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness makes for a great rendition of the style. This one is so pleasant, easy drinking and smooth, you could very well be fooled into having more than just a couple, with some interesting consequences. Great job in hitting this one right on.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.