A little something different from Thirsty Dog in this review with their Scottish Export Ale, Twisted Kilt. Thirsty Dog has been definitely gaining some popularity and notoriety with releases like Wulver and Citra Dog. Saw this one pretty fresh at my local shop recently so I decided to give it a go since I have enjoyed some of their other stuff so much and I have been trying to broaden my horizons a bit and review more styles. Twisted Kilt comes in at 5.2% ABV and IBUs are not listed.
Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Good clarity and when put up to light you can see through it. Nice 1 and a half finger head which produced some really nice lacing as well.
Nose: Huge roasty malt nose up front. Get some coffee, bread, brown and caramelized sugars as well. Smells like a straight malt bomb.
Taste/Mouth: Malt bomb for sure. Some nice candied sugar notes, vanilla, caramel and a little spicy as well. Roasted malt carries over from nose big time and you get some nice dark fruit notes as well. Finishes nice and leaves a sugary taste in your mouth, has a very full creamy mouthfeel as well.
Availability/Price: Rotating availability and Thirsty Dog is well distributed to NY and the price was around $2 for a single 12 oz.
Overall: This was an enjoyable, drinkable malt forward beer from Thirsty Dog. Maybe not the most exciting style but nice to see classic styles being brewed by American craft breweries. Definitely a style I don’t normally purchase but I am glad I gave this one a shot cause it was a great representation style wise and was enjoyable to drink.