Have you ever wanted to wear a kilt? I know a certain restaurant chain where the female servers wear kilts too short, but then again those aren’t kilts and they serve a different purpose. I also saw Samuel Jackson wearing a kilt in a movie but that’s probably irrelevant. Anyway, I stopped in to Moondog Growlers in Dunwoody, Georgia during my conference over the weekend and had a few tastes of what they had on tap. Scott was super-nice and made us welcome to stay and enjoy ourselves.
Or until 9:00, at which time he promised to kick us out. This was completely understandable – it was Saturday night and this was a store, not a bar. It is a great place and I recommend it to any- and everyone. The Dunwoody store has 40 taps and is decorated in an excellent fashion. Never have I seen such fantastic woodwork in an independent retail location.
I tasted some IPAs I’d never had a chance to before, such as Jailhouse Brewing’s Mugshot IPA, Red Brick Brewing’s HopLanta, and Hop Head Red by Green Flash Brewing. I also had Victory Lager since I had the chance to grab a quick half-pint. And it was excellent as expected.
Back to the kilt – I wanted to take home something in a growler that I wouldn’t be able to find down south where I live, and I knew a beer from Monday Night would certainly be impossible to find outside of the Atlanta Metro area. At the time, Moondog Growlers had two of their beers on tap: Fu Manbrew Belgian-Style Witbier and Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale.
I have previously been unaware of exactly what style the Scottish Ale is, but after pouring this one and putting my nose down the glass, I found it: Scotch.
Very alcoholic on the nose, with hints of red wood and a cider-like tingle. It has a very strong flavor profile that presents itself on the middle of the tongue, with a warm alcoholic finish and little aftertaste. Scott told me this was a daily drinker, and I believed him. Not for me, though. My daily drinker must be a session beer so I can enjoy a few over a few hours; this one kicks my ass at 7.2% ABV. Still a wonderful reception, to be had again or given as a special gift to someone who enjoys heavy, tasty, malty beers. I have a few friends, and this might just blow their kilts up.
Style: Scottish Ale/Wee Heavy
Pairs with: Itself and strongly-flavored dishes; chocolate, some cheeses, I expect.
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