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Wee Muckle - Sun King Brewing Company

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89
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.25%


Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: robwestcott on 05-17-2011)
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of Sun King Brewing Company's Wee Muckle that Another6pack hooked me up with, thanks a lot. I'm a fan of Wee Heavys and Scotch Ales and I'm interested to see how this one stacks up, so lets see how it goes. Couldn't decode the canning date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The can looks really nice, it's got a real nice design to it and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice dark mahogany color that took on more of a ruby and crimson hue when held to the light with a fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount high sweetness with some sweet malt and caramel malt like aromas being the first to show up and they are followed by a nice dark fruit aroma with a light black cherry like aroma coming through. Up next comes some malt aromas with some grainy, bready and lightly roasted malt aromas with some slightly doughy yeast in the background with a noticeable smokey aroma showing up along with a light alcohol aromas. The aroma was pretty nice, it was true to style and the light smokey aspect was a nice touch.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that was almost on the border of being highly sweet and it's followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those malty aspects that I got in the aroma, but they seem to be a little bit light and the caramel malt aspect seems to stick out the most. Up next comes that same dark fruit aspect with some nice raisin and black cherry like flavors coming through along with a pretty light smokey aspect. On the finish there was a lighter amount of alcohol that wasn't warming at all and it had pretty much no bitterness with a caramel malt, dark fruit and lightly smokey aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting Wee Heavy, but I wish the malts showed up as much as they did in the aroma.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, a little rich, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a slightly higher higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, but I wish it was a little thicker with a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and a above average example of the style and it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style, I thought the dark fruit aspect was pretty nice and I thought the light smokey aspect showed up just enough and it added to the complexity of this beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, a little rich, slightly sticky, not too filing, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, this was pretty smooth for the style and with the lighter body it makes it even more drinkable, I could probably drink a couple of these, but I think that would be my limit. What I liked the most about this beer was the dark fruit aspect and the light smokey aspect, they were both pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, If it was a little thicker and less carbonated it would be truer to style, but that might hurt the drinkability a little. I would buy this beer if I saw it, I'm not sure I would buy a whole four pack, but I might think about it and I would recommend giving this a try if you like the style. This beer made for a pretty nice first impression for Sun King and I am for sure interested in checking out more of their beers. Dirty Bastard is still my favorite of the style, but this beer is still pretty nice, and if I couldn't get a Dirty Bastard I wouldn't mind drinking this as a substitute. Nice work guys, this was a very solid Wee Heavy, keep up the good work.

Serving type: can

03-11-2014 03:37:12 | More by StoutHunter
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PeachLuvsHisBeer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wee Muckle is freaking awesome. I am a big fan of Spaten Optimator.... this is even better!!!!

Also camparable to Broad Ripple Brew pub high alcohol content dark beer....can't remember what the call it. Also better than DogFish 120... We Muckle rocks!!

Also love Beer Advocates authentication tool.... prove you are human... LMAO !!!

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 00:10:00 | More by PeachLuvsHisBeer
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 Oz can poured into a snifter

A- A deep colored murky red. Very little of an off white head. A big looking beer.

S- A sweet caramel malt dominates the nose. There is a slight roasted character as well. A load of dark fruit. A slight grain and yeast as well. A really strong nose on this one.

T- A big sugary sweetness up front. A massive silky smooth caramel body to this beer. A bunch of toffee and nougat. A huge dark fruit presence, there is ton of fig and plum in this beer. A big grain flavor and a nice fruityness from the yeast.

M- A massive feel to this beer. Really syrupy and silky smooth. A slight warming. Dangerously drinkable.

O- This is a damn good Scotch ale. Its big, syrupy and flavorfull. A perfect candidate for barrel aging, do it Sun King. My only gripe is the price, 17$ a 4 pack is a bit steep but it is a great brew.

Serving type: can

02-02-2013 04:23:18 | More by TwelveOunces
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can of scotch ale? Sure! 16oz can from CWBlues, into a tulip.

Dark brown with some khaki head. Moderate retention and only a bit of lace. Dark fruits and some distinct dark spicy bread character. A bit of dark fruit gummies as well. Palate has toasted malts, dark fruits, some toffee character and even a touch of roast that comes out mid-late palate. A bit of alcohol that's easily forgiveable. Lower carbonation, and medium-full feel. Excellent.

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 20:17:45 | More by liamt07
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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head that quickly goes away.

S: Some sweet, bready malt with a bit of roastiness.

T: Follows the smell. Lots of sweet malt thats slighty roasty. There is also some raisin, plum, and caramel with a bit of alcohol warming. The finish is just slightly bitter.

M: Medium carbonation with medium body.

O: I enjoyed this, but I think it could use a bit creamier, smoother mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

12-13-2012 04:33:55 | More by RunForYourBeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a can of this. 16oz into a snifter, the brew appears a dark mahogany with a finger of khaki head that is composed of big bubbles and is quick to fade. Rising bubbles maintain a ring around the outside perimeter of the glass. When held to the light, it shows some brownish coloration and some chunks of yeast are stuck in suspension.

The aroma is a bit nutty mixed with bready grains and a hint of toffee to caramel-like sweetness. The more I smell this brew, the more sweet smelling it gets almost with a hint of vanilla as well. As it warms up, a mild hint of that 8% abv starts to poke through along with a mild suggestion of herbal hops. Overall, not a bad smelling brew.

The flavor is sweet with hints of toffee, caramel and mild light molasses. A bit of bready to toasty grain almost nutty at times with a minor fruit ester and hints of fruity hops to melt out the focus on nothing but residual sugar. More sips bring out a bit of herbal hop character but that is quite faint in comparison to the maltiness and residual sugar found in this brew.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew. It is slightly lower than moderate carbonation which is fitting for the style. Overall this is a pretty solid take on a wee heavy and worth a try but not something I would go out of my way for or buy multiples of. I am appreciative of the chance to try this and have no problems throwing back the 16oz.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 04:34:41 | More by stakem
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, more of a clear brown/amber around the edges, one finger office white head that doesn't last

S-Very malty, some peat, tad bit of roasted malt, was expecting more here.

T-Lots of malt, good balance, chocolate, smoke, tad bit of wood and vanilla, plums and darker fruits even some slight bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation but a tad watery.

O-Scotch Ales are an under made style, a great malty brew.

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 01:38:53 | More by rlee1390
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cans are growing in popularity amongst small breweries these days. The brewery that seems to be at the forefront of this is Oskar Blues. So, it seems appropriate that Sun King (who is putting out, on a very regional basis, their beers in cans) collaborate with them. I don't believe Wee Muckle is one of those collaborations, but the beer comes in a can, nonetheless.

A friend of mine picked this up for me while she was up in Indy over the weekend--and I'm glad she did--I've been wanting to try something from them for a while.

Wee Muckle pours a dark brown color with murky reddish hues around its edges. A decent tan head floats on top.

The aroma is of sweet caramel, white grapes, vanilla, wet wood, raisins, and a subltle hint of chocolate. Smells like a good wee heavy.

The flavor is of chocolate up front. This flavor lingers for a while, and gives way to other elements such as caramel and cinnamon, raisins, cherries, and brown sugared oatmeal.

The overall character of this beer is quite a perfect match for the current season...it's a warming beer, full of spicy flavor and comforting elements. It's a drinkable Scotch ale, heavy on ABV and a little sweet, but the body of this beer is balanced, well-crafted, and colorful.

Serving type: can

11-12-2012 23:47:06 | More by movingtrain
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick dark tan head into an english pub glass that settled to a thin ring throughout. the body was a dark mahogany color.
s - caramel, toffee, boozy alcohol.
t - chocolate, raisins, plums, booze.
m - slick and medium mouthfeel, creamy.
o - really nice scotch ale. the heat was very pleasant and added to the overall experience.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 14:42:15 | More by GPHarris
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an auburn color with a modest head that fails the retention test; not much lacing at all

Smell: Very malty, with a strong treacly aroma

Taste: Treacle, up front, with a growing earthy element; finishes sweet and slightly earthy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent enough, but lacks the subtle peaty element I seek out for this style

Thanks, duels, for the opportunity

Serving type: can

05-21-2012 23:40:02 | More by brentk56
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Pretty big head that faded out for me. Light khaki color head, dark auburn beer. A dark brown until you hold it up to the light to see the red come through.

Smells of dark fruit, molasses, raisins, bread, cherries and sugar. Some earthy hops as it warms.

Taste is mostly bready at first, then quickly fruity with a lot of the cherries and molasses. Finishes fairly dry with the earthy hops poking through. Long finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full. Somewhat syrupy, but quickly dries out, as I've mentioned. Leaves the mouth watering for more in the finish. I feel like it could use a bit more carbonation, perhaps.

Overall a nice wee heavy. Complex and pretty balanced.

Serving type: can

05-01-2012 23:39:32 | More by AaronHomoya
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to raveskdr for bringing this can over the other night. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear brown color with a small tan head that diminishes somewhat quickly, leaving behind an average amount of lacing as it falls to a collar.

The nose has some nice toasted bread notes along with brown sugar and caramel. There's a touch of maple coming through as it warms and heading into the flavor. Moderate sweetness and a light bitterness coming off of a medium body that's slightly boozy.

Malt bomb here, though fairly well done and appropriate for the style with enough bitterness to carry it through. Perhaps a bit too boozy for the alcohol volume, but otherwise fairly nice.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 18:13:54 | More by Thorpe429
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a thistle glass.

Pours a deep clear garnet in the glass, with a finger of rich light tan head. This maintains a smooth foaminess, leaving back a robust cascade of moderate spotty lacing. The aroma smells roast and sweet, with brunt sugars (definitely brown sugar), dark fruit, and a bit of stiff spicy warmth all making an impression here.

The taste has a nice density to it, with caramelized sugars, dark fruit (cherry is standing out), and a burnt and roasty character that spreads out across the back. Sweet and spicy alcohol kisses the edges and finish on this. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a firm prickly feel on the tongue that then explodes up and out, filling the mouth with a sharp creaminess. The alcohol is generally pretty well hid for such a big ABV, mostly just adding some extra sweetness and spice to the flavors.

While I appreciated the fullness and power to the flavors here, this just didn’t come off like a Scotch Ale to me. The sweetness and dark fruit was there but any smoky peat flavors that you would usually associate with the style just weren’t. For the most part though, this is still an enjoyable enough sipper. I just don’t think it’s really worth the $4.00+ per can that a 4-pack of this ended up costing.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 18:31:28 | More by Kegatron
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ehammond1


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, barkingelectron!

Murky dark brown and ruby with a moderately sized light brown head. Surprisingly, this leaves almost no stick down the glass.

The aroma is a wonderful combination of plum and raisin, some caramel, and bread.

The flavor is a pleasant combination of caramel and toffee, bread, some plum and raisin, and a bit of alcohol bite.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A nice example of the style, though there's a touch of alcohol presence which bring this one down a notch.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 03:32:15 | More by ehammond1
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown copper penny color with a light copper head. After the foam settled, this was actually pretty clear after it settles.

S: Aroma of rich caramel, sweet malt and a light bit of booze

T: This starts reaking of scotch ale with the aroma, but is soon less than reaking of scotch ale flavors, more or less a very good brown ale with a nice caramelized malt sugar and caramel flavor. These are great flavors to me and I highly am enjoying these flavors but for a Scotch ale I just don't think it is top notch. As this warmed a little, I picked up some of that "off" cidery flavor I have picked up un a recent homebrew batch. Again, I could probably make this a regular but it is more of a nicely hopped brown ale with a scotch ale presence.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation.

O: This beer is highly enjoyable and I like it a lot , but for a scotch ale, it falls just short of the goal line. highly drinkable and sessionable, but not quite as heavy on the scotch flavors as I like them. I saw the prior reviewer rated this against Old Chub. This is better than Old Chub IMO, but not with the scotch yeast Kick that I really enjoy.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 22:46:00 | More by alpinebryant
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gift from a generous BA while visiting the Hill Farmstead. Thanks, John!

A: Dark brown body, ruby highlights. Thinnish white head, dissipates quickly.

S: Nose is rich, grainy malt. Whiff of alcohol.

F: Flavor is sweet, rich dark malt. Booze is evident, which I don't mind in a 8.8% wee heavy.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, slightly astringent. I seem to find that with a lot of Scotch Ales, maybe it's just me.

O: Overall it's very good stuff. All of the right flavors and none of the wrong ones. Drinkability is high for the ABV, but the warming is noticeable.

Stacks up well next to Old Chub, another favorite of this style. Distinctly less sweetness than the Chub, however, and that's a bit of a good thing.

Serving type: can

03-06-2012 23:55:48 | More by ghostwalker
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LusciousJackson

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm looking forward to popping the top on another Sun King sent my way from Robwestcott, to whom I am grateful. Every beer I've tried from this brewery has been damn good so far, I have similar hopes for this one. I see why he likes them!

A casual pour into my trusty New Belgium globe reveals a russet brown brew with a tinge of ruby on the edges when the light hits it right. A thin beige head quickly retreats to a ring around the rim of the glass with a cluster of large bubbles stranded in the middle of the glass.

Aroma is of malt and burnt sugars. There's no hops jumping out, only dark and sweet with a bit of nuttiness. Dark fruit is there too, but not like you would think of in a classic dubbel or quad. Here those fruits have been cooked down to where they are slightly burnt and slightly acrid. In the end, you feel a bit of that tell tale tingle of an increased ABV in the nose. Leaves me very curious.

The taste is reflective of the nose. Rich malt sweetness, with those burnt flavors of toffee/caramel mixed in. Other reviews mention a cherry note that I'm having a hard time sensing. Like I mentioned in the aroma, the fruit I get is what I would imagine burnt raisins to be like. A odd descriptor I know, but I don't mean it as a negative. It fits and its a pleasant beer to sip. Again, a sense of alcohol on the exhale through my nose.

Carbonation is low. My glass is completely void of any carb at this point and looks more like a dark whiskey in my glass. I don't believe I would want this to be bubbly by any means, but I'd prefer a bit more action. A medium bodied mouth feel turns that around though.

Overall, I was not let down by this beer. I normally turn to brown ales or stouts for my malt fix and this beer reminds me that the rich, sweet, burnt flavor of a great scotch ale scratches that itch just as well. Bravo to Sun King and Rob for sharing! One of these days, I'll make the trip over and pay both of you a visit.

Serving type: can

03-04-2012 00:34:57 | More by LusciousJackson
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Casedogg43

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: serious brown tone with a hint of deep red in the body. Nice off white head. Looks like a tasty brew.

S: malts, caramel and toffee. None of which are jumping out at you.

T: How about some flavor! Rich, malty, sweet and right on the boarder of too much. Caramel and a bite of alcohol right before the finish. Not your light Scottish Ale. One I will continue to drink every chance I get.

M: Big full body and a bit creamy as well.

Overall: What a beer! Never gotten into the Scotch Ales before as the first couple I had stunted my growth in this area. But Wee Muckle has given me new found optimism! Terrific beer! Got a little bite to it, but a smooth bite it is

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 02:00:49 | More by Casedogg43
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I only bought this because the kid at an Indy liquor store told me this was barrel aged... After trying it, I think he was wrong-- but I don't regret the purchase.

Caramel and Vienna malt with a nice boozy bite on the finish. Really pretty tasty.

The booziness on the back end helps to dry it out, which I find to be a big plus.

Nice reddish brown color. Small head. Weak lacing, decent retention.

Overall-- not too bad Sunking! This may just be my top beer from this brewer.

Serving type: can

02-22-2012 01:39:29 | More by AleWatcher
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYBLACK for this one

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a DFH shaped pint glass.

This beer pours a deep mahogany color with a small amount of ruby highlights, and a generous amount of off white head that slowly recedes into a small amount of lacing.

The aroma is big and malty. The nose comprised of bready & caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, and a bit of molasses. No real hop presence to speak of

The flavor is big and full, with a boozy hotness being prominantly featured. The malt profile is both bready and sweet; with toasty malts, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee featured prominantly. To a lesser degree chocolate, and just a hint of molasses. The hops are almost an afterthought, just enough to make their presence known, but not enough to distract from the malt profile. Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Very nice

All in all this is a really good beer, I believe that I heard that this is the same grain bill as Wee Mac, but doubled. Very nice beer.

Serving type: can

02-15-2012 19:56:45 | More by CBlack85
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint...

A: Pours a very dark ruby copper. A finger of cream colored head emerges and settles to a quarter finger. Good lacing on the glass with very tight beading. Looks good.

S: Lots of caramel, sweet biscuity malt, and some dark fruit. Just a hint of citrus hops on the very finish.

T: Loads of caramel, some burnt biscuit, hints of vanilla and tobacco. A little boozy on the finish, which is distracting. Flavor profile is spot on though and very creamy. Loses points for a hot finish, however.

M: Full bodied, thick and creamy. Smooth throughout except for the finish, which is just a little bit hot. What comes before the finish, though, is very well done.

O: Wee Muckle is a solid Scotch Ale that manages to be creamy and fruity and provide loads of flavor. The finish gets a little thin and hot...probably the biggest problem with a beer that otherwise would have gotten much higher marks from me. At $18 per 4pk, I can unequivocally state that this beer is nowhere near worth the price of admission. If you see it on tap, though, I wouldn't hesitate to snag a pint.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 17:17:29 | More by siege06nd
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can received via Growling at the Moon from jmarsh123. Thanks Jeremy!

Poured into an imperial pint with a 1" tan head, over the cloudy chestnut brew. Head collapses loudly and relatively quickly, with leggy but fleeting lace. Aroma is dark malts and lightly alcoholic.

Taste begins with meaty grain sweetness, some tannin action in the middle, and closes with alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff, nicely fits into my idea of a Wee Heavy.

Serving type: can

02-01-2012 22:35:51 | More by ppoitras
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to BarryMFBurton for this LIFed can!

I could see ordering "Just a wee muckle" at a bar in Scotland... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a half-finger of lightly effervescent, darkly sandy tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, dark greens, very light orange peel, and brown sugar. The taste holds notes of brown sugar, toffee, light tobacco, clove, and mandarin orange flesh. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, a nice wee heavy, probably the best I've had from a can.

Serving type: can

01-24-2012 01:28:48 | More by TMoney2591
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All hail Sun King! This beer is one of their numerous Gold Medal from last year’s GABF. Way to make Indiana proud, you guys.

“346” is printed on the bottom of the can, so I’m guessing this was brewed on December 12, 2011 (little over a month ago).

A: Very small amount of head; the head is beige, a half-finger of smooth cream. There’s a moderate-looking thickness to it. The body is dark, coffee brown, shining almost opaque at first. In the light, though, you can see through it with a hint of reddish-brown, like maple syrup. Lacing is thick and enveloping, though it eventually slides back down into the darkness.

S: Rich toffee and pungent, Scotch Ale fruits: black cherry, peach, lemon. Maple, toasted oats, and vanilla come rolling out from the malts, with light cinnamon bread beneath. It’s a full, earthy nose, powered by its apple-cider fruitiness and peat underpinnings. Incredibly satisfying.

T: Apple cider, musty oak, and a flood of nutty malts make up the majority of this thick flavor-fest; otherwise, it’s a treat of smooth Scotch whiskey, toffee, and coffee. Now, it isn’t can-conditioned, but the yeasts make a powerful statement of dark breads. The bitterness comes to a head with a mild hop buzz – a spicy showing of pepper. For a Wee Heavy, it’s a mild finish; just some caramel and fruit rind.

M: As with other Sun King beers, it’s watery at times. This time, it doesn’t hit too bad a note – it’s slick and still solid. For a Wee Heavy, it’s pretty drinkable.

O: MUCH better than Wee Mac; what a difference. It’s worthy of its medal, for sure. One of the easiest-drinking Scotch Ales I’ve had in a while – well done, Sun King!

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 01:00:17 | More by BarryMFBurton
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sweethome

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can purchased at brewery.

Pour is medium brown. Decent off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is all malts - sweet dirt, very traditional scottish malts, brown sugar. Slight peat.

Entry is medium to full. Hot charachter hits quickly. Quite boozy. Loads of sweet malt with and earthy component. The alcohol and sweet malts dominate early. Almost cloyingly sweet. As it opened, this beer improved in my mind. The peated malts didn't come out for some time, but added charachter once they did. The heat seemed more balanced to after a 15 minutes of swirling and sipping.

A fine scotch ale with less smokey or peat charachter than many. Big and warming.

Serving type: can

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