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Wee Muckle - Sun King Brewing Company

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Wee MuckleWee Muckle

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89
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: robwestcott on 05-17-2011)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -12%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-06-2013 00:43:11 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-05-2012 21:05:07 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%
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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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-20-2012 04:12:28 | More by iL0VEbeer
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aasher

Indiana

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

I tried this last evening at MacNiven's in Indianapolis. I couldn't find much info about it.

This beer poured a dark and full bodied mahogany in color with a one finger cream colored head. The aromas were of caramel malts, light sweetness, light earthy wood, and light hazelnut coffee. The flavors were a blend of brown sugar, light oak, sweet caramel malts, with a nice hazelnut finish. I'd say I definitely prefer it over Wee Mac. It was medium bodied and went down smoothly. It had a bigger body and more complex flavors than it's base beer. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. I kind of liked it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 15:46:38 | More by aasher
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-25-2012 15:28:53 | More by smartassboiler
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ehammond1


3.65/5  rDev -9%
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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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-05-2014 02:31:20 | More by williamjbauer
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

03-28-2012 23:40:41 | More by MSandahl23
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-08-2013 04:19:05 | More by tommyguz
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-05-2012 20:29:27 | More by seeswo
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2013 00:41:30 | More by millerbuffoon
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-15-2014 16:42:10 | More by Stinger80OH
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JamesS

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Creation Cafe. Poured a wonderfully deep burnished bronze with wonderful head and some decent lacing throughout. Huge deep malty scents, with lots of caramel and toffee and a nixe bit of earthiness, as well. Great huge sweet malty flavor, thick and deep with (in order) caramel, toffee, peat, and licorice flavors and a nice earthy hop finish. Thick with a bit of alcohol heat, this is an excellent and warming wee heavy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 22:24:04 | More by JamesS
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

11-07-2013 23:11:23 | More by fredmugs
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-22-2014 23:57:13 | More by jzeilinger
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +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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Wee Muckle from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.