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Wee Muckle - Sun King Brewing Company

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89
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 15
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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Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, May 22, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Knapp85, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -0.2%

DrunkinYogi, May 05, 2012
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%

iL0VEbeer, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of aasher
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.

aasher, May 26, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -0.2%

smartassboiler, May 25, 2012
Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

MSandahl23, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of 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.

ehammond1, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

tommyguz, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -0.2%

williamjbauer, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

millerbuffoon, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
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.

rlee1390, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

seeswo, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
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.

StoutHunter, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Stinger80OH, May 15, 2014
Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

fredmugs, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -0.2%

jzeilinger, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of JamesS
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.

JamesS, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
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.

AleWatcher, Feb 22, 2012
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Wee Muckle from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.