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Wee Muckle - Sun King Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 15
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: robwestcott on 05-17-2011

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Photo of LusciousJackson
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Casedogg43
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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

Photo of MordorMongo
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of duels
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of CBlack85
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of robwestcott
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed at the brewery a few weeks ago and poured cold from the growler tonight to a sun king shaped pint a nearly opaque rich, mahogany brown with a 1/2 finger, short lasting tan head leaving little to no lace.

aroma of toffee, burnt caramel and butter.

candied almonds, roasted malts, brown sugars, and dark cherries(?)

medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy smooth and super sweet.

overall: a great wee heavy, big malts, big sweet.

Photo of siege06nd
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of jopi2222
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of southhousebrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of stbo101
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of rdb4942
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of FalconA
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of mdbailey00
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of bertram
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx. 40 degrees
Super thanks to a friend of mine, who is going to school in Indiana, for bringing this home for the holidays!

This pours a deep, rich, mahogany color with slight ruby tinting. It produces a mild head of light brown colored foam. The retention is good. The lacing is in short strands and small spots, but they are fairly sticky.

As one should expect, the first scent to hit your nostrils is of a rich maltiness. Excellent! There is some good yeast presence right behind it. Hints of sweetened red cherries (not quite marascino level), sprinkled with brown sugars, floating on toast down a stream of caramel toffee. Mild spice notes.

Cherry hints are still here, as well as loads of brown sugar sweetness. Balance is provided by a very nice toasted malt presence. Lots of toffee, with traces of caramel and treacle. A light touch of earthy grains. A kiss of hop spice notes. The finish is very smooth.

The body is full, as it should be. The carbonation level is light-to-almost-medium, which is slightly low, though. It gives this a light touch of creaminess, but makes you really want more.

My favorite offering that I've been lucky enough to taste from Sun King, so far. Too bad that I'll probably never get to have it again. I'd love to see this one get pushed into full-time production and distribution!

Photo of lbaker
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer finally worth reviewing since a 10 month absence from BA.

(a)- Poured with a very nice tan lacing from the can, not a alot of head. Looks like a traditional brown ale, not too far off from Wee Mac. 4.5/5

(s)- Toffee, carmel. Perfect except for the strong alcohol smell. (4.5/5)

(t)- Awesome. Does have a strong alcohol bite, but that is to be expected with this guy. (4/5)

(m)- Not too heavy on the carbonation. Surprisingly not as heavy as I expected. (4.5/5)

(0)- Awesome offering from Sun King. I'm thankful I was able to find this 4-pack at 21st Amendment in Carmel, saved me from a trip to downtown. Would buy again, but probably wont find it ever again, lol. (4.5/5)

Photo of CummingsK21
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice looking pour--tan head stays longer than you'd expect but ends up disappearing into the nearly pitch black body.

Aromas are burnt toast, dark caramel, just a slight whiff of peppery hops.

The flavor is boozy. However, in spite of the poorly hidden alcohol content, there are a lot of great things going on here. Lightly toasted grains, almost like a honey malt, go beyond your expectations. Very small mossy/earthy quality and finishes sweet and smooth.

The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, well positioned thickness without being too heavy.

I do say--Sun King's finest offering. I have always been a slight skeptic of their resounding quality. This beer proves me wrong.

Wee Muckle from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.