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Wee Muckle - Sun King Brewing Company

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Wee MuckleWee Muckle

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BA SCORE
89
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: robwestcott on 05-17-2011)
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Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

seeswo, Feb 05, 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 HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev -0.2%

HumanParaquat, Jan 30, 2012
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 BarryMFBurton
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

BarryMFBurton, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of stbo101
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

stbo101, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of rdb4942
4/5  rDev -0.2%

rdb4942, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of FalconA
4/5  rDev -0.2%

FalconA, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  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.

sweethome, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mdbailey00
5/5  rDev +24.7%

mdbailey00, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of bertram
4.25/5  rDev +6%

bertram, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

coldmeat23, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of lbaker
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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)

lbaker, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

CummingsK21, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

cnally, Dec 21, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

smchenry75, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of SmartyPints
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler.

A- Poured a light brown color with some off amber highlights when the light hits it. One finger cream colored head show medium retention. Light streaks of lace down my glass with each sip.

S- Lots of malts in the nose. Caramel and toffee overtones linger throughout the aroma. Hints of earthiness with a light bitter hopping toward the ending of the aroma. Nice blend of the nose overall.

T- Lots of caramel malts and toffee overtones on the front of the beer. There is some oak to this around the middle of the beer that lingers as a undertone with the caramel coming through more. Hints of toffee and light nutty flavor toward the ending. Alcohol is in the backing but not distracting.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts and hints of toffee left on the palate. Aftertaste was warming alcohol, light nutty taste, and lingering caramel/toffee overtones. Flavors were actually quite well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present as I drank this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This was a nice well put together beer with flavors that linger but not overly so. A good take on the style and yet another beer from Sun King that I enjoy to drink. Great job guys!

SmartyPints, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of poogas
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

poogas, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of tsauce2
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: On tap in to a pint glass.

A: SRM is hazelnut/light brown. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is off white, 1 in, dissipates to rim of the glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Carmel/toffee and malt notes dominate.

T: Carmel/toffee malts, light oakiness, light booziness, a touch of scotch, but muted, and a light nut flavor. Aftertaste is nut (very light hazelnut or almond if I had to guess) and slightly boozy.

M: Medium body. Big and balanced malt notes, along with carmel/oak/nut flavors give a creamy and smooth mf. Very drinkable. Booze is noticable and gives a warming sensation to the mf.

O: A very good twist on the standard base recipe. One of my favorite scotch ales. Sweet and malty, yet not overpowering. Another hit from Sun King.

tsauce2, Dec 10, 2011
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
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

forummember, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -0.2%

denimdemon, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Nitrogenx
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Nitrogenx, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of rangel2
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, tan head, one fingers worth.

Smell upfront is toffee, rich maltiness.

Taste is licorice, caramel malt backbone, followed by smooth alcohol, comparable to an imperial stout. Dark fruits abound.

Slight dry finish. Tingly carbonation.

Not big into the Scottish stuff, but this one is great. An imperial Wee Mac with good carbonation and the dark fruitiness of a SkullSplitter or Maudite.

rangel2, Nov 15, 2011
Wee Muckle from Sun King Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.