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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: putnam on 10-17-2002

Produced in the style of a Scottish Export Ale this beer is big on taste and body. Imported Scottish Ale Malt is combined with Roasted Barley and Crystal malt to give this beer a unique taste and aroma. Golding and Fuggles Hops help to balance out the taste of this unique beer.
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 120
Photo of StoutHunter
2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle of Dragonmead's Under The Kilt Wee Heavy last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. It's been a long time since I've had this beer and I thought it was about time to revisit it and give it a review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok and it goes a little with the name, but I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice dark brown color that took on more of a crimson hue when held to the light with just a thin ring of bubbly light ten head that quickly faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This wasn't a good looking beer, the color was nice, but the head, retention and lacing never showed up.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a honey like aroma to it with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a mixture of sweet malts, caramel malts, slightly stale malts, caramel and toffee like aromas with some very noticeable tobacco leaf aromas. Up next comes the dark fruits with the raisins sticking out the most and that makes for a sherry like aroma when combined with the sweetness and there's just a slight nutty and a light cardboard like aroma. This beer had a decent aroma, but it didn't seem too true to style and it did have a couple off aspects.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness that's still a little honey like with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's the sweet malts, caramel, toffee and tobacco that seems to stick out and it make for a unique flavor. Up next comes the dark fruit which are exactly the same as they were in the aroma and they impart a heavy sherry like flavor. On the finish there's no bitterness with some more sweetness lingering into the aftertaste along with some tobacco, toffee and lots of sherry. This wasn't a good tasting beer, the sweet and sherry like flavors seemed to dominate this beer.

M- Not the smoothest, cloying, a little sticky, flat, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a very low amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was poor, it needed some actual carbonation to it and the cloying aspect didn't help either.

Overall I didn't like this beer and I thought it was a poor example of the style, the taste didn't remind me much of a Wee Heavy and I thought it tasted more like a poorly brewed Old Ale. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it wasn't the smoothest, it was cloying, a little sticky, flat, not too filling and the taste didn't do a good job of holding my attention, half the bottle is enough for me, anymore than that and I think it would really start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it wasn't bad and it was fairly unique, but it just wasn't true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was how off of the style it was, the only aspect I think that could be identified to be Scotch Ale like would be the appearance, other than that it would be a tough sell to convince me this is what a Wee Heavy is suppose to taste like, I also didn't like how it had pretty much no carbonation. I wouldn't buy this beer again and there's a good chance I would turn it down if I was offered one. I wouldn't recommend this as a beer or a Wee Heavy, it's not a great example of either. All in all I didn't enjoy this beer, it just had too many things wrong with it and it didn't do justice for the style. This is now my least favorite Dragonmead beer and it's now one of my least favorite Wee Heavys. Better luck next time guys, this one needs a lot of work.

Photo of Gryphon69
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Dark Brown with a slight red hue. No head and no lacing, poured pretty hard so kinda suprising.

S- Roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, peat, smells real good

T- Dark roast and peat up front, some dark fruitiness to finish it off.

M- Medium and slick, not much in carbonation

O- Pretty good flavor balance, easy to drink, smells real good, gonna have to try this one at the brewery on tap. Only let down out of the bottle was the lack of a head or lacing.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to partial 2mm layer
Lacing scant; few small clots of bubbles
Body dark amber, hazy
Flavor moderately sweet and malty; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends sweet with stomach afterburn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

Meh. OK but not wonderful.

Photo of RusImpStoLuv
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, almost black coloring upon pour, 12oz bottle into snifter. Very little head, but off white where it is. Nice caramel, molasses on the nose. Very smooth, sweetness upon a low carbonated mouthfeel. Overall great Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy, give her a try! Cheers!

Photo of chinchill
2.08/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours dark but clear, with a tan head of moderate size and retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: more like wine vinegar than Scotch Ale.
Flavor: Some vinegar here too, about matching the dark malts. Light smoke in the finish.

O: "Unique taste" indeed. Probably not at its best, but then again the bottle was from a reliable store, and carefully cold-stored for just a few months. I note other reviewers have reported "bad' versions of the bottled ale.

Photo of breakingbland
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A near opaque brown with lively red highlights. Poured with a light tan head that dissipated.

Aroma: Sweet and yeasty.

Taste: Candy sweet like the aroma with a suggestion of breadiness. Scant hoppiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The perfect body for this style, though maybe a little over carbonated.

Overall: This is a winner! Very enjoyable on a cool Fall night.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep brown almost black. near opaque but with a reddish brown hue at the edges. small tan head that sticks around as a lacing

Smell: brown sugar, earthy hops, some dark fruits

Taste: super sweet brown sugar up front, gives way to a peaty, earthy hop bitterness, and finishes off with a dark fruit, and toffee/chocolate sweetness. alcohol is present and almost comes off bourbon-like

Mouthfeel: pretty heavy, pretty sticky

Overall: that is a tasty brew. sweet but balanced, dark and rich. knowingly alcoholic. not much you could do to make it better.

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged bottle from late 2011: pours very, very dark brown with chestnut showing where light hits it and a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left decent lacing.

Smells sweet and malty, like toffee, caramel, toasted grains, syrup, brown sugar, faint herbs and light alcohol like bourbon or whiskey; pretty sweet nose overall that shows the ABV but still has a lot of sweet components working well together.

Tastes of sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, toasted grains, dark fruit, raisin, yeast, coriander, cinnamon, tea leaf and alcohol like bourbon or whiskey; it has some heat, but the malty sweetness covers it up well with a variety of flavors that combine for a sugary grainy brew that almost tastes like mead.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost slick, with a watery feel but weight at the same time, basically no carbonation and a medium to heavy thick chewy body. Goes down easy considering it drinks like a sweet soup, and on a brutally freezing night this was a real nice winter warmer.

Nice brew in a style that is very traditional, and when done right like this beer is, very tasty and enjoyable. Thanks to my man Rick for bringing this back from Michigan for me.

Photo of Alextricity
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-28-12.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown. Short lived, super "fine" tan head. Minimal patchy lacing... looks pretty nice overall.

Smell: Well, well, well... malt, scotch, and dark fruits. Maybe some traces of chocolate as well. Definitely pleasing. I'd enjoy it more if my glass didn't have a weird smell...

Taste/feel: I haven't had many, but I absolutely love scotch ales. Dark fruits are very prominent on the front, and then there's a lot of malts, scotch, and a bit of warmth on the finish. Honestly, PERFECTLY balanced, since the beer is never too sweet or too bitter ... it's just fantastic. On top of that, the mouth feel leaves a very pleasant coating in the mouth, but it's never too thick/sticky/cloying. My guess is that this is supposed to be a sipper, but it tastes too damn good.

Under the Kilt isn't exactly cheap (I paid $3 for this bottle), but I can't say that it isn't worth that slight up-charge. A truly outstanding beer with an awesomely tasty blend of dark fruits, malts, hops, and scotch that keeps me coming for another sip. Now, one of my favorite beers.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had both in a bottle and on tap at the Town Pump in Detroit, as well as Dragonmead Brewery in Warren. Pours a muddy, trudgy, swampy brown color with some red hints and tinges - opaque with a khaki-brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass fairly quickly. Aroma contains a nice abundance of malt; burnt caramel, cocoa powder, and a light smokiness. Some fruits are detectable, although somewhat muted and kind of hard to single-out or distinguish from one another. Maybe some types of rum-raisins and plums. The nose is very sweet, but has a nice smokey and charred character that works well to off-set and balance.

Taste is lovely, even more of the same greatness from the aroma. Nice fruity sweetness up front; raisins, sweet apples, juicy plums, backed well by the alcohol profile - warming, but never intruding. The smoky flavor comes out halfway through on a platter made of rustic caramel malts and a mellow, charred woodiness. More fruits come out as this one goes on, currants, blackberries, dates. The times I've had this from the bottle, the brew seems to be much sweeter than on tap, almost to the point of being tart and causing a pucker. Still tasty, but strange how bottle/tap can lead to pretty different flavor profiles in that aspect. Medium-thick body, silky and syrupy without being sticky against the tongue or teeth. Leaves a nice sweet aftertaste with dried fruits and charred wood.

One of Dragonmead's more manageable options. Much better on tap than from the bottle - although the bottle is still tasty, it's got a tartness that may be a little distracting, as it seems more akin to slight unintended infection rather than intentional souring. It always goes down easy, although quality control might be a concern.

Photo of Kerrie
4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes great; the problem is that the head is so overpowering (I've never seen anything like it) that it required 4-5 pours from the bottle into my normal-sized tulip glass because the head just overtook everything. Not good! I loved Final Absolution and was hoping this would be similar (and trust me, it certainly tastes good) but it just doesn't pour properly.

A: Great! I love dark beer and this certainly looks dark. However, if the head counts, this would probably get a negative rating. It's just too much and takes too long to settle.

S: Again, great. Nothing wrong there, even with the head.

T: Great, once the foamy head is down. It's very fruity, even though I wouldn't expect a dark beer to be fruity at all.

M: Not too thin, not too thick; great!

Overall, this just tastes good and fruity. If you're patient enough to wait for the head to go down, it's delicious. The problem is, when I want beer, I want it now! It just takes too long but it's good once you get it.

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark mahogany almost bordering on black, pours a nice head for being from a bottle, a little hazy and hard to see through, though I prefer my beer unfiltered personally.

S- Very sweet and molasses like, with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Molasses at first, then starts tasting like dates or dried figs. Very sweet with no hint of hops or bitterness. It hides it's alcohol content well, though the bottle lacks an ABV so maybe it's weaker than average.

M- Rich and full bodied.

O- Definitely true to it's style, it's very sweet and fruity. Though Skull Splitter is still my Wee Heavy of choice, this is still a solid beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head, some lighter brown highlights. Some filmy pools on the top. Lots of junk in the bottom. Fairly mild nose is mainly chocolate with some light dried fruit. Taste is likewise. Strong, roasted malt, and chocolate. Breadiness and raisins. A touch of grain. Stronger, spicy caramel shows through in the after-taste. Feel is think and creamy, although the aftertaste is hort and doesn't really coat your mouth. This one's tasty, although not as good as some scotch ales I've head.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1 finger khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, grape, plum, molasses, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and light earthiness. Pretty nice aromas, that are much fruitier than I was expecting. Taste of big raisin, plum, tart cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, light chocolate, bread, earth, and a bit of a metallic twang. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Flavors are quite balanced; but there are a bit of off flavors noticeable. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a good wee heavy. It was certainly fruitier than I was anticipating; but it was still quite enjoyable.

Photo of gustogasmic
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DUDE !!!! I was less than a half-second into the pour of this beer into my oversized-flute-shaped glass, when the head was already foaming out the top! Big, puffy, caramel head all over my kitchen table!!!! WTF? Almost half the beer went into the sink in the form of foam as i slowly, slowly, poured it off. The beer itself is beautiful, but the ridiculous foam knocks the appearance down.

Phew, now that that's over- veyr murky dark burgundy-brown; light only comes through on the edges. Yeast can be seen moving around the bottom and getting teased around by the slow but constant carbonation.

The smell is very apple-juicy, with dark toffee malts distantly in the background.

It looks like I've got some oxidization here- the malts are very well-balanced, but now too subdued, as the apple-juicy notes have begun to dominate.

A really nice ballsy mouthfeel, as I hope for in scotch ales. This aspect of the beer hasn't suffered from the age. Nice and full, with a creamy leave that sticks the beer's flavor to your tongue.

I'll give this beer the benefit of the doubt for the "overall" category, and wouldn't hesitate to try it again, fresh.

Photo of morimech
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with minimal head. What was the head settles to a thin skim of suds. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass.

Rather weak aroma. A touch of toffee and caramel that gets overshadowed by the booziness.

Caramel and toffee malt flavor. A little earthiness as well. Alcohol did not dominate the flavor like the aroma indicated. It was a nice compliment to the malt.

Medium body with low carbonation. Nice texture that aids in consumption.

Nothing wrong here, but it sure was not interesting either. It was easy to drink with its clean malt flavor.

Photo of readbaron
1.97/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Arrrgh. This must be an infected bottle.

Starts off looking good - ruddy dark brown with a bit of head.

However, from there it goes quickly down hill. Smell isn't terrible - there ate some wee-heavy like notes. Sweet malt and caramel, but theyre covered by sour fermented cherries. Boo.

Taste is no good. Tart initially, then mellows into a milder wer sweet malty profile before finishing with an odd amalgam of the two. Tastes refermented.

Feel is surprisingly good. Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

I wish I had a non infected version.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into thistle.

Dark. Reddish brown body is pretty much opaque. Small tan head, no lacing, low retention.
Smells of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of smoke.
The taste starts sweet with lots of malt but then dries out a bit with notes of dry bitter cocoa and coffee. Some dark fruits make a small appearance an fade into an earthy peaty smoke note.
An oily feel lingers and makes the undercarbonated body feel slick.
Overall-- this isn't bad. It has a lot going on in the profile, I just don't know if all of those notes belong. Some more bubbles would go a long way here.

Photo of clint1019
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Has a ruby brown color with a caramel colored thin head.

S- Has a nice aroma to if. Very malty, fruity, and a slight roasty aroma.

T- Has a Rich Malty flavor along with a buttery/toffee like flavor. Also, has a slight apple cider flavor to it.

M- Medium - Full Bodied

O-Not too bad. Not one of my favorite Scotch Ale's,but decent.

Photo of lurpy1
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good strong head that sticks around for a while.

S: Not terribly overpowering, a little bit of caramel, somewhat overshadowed by a boozy aroma

T: Really good. Strong toffee mixed in with booze. Butterscotch shnapps comes to mind. Quite malty, not much hops.

M: Pretty smooth, bit of alcohol burn.

O: Really liked this one, coming to realize that a) I really like Scotch Ale, and b) Dragonmead knows beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Darker chestnut color, with some amber edges. Tan head disappeared immediately and completely.

Toffee, with a slight hint of smoke. A bit of a rum raisin feel, as there is a bit of booze present.

Lots of darker, toffe-like malt up front, leaving no doubt about the style. Again, a slight hint of smoke. Fruit is minimal, as the toffee and caramel flavors linger. Earthy hops keep things from getting out of hand. Great malt character.

Medium body, with a slightly chewy feel. Alcohol lends some warmth, which is nice for the style. A pretty well made beer.

Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Under the Kilt pours a deep garnet hued amber color and has a pretty impressive cap of foam on top. The head is a light tan color and has pretty amazing retention. It also leaves pretty decent lace considering the style. The beer is a bit cloudy, but that is partially because I was a bit hasty and poured some of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is pleasantly sweet with a rich malty character that hints at caramel, toffee and brown sugar. It also has a pleasant fruity character and a bit of earthy spice. Just a tad of alcohol is also appreciable.

The flavor is much like the aroma and I have to say I am really not picking up any of that smoky, peaty flavor that I so enjoy in wee heavys. Toffee and caramel really rule the malt character in this beer. The hops are pretty much absent, as they should be, and I find the alcohol to be well covered.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. It has a nice smoothness that is broken up by just enough carbonation. The finish is quite pleasant with a nice sweetness that is far from being too much or too sticky on the palate.

Overall, this is a pretty solid wee heavy that does not blow me away, but is quite enjoyable. This is only my second beer from this brewery, and I am much more impressed by this offering.

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber with lacing.

S: Plums, hops, orange, yeast, a little caramel.

T: Plums, sour orange, malts, some hop bitterness on the end with a sour aftertaste.

M: Malty body, medium carbonation.

Overall: The plum flavor is a little too overpowering for me. Overall this is a decent beer, though as others have already mentioned there are better scotch ales out there, especially when the price is taken into account. Worth trying once, but I'll probably never seek it out again.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini beer mug (A&W).

Appearance: Beer pours a very dark mahogany color, almost like a super-brewed tea. Active carbonation visible in the glass, and a frothy off-white head that sticks pretty well. Very nice.

Smell: Prunes, oats, blood oranges, caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a very oily feel to it, lots of strange bitterness to it. The alcohol is prevalent, but not overpowering. Lots of faux-fruit flavor, some really rich malt character and a strange hop profile which is biting and bitter. Complex and wonderful!

Overall: Very awesome beer! Lots of depth to it. Maybe a touch too tasting of alcohol, but what do you expect for a nearly 8% brew? I like it.

Photo of techfed87
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is quite dark amber, almost not able to see all of the way through it. Smell is pretty malty.

First sip is fairly sweet, although it can be a bit distracting from the overall mouthfeel. Taste is a bit more coppery than I was expecting. Still, as scotch ales go, this one is pretty much what you should expect from it. Not that it's quite on par with a Founder's Dirty Bastard or Dark Horse Scotty Karate. But still, a pretty

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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.