Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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

Poured from the tap a dull tawny brown with small off white head,aromas of caramel malt and roasty and some unsweetened chocolate.Flavors are pretty vibrant big juicy fruitiness and caramel sweetness with a light smoky peaty character in the finish.Very chewey mouthfeel but glides down smoothly.A very well made heavy rich and flavorful.

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 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 Shovelbum
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white head that left minimal lace. Body is a deep reddish brown. Smell was quite clean. Big sweet and toasted malt flavors upfront. Also contains notes of toffee and coffee. Hop bitterness underlying it all. Thicker syrupy body, but not overly sweet. Low carbonation. Smooth finish, though its slightly dry.

The ABV makes this brew a bit too potent for session work, although it serves well as a fall or winter warmer beer. Nice balance between flavors and malt sweetness. A must try for malt lovers.

Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler.

Black cherry colored, and I think it's clear, but I can't quite see through the shadows. Light rays shimmer and reflect rather than penetrate. The head is short and tan, and flees quickly to grabs an edge, then grips tight and slides down.

Potent nose stimuli. Cedar boxes filled with topsoil, black liquorice, molasses, swamp water (complete with green algae), chocolate chips, scattered dry herbs, and Dewars.

This seems to have two beginnings, depending upon which nerve impulses reach the brain first. There's the dryish and earthy, bitter malted chocolate. And there's the much sweeter molasses and brown sugar. They don't exist in unison; rather, they are quite separate.
But they compliment each other something fierce.

Make sense?
Sorry.
This would be much easier if I could draw a diagram.

Beyond the blissfully divergent beginnings, this streamlines and morphs into something full of red grapes and vinous cues. Then, it gains some earthy footing. All full of dirt and peat and moss. Growlered bogs. Regardless, it remains sweetish throughout. Take everything I've mentioned and caramel-glaze it. But don't over-do it. That would be inaccurate.
Bitter herbs add crucial levity and wipe things partially clean.
Traces of caramel-vanilla nougat seep in post swallow and join with a continuation of the soiled earthiness. Ends with a minor red, spicy alcohol jolt. Like a bottle of Shiraz filtered through several inches of backyard, earthworms intact.

It gallops across the mouth and down the throat without impediments from uneven carbonation or boozy rough ground. This seems like it should feel bigger, and be less easily consumed.
It should be. But it's not.

All told, it's just a gorgeous Wee Heavy.

Thanks inebrius.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby grape juice brown with good amount of bubbles and head. Vineous and booze and smell of bourbon and barrel. But it's not that version, it's just aged 1.5 years, picked up from Whole Earth in Detroit. Mildly sour and spicey and so smooth and malted.

Photo of ElGordo
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color topped by a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma of graham cracker and dark fruit. Palate is very fruity up front, with a bready character emerging on the finish, with a good dose of booze. body is just a touch sticky. Pleasurable but not exactly easy-drinking. Still, overall, not bad.

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 Shumista
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 0z. bottle into my New Holland Brewing pint glass.

A- Under the kilt pours dark brown with a reddish tint, small lighter brown head.

S- Very sweet dark fruit, caramel malt. A little bit of booze as it warms up.

T- Sweet and fruity up, the sweetness lingers for a long time. Different from the some of the darker tasting, roastier wee heavys I have had. Not bad though, just different.

M- Somewhere between medium and full-bodied. Creamy texture.

D- Probably too sweet to enjoy more than one.

Overall a unique representation but definitely not my favorite example of the style that I've had. I think both Dark Horse (scotty karate) and Founder's (Dirty Bastard) both brew better local representations. Because of the better local alternatives I probably will not buy this one again.

Photo of stouty1
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown that my wife expresses a big EWWW too. Nice head which laces out on the sides of the glass. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. That's all I could pull out with my olfactory sense. I really tried but couldn't get anything else.
Taste is much like I expected with chocolate malt and a roasted smoky flavoring. Nice carbonation levels that fizz on the tongue just before swallowing. For almost an 8 ABV they hide it very well. I would get this again even though Scotch Ales are not my favorite brew.

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 CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark opaque copper pour with a modest dusting of white head. Rich nose of peaty malts with decided caramel notes. Flavour is smoothly malty with pronounced dark fruit character to go with the caramel from the nose and the aforementioned hint of peat.

Mouth is pretty thick and satisfying, as this style calls for. Drinkability in the overall sense is good. This is a nice example of the Wee Heavy style and is another standout in Dragonmead's portfolio. It's a wee pricey in comparison to some of the other locally available Scotch Ales, which reduces its appeal to me, but I do like what this one brings to the table and all fans of the style owe it to themselves to give it a try.

Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2008. A cloudy rusty pour with a miniscule tan head. Aroma is some sweet malt and caramel/toffee with a little spicey hop accent. Sweet malts, caramel and only a hint of chocolate/coffee/smoke. A little more lively than I would like, but not terrible. Finishes clean with just a slight hop note. Lingering in the throat is the caramel malt. All in all, not bad and a little unique for the style.

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with brewcrew76.

A: The ale pours with a whole lot of head. The first pour, quickly aborted, resulted in a mammoth head that exceeded 6 (!) fingers. The head to beer ratio was a solid 4:1. Even on settling, the second pour created a 2 or so finger head. The wee heavy's body is a dark brown, almost stout, color that allows almost no light through.

S: The nose has an undercurrent of thicker, smoky malts that is dominated by a stronger caramel aroma.

T: The flavor seems to more stout-like, chocolate and burnt, than wee heavy-like, smoky and malty. It also finishes with a slight sourness that conjures up a low-key flanders red. The finish kicks back to a sweet caramel malty body. There is an absence of smoky flavors that I often look forward to in a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel has a lot going on, too bad none of it screams wee heavy.

D: One bottle is enough for me, the flavors are intriguing, even boundary-pushing, but they just don't do it for me.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Siciliano's cooler.

Deep dark brown, compact head of tan foam. Spotty lacing here and there. Seems to have good head retention.

Trace alcohol, wood and sour dark fruit in the nose. Something mildly funky as well, like wet hay. It takes on a downward turn when it produces a whiff of pasture. Weird.

Overripe and decaying fruit, astringent tartness, antiseptic notes. A hint of roasted malts, wood and cola, but none of the sweet maltiness or peat you might expect for a Scotch ale. Really off for the style, this one was unfortunately hard to finish. I'll re-review when I can find another sample.

edit: Had some on tap at the Great Taste '08 and it was significantly fresher. More richness in the flavor, no astringency. I'd get this on tap again, but would avoid the bottles.

Photo of schusterbauer
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very attractive deep brown/purple/mud color. the smell makes me think of the cumulative effect of thanksgiving dinner, just as all dishes are about ready for serving, and some type of dessert is in the oven. lots of earthy robust smells, but warm toffee and malts dominate. taste is a gentle combination of malts and toffee -- sweet but not too sweet, and not forceful with the malts. the tastes blend superbly. finish has a hint of liquor -- scotch, grappa, maybe sambuca-soaked coffee beans -- but this is almost an afterthought, not forceful or artificial. mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth; thick and creamy, with an ideal level of carbonation. the alcohol is barely perceptible, let alone enough to hint at the 7.80% abv. immensely drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I figured this would be a good beer after such a cold day. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Black body with hints of brown at the bottom of the glass. Small light tan head fades away quickly leaving only a ring of foam on top of the beer. No lacing was left behind.

Smell: Aroma of dark molasses and spicy alcohol.

Taste: Rich and creamy with a sweet finish. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color or deep dark cherry wood. Very minor head on the pour that fades away immediately.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, peat and a touch of chocolate, bitter hops and some light heather.
Flavor of light chocolate, heavy toffee, earthy metallic scothc hit and some resins on the finish.
Mouthfeel starts with the sweet malt then moves to a real gritty, earthy hit and finishes with a spicy alcoholic kick,
Drinkability - draught version is definitely better. This version is decent but the flavors don't mesh as well and the minor metallic and alcohol hits make it a little harsher.

Photo of abar22
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some quick notes...

Murky brown, off white head, solid cap, no lace.

Toffee, slightly sour grapes. Not bad but not a Wee Heavy.

There is malt in this beer but this sourness owns the taste. Where's the smoke? Peat? It doesn't taste bad but this is more like a malty ale with a kriek blend. Good but not the style at all.

The sour adds a puckering bitterness to the beer. Again it doesn't scream Wee Heavy.

A good beer overall but I'm not sure what it's supposed to be. The sourness reminds me of Three Philosphers but there's no mention of it on the bottle or packaging. It's not a bad beer overall but it misses the style mark like crazy.

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 carln26
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a marvelous surprise. I found some of this while I was pursuing a package store here in Ann Arbor. It poured a dark amber to brown, clear with a thick tan head that settled to a sheet of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma had an overwhelming toffee character backed by mild citrus and a distinct fig character. The taste has the toffee (like biting into a toffee apple), more of the citrus, and loads and loads of caramel. Alcohol heat kicks in on the finish, and alters a nice smooth mouth feel, making it just a little rough. This is a great beer, right up there with the Stone products of this type.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gordon thistle glass.

Pours a deep ruby with nary a head, thin whisp of very light tan foam.

Aromas of malt, toffee, no hops to speak of. This one is all sweet malt. Very malt forward beer.

First sip is of toffee malt. Again, no hops to speak of (as there should be none in a wee heavy). Malty, but not a "rich" malt, as you would expect from a strong scots ale (or at least as I expect). No alcohol bite. A little low in alcohol for what I expect.

Mouthfeel is low side of medium, a little thinner than I expected in a strong scots ale. Very faint prickle of carbonation, but still too much for such a beer.

Drinkability is good. Not necessarily a sipper. Needs a little more 'punch.'

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 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 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.

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