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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee HeavyDragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy

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BA SCORE
86
very good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.81%


Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: putnam on 10-17-2002)
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Bigc3031

Michigan

5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, my favorite from Dragonmead.

This beer pours a little thick, very dark amber with a coyote brown head which dissipates rather quickly. Carbonation was low as it should be for this style in my opinion.

Taste starts out with malty with hints of chocolate and ends in caramel or toffee. I really consider this to be a Heath bar in a bottle.

A lot of Wee Heavy beers I have had are ruined by the alcohol after taste but this is completely hidden in this beer.

Dragonmead sells this beer in a 4 bottle box, you will need a friends help with this or it will sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:31:04 | More by Bigc3031
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putnam

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consider the appearance and smell tentative as I couldn't gauge them in the format they were presented. Pure British toffee. Toffee. Perfect integration of mineral, humus, rocks, soft caramel and mocha. These elements entwine in a perfectly attenuated package of satiny smoothness. Sweet natured but far from cloying. Clean, like all of the Dragonmead products, and billowy in texture. Not complicated.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2002 19:06:22 | More by putnam
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, HUGE thanks to Northertimber for this one!

Let me start off by saying I'm amazed that this isn't more highly spoken of on BA. I know, this style isn't exactly celebrated, but jesus if this isn't the best interpretation of the style I've come across. The pour is exceptionally dark, yet midnight lavendar at the edges. Not much head but plenty of legs and dots of lace abound.

Nose is a trip to paradise if you enjoy the style. Deep rich purple grape mingled with prune, raisin, and black cherry. It's just a remarkable slideshow of the many flavors apparent in a beer.

Taste is largely the same as the nose and I'm stunned at how much I like this. The only difference in the nose and taste is that in the taste I can note some nuttiness in the finish along with a mild kiss of hops.

We have some damned good Scotch ale/wee heavys here in Seattle, mostly from Silver City. I honestly hate to say it but in my ever so humble opinion this is light years better. So much more complex and so much more flavorful.

If I lived in Michigan I'd definitely buy this again and again. Mouth is superb. An extra thanks to Skyhand for the suggestion to trade for this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 07:15:45 | More by TheBungyo
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 00:10:29 | More by cokes
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schusterbauer

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 14:31:02 | More by schusterbauer
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ken3c

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned in a bourbon barrel poured at the brewery.

Very dark brown but clear with a thin wispy head.

Faint oak aroma with senses of vanilla and biscuit malt.

Somehow the oak barrel conditioning imparts a sense of walnuts to me. It's a wonderful taste sensation that I'm a complete sucker for. I love it unconditionally and seek it out like a psychotic. This is an already great beer exponentially enhanced.

Medium body. Slightly astingent.

This is very close to my deserted island beer.

Serving type: cask

03-21-2005 05:27:14 | More by ken3c
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 03:40:29 | More by SportsandJorts
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marburg

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sludge-like, chocolate milk-ish brew. Pock-marked tan head. Malted milk balls (remember Whoppers?) and pine needles grace the nose. This is the comfort food of the beer world -- well integrated, smooth flavors. Almost warming but not harsh like many Scotch Ales. No insane malty sweetness. No irritatingly overdone alcohol presence. No wanna-be whiskey flavors. Earthy and mild with a toffee middle-to-end. Just all around excellence.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 20:34:14 | More by marburg
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to say, this is a brew much better served draft.

Overall it's much similar to the draft version just a bit less tasty and a little harsher. A bit less creamy as well, but the major taste elements are all still there.

Slàinte! Suas Leis a' Alba!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 10:37:54 | More by Gaisgeil
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, leather brown, nearly black with a inch high capping of dark tanned foam that keeps breifly before settling to an always present fluffy collar. Drippy lacing with some large spots sticking.

Aroma of dark molasses, dark chocolate, firmly roasted, mostly chocolate with a peaty herbalness and a slight figgy/date, dark fruityness, black licorice, and coffee notes.

Taste is bold and flavorful with a good load of chocolate tones across the palate laced with dark cherry, fig, and dark, damp wet wood. Very leveled flavors and tones are set along the path of yummy goodness with a subtle drying finish where the roast makes its way in with slivers of coffee and more chocolate cream.

Smooth, efficient, solid medium body with a creamy flow of soothing maltyness thats enriched with chocolate and dark fruity undertones.

A solid Scotch Ale! Drinkable and surely enjoyable.

Thanks Tim!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 00:24:27 | More by tavernjef
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bozebus17

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color. I don't know how to describe it other than reddish-black (if that means anything). It has a thin tan head that is barely evident in the end.

It smells like the highlands; hints of peat are definitely there, and I think the beer smells slightly woody. The malt also shows itself.

This one is a delight to drink. It is all malt. There are also hints of caramel in the flavor and the alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Under the kilt felt good in my mouth. It was very rich, almost a meal in a pint glass.

It goes down dangerousely easy. Pair this with the high ABV and this beer could get you in trouble.

I tried this one a few months ago and it was the first scotch ale I have ever had. I fell in love with the style that night. I also think Dragonmead is the perfect atmosphere to drink this style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2005 15:29:46 | More by bozebus17
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nomad

Kansas

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beauty on draught! Full malty core cold-conditioned smooth with full biscuit, roast barley, and a flick of grape-like fruitiness. Never cloying, never filling, but holding strong with a medium-full mouthfeel. Opens to a gorgeous scent of long-boil caramelized melanoidin goodness. Easy to drink, huge while simple, complex but smooth, with a hum of alcohol to remind you what its packin' underneath all that malt.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2005 17:26:53 | More by nomad
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a very deep brown, near black, with a 1/2 finger creamy, tan head that became a nice lace that stuck to the side of the glass.

S- A little more subdued than I expected, but very good. There was definitely a good mix of sweet, roasted, and smoke that I've come to expect from a good Scotch ale.

T- More of the roasty, smoked flavor mixed with some sweet malt as the aroma would suggest. A great example of a style that I've grown to appreciate.

M- Very creamy and full mouthfeel.

D- I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The higher ABV is well masked, which could be a problem if you don't pace yourself.

Overall- A great example of a style that I've begun to appreciate more and more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 14:01:34 | More by GRPunk
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper, clear as a bell with a substantial foamy head. Aroma is surprisingly bitter, typical caramel elements but it has some biting acidity to it. Not quite citrus, not quite sour.

Taste is rich, roasty, sweet dark caramel malt. Smokey, peaty flavors, some chocolate malts, some maple syrup. Slight buttery diacetyl flavor (which I like) but very subtle, not nearly enough to put you off, maybe a complimentary toffee element. Some sort of mild astringency in the middle, more of a hoppy bite than most wee heavies. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is medium and satiny smooth. One of the finer wee heavies, easily something I could drink all day. Many thanks to trbeer for sharing this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2005 05:53:38 | More by assurbanipaul
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with reddish highlights. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is soft, slight bready malty smells. Taste is well blended. Almost a hint of smoke, some mineral, some peat. Well blended. Mouthfeel is rich and thick. This is a good beer, perhaps not my favorite of the style, but still really good.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 00:29:58 | More by deejaydan
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 01:22:29 | More by Alextricity
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bigbubba

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice clear dark brown beer with red highlights. The head is short and light tan in color. It reduces to a very thin head that laces the glass. The smell is very sweet, slightly smokey, and with a hint of chocolate. The taste is very good. The sweetness is well balanced by the roasted smokey flavor. The alcohol is not noticeable. The mouthfeel is nice and substantial. It is incredibly easy to drink. Its hard not to just pour it down in one big gulp.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 23:59:47 | More by bigbubba
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fingolfin72

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get much of a head, but that never matters much to me. I guess I didn't take notes in pouring class. The color is like that of a good strong cup of coffee. Dark brown, but not black. The nose was brown sugar, coffee and cola. The palate is bigger than the nose suggests. Lots and lots of dark brown sugar, a fine bittersweet tone like a good shot of espresso, notes of vanilla and butterscotch, and an underlying backbone of bitterness that is so subtly integrated that it is not noticeable on its own. That is the finest attribute of this beer. The finish is luxuriously long.

My excellent brother-in-law trbeer brought this down to me. Thanks!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 01:38:54 | More by fingolfin72
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn. Pours dark with a reddish hue. Nice solid creamy head. Chocolately and smokey malt odor. Sweet peaty malt flavor with some smokiness. very tasty. alcohol not noticeable at all. some biscuity malt, but mostly the beer is dominated by the sweet peaty flavor. very smooth and creamy and well made. a great rendition of the style. my first from Dragonmead is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 14:28:46 | More by aforbes10
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have thoroughly enjoyed this on tap in the past, but have not tried a bottle until now.

Dark cola-leather-brown body with caramel edges. Small, lacy, light cocoa brown head. Lightly roasted, caramelly malt nose accented with peat, rummy brown sugar, and smoked meat. Taste starts out big and malty. Rich sweetish chocolate, toasted/roasted malt, caramel/toffee, and dark fruits with a peaty, smoky edge throughout. Deliciously malty. Slight roasted bitterness (dark chocolate-ish) in the malty finish. Full-bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. One of the best U.S.-made wee heavies I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 00:49:51 | More by alexgash
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark cola-like brown almost black with birch beer red edges and a tan brown head that rises high and fast and fades slowly to a thin cap and ring around th collar. A few spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted caramel, collar syrup, brown sugar, roasty with and earthy hop attribute and an indistinct fruit.

Taste: A spiced rum flavor with a bourbon woody edge. Flavors of cocoa, with cola, toffee, touch of vanilla, anise, and and a roastyness. Then there is an earthy almost peat. Malty and rich with fig and molasses but smooth and easy with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth; nearly perfect texture with a full smooth body.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking Scotch Ale. I wish they distributed to PA!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 04:16:31 | More by Phatz
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a nice rich deep dark walnut brown with reddish undertones. The thin ¼" creamy off-white tan head recedes moderately soon to a small ring and surface foam. Sipping leaves some sparse patches of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and dominated by what seems to be dark malt and is rich with dark caramel and chocolate or cocoa. There are undertones of earthy hops that add to the complexity

Taste: As predicted by the aroma, the flavor is a mix of dark caramel malt sweetness, cocoa or chocolate and earthy hop bitterness as a background. There is no alcohol detectable in this one and the flavor is wonderfully complex with lots of things changing and playing on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is medium to full-bodied with a soft and smooth feeling. The carbonation is very light, but persistent. The finish is medium long, begins in dark sweetness and then tapers off to end in mild, earthy dry hop bitterness

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer that goes down easily and I could easily sip my way through more than one during an evening. I'll be returning to this one whenever possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 21:30:07 | More by drtth
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stoutman

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like malt? Like Scotch? This Ale packs quite a punch with 7.8% alcohol by volume. Nice sipping brew, but just a "wee heavy" for the average beer drinker...An intense Scotch style ale with a tawny color, chewy palate, and a full-bodied rich character.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2002 18:29:50 | More by stoutman
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny color, a deep russet, nearly opaque, caramel brown at theedges, thinnish layer of cocoa-tan foam.
Aroma: creamy, light cocoa and slightly toasted, nicely roasted, nuts and coffee...nice...
Taste: smooth, velvety feel on the tongue, rich, malty flavor, sticky toffee and maple-ish tones. this gets busy in the mouth, coats the palate, occupies the senses with a roasty, abundant earthy pleasure. This is tons of fun.
Full-bodied, with a smooth, dark, tasty finish...so nice.
My first Dragonmead beer. If they're all this good, I can't wait to try more of their brews. Very delicious!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 09:45:59 | More by feloniousmonk
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a mohogany colored sample with a thin head that fell rather quick.
the aroma was very malty and had a wounderfu fig underlaying.
the flavor was very malty, carmelized malt, hopsack, dropping off with a lingering mineralness.
in my notes i gave this beer an over all of 4 (out of 5), its very good, put it up aginst its scotish cousins anyday.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2006 16:07:30 | More by plaztikjezuz
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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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