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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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:
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.

(Beer added by: putnam on 10-17-2002)
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Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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!

Phatz, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of drtth
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

drtth, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of bigbubba
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

bigbubba, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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!

fingolfin72, May 03, 2005
Photo of aforbes10
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

aforbes10, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

alexgash, May 25, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of stoutman
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

stoutman, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

feloniousmonk, May 16, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

oberon, May 07, 2006
Photo of carln26
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

carln26, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Kerrie
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Kerrie, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Doublicious
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Doublicious, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of hrking
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap during my recent trip to Warren over the weekend and must say it is one of my favorite Scottish Ales.. Great caramel roast flavor and the classic Scotch Ale yeast flavor that lovers of this style have come to expect. This is a great brew so i picked up a 4 pk to bring home..Glad i did great brew!

hrking, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of abroke
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

abroke, May 07, 2013
Photo of Lauthaha
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Lauthaha, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of xav33
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, peeked under 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured ruddy with a medium very light brown creamy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong raisins, light toastiness, some spices.

Taste was upfront bitter sweet raisins, with coffee like accents, followed by a heavy coffee bitterness in tandem with the continuing raisiny spicyness on a lengthy finish of mostly bitter dark chocolate and light fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily then dry, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, an easy drinking powerfully tasting Scotch ale. Maybe a little light on complexity.

xav33, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12oz into a pint glass.

Black with ruby brown edges with a nice head of tan that sticks to the glass as it goes down.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, milk, wet wood, and something earthy with a slight note of hop underneath. Very complex in the nose.

Again roasted malts play a big role when tasted, but yet again, there's a lot of complexity. Caramel and a taste of wood, before it turns dry with hops coming in and taking over through the finish.

Nice full, slightly chewy mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

ypsifly, May 24, 2005
Photo of lurpy1
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

lurpy1, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, mahogany color with a dark tan one finger head. The head fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; very earthy aroma going on here, with a hint of vinegar. There's a bit of chocolate and peat, but because of the vinegar, I'm having a hard time picking out other smells. It isn't bad, just kind of strange, and a bit out of place for a scotch ale..

Taste; the vinegar does not come through in the flavor profile at all, which I'm a bit thankful for. I'm getting some coffee and hints of chocolate, with a nice nutty presence, and as this gets warmer, some cherries and figs come out. There's a nice solid maltiness, with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly smooth carbonation that leads to a good drinkability.

I'm not sure if the vinegar smell was intended, but it was definitely something that I didn't expect, and seemed out of place for the style. I'll have to give this another try to see if that one has the same smell. As is, I still think this was a pretty damn good beer.

RedHaze, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Sammy, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an almost brown dark reddish color with a tall tan sticky head that leaves some clingy rings of lace. Sweet dark fruits with some earthy notes. A light smokiness is also present in the aroma. The flavor starts off with more sweet ripe fruit and light peaty smoke. A mild earthy bitterness helps balance the sweet out. Fruity finish with a hint of bitterness. Pretty thick and smooth mouthfeel. Really easy drinking stuff that goes down like a smaller beer. Tasty and enjoyable even if the flavor is a bit simple.

meathookjones, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of WakeandBake
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark chestnut color tith a thick kaki head and some lacing.Aroma is of dry roasted chocolate malt,rasins brown bread,and faint hops.Creamy texture, full bodied. Taste is earthy,fat malt profile,Smokey peat
,a little nutty,very good. I would buy this again.

WakeandBake, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown, black with slight ruby highlights and a thin tan creamy head with spotty lacing.

S - Cocoa, honey, caramel, nuts, toffee.

T - Caramel, toffee, cocoa, slightly roasted malt with a slight citrus finish.

M - Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation that is too bubbly and slightly distracts from the nice malty taste.

D - A very good wee heavy.

brewcrew76, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

CortexBomb, Feb 05, 2009
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.