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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 201
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | 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:
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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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 201
Photo of carln26
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Kerrie
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of hrking
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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!

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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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour of this brew made me gasp a little and think about what a treat I had in store for myself. It looked very substantial coming out of the bottle. It was thick and murky brown with a head that fell fast away. A small ring encircled the rim of my glass in the absence of the departed head. Tiny springs remained active throughout the taste test.

Smell: Hard for me to describe, especially with my lack of exposure to this style. I am inclined to say that it smells a bit like maple syrup and vinegar, at the risk of making it sound less than appetizing. It is really quite nice. There seems to be some butterscotch notes and smoky tones. It is very pleasant to my nose.

Taste: Again, hard for me to sum up. Rich in malts with roasted, smoky overtones fogging their dark sweetness. Earthy impressions of nuts and bog moss and roots offer themselves up in a heap of cliche. Bitterness of some origin conquers a subtle sour character that lies in the finish. Very robust to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Wee heavy, of course. There is a definite thickness to this brew that persists throughout without faltering.

Drinkability: This is a rich brew. It holds a depth that is only comparable to that of a stout, and thus is more of a one hitter. I could surely see myself getting in over my head with these, however. This would be good for dessert after a hearty meal or as a nightcap to end the day, which I shall do at this time.

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Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Ruby color and a dense tan head. Smells like prunes, alcohol, sweet malted barley, and sugary carmel. Awesome creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Light roasted coffee-like flavor with a little alcohol warmth. Heavy malt presence. Otherwise, the same aromas are in the flavor as well. Pretty easy drinking for a heavy, high-alcohol beer. This is good beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" of dense tan head over the raspberry-brown hued brew. Head is fades slowly down to a layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is malty with peat, and notes of alcohol. Taste is as well of medium to dark malts, with peat notes apparent, and alcohol warming on the outset. Mouthfeel is good and incredibly smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Makes for a sessionable scotch ale, which is always a scary, yet enjoyable proposition.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. What a terrific name!

A: Dark chocolate brown, showing amber highlights when held to light. An ungodly amount of rising carbonation rising to tight head of tan cream. Head starts maybe only 1/2-finger but never really sinks to more than 1/4-finger. All that carbonation keeps it pretty constant - an immovable object. Splotchy bits of creamy lace left down the glass.

S: A light aroma, sweet and malty. Reduced sugars, Karo syrup, cocoa, raisin, and tobacco. Sweet fruits and more earthy peatiness develop as the beer warms.

T: Dark roasted malts dominate, emphasizing the dark; surprisingly bitter and mildly sour. Sweeter flavors of molasses, cocoa powder and pit fruit are there in this rich set of flavors, but that dark/burnt malt leaves a bitter/chalky finish that didn't really appeal to me like I kept expecting it to. Good, but hoped for 'great'...

M: Creamy, generally smooth with a rich, layered texture. Active carbonation, grainy malt stickiness and the aforementioned bitter finish clings for many minutes after finishing the glass.

D: Likable Wee Heavy, but with some issues that I couldn't quite get over. In particular, the dark bitterness and slight sourness; I guess I was looking for more malt sweetness. Still, it's good and one I'd have again.

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Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the Beer Depot in Ann Arbor while passing through over the holidays. Pours a two-finger light caramel head over a clear dark brown-amber liquid. Smells coffee roast and sweet caramel underneath. Chocolate. Tastes flat caramel with undertones of roast and chocolate. RIch tofee rises late and is accompanied by a grassy dry woody edgy caramelized hint of smoke. This beer is dry dry dry in the finish. Md thick body and moderately carbonated. Well done example of the style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark chestnut with a light brown/yellowish head. Some lacing, good retention. The aroma was chocolatey, a little dry cocoa, light roast with a bit of lactic character. The flavour was quite sweet, very malty, with plenty of caramel and toffee, nuts, a bit of chocolate, and some dry roastiness. Creamy texture, full bodied, and lightish carbonation. Very nice, the full maltiness really works here.

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Photo of walleye
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the tap. poured dark brown with a tan head.aroma dark fruits, nutty, toffee. flavor roasted malts, plums, honey, and molasses. anice bitterness, a good beer.I think this is one of my favorites from this bewery. I am gald they bottle this, so I can just pick up a 4 pack every now and than

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap an opaque dark brown with a pale tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, woody and slightly honey-sweet. Mouth filling malty flavor has undertones of molasses and honey and just a hint of woody taste. Texture is fizzy and tingly, quite satisfying.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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

A - nice dark brown mahogany brew with a solid tan head.
S - peat smoke malts, caramel in a nicely balanced affair.
T - solid blend of peat smoked malts, smoke, caramel and a light abv warming.
M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a smoky resinous afternote.
D - nice blend of drinkability and peat smoked malts.

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

Reddish-brown in color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, toasty, earthy...with a bit of peat smokiness. The flavor is malty and fruity with a hint of chocolate and again with the earthy tones. It has a nice toastiness throughout. The mouthfeel light to medium...very smooth and easy drinking.

Thanks fantome for sharing.

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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.