Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery
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2.5/5 rDev -34.4%
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.
07-30-2014 03:43:31 | More by StoutHunter
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-13-2014 20:50:14 | More by Gryphon69
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
05-14-2014 11:18:29 | More by Ozzylizard
3.94/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
02-26-2014 00:22:14 | More by RusImpStoLuv
2.08/5 rDev -45.4%
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.
02-05-2014 01:04:01 | More by chinchill
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.