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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Dr_Bahmbay13

Michigan

1/5  rDev -73.9%

11-06-2013 02:58:43 | More by Dr_Bahmbay13
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jampics2

Ohio

1.6/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle from Tiffany's in K-Zoo. Purchased a few months ago on a road trip to Bells and stored in my beer fridge.

Opens with a huge "psst" and starts gushing. Oh no, do we have an infected beer here? Poured into my snifter, it's 1/2 beer and 1/2 head. Beer is reddish brown and the head is off white. It sticks around but doesn't leave lacing.

Smells of sour cherry, brown sugar, nuttiness, and failure. Taste is more of the same - this really reminds me of Shorts PB&J. No hint of Scottish ale or Wee Heavy. This is clearly infected and really bad.

Mouthfeel is sparkly and like pop rocks on my tongue. Drinkability is nonexistent. Perhaps one of the worst beers I've ever had, infected or not. Avoid at all costs, I spent like $4 on this bottle. Oh well, at least I didn't get a 6 pack. Down the drain with you, Dragonmead.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 19:24:30 | More by jampics2
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readbaron

Illinois

1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Arrrgh. This must be an infected bottle.

Starts off looking good - ruddy dark brown with a bit of head.

However, from there it goes quickly down hill. Smell isn't terrible - there ate some wee-heavy like notes. Sweet malt and caramel, but theyre covered by sour fermented cherries. Boo.

Taste is no good. Tart initially, then mellows into a milder wer sweet malty profile before finishing with an odd amalgam of the two. Tastes refermented.

Feel is surprisingly good. Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

I wish I had a non infected version.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 04:47:05 | More by readbaron
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jaidenjb

Ohio

2/5  rDev -47.8%

06-14-2012 02:27:18 | More by jaidenjb
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dudemuskie

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Hard pour builds short, quickly fading light creamy beige colored head. Appears to be very low CO2. Deep, hazy amber in color.

Aroma- Rich caramel, prunes, dried tart cherries, sweet juicy malt, and a whisper of roast.

Flavor- Starts off with a slightly sour kick- may have picked out an infected/contaminated bottle! Tart dried cherries and acetic sourness dominate, with some caramel and roast notes lost well beneath. Kinda makes for a nice sour beer, though its a bit disappointing that its nothing like the Wee Heavy it should be!

Mouthfeel- Slightly mouth puckering sourness gets the salivary glands going. Bacterial infection must have whittled down the residual sugars and unfermentables because this wee heavy is much lighter in body than it should be, and is almost on the verge of being dry! Some residual stickiness, but nothing close to what is expected for a Wee Heavy.

Overall- Sad I couldnt have this beer in its unspoiled glory, but I am still finding myself enjoying what is left of the complexities of this brew beneath a sour blanket. Dragonmead should consider deliberately souring some of this Wee Heavy! Next time I am in MI I will snag another bottle because I have heard nothing but good things about their brews! Hopefully I have a better experience next time around! My score is style based (as I said, its not bad soured!).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:09:31 | More by dudemuskie
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.08/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:04:01 | More by chinchill
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a VERY dark copper brown color with a slight tan head that settles and then collars around the glass. The aroma on this is...interesting, with a sour fruit like smell mixed with caramel, and vegetable. Medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. The taste is I think a little better than the aroma with a soft, subdued spiced apple taste mixed with some notes of alcohol. Also has a sour pear taste. Not terrible but like no other Scotch Ale I have ever had before.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:16:01 | More by kbutler1
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cynical1027

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-21-2012 03:17:30 | More by cynical1027
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 00:50:20 | More by akorsak
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SpartanHistory2013

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-18-2012 22:52:45 | More by SpartanHistory2013
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levifunk

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - pour is pretty dark with little carbonation. a small tan head forms, but dissipates quickly.

s - some nice dark fruit sweetness....plum. scotch ale yeast and caramel. some grainy smell.

t - somewhat weak flavor. some plum sweetness and a bit of a roasted flavor, but very grainy.

m - medium body, but kind of watery and thin.

overall - not a scotch ale worth seeking out. while i would still consider it a scotch ale, its pretty close to being called a scottish ale due to the weak flavor and thin body.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:18:00 | More by levifunk
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Robb


3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-17-2012 18:05:55 | More by Robb
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LornaLee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-29-2011 05:36:13 | More by LornaLee
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abar22

Alabama

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 06:03:39 | More by abar22
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with ruby highlights and a Brobdingnagian head with excellent retention

Smell: Odd, fruity aroma, like tamarind juice that has gone a little sour

Taste: Opens with a sour, fruity taste that has sweet, brown sugar undertones; the flavor profile becomes a little sweeter after the swallow, but the sour element persists

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation

Drinkability: A very odd Wee Heavy, lacking in the appropriate butterscotch, smoke and peat and replacing that with an unusual sourness; drinkable, but way off style and not particularly tasty

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:26:08 | More by brentk56
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rings

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

One of their better known brews is Under the Kilt, a Scottish style export ale. With an attention grabbing name, it's often the first contact many drinkers have with Dragonmead.

A hefty 7.8 percent ABV and 1.080 O.G., this is no training wheels brew. It pours a deep, rich amber, nearly brown in color, but with nary a head to speak of. The nose is sweet, molasses and dark fruit in aroma, as is the first sip. Very rich, the sweetness pours over the tongue and almost demands a slow drinking pace. This may be an advantage, however, as the flavors open up at warmer temperatures.

Towards the end, there was a hint of sour tang, probably due to age, but this was nonetheless a satisfying interpretation of a rather uncommon style and is definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:21:35 | More by rings
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gustogasmic

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DUDE !!!! I was less than a half-second into the pour of this beer into my oversized-flute-shaped glass, when the head was already foaming out the top! Big, puffy, caramel head all over my kitchen table!!!! WTF? Almost half the beer went into the sink in the form of foam as i slowly, slowly, poured it off. The beer itself is beautiful, but the ridiculous foam knocks the appearance down.

Phew, now that that's over- veyr murky dark burgundy-brown; light only comes through on the edges. Yeast can be seen moving around the bottom and getting teased around by the slow but constant carbonation.

The smell is very apple-juicy, with dark toffee malts distantly in the background.

It looks like I've got some oxidization here- the malts are very well-balanced, but now too subdued, as the apple-juicy notes have begun to dominate.

A really nice ballsy mouthfeel, as I hope for in scotch ales. This aspect of the beer hasn't suffered from the age. Nice and full, with a creamy leave that sticks the beer's flavor to your tongue.

I'll give this beer the benefit of the doubt for the "overall" category, and wouldn't hesitate to try it again, fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 20:28:05 | More by gustogasmic
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flowerysong

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque dark brown body with one finger of tan head that displays excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and some peat-like smokiness.

Taste: Malt sweetness, a background of chocolate and coffee notes with some smokiness. Definite peat influence, and an oddly sour flavour overall.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full-bodied with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat discordant components, and not really a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 22:10:52 | More by flowerysong
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-08-2014 13:42:30 | More by DanGeo
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KCM

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

10-24-2012 02:37:57 | More by KCM
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YCantWeNotBeSober

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-03-2012 00:57:18 | More by YCantWeNotBeSober
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EricCioe

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours dark brown, almost blood red at the edges, with a big, fluffy cream head that leaves no lace but has excellent retention. On the nose, it's a strange mixture of caramel and some banana notes that really reminds me of Final Absolution, this brewery's trippel. In the mouth there is a sweet toffee to go with the caramel, some dark fruit further back, and some alcoholic heat at the back. There is some oak here, but it seems to be missing a lot of the things I suspect from the style. The body is medium, and carbonated well enough to keep the bubbles coating my mouth, but the finish is just odd and seems all wrong for the style.

This beer is okay, but to me it almost seems like a dark Belgian rather than a scotch ale, and not great at either. I'll seek out another bottle at some point to see if something was abnormal with this one, or better yet, make a trip to the brewery, because all the tap reviews look a lot different than the bottle ones.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:20:50 | More by EricCioe
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Arcous

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-16-2013 20:25:46 | More by Arcous
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amalahow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-10-2013 13:12:35 | More by amalahow
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled donated to me from by lorena. thanks! drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a very murky dark brown colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind complete rings of lacing. off to a good start.

S- the first thing i notice in the nose is sweet caramel malts. then comes some chocolate. maybe a little bit of nuttiness. the peat/smoke that is usually in beers of this style seems to be gone from this one. odd.

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts and a little bit of chocolate. once again, theres no peat or smoke to be found anywhere. theres a faint chocolate that can be tasted. a little bit of nuttiness and some lightly roasted malts. interesting and unique for this style.

M- the mouthfeel is pretty big. id almost call it full bodied. the carbonation is low, which is nice. the alcohol is well hidden. theres only a slight warming from it.

D- this is my first dragonmead beer, so im not too familiar with them. i liked this one, but i wish it was a little more to style. i would grab a sixer of this once in a while if it was available to me. a couple in a night would be fine, but more than that would get me into trouble.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 05:07:14 | More by jwinship83
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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.