Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 201
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Mitchster
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2,70 for a 12oz bottle, which is a ridiculous asking price for this beer, as are Dragonmeads other bottled brews. Pours out to a cloudy dark mahogany, forming a modest dark tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Medium carbonation. Unfiltered. The aroma is quite interesting...a distinct port wine grape nose with the suggestion of sour fruit (rotting raspberries?), mixed with dates and prunes and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda tangy with a big body for the style, approaching (and in some cases, exceeding) that of a stout. The taste begins with the port taste and then is followed by a big dark amber malt body, an odd fruity sourness, a touch of smoke, and then some fusel alcohols. Aftertaste of chocolate, herbal hops, distant smoke, and fusels. The fusels are really pronounced, especially in the aftertaste, limiting it's drinkability, giving me a near instant headache.

Hrmm, I seem to remember this being better on tap at the brewery. Not my cup of tea, with quite a few faults, and totally out of style. Pass on this, especially if you're getting charged up the wazoo for bottles. A heavy, intense, and totally inappropriate interpretation. Rated as 'a beer', not as a Scotch Ale. (1,210 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it's all in perfect working order."

--Spike Milligan

Muddy chestnut brown that becomes marginally lighter at the bottom of the glass. It took an increasingly high-altitude pour to generate even a slim one finger of foam, so I wonder about the level of carbonation. The head is nothing special and there's barely any lace.

The nose is full of dark caramel and cocoa, but delivers none of what I like best about beer of this style. Where's the brown sugar, the butterscotch, the dark rum, the peat?

This is either an old bottle (although a 7.8% wee heavy should hold up fairly well) or this was a less than typical batch. There's a strange sourness that doesn't belong and that intrudes of the usual suspects when it comes to the flavor profile. Thankfully, there's enough malt present to take the edge off the tartness.

Caramel and chocolate, in that order, are still upfront. Unripe fruit and brown sugar syrup aren't far behind. This is still drinkable beer, but it has some flavors that it shouldn't have and doesn't have some that it should. And here I was, all set for what I had hoped would be Dragonmead's best beer.

The mouthfeel is okay with respect to size. However, the expected lack of bubbles keeps mouth excitement to a minimum. While I don't need much carbonation, I need more than this.

It tastes and feels like this bottle of Under The Kilt Wee Heavy Scotch-Style Ale is a bit worn and is not in perfect working order. I've decided not to comment on the obvious association between advanced age and flacidity because no one wants or needs that mental image. The search for a second bottle has now officially begun. (1,681 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nice offering from the guys at Dragonmead. Pourd out to a dark amber brown color with a nice white foamy head. Odors of earth and malt were most noted, as were hints of hops and brown sugar. Flavor was suprisingly smooth, with overtones of smoke, grain and burnt grain. This brew also was quite smooth, and went down with a good amout of ease. Finished slightly sweet, with notes of grain and wheat on the palate. A touch sour as well. I've had other Scotch ales, and if I had my choice, i'd go with this. Recommended. (520 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with minimal head. What was the head settles to a thin skim of suds. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass.

Rather weak aroma. A touch of toffee and caramel that gets overshadowed by the booziness.

Caramel and toffee malt flavor. A little earthiness as well. Alcohol did not dominate the flavor like the aroma indicated. It was a nice compliment to the malt.

Medium body with low carbonation. Nice texture that aids in consumption.

Nothing wrong here, but it sure was not interesting either. It was easy to drink with its clean malt flavor. (579 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head, some lighter brown highlights. Some filmy pools on the top. Lots of junk in the bottom. Fairly mild nose is mainly chocolate with some light dried fruit. Taste is likewise. Strong, roasted malt, and chocolate. Breadiness and raisins. A touch of grain. Stronger, spicy caramel shows through in the after-taste. Feel is think and creamy, although the aftertaste is hort and doesn't really coat your mouth. This one's tasty, although not as good as some scotch ales I've head. (520 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tangfoot for this bottle.

Pours a dark but fairly clear brown-red in color. Fizzy head that receded to a thinner film. Nose was fairly non-present. Just a bit of malt.

Flavor is quite nice. Smokey peat with lots of tart malts and caramels. Rather sweet. Kind od a dark cherry thing going on too. Medium body but perhaps a bit thin overall all. Kind of tinny too. Still very drinkable overall. (408 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into thistle.

Dark. Reddish brown body is pretty much opaque. Small tan head, no lacing, low retention.
Smells of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of smoke.
The taste starts sweet with lots of malt but then dries out a bit with notes of dry bitter cocoa and coffee. Some dark fruits make a small appearance an fade into an earthy peaty smoke note.
An oily feel lingers and makes the undercarbonated body feel slick.
Overall-- this isn't bad. It has a lot going on in the profile, I just don't know if all of those notes belong. Some more bubbles would go a long way here. (598 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ErikTheRed for the bottles.
Very dense dark brown , with a light tan head, which drops quickly to a collar.
The smell is slightly smokey roasted malts.
Tastes sweet ..raisans, a bit of licorice, smokey phenol, caramel , with a hint of honey and lemon -lime bitter.
The mouthfeel is pretty full...medium carbonation.
Good stuff, and worth a try for sure. (364 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown in color like a varnish. Head is creamy and 1 finger tall. Lasts a minute or too then dissipates. Smell is of butterscotch, roasted coffee, and caramel. Taste is of caramel, hops, butterrscotch, and toffee. A slight cardboard taste. Overall a good example of the scotch-style ale. Somewhat higher alcohol content is hidden pretty well. The roasted flavor probably would keep from downing a lot or using as a session beer. More of a single bottle to be sipped and enjoyed. (489 characters)

Photo of clint1019
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Has a ruby brown color with a caramel colored thin head.

S- Has a nice aroma to if. Very malty, fruity, and a slight roasty aroma.

T- Has a Rich Malty flavor along with a buttery/toffee like flavor. Also, has a slight apple cider flavor to it.

M- Medium - Full Bodied

O-Not too bad. Not one of my favorite Scotch Ale's,but decent. (338 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1 finger khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, grape, plum, molasses, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and light earthiness. Pretty nice aromas, that are much fruitier than I was expecting. Taste of big raisin, plum, tart cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, light chocolate, bread, earth, and a bit of a metallic twang. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Flavors are quite balanced; but there are a bit of off flavors noticeable. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a good wee heavy. It was certainly fruitier than I was anticipating; but it was still quite enjoyable. (978 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany color with a decent tan head atop. Aroma of sweet malt and a slight trace of smokiness. Caramel and chewy malt flavors. Slight bitterness in the finish with some trace of an alcohol flavor. Has somewhat of a homebrew "wang" to it-sort of a sharpness/bitter flavor. Good body. An enjoyable beer though the sharpness in the flavor detracts a bit for me. Well worth a try. (383 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber color topped by a thin tan head. Very sweet aroma of graham cracker and dark fruit. Palate is very fruity up front, with a bready character emerging on the finish, with a good dose of booze. body is just a touch sticky. Pleasurable but not exactly easy-drinking. Still, overall, not bad. (301 characters)

Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep ruby red color. About a finger of off-white, frothy head. Very little lacing. Smells are of malts and sugar. Has a very sweet smell to it with a bit of alcohol in the nose. Taste is also sweet, a bit fruity, finishes off a little bitter. It's pretty smooth with a medium body, and is well carbonated. Overall, this beer wasn't too bad, although it's definitely not my favorite example of the style. (415 characters)

Photo of Luchman
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, thanks to tangfoot, poured into a tulip.

A: A very dark, murky looking, brown color. When shown in the light, some dark hues of red appear, but never letting you fully see through the glass. A small, quarter inch head came off the pour, but faded fast and into clumps on the surface and creating thick lacing on the side.

S: Dark fruits dominate. Rich, vinous plums and raisins. Toffee malts and some dark bread-like qualities. Light chocolate.

T: At first sip, malts take control; roasted and toffee like. Fruits (Plums, cherries, figs) are there as well, but not as vinous and rich as the nose suggested. After the swallow, a very apparent bread taste, chocolate, and roasted malts come back.

M: Medium/thin body with somewhat smooth carbonation. Nothing very outstanding here, but not bad.

D: It was good, but nothing too good. If you happen to come across some, pick it up; people out there have enjoyed this much more than I have. (968 characters)

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky brown body with a tan & bubbly head that's fast receding.

S: A nice malty aroma with notes of raisins, caramel, molasses, & booze.

T: Again, the taste has a malty upfront with other flavors of toffee, slight chocolate, and a hint of booze. Had a bit of sourness in the finish which made it a bit off.

M: Creamy, medium body & carbonation.

D: I thought this beer was good, but nothing amazing. Extremely easy to drink, but also easy to forget. (457 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep caramel color with a huge tan colored head that insists on hanging around for the duration. Aroma of bourbon, with nice vanilla and caramel are evident from a distance of a foot or more. Very intense aromas up close. Beautiful. On the tongue, the vanilla is present, backed by a strong alcoholic burn. Subsequent sips bring back thoughts of my trips to Bardstown, KY. Slightly medicinal finish. Mouthfeel is fairly lively for a brew with this much noticeable alcohol. Drinkability is OK; I can't see myself drinking many of these in a month. (559 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've decided that Dragonmead has the best tasting freshest cask beer I've sampled and they sure know how to pour them too perfection. Another awesome looking cask pour. Deep russet with ruby edges. Head is tan, creamy, retentive, and a sure winner.

Very sweet caramel and candied malts. Hints of peat with a freshly picked plum and gooey toffee note. Milk chocolate galore. Very high RS in here. Nice different aroma.

Good but a little too sweet for my liking, just not full enough to balance making it slightly cloying. However it is still a very tasty Scot. Hints of peat, smoke, melted chocolate of the milk variety, bing cherry, raisin, toffee, and thick sweet, gooey toffee. (685 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I figured this would be a good beer after such a cold day. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Black body with hints of brown at the bottom of the glass. Small light tan head fades away quickly leaving only a ring of foam on top of the beer. No lacing was left behind.

Smell: Aroma of dark molasses and spicy alcohol.

Taste: Rich and creamy with a sweet finish. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. (428 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gordon thistle glass.

Pours a deep ruby with nary a head, thin whisp of very light tan foam.

Aromas of malt, toffee, no hops to speak of. This one is all sweet malt. Very malt forward beer.

First sip is of toffee malt. Again, no hops to speak of (as there should be none in a wee heavy). Malty, but not a "rich" malt, as you would expect from a strong scots ale (or at least as I expect). No alcohol bite. A little low in alcohol for what I expect.

Mouthfeel is low side of medium, a little thinner than I expected in a strong scots ale. Very faint prickle of carbonation, but still too much for such a beer.

Drinkability is good. Not necessarily a sipper. Needs a little more 'punch.' (704 characters)

Photo of stouty1
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown that my wife expresses a big EWWW too. Nice head which laces out on the sides of the glass. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. That's all I could pull out with my olfactory sense. I really tried but couldn't get anything else.
Taste is much like I expected with chocolate malt and a roasted smoky flavoring. Nice carbonation levels that fizz on the tongue just before swallowing. For almost an 8 ABV they hide it very well. I would get this again even though Scotch Ales are not my favorite brew. (538 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Under the Kilt pours a deep garnet hued amber color and has a pretty impressive cap of foam on top. The head is a light tan color and has pretty amazing retention. It also leaves pretty decent lace considering the style. The beer is a bit cloudy, but that is partially because I was a bit hasty and poured some of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is pleasantly sweet with a rich malty character that hints at caramel, toffee and brown sugar. It also has a pleasant fruity character and a bit of earthy spice. Just a tad of alcohol is also appreciable.

The flavor is much like the aroma and I have to say I am really not picking up any of that smoky, peaty flavor that I so enjoy in wee heavys. Toffee and caramel really rule the malt character in this beer. The hops are pretty much absent, as they should be, and I find the alcohol to be well covered.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. It has a nice smoothness that is broken up by just enough carbonation. The finish is quite pleasant with a nice sweetness that is far from being too much or too sticky on the palate.

Overall, this is a pretty solid wee heavy that does not blow me away, but is quite enjoyable. This is only my second beer from this brewery, and I am much more impressed by this offering. (1,295 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had both in a bottle and on tap at the Town Pump in Detroit, as well as Dragonmead Brewery in Warren. Pours a muddy, trudgy, swampy brown color with some red hints and tinges - opaque with a khaki-brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass fairly quickly. Aroma contains a nice abundance of malt; burnt caramel, cocoa powder, and a light smokiness. Some fruits are detectable, although somewhat muted and kind of hard to single-out or distinguish from one another. Maybe some types of rum-raisins and plums. The nose is very sweet, but has a nice smokey and charred character that works well to off-set and balance.

Taste is lovely, even more of the same greatness from the aroma. Nice fruity sweetness up front; raisins, sweet apples, juicy plums, backed well by the alcohol profile - warming, but never intruding. The smoky flavor comes out halfway through on a platter made of rustic caramel malts and a mellow, charred woodiness. More fruits come out as this one goes on, currants, blackberries, dates. The times I've had this from the bottle, the brew seems to be much sweeter than on tap, almost to the point of being tart and causing a pucker. Still tasty, but strange how bottle/tap can lead to pretty different flavor profiles in that aspect. Medium-thick body, silky and syrupy without being sticky against the tongue or teeth. Leaves a nice sweet aftertaste with dried fruits and charred wood.

One of Dragonmead's more manageable options. Much better on tap than from the bottle - although the bottle is still tasty, it's got a tartness that may be a little distracting, as it seems more akin to slight unintended infection rather than intentional souring. It always goes down easy, although quality control might be a concern. (1,749 characters)

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber with lacing.

S: Plums, hops, orange, yeast, a little caramel.

T: Plums, sour orange, malts, some hop bitterness on the end with a sour aftertaste.

M: Malty body, medium carbonation.

Overall: The plum flavor is a little too overpowering for me. Overall this is a decent beer, though as others have already mentioned there are better scotch ales out there, especially when the price is taken into account. Worth trying once, but I'll probably never seek it out again. (492 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with shades of amber showing through. Nice tan head that quickly dies leaving behind a few chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of sweet candy malts, dark fruits, and earth.

T: Nice and sweet. Molasses and dark brown sugar stand out. Rich sweet dark fruit push through with notes of dark tobacco.

M: Medium in body, lots of bubbles on the pour, but this one feels a bit flat on the tongue.

D: Pretty good wish it had a bit more mouthfeel. (453 characters)

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