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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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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 EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

EricCioe, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Arcous
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Arcous, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of amalahow
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

amalahow, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

jwinship83, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of blackthistle
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle; no freshness date; $2.79 for single bottle

Pours clear brown with ruby tints around the edges and a thick creamy tan head that forms lacing to the bottom of the glass. Aroma consists of some sweet maltiness and a bit of smokiness followed by a hint of noble hops. Flavor is fairly malty with a bit of a husky/grainy note, just a hint of smoke and fruitiness, and enough noble hops to balance the malt. Overall, a very good scottish ale, but I don't really think it's "big" enough (in both aroma and flavor) for a wee heavy and it falls a bit short of my expectations. I prefer mine with more body, mouthfeel and a thicker, maltier presence.

blackthistle, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggresively carbonated with serious head retention. The oatmeal colored mushroom shaped mass of bubbles is in no hurry to be going anywhere. Cheap coffee colored brew with the same hue and density as Yuban.

S: Milk chocolate, aluminum, red fruits and a mild smokiness.

T: Little bit of sourness starts this one off (grapejuice, blueberries and cola). Some underlying currents of American milk chocolate, but unfortunately its overshadowed by the sourness. Really minor cold smokiness with strafes of peat add some depth. Little bit of raisin, caramel and peanuts. Finishes off with hints of raspberry and plum buried under the other flavors.

M: Medium body, sort of hard across the palate.

D: Its safe to say that this is a run of the mill, mediocre wee heavy.

Westsidethreat, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of DerekStek
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Under The Kilt pours an opaque amber color with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

The smells malt, malts, and a hint of malts.

The taste is reflective of the smell, malts. There is very little carbonation in this drink but I may have grabbed an old bottle.

It doesn't leave a bad taste--or any for that matter.

Easy to drink. Not quite a sipper but perhaps a little dark for kicking back more than 3.

I have had my eye on this beer for a while. I've come to love Dragonmead but am slightly disappointed in their Wee Heavy interpretation.

DerekStek, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Shumista
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 0z. bottle into my New Holland Brewing pint glass.

A- Under the kilt pours dark brown with a reddish tint, small lighter brown head.

S- Very sweet dark fruit, caramel malt. A little bit of booze as it warms up.

T- Sweet and fruity up, the sweetness lingers for a long time. Different from the some of the darker tasting, roastier wee heavys I have had. Not bad though, just different.

M- Somewhere between medium and full-bodied. Creamy texture.

D- Probably too sweet to enjoy more than one.

Overall a unique representation but definitely not my favorite example of the style that I've had. I think both Dark Horse (scotty karate) and Founder's (Dirty Bastard) both brew better local representations. Because of the better local alternatives I probably will not buy this one again.

Shumista, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Siciliano's cooler.

Deep dark brown, compact head of tan foam. Spotty lacing here and there. Seems to have good head retention.

Trace alcohol, wood and sour dark fruit in the nose. Something mildly funky as well, like wet hay. It takes on a downward turn when it produces a whiff of pasture. Weird.

Overripe and decaying fruit, astringent tartness, antiseptic notes. A hint of roasted malts, wood and cola, but none of the sweet maltiness or peat you might expect for a Scotch ale. Really off for the style, this one was unfortunately hard to finish. I'll re-review when I can find another sample.

edit: Had some on tap at the Great Taste '08 and it was significantly fresher. More richness in the flavor, no astringency. I'd get this on tap again, but would avoid the bottles.

emerge077, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ozzylizard, May 14, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Mitchster, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of techfed87
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is quite dark amber, almost not able to see all of the way through it. Smell is pretty malty.

First sip is fairly sweet, although it can be a bit distracting from the overall mouthfeel. Taste is a bit more coppery than I was expecting. Still, as scotch ales go, this one is pretty much what you should expect from it. Not that it's quite on par with a Founder's Dirty Bastard or Dark Horse Scotty Karate. But still, a pretty

techfed87, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Frozensoul327, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of nrbw23
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with red highlights when held up to a light. A very small tan head that leaves no lacing.

S- Fairly light here. Sweet and roasted malts, hint of smoke and bit of an alcohol smell.

T- Caramel and roasted sweet malts and an alcohol burn.

M- Full in body, thick and rich.

D- Not too bad just nothing to write home about.

nrbw23, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of enfield249
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very dark brown, dark red highlights in the corners. No head.

S - Can't get much off of this.

T - First thing is a malty roast. That leaves quickly, and then all over my tongue there is a alcohol warming sweet favor. That leaves also, but lasts longer then the first.

M - Very full, almost creamy. Slides across my mouth.

D - Not a great choice for summer, but overall not bad. I would get this again, and worth a try if you haven't.

enfield249, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

WoodBrew, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Omensetter, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

morimech, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Mark4prez20
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mark4prez20, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Christov
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Christov, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Buck_Jones
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Buck_Jones, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

HardyA, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

stortore, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

akttr, Jun 29, 2012
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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