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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

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 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.

msubulldog25, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2008. A cloudy rusty pour with a miniscule tan head. Aroma is some sweet malt and caramel/toffee with a little spicey hop accent. Sweet malts, caramel and only a hint of chocolate/coffee/smoke. A little more lively than I would like, but not terrible. Finishes clean with just a slight hop note. Lingering in the throat is the caramel malt. All in all, not bad and a little unique for the style.

Bung, Jan 09, 2009
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 mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

mcallister, May 01, 2007
Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color or deep dark cherry wood. Very minor head on the pour that fades away immediately.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, peat and a touch of chocolate, bitter hops and some light heather.
Flavor of light chocolate, heavy toffee, earthy metallic scothc hit and some resins on the finish.
Mouthfeel starts with the sweet malt then moves to a real gritty, earthy hit and finishes with a spicy alcoholic kick,
Drinkability - draught version is definitely better. This version is decent but the flavors don't mesh as well and the minor metallic and alcohol hits make it a little harsher.

CRJMellor, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of StoutHunter
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

StoutHunter, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

lackenhauser, Apr 16, 2006
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 jampics2
1.6/5  rDev -58%
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.

jampics2, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Darker chestnut color, with some amber edges. Tan head disappeared immediately and completely.

Toffee, with a slight hint of smoke. A bit of a rum raisin feel, as there is a bit of booze present.

Lots of darker, toffe-like malt up front, leaving no doubt about the style. Again, a slight hint of smoke. Fruit is minimal, as the toffee and caramel flavors linger. Earthy hops keep things from getting out of hand. Great malt character.

Medium body, with a slightly chewy feel. Alcohol lends some warmth, which is nice for the style. A pretty well made beer.

Bierguy5, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4/5  rDev +5%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Nov 21, 2013
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.

mentor, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev +5%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +5%

mychalg9, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

AleWatcher, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark cola-like brown almost black with birch beer red edges and a tan brown head that rises high and fast and fades slowly to a thin cap and ring around th collar. A few spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet roasted caramel, collar syrup, brown sugar, roasty with and earthy hop attribute and an indistinct fruit.

Taste: A spiced rum flavor with a bourbon woody edge. Flavors of cocoa, with cola, toffee, touch of vanilla, anise, and and a roastyness. Then there is an earthy almost peat. Malty and rich with fig and molasses but smooth and easy with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth; nearly perfect texture with a full smooth body.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking Scotch Ale. I wish they distributed to PA!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 13, 2007
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.

CHickman, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

brewcrew76, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Kerrie
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Kerrie, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -21.3%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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 kbutler1
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

kbutler1, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

ElGordo, Aug 31, 2010
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
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.