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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 201
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 14
Gots: 15 | 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:
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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Reviews: 121 | Hads: 201
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of jampics2
1.56/5  rDev -59.1%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.62/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost black dark amber color and formed a medium tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, cocoa and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, and hint of cocoa. The body was medium and the finish was astringent and slightly burnt.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a tiny head and good lacing.

Scent of sugars, sweet fruits, sweet and earthy malts. Not overly sweet and balanced very well.

Taste of caramel and grain initially with some sweet fruit coming in, finishing with some earth and spiced. Very balanced, with tolerable sweetness, a quality brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight bite of carbonation.

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Photo of drtth
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a nice rich deep dark walnut brown with reddish undertones. The thin ¼" creamy off-white tan head recedes moderately soon to a small ring and surface foam. Sipping leaves some sparse patches of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and dominated by what seems to be dark malt and is rich with dark caramel and chocolate or cocoa. There are undertones of earthy hops that add to the complexity

Taste: As predicted by the aroma, the flavor is a mix of dark caramel malt sweetness, cocoa or chocolate and earthy hop bitterness as a background. There is no alcohol detectable in this one and the flavor is wonderfully complex with lots of things changing and playing on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is medium to full-bodied with a soft and smooth feeling. The carbonation is very light, but persistent. The finish is medium long, begins in dark sweetness and then tapers off to end in mild, earthy dry hop bitterness

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer that goes down easily and I could easily sip my way through more than one during an evening. I'll be returning to this one whenever possible.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consider the appearance and smell tentative as I couldn't gauge them in the format they were presented. Pure British toffee. Toffee. Perfect integration of mineral, humus, rocks, soft caramel and mocha. These elements entwine in a perfectly attenuated package of satiny smoothness. Sweet natured but far from cloying. Clean, like all of the Dragonmead products, and billowy in texture. Not complicated.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. A touch disappointing, given the hype this micro has around Michigan area.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11-28-12.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown. Short lived, super "fine" tan head. Minimal patchy lacing... looks pretty nice overall.

Smell: Well, well, well... malt, scotch, and dark fruits. Maybe some traces of chocolate as well. Definitely pleasing. I'd enjoy it more if my glass didn't have a weird smell...

Taste/feel: I haven't had many, but I absolutely love scotch ales. Dark fruits are very prominent on the front, and then there's a lot of malts, scotch, and a bit of warmth on the finish. Honestly, PERFECTLY balanced, since the beer is never too sweet or too bitter ... it's just fantastic. On top of that, the mouth feel leaves a very pleasant coating in the mouth, but it's never too thick/sticky/cloying. My guess is that this is supposed to be a sipper, but it tastes too damn good.

Under the Kilt isn't exactly cheap (I paid $3 for this bottle), but I can't say that it isn't worth that slight up-charge. A truly outstanding beer with an awesomely tasty blend of dark fruits, malts, hops, and scotch that keeps me coming for another sip. Now, one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep brown almost black. near opaque but with a reddish brown hue at the edges. small tan head that sticks around as a lacing

Smell: brown sugar, earthy hops, some dark fruits

Taste: super sweet brown sugar up front, gives way to a peaty, earthy hop bitterness, and finishes off with a dark fruit, and toffee/chocolate sweetness. alcohol is present and almost comes off bourbon-like

Mouthfeel: pretty heavy, pretty sticky

Overall: that is a tasty brew. sweet but balanced, dark and rich. knowingly alcoholic. not much you could do to make it better.

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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.