Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 120
Photo of carln26
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a marvelous surprise. I found some of this while I was pursuing a package store here in Ann Arbor. It poured a dark amber to brown, clear with a thick tan head that settled to a sheet of lace on the side of the glass. The aroma had an overwhelming toffee character backed by mild citrus and a distinct fig character. The taste has the toffee (like biting into a toffee apple), more of the citrus, and loads and loads of caramel. Alcohol heat kicks in on the finish, and alters a nice smooth mouth feel, making it just a little rough. This is a great beer, right up there with the Stone products of this type.

Photo of blackthistle
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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.

Photo of ypsifly
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12oz into a pint glass.

Black with ruby brown edges with a nice head of tan that sticks to the glass as it goes down.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, milk, wet wood, and something earthy with a slight note of hop underneath. Very complex in the nose.

Again roasted malts play a big role when tasted, but yet again, there's a lot of complexity. Caramel and a taste of wood, before it turns dry with hops coming in and taking over through the finish.

Nice full, slightly chewy mouthfeel. A pleasure to drink.

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny color, a deep russet, nearly opaque, caramel brown at theedges, thinnish layer of cocoa-tan foam.
Aroma: creamy, light cocoa and slightly toasted, nicely roasted, nuts and coffee...nice...
Taste: smooth, velvety feel on the tongue, rich, malty flavor, sticky toffee and maple-ish tones. this gets busy in the mouth, coats the palate, occupies the senses with a roasty, abundant earthy pleasure. This is tons of fun.
Full-bodied, with a smooth, dark, tasty finish...so nice.
My first Dragonmead beer. If they're all this good, I can't wait to try more of their brews. Very delicious!

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown in color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, toasty, earthy...with a bit of peat smokiness. The flavor is malty and fruity with a hint of chocolate and again with the earthy tones. It has a nice toastiness throughout. The mouthfeel light to medium...very smooth and easy drinking.

Thanks fantome for sharing.

Photo of fingolfin72
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I didn't get much of a head, but that never matters much to me. I guess I didn't take notes in pouring class. The color is like that of a good strong cup of coffee. Dark brown, but not black. The nose was brown sugar, coffee and cola. The palate is bigger than the nose suggests. Lots and lots of dark brown sugar, a fine bittersweet tone like a good shot of espresso, notes of vanilla and butterscotch, and an underlying backbone of bitterness that is so subtly integrated that it is not noticeable on its own. That is the finest attribute of this beer. The finish is luxuriously long.

My excellent brother-in-law trbeer brought this down to me. Thanks!

Photo of bozebus17
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color. I don't know how to describe it other than reddish-black (if that means anything). It has a thin tan head that is barely evident in the end.

It smells like the highlands; hints of peat are definitely there, and I think the beer smells slightly woody. The malt also shows itself.

This one is a delight to drink. It is all malt. There are also hints of caramel in the flavor and the alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Under the kilt felt good in my mouth. It was very rich, almost a meal in a pint glass.

It goes down dangerousely easy. Pair this with the high ABV and this beer could get you in trouble.

I tried this one a few months ago and it was the first scotch ale I have ever had. I fell in love with the style that night. I also think Dragonmead is the perfect atmosphere to drink this style.

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.

Photo of ken3c
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask conditioned in a bourbon barrel poured at the brewery.

Very dark brown but clear with a thin wispy head.

Faint oak aroma with senses of vanilla and biscuit malt.

Somehow the oak barrel conditioning imparts a sense of walnuts to me. It's a wonderful taste sensation that I'm a complete sucker for. I love it unconditionally and seek it out like a psychotic. This is an already great beer exponentially enhanced.

Medium body. Slightly astingent.

This is very close to my deserted island beer.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to say, this is a brew much better served draft.

Overall it's much similar to the draft version just a bit less tasty and a little harsher. A bit less creamy as well, but the major taste elements are all still there.

Slàinte! Suas Leis a' Alba!

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper, clear as a bell with a substantial foamy head. Aroma is surprisingly bitter, typical caramel elements but it has some biting acidity to it. Not quite citrus, not quite sour.

Taste is rich, roasty, sweet dark caramel malt. Smokey, peaty flavors, some chocolate malts, some maple syrup. Slight buttery diacetyl flavor (which I like) but very subtle, not nearly enough to put you off, maybe a complimentary toffee element. Some sort of mild astringency in the middle, more of a hoppy bite than most wee heavies. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is medium and satiny smooth. One of the finer wee heavies, easily something I could drink all day. Many thanks to trbeer for sharing this one.

Photo of bigbubba
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice clear dark brown beer with red highlights. The head is short and light tan in color. It reduces to a very thin head that laces the glass. The smell is very sweet, slightly smokey, and with a hint of chocolate. The taste is very good. The sweetness is well balanced by the roasted smokey flavor. The alcohol is not noticeable. The mouthfeel is nice and substantial. It is incredibly easy to drink. Its hard not to just pour it down in one big gulp.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" of dense tan head over the raspberry-brown hued brew. Head is fades slowly down to a layer of bubbles, and lacing is average. Aroma is malty with peat, and notes of alcohol. Taste is as well of medium to dark malts, with peat notes apparent, and alcohol warming on the outset. Mouthfeel is good and incredibly smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Makes for a sessionable scotch ale, which is always a scary, yet enjoyable proposition.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler.

Black cherry colored, and I think it's clear, but I can't quite see through the shadows. Light rays shimmer and reflect rather than penetrate. The head is short and tan, and flees quickly to grabs an edge, then grips tight and slides down.

Potent nose stimuli. Cedar boxes filled with topsoil, black liquorice, molasses, swamp water (complete with green algae), chocolate chips, scattered dry herbs, and Dewars.

This seems to have two beginnings, depending upon which nerve impulses reach the brain first. There's the dryish and earthy, bitter malted chocolate. And there's the much sweeter molasses and brown sugar. They don't exist in unison; rather, they are quite separate.
But they compliment each other something fierce.

Make sense?
Sorry.
This would be much easier if I could draw a diagram.

Beyond the blissfully divergent beginnings, this streamlines and morphs into something full of red grapes and vinous cues. Then, it gains some earthy footing. All full of dirt and peat and moss. Growlered bogs. Regardless, it remains sweetish throughout. Take everything I've mentioned and caramel-glaze it. But don't over-do it. That would be inaccurate.
Bitter herbs add crucial levity and wipe things partially clean.
Traces of caramel-vanilla nougat seep in post swallow and join with a continuation of the soiled earthiness. Ends with a minor red, spicy alcohol jolt. Like a bottle of Shiraz filtered through several inches of backyard, earthworms intact.

It gallops across the mouth and down the throat without impediments from uneven carbonation or boozy rough ground. This seems like it should feel bigger, and be less easily consumed.
It should be. But it's not.

All told, it's just a gorgeous Wee Heavy.

Thanks inebrius.

Photo of marburg
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sludge-like, chocolate milk-ish brew. Pock-marked tan head. Malted milk balls (remember Whoppers?) and pine needles grace the nose. This is the comfort food of the beer world -- well integrated, smooth flavors. Almost warming but not harsh like many Scotch Ales. No insane malty sweetness. No irritatingly overdone alcohol presence. No wanna-be whiskey flavors. Earthy and mild with a toffee middle-to-end. Just all around excellence.

Photo of stoutman
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like malt? Like Scotch? This Ale packs quite a punch with 7.8% alcohol by volume. Nice sipping brew, but just a "wee heavy" for the average beer drinker...An intense Scotch style ale with a tawny color, chewy palate, and a full-bodied rich character.

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +27%
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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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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