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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | 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:
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(Beer added by: putnam on 10-17-2002)
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Photo of jampics2


1.6/5  rDev -58%

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.

08-23-2010 19:24:30 | More by jampics2
Photo of bierenutz


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A-pours a murky dark brown color with a creamy mocha 1 inch head which didn't stick around too long.
S-malty, brown sugars and caramel, dark fruits and a slight sour aroma.
T-malts and syrupy chewy bread flavor with a slightly bitter oakey earthy finish.
M-thin and moderately carbonated, probably the only disappointment with this beer.
D-good beer overall as it has a richness that lingers and nice balance of flavors.

07-18-2010 01:55:03 | More by bierenutz
Photo of semibaked


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours nearly black with a big fluffy and cream tan head and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

S - Big smell of grains, hay, and malt sweetness, it also has some syrupy and bread.

T - Roasted malts, syrupy sweetness, light molasses, and dark bread. This has a really deep flavor.

M - Very rich and creamy with good carbonation and chewy.

D - This is a very rich and a lot of strong and earthy flavors. Definitely a good Scotch ale and is certainly my favorite from Dragonmead.

07-17-2010 02:55:48 | More by semibaked
Photo of Cyberkedi


4/5  rDev +5%

Comes out of the tap an opaque dark brown with a pale tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, woody and slightly honey-sweet. Mouth filling malty flavor has undertones of molasses and honey and just a hint of woody taste. Texture is fizzy and tingly, quite satisfying.

07-08-2010 00:50:56 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of tpd975


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

04-29-2010 01:52:09 | More by tpd975
Photo of Pencible


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with almost no head. It smelled like caramel and roasted barley and fig, with some balsamic vinegar and pear. It tasted like wild flower honey and burnt sugar and blackberry, with some sweet caramel and oak. It was thin with some carbonation, and had a sharp bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty interesting beer that used not sweet versions of naturally sweet flavors (i.e. burnt sugar). It had weak body, but it hid the alcohol fairly well, so it was easy enough to drink. This was good to try once, but wasn't something I really care to drink again.

01-15-2010 17:00:40 | More by Pencible
Photo of jnn4v


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Much darker than average for the genre. It's halfway between dark brown and amber. Somewhat cloudy and only partially translucent. No sediment and very little head.

S: Clover, orange, balsamic vinegar, raisins, molasses. Lots going on here, and pretty much all of it is good. Overall smells sweet w/ a hint of tangy / acidic.

T: Rock candy, light brown sugar, and a hint of spicy on the aftertaste. Little bit of honey as well. Yet it's not actually that sweet overall. Decent balance between sweet and not.

M: Much thinner than I was expecting and for the genre. Moderate to low carbonation, but not nearly as much body as you'd expect (or hope).

D: Not bad at all. Reasonable balance, and pretty good flavors.

01-15-2010 01:31:31 | More by jnn4v
Photo of hrking


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

I had this on tap during my recent trip to Warren over the weekend and must say it is one of my favorite Scottish Ales.. Great caramel roast flavor and the classic Scotch Ale yeast flavor that lovers of this style have come to expect. This is a great brew so i picked up a 4 pk to bring home..Glad i did great brew!

12-22-2009 21:49:06 | More by hrking
Photo of Wildman


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

11-14-2009 03:37:05 | More by Wildman
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with ruby highlights and a Brobdingnagian head with excellent retention

Smell: Odd, fruity aroma, like tamarind juice that has gone a little sour

Taste: Opens with a sour, fruity taste that has sweet, brown sugar undertones; the flavor profile becomes a little sweeter after the swallow, but the sour element persists

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation

Drinkability: A very odd Wee Heavy, lacking in the appropriate butterscotch, smoke and peat and replacing that with an unusual sourness; drinkable, but way off style and not particularly tasty

10-10-2009 21:26:08 | More by brentk56
Photo of drtth


4.38/5  rDev +15%

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.

07-17-2009 21:30:07 | More by drtth
Photo of Shumista


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

07-07-2009 03:30:30 | More by Shumista
Photo of webmanspidey


3.85/5  rDev +1%

On tap at Dragonmead.

A dark brownish colored ale, very smoky and peaty in both smell and taste. I haven't had too many of the style, but this was a decent version from what I have experienced. Smoky wood, scotch whisky, peat, and spices can be found here. Fairly alcoholic and fairly noticeable.. probably not a session beer.

Worth trying.

06-28-2009 04:23:35 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of berserker256


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Dark Ruby color and a dense tan head. Smells like prunes, alcohol, sweet malted barley, and sugary carmel. Awesome creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Light roasted coffee-like flavor with a little alcohol warmth. Heavy malt presence. Otherwise, the same aromas are in the flavor as well. Pretty easy drinking for a heavy, high-alcohol beer. This is good beer.

05-06-2009 17:14:16 | More by berserker256
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

03-27-2009 00:49:21 | More by kbeals
Photo of paco1029384756


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

03-24-2009 00:33:47 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of CortexBomb


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Dark opaque copper pour with a modest dusting of white head. Rich nose of peaty malts with decided caramel notes. Flavour is smoothly malty with pronounced dark fruit character to go with the caramel from the nose and the aforementioned hint of peat.

Mouth is pretty thick and satisfying, as this style calls for. Drinkability in the overall sense is good. This is a nice example of the Wee Heavy style and is another standout in Dragonmead's portfolio. It's a wee pricey in comparison to some of the other locally available Scotch Ales, which reduces its appeal to me, but I do like what this one brings to the table and all fans of the style owe it to themselves to give it a try.

02-05-2009 00:25:54 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of SaucyA


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Growler purchased yesterday.

A - Into a standard pint, it pours a deep mahagony with amber highlights. Head is frothy and the lacing is crazy.

S - Muted smokey malts, a nice roasted malt note, dark dried fruit. No booze in the nose. Nothing huge, nothing off.

T - Quite fruity and sweet up front, with a slightly bitter smoke finish. Not as big and doesn't have the malty complexity I normally look for in a Wee Heavy.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation and a medium/thick body.

D - This is killer on draft and in a growler. Not my all-time fave Wee Heavy but a legitimately good offering.

Notes: Dragonmead was my first microbrewery I've ever went to. Their quality, years later, is still great.

01-15-2009 00:37:38 | More by SaucyA
Photo of Bung


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

01-09-2009 03:49:36 | More by Bung
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

A - nice dark brown mahogany brew with a solid tan head.
S - peat smoke malts, caramel in a nicely balanced affair.
T - solid blend of peat smoked malts, smoke, caramel and a light abv warming.
M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a smoky resinous afternote.
D - nice blend of drinkability and peat smoked malts.

11-18-2008 02:29:34 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of WakeandBake


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Hazy dark chestnut color tith a thick kaki head and some lacing.Aroma is of dry roasted chocolate malt,rasins brown bread,and faint hops.Creamy texture, full bodied. Taste is earthy,fat malt profile,Smokey peat
,a little nutty,very good. I would buy this again.

11-17-2008 01:26:26 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of BierFan


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

11-09-2008 23:09:16 | More by BierFan
Photo of seaoflament


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanks to Jay23 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours a dark caramel color with a good inch of foam.

At first I get a whiff of chocolate and as I lean in I pick up various fruits like grapes, cherries, some citrus, and then some caramel and nutty malts. There is also a hint of citric acid that combines with a vinous aroma. A little tangy. A bit of alcohol as the beer opens up as well as more chocolate, toast, brown sugar, and raisins. Apple and smoke aromas develop as it warms up. A little cola based soda aroma too.

Again, fruits (grapes mostly and followed by prunes and raisins) with some toast, a bit of chocolate, caramel, cherries, and alcohol in the finish. I enjoy the initial taste quite a bit but the second half and finish has that citric acid here too which seems odd to me. The finish seems to smooth out or maybe my palate just gets accustomed to it. The aftertaste is a little dry. Smokey and pea flavor malt develops in the finish after the beer comes to cellar temp.

Good level of carbonation but it could be a tad smoother.

Not a big fan of this style but I did enjoy this one.

08-29-2008 03:24:59 | More by seaoflament
Photo of nrbw23


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

08-10-2008 01:27:44 | More by nrbw23
Photo of emerge077


3.43/5  rDev -10%

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.

08-05-2008 02:00:18 | More by emerge077
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.