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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
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very good

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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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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GRPunk

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

On-tap served in a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a very deep brown, near black, with a 1/2 finger creamy, tan head that became a nice lace that stuck to the side of the glass.

S- A little more subdued than I expected, but very good. There was definitely a good mix of sweet, roasted, and smoke that I've come to expect from a good Scotch ale.

T- More of the roasty, smoked flavor mixed with some sweet malt as the aroma would suggest. A great example of a style that I've grown to appreciate.

M- Very creamy and full mouthfeel.

D- I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The higher ABV is well masked, which could be a problem if you don't pace yourself.

Overall- A great example of a style that I've begun to appreciate more and more.

06-25-2008 14:01:34 | More by GRPunk
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

"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.

01-21-2008 14:28:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to ErikTheRed for the bottles.
Very dense dark brown , with a light tan head, which drops quickly to a collar.
The smell is slightly smokey roasted malts.
Tastes sweet ..raisans, a bit of licorice, smokey phenol, caramel , with a hint of honey and lemon -lime bitter.
The mouthfeel is pretty full...medium carbonation.
Good stuff, and worth a try for sure.

01-04-2008 01:37:38 | More by Hautacam
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

$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.

11-06-2007 00:21:42 | More by Mitchster
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Westsidethreat

California

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

11-01-2007 00:48:38 | More by Westsidethreat
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

09-19-2007 20:26:46 | More by soupyman10
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15%

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!

09-13-2007 04:16:31 | More by Phatz
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enfield249

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

07-20-2007 01:37:09 | More by enfield249
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flowerysong

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

Appearance: Opaque dark brown body with one finger of tan head that displays excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and some peat-like smokiness.

Taste: Malt sweetness, a background of chocolate and coffee notes with some smokiness. Definite peat influence, and an oddly sour flavour overall.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full-bodied with mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Somewhat discordant components, and not really a good example of the style.

07-08-2007 22:10:52 | More by flowerysong
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

A 12 oz bottle from a Dark Lord day trade with brewcrew76.

A: The ale pours with a whole lot of head. The first pour, quickly aborted, resulted in a mammoth head that exceeded 6 (!) fingers. The head to beer ratio was a solid 4:1. Even on settling, the second pour created a 2 or so finger head. The wee heavy's body is a dark brown, almost stout, color that allows almost no light through.

S: The nose has an undercurrent of thicker, smoky malts that is dominated by a stronger caramel aroma.

T: The flavor seems to more stout-like, chocolate and burnt, than wee heavy-like, smoky and malty. It also finishes with a slight sourness that conjures up a low-key flanders red. The finish kicks back to a sweet caramel malty body. There is an absence of smoky flavors that I often look forward to in a wee heavy.

M: The mouthfeel has a lot going on, too bad none of it screams wee heavy.

D: One bottle is enough for me, the flavors are intriguing, even boundary-pushing, but they just don't do it for me.

07-04-2007 00:50:20 | More by akorsak
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

06-28-2007 00:59:15 | More by msubulldog25
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +15%

Have thoroughly enjoyed this on tap in the past, but have not tried a bottle until now.

Dark cola-leather-brown body with caramel edges. Small, lacy, light cocoa brown head. Lightly roasted, caramelly malt nose accented with peat, rummy brown sugar, and smoked meat. Taste starts out big and malty. Rich sweetish chocolate, toasted/roasted malt, caramel/toffee, and dark fruits with a peaty, smoky edge throughout. Deliciously malty. Slight roasted bitterness (dark chocolate-ish) in the malty finish. Full-bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. One of the best U.S.-made wee heavies I've ever had.

05-25-2007 00:49:51 | More by alexgash
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mcallister

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

05-01-2007 19:58:09 | More by mcallister
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +15%

bottle purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn. Pours dark with a reddish hue. Nice solid creamy head. Chocolately and smokey malt odor. Sweet peaty malt flavor with some smokiness. very tasty. alcohol not noticeable at all. some biscuity malt, but mostly the beer is dominated by the sweet peaty flavor. very smooth and creamy and well made. a great rendition of the style. my first from Dragonmead is a winner.

04-06-2007 14:28:46 | More by aforbes10
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Hazy dark chestnut with a light brown/yellowish head. Some lacing, good retention. The aroma was chocolatey, a little dry cocoa, light roast with a bit of lactic character. The flavour was quite sweet, very malty, with plenty of caramel and toffee, nuts, a bit of chocolate, and some dry roastiness. Creamy texture, full bodied, and lightish carbonation. Very nice, the full maltiness really works here.

04-06-2007 01:36:03 | More by DrJay
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

03-29-2007 01:12:49 | More by brewcrew76
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Luchman

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle, thanks to tangfoot, poured into a tulip.

A: A very dark, murky looking, brown color. When shown in the light, some dark hues of red appear, but never letting you fully see through the glass. A small, quarter inch head came off the pour, but faded fast and into clumps on the surface and creating thick lacing on the side.

S: Dark fruits dominate. Rich, vinous plums and raisins. Toffee malts and some dark bread-like qualities. Light chocolate.

T: At first sip, malts take control; roasted and toffee like. Fruits (Plums, cherries, figs) are there as well, but not as vinous and rich as the nose suggested. After the swallow, a very apparent bread taste, chocolate, and roasted malts come back.

M: Medium/thin body with somewhat smooth carbonation. Nothing very outstanding here, but not bad.

D: It was good, but nothing too good. If you happen to come across some, pick it up; people out there have enjoyed this much more than I have.

02-25-2007 21:36:09 | More by Luchman
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schusterbauer

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +22.8%

very attractive deep brown/purple/mud color. the smell makes me think of the cumulative effect of thanksgiving dinner, just as all dishes are about ready for serving, and some type of dessert is in the oven. lots of earthy robust smells, but warm toffee and malts dominate. taste is a gentle combination of malts and toffee -- sweet but not too sweet, and not forceful with the malts. the tastes blend superbly. finish has a hint of liquor -- scotch, grappa, maybe sambuca-soaked coffee beans -- but this is almost an afterthought, not forceful or artificial. mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth; thick and creamy, with an ideal level of carbonation. the alcohol is barely perceptible, let alone enough to hint at the 7.80% abv. immensely drinkable and enjoyable.

02-07-2007 14:31:02 | More by schusterbauer
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

02-02-2007 02:53:21 | More by MuddyFeet
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TheBungyo

Washington

4.83/5  rDev +26.8%

First off, HUGE thanks to Northertimber for this one!

Let me start off by saying I'm amazed that this isn't more highly spoken of on BA. I know, this style isn't exactly celebrated, but jesus if this isn't the best interpretation of the style I've come across. The pour is exceptionally dark, yet midnight lavendar at the edges. Not much head but plenty of legs and dots of lace abound.

Nose is a trip to paradise if you enjoy the style. Deep rich purple grape mingled with prune, raisin, and black cherry. It's just a remarkable slideshow of the many flavors apparent in a beer.

Taste is largely the same as the nose and I'm stunned at how much I like this. The only difference in the nose and taste is that in the taste I can note some nuttiness in the finish along with a mild kiss of hops.

We have some damned good Scotch ale/wee heavys here in Seattle, mostly from Silver City. I honestly hate to say it but in my ever so humble opinion this is light years better. So much more complex and so much more flavorful.

If I lived in Michigan I'd definitely buy this again and again. Mouth is superb. An extra thanks to Skyhand for the suggestion to trade for this.

01-27-2007 07:15:45 | More by TheBungyo
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xav33

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, peeked under 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured ruddy with a medium very light brown creamy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong raisins, light toastiness, some spices.

Taste was upfront bitter sweet raisins, with coffee like accents, followed by a heavy coffee bitterness in tandem with the continuing raisiny spicyness on a lengthy finish of mostly bitter dark chocolate and light fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily then dry, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, an easy drinking powerfully tasting Scotch ale. Maybe a little light on complexity.

10-13-2006 05:29:45 | More by xav33
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a very dark, mahogany color with a dark tan one finger head. The head fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; very earthy aroma going on here, with a hint of vinegar. There's a bit of chocolate and peat, but because of the vinegar, I'm having a hard time picking out other smells. It isn't bad, just kind of strange, and a bit out of place for a scotch ale..

Taste; the vinegar does not come through in the flavor profile at all, which I'm a bit thankful for. I'm getting some coffee and hints of chocolate, with a nice nutty presence, and as this gets warmer, some cherries and figs come out. There's a nice solid maltiness, with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly smooth carbonation that leads to a good drinkability.

I'm not sure if the vinegar smell was intended, but it was definitely something that I didn't expect, and seemed out of place for the style. I'll have to give this another try to see if that one has the same smell. As is, I still think this was a pretty damn good beer.

10-10-2006 01:32:14 | More by RedHaze
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Deep, dark, leather brown, nearly black with a inch high capping of dark tanned foam that keeps breifly before settling to an always present fluffy collar. Drippy lacing with some large spots sticking.

Aroma of dark molasses, dark chocolate, firmly roasted, mostly chocolate with a peaty herbalness and a slight figgy/date, dark fruityness, black licorice, and coffee notes.

Taste is bold and flavorful with a good load of chocolate tones across the palate laced with dark cherry, fig, and dark, damp wet wood. Very leveled flavors and tones are set along the path of yummy goodness with a subtle drying finish where the roast makes its way in with slivers of coffee and more chocolate cream.

Smooth, efficient, solid medium body with a creamy flow of soothing maltyness thats enriched with chocolate and dark fruity undertones.

A solid Scotch Ale! Drinkable and surely enjoyable.

Thanks Tim!

08-22-2006 00:24:27 | More by tavernjef
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

This beer pours to a dark nutty brown with a nice tan head. Recedes to a ring around the glass after a few minutes. Very little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is weird. For some reason, I get a strong whiff of vinegar, but the beer doesn't taste vinegary at all. Other than that, it has a nice smoked peat and rich malt aroma. A light bit of hops in the back. Would be much better without the weird vinegary aroma.

The taste is very good. Rich malt complexity. Nutty, smokey, peaty. Some strong berry esters. I think this will be a good companion for scotch. I'll find out after I finish reviewing.

Full bodied. Sweet up front and dry in the finish. Not much lingering flavor. Not hugely drinkable, but it'll put some hair on your balls. Overall it's good. Now it's time to bring on the Glenlivet.

07-30-2006 06:55:42 | More by neonbrown82
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Dark ruby grape juice brown with good amount of bubbles and head. Vineous and booze and smell of bourbon and barrel. But it's not that version, it's just aged 1.5 years, picked up from Whole Earth in Detroit. Mildly sour and spicey and so smooth and malted.

07-24-2006 04:09:34 | More by Sammy
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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