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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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86
very good

184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.75%
Wants: 13
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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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

neonbrown82, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of stouty1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown that my wife expresses a big EWWW too. Nice head which laces out on the sides of the glass. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. That's all I could pull out with my olfactory sense. I really tried but couldn't get anything else.
Taste is much like I expected with chocolate malt and a roasted smoky flavoring. Nice carbonation levels that fizz on the tongue just before swallowing. For almost an 8 ABV they hide it very well. I would get this again even though Scotch Ales are not my favorite brew.

stouty1, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an almost brown dark reddish color with a tall tan sticky head that leaves some clingy rings of lace. Sweet dark fruits with some earthy notes. A light smokiness is also present in the aroma. The flavor starts off with more sweet ripe fruit and light peaty smoke. A mild earthy bitterness helps balance the sweet out. Fruity finish with a hint of bitterness. Pretty thick and smooth mouthfeel. Really easy drinking stuff that goes down like a smaller beer. Tasty and enjoyable even if the flavor is a bit simple.

meathookjones, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dull tawny brown with small off white head,aromas of caramel malt and roasty and some unsweetened chocolate.Flavors are pretty vibrant big juicy fruitiness and caramel sweetness with a light smoky peaty character in the finish.Very chewey mouthfeel but glides down smoothly.A very well made heavy rich and flavorful.

oberon, May 07, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a mohogany colored sample with a thin head that fell rather quick.
the aroma was very malty and had a wounderfu fig underlaying.
the flavor was very malty, carmelized malt, hopsack, dropping off with a lingering mineralness.
in my notes i gave this beer an over all of 4 (out of 5), its very good, put it up aginst its scotish cousins anyday.

plaztikjezuz, Apr 16, 2006
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 walleye
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the tap. poured dark brown with a tan head.aroma dark fruits, nutty, toffee. flavor roasted malts, plums, honey, and molasses. anice bitterness, a good beer.I think this is one of my favorites from this bewery. I am gald they bottle this, so I can just pick up a 4 pack every now and than

walleye, Feb 02, 2006
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 SupaCelt
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour of this brew made me gasp a little and think about what a treat I had in store for myself. It looked very substantial coming out of the bottle. It was thick and murky brown with a head that fell fast away. A small ring encircled the rim of my glass in the absence of the departed head. Tiny springs remained active throughout the taste test.

Smell: Hard for me to describe, especially with my lack of exposure to this style. I am inclined to say that it smells a bit like maple syrup and vinegar, at the risk of making it sound less than appetizing. It is really quite nice. There seems to be some butterscotch notes and smoky tones. It is very pleasant to my nose.

Taste: Again, hard for me to sum up. Rich in malts with roasted, smoky overtones fogging their dark sweetness. Earthy impressions of nuts and bog moss and roots offer themselves up in a heap of cliche. Bitterness of some origin conquers a subtle sour character that lies in the finish. Very robust to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Wee heavy, of course. There is a definite thickness to this brew that persists throughout without faltering.

Drinkability: This is a rich brew. It holds a depth that is only comparable to that of a stout, and thus is more of a one hitter. I could surely see myself getting in over my head with these, however. This would be good for dessert after a hearty meal or as a nightcap to end the day, which I shall do at this time.

SupaCelt, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white head that left minimal lace. Body is a deep reddish brown. Smell was quite clean. Big sweet and toasted malt flavors upfront. Also contains notes of toffee and coffee. Hop bitterness underlying it all. Thicker syrupy body, but not overly sweet. Low carbonation. Smooth finish, though its slightly dry.

The ABV makes this brew a bit too potent for session work, although it serves well as a fall or winter warmer beer. Nice balance between flavors and malt sweetness. A must try for malt lovers.

Shovelbum, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of sopor
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep thick brown with and orangish-brown glow from illumination. This tan head quickly leaves just a ring and small film. Smells are light buttery-sweet notes.

Buttery and sweet flavors with bitter roast malt undertones. Just a kiss of hops, but the malt combinatin is almost balanced on its own. Perhaps my palate is not developed enough t pick up much more in teh beer. It's very good, but seems simple to me. Moderate body with small amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable Wee Heavy that I would like to keep around.

sopor, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of nomad
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beauty on draught! Full malty core cold-conditioned smooth with full biscuit, roast barley, and a flick of grape-like fruitiness. Never cloying, never filling, but holding strong with a medium-full mouthfeel. Opens to a gorgeous scent of long-boil caramelized melanoidin goodness. Easy to drink, huge while simple, complex but smooth, with a hum of alcohol to remind you what its packin' underneath all that malt.

nomad, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with reddish highlights. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is soft, slight bready malty smells. Taste is well blended. Almost a hint of smoke, some mineral, some peat. Well blended. Mouthfeel is rich and thick. This is a good beer, perhaps not my favorite of the style, but still really good.

deejaydan, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

carln26, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of blackthistle
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

blackthistle, Jul 21, 2005
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 ypsifly
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

ypsifly, May 24, 2005
Photo of mjohn27603
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

mjohn27603, May 24, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

feloniousmonk, May 16, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

BeerBuilder, May 05, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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!

fingolfin72, May 03, 2005
Photo of bozebus17
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

bozebus17, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of aaronh
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

aaronh, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of ken3c
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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.

ken3c, Mar 21, 2005
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.