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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
Brewed by:
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 techfed87
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nicely sized head. Color is quite dark amber, almost not able to see all of the way through it. Smell is pretty malty.

First sip is fairly sweet, although it can be a bit distracting from the overall mouthfeel. Taste is a bit more coppery than I was expecting. Still, as scotch ales go, this one is pretty much what you should expect from it. Not that it's quite on par with a Founder's Dirty Bastard or Dark Horse Scotty Karate. But still, a pretty

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Photo of EricCioe
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours dark brown, almost blood red at the edges, with a big, fluffy cream head that leaves no lace but has excellent retention. On the nose, it's a strange mixture of caramel and some banana notes that really reminds me of Final Absolution, this brewery's trippel. In the mouth there is a sweet toffee to go with the caramel, some dark fruit further back, and some alcoholic heat at the back. There is some oak here, but it seems to be missing a lot of the things I suspect from the style. The body is medium, and carbonated well enough to keep the bubbles coating my mouth, but the finish is just odd and seems all wrong for the style.

This beer is okay, but to me it almost seems like a dark Belgian rather than a scotch ale, and not great at either. I'll seek out another bottle at some point to see if something was abnormal with this one, or better yet, make a trip to the brewery, because all the tap reviews look a lot different than the bottle ones.

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Photo of abar22
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some quick notes...

Murky brown, off white head, solid cap, no lace.

Toffee, slightly sour grapes. Not bad but not a Wee Heavy.

There is malt in this beer but this sourness owns the taste. Where's the smoke? Peat? It doesn't taste bad but this is more like a malty ale with a kriek blend. Good but not the style at all.

The sour adds a puckering bitterness to the beer. Again it doesn't scream Wee Heavy.

A good beer overall but I'm not sure what it's supposed to be. The sourness reminds me of Three Philosphers but there's no mention of it on the bottle or packaging. It's not a bad beer overall but it misses the style mark like crazy.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky brown body with a tan & bubbly head that's fast receding.

S: A nice malty aroma with notes of raisins, caramel, molasses, & booze.

T: Again, the taste has a malty upfront with other flavors of toffee, slight chocolate, and a hint of booze. Had a bit of sourness in the finish which made it a bit off.

M: Creamy, medium body & carbonation.

D: I thought this beer was good, but nothing amazing. Extremely easy to drink, but also easy to forget.

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Photo of rings
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

One of their better known brews is Under the Kilt, a Scottish style export ale. With an attention grabbing name, it's often the first contact many drinkers have with Dragonmead.

A hefty 7.8 percent ABV and 1.080 O.G., this is no training wheels brew. It pours a deep, rich amber, nearly brown in color, but with nary a head to speak of. The nose is sweet, molasses and dark fruit in aroma, as is the first sip. Very rich, the sweetness pours over the tongue and almost demands a slow drinking pace. This may be an advantage, however, as the flavors open up at warmer temperatures.

Towards the end, there was a hint of sour tang, probably due to age, but this was nonetheless a satisfying interpretation of a rather uncommon style and is definitely 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 levifunk
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - pour is pretty dark with little carbonation. a small tan head forms, but dissipates quickly.

s - some nice dark fruit sweetness....plum. scotch ale yeast and caramel. some grainy smell.

t - somewhat weak flavor. some plum sweetness and a bit of a roasted flavor, but very grainy.

m - medium body, but kind of watery and thin.

overall - not a scotch ale worth seeking out. while i would still consider it a scotch ale, its pretty close to being called a scottish ale due to the weak flavor and thin body.

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Photo of Bigc3031
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, my favorite from Dragonmead.

This beer pours a little thick, very dark amber with a coyote brown head which dissipates rather quickly. Carbonation was low as it should be for this style in my opinion.

Taste starts out with malty with hints of chocolate and ends in caramel or toffee. I really consider this to be a Heath bar in a bottle.

A lot of Wee Heavy beers I have had are ruined by the alcohol after taste but this is completely hidden in this beer.

Dragonmead sells this beer in a 4 bottle box, you will need a friends help with this or it will sneak up on you.

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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 DerekStek
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Under The Kilt pours an opaque amber color with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

The smells malt, malts, and a hint of malts.

The taste is reflective of the smell, malts. There is very little carbonation in this drink but I may have grabbed an old bottle.

It doesn't leave a bad taste--or any for that matter.

Easy to drink. Not quite a sipper but perhaps a little dark for kicking back more than 3.

I have had my eye on this beer for a while. I've come to love Dragonmead but am slightly disappointed in their Wee Heavy interpretation.

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Photo of dudemuskie
2.1/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance- Hard pour builds short, quickly fading light creamy beige colored head. Appears to be very low CO2. Deep, hazy amber in color.

Aroma- Rich caramel, prunes, dried tart cherries, sweet juicy malt, and a whisper of roast.

Flavor- Starts off with a slightly sour kick- may have picked out an infected/contaminated bottle! Tart dried cherries and acetic sourness dominate, with some caramel and roast notes lost well beneath. Kinda makes for a nice sour beer, though its a bit disappointing that its nothing like the Wee Heavy it should be!

Mouthfeel- Slightly mouth puckering sourness gets the salivary glands going. Bacterial infection must have whittled down the residual sugars and unfermentables because this wee heavy is much lighter in body than it should be, and is almost on the verge of being dry! Some residual stickiness, but nothing close to what is expected for a Wee Heavy.

Overall- Sad I couldnt have this beer in its unspoiled glory, but I am still finding myself enjoying what is left of the complexities of this brew beneath a sour blanket. Dragonmead should consider deliberately souring some of this Wee Heavy! Next time I am in MI I will snag another bottle because I have heard nothing but good things about their brews! Hopefully I have a better experience next time around! My score is style based (as I said, its not bad soured!).

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gordon thistle glass.

Pours a deep ruby with nary a head, thin whisp of very light tan foam.

Aromas of malt, toffee, no hops to speak of. This one is all sweet malt. Very malt forward beer.

First sip is of toffee malt. Again, no hops to speak of (as there should be none in a wee heavy). Malty, but not a "rich" malt, as you would expect from a strong scots ale (or at least as I expect). No alcohol bite. A little low in alcohol for what I expect.

Mouthfeel is low side of medium, a little thinner than I expected in a strong scots ale. Very faint prickle of carbonation, but still too much for such a beer.

Drinkability is good. Not necessarily a sipper. Needs a little more 'punch.'

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

A creamy, low profile head tops the dense and cloudy, dark raisin-brown brew. Not much aroma, just a hint of malty molasses and a few alcohol esters.

Well presented grain up front with some biscuit and bittersweet molasses on toast flavors in the middle and a smattering of hops in the background.

Nice carbonation, despite the small head, possible due to higher abv, although it is not listed on the bottle. Not overdone, this wee heavy goes down easy and has enough depth of flavor to hold its own with some haggis and mashers.

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

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.

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Photo of semibaked
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hrking
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 brentk56
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

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