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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee HeavyDragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy

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BA SCORE
86
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 14.81%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: putnam on 10-17-2002)
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rings

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:21:35 | More by rings
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kbutler1

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 00:16:01 | More by kbutler1
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levifunk

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 02:18:00 | More by levifunk
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Bigc3031

Michigan

5/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:31:04 | More by Bigc3031
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 05:07:14 | More by jwinship83
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DerekStek

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 19:45:04 | More by DerekStek
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dudemuskie

Illinois

2.03/5  rDev -47.3%
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!).

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:09:31 | More by dudemuskie
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.'

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:59:26 | More by JamnesCameron
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:26:04 | More by tubacharlie
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 06:12:50 | More by ElGordo
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jampics2

Ohio

1.6/5  rDev -58.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 00:49:21 | More by kbeals
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.