Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 120
Photo of webmanspidey
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SaucyA
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of seaoflament
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Photo of Hautacam
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of enfield249
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of flowerysong
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.