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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +5%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Omensetter, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of CGAR
5/5  rDev +31.2%

CGAR, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of KCM
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

KCM, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had both in a bottle and on tap at the Town Pump in Detroit, as well as Dragonmead Brewery in Warren. Pours a muddy, trudgy, swampy brown color with some red hints and tinges - opaque with a khaki-brown head that recedes to a ring around the glass fairly quickly. Aroma contains a nice abundance of malt; burnt caramel, cocoa powder, and a light smokiness. Some fruits are detectable, although somewhat muted and kind of hard to single-out or distinguish from one another. Maybe some types of rum-raisins and plums. The nose is very sweet, but has a nice smokey and charred character that works well to off-set and balance.

Taste is lovely, even more of the same greatness from the aroma. Nice fruity sweetness up front; raisins, sweet apples, juicy plums, backed well by the alcohol profile - warming, but never intruding. The smoky flavor comes out halfway through on a platter made of rustic caramel malts and a mellow, charred woodiness. More fruits come out as this one goes on, currants, blackberries, dates. The times I've had this from the bottle, the brew seems to be much sweeter than on tap, almost to the point of being tart and causing a pucker. Still tasty, but strange how bottle/tap can lead to pretty different flavor profiles in that aspect. Medium-thick body, silky and syrupy without being sticky against the tongue or teeth. Leaves a nice sweet aftertaste with dried fruits and charred wood.

One of Dragonmead's more manageable options. Much better on tap than from the bottle - although the bottle is still tasty, it's got a tartness that may be a little distracting, as it seems more akin to slight unintended infection rather than intentional souring. It always goes down easy, although quality control might be a concern.

tectactoe, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of DMarlinJ
4/5  rDev +5%

DMarlinJ, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

mzeld, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Kerrie
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes great; the problem is that the head is so overpowering (I've never seen anything like it) that it required 4-5 pours from the bottle into my normal-sized tulip glass because the head just overtook everything. Not good! I loved Final Absolution and was hoping this would be similar (and trust me, it certainly tastes good) but it just doesn't pour properly.

A: Great! I love dark beer and this certainly looks dark. However, if the head counts, this would probably get a negative rating. It's just too much and takes too long to settle.

S: Again, great. Nothing wrong there, even with the head.

T: Great, once the foamy head is down. It's very fruity, even though I wouldn't expect a dark beer to be fruity at all.

M: Not too thin, not too thick; great!

Overall, this just tastes good and fruity. If you're patient enough to wait for the head to go down, it's delicious. The problem is, when I want beer, I want it now! It just takes too long but it's good once you get it.

Kerrie, Sep 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Christov, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Zaphog, Aug 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

YCantWeNotBeSober, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

GRE680, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very dark mahogany almost bordering on black, pours a nice head for being from a bottle, a little hazy and hard to see through, though I prefer my beer unfiltered personally.

S- Very sweet and molasses like, with a subtle fruitiness.

T- Molasses at first, then starts tasting like dates or dried figs. Very sweet with no hint of hops or bitterness. It hides it's alcohol content well, though the bottle lacks an ABV so maybe it's weaker than average.

M- Rich and full bodied.

O- Definitely true to it's style, it's very sweet and fruity. Though Skull Splitter is still my Wee Heavy of choice, this is still a solid beer.

CuteZombieDoll, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of amishbooze
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

amishbooze, Jul 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

akttr, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WoodBrew, Jun 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.5%

jaidenjb, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a fairly dense 1 finger khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, grape, plum, molasses, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and light earthiness. Pretty nice aromas, that are much fruitier than I was expecting. Taste of big raisin, plum, tart cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, light chocolate, bread, earth, and a bit of a metallic twang. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Flavors are quite balanced; but there are a bit of off flavors noticeable. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a good wee heavy. It was certainly fruitier than I was anticipating; but it was still quite enjoyable.

superspak, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Dyerseve, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of gustogasmic
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DUDE !!!! I was less than a half-second into the pour of this beer into my oversized-flute-shaped glass, when the head was already foaming out the top! Big, puffy, caramel head all over my kitchen table!!!! WTF? Almost half the beer went into the sink in the form of foam as i slowly, slowly, poured it off. The beer itself is beautiful, but the ridiculous foam knocks the appearance down.

Phew, now that that's over- veyr murky dark burgundy-brown; light only comes through on the edges. Yeast can be seen moving around the bottom and getting teased around by the slow but constant carbonation.

The smell is very apple-juicy, with dark toffee malts distantly in the background.

It looks like I've got some oxidization here- the malts are very well-balanced, but now too subdued, as the apple-juicy notes have begun to dominate.

A really nice ballsy mouthfeel, as I hope for in scotch ales. This aspect of the beer hasn't suffered from the age. Nice and full, with a creamy leave that sticks the beer's flavor to your tongue.

I'll give this beer the benefit of the doubt for the "overall" category, and wouldn't hesitate to try it again, fresh.

gustogasmic, Mar 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

SpartanHistory2013, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Robb, Mar 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Calculat0r, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.