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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee HeavyDragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy

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BA SCORE
86
very good

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
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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Photo of choover14
4/5  rDev +5%

choover14, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

msuspartan22, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of LornaLee
3/5  rDev -21.3%

LornaLee, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +5%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with minimal head. What was the head settles to a thin skim of suds. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass.

Rather weak aroma. A touch of toffee and caramel that gets overshadowed by the booziness.

Caramel and toffee malt flavor. A little earthiness as well. Alcohol did not dominate the flavor like the aroma indicated. It was a nice compliment to the malt.

Medium body with low carbonation. Nice texture that aids in consumption.

Nothing wrong here, but it sure was not interesting either. It was easy to drink with its clean malt flavor.

morimech, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of readbaron
1.93/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Arrrgh. This must be an infected bottle.

Starts off looking good - ruddy dark brown with a bit of head.

However, from there it goes quickly down hill. Smell isn't terrible - there ate some wee-heavy like notes. Sweet malt and caramel, but theyre covered by sour fermented cherries. Boo.

Taste is no good. Tart initially, then mellows into a milder wer sweet malty profile before finishing with an odd amalgam of the two. Tastes refermented.

Feel is surprisingly good. Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

I wish I had a non infected version.

readbaron, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into thistle.

Dark. Reddish brown body is pretty much opaque. Small tan head, no lacing, low retention.
Smells of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of smoke.
The taste starts sweet with lots of malt but then dries out a bit with notes of dry bitter cocoa and coffee. Some dark fruits make a small appearance an fade into an earthy peaty smoke note.
An oily feel lingers and makes the undercarbonated body feel slick.
Overall-- this isn't bad. It has a lot going on in the profile, I just don't know if all of those notes belong. Some more bubbles would go a long way here.

AleWatcher, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of clint1019
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Has a ruby brown color with a caramel colored thin head.

S- Has a nice aroma to if. Very malty, fruity, and a slight roasty aroma.

T- Has a Rich Malty flavor along with a buttery/toffee like flavor. Also, has a slight apple cider flavor to it.

M- Medium - Full Bodied

O-Not too bad. Not one of my favorite Scotch Ale's,but decent.

clint1019, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good strong head that sticks around for a while.

S: Not terribly overpowering, a little bit of caramel, somewhat overshadowed by a boozy aroma

T: Really good. Strong toffee mixed in with booze. Butterscotch shnapps comes to mind. Quite malty, not much hops.

M: Pretty smooth, bit of alcohol burn.

O: Really liked this one, coming to realize that a) I really like Scotch Ale, and b) Dragonmead knows beer.

lurpy1, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Darker chestnut color, with some amber edges. Tan head disappeared immediately and completely.

Toffee, with a slight hint of smoke. A bit of a rum raisin feel, as there is a bit of booze present.

Lots of darker, toffe-like malt up front, leaving no doubt about the style. Again, a slight hint of smoke. Fruit is minimal, as the toffee and caramel flavors linger. Earthy hops keep things from getting out of hand. Great malt character.

Medium body, with a slightly chewy feel. Alcohol lends some warmth, which is nice for the style. A pretty well made beer.

Bierguy5, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Under the Kilt pours a deep garnet hued amber color and has a pretty impressive cap of foam on top. The head is a light tan color and has pretty amazing retention. It also leaves pretty decent lace considering the style. The beer is a bit cloudy, but that is partially because I was a bit hasty and poured some of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is pleasantly sweet with a rich malty character that hints at caramel, toffee and brown sugar. It also has a pleasant fruity character and a bit of earthy spice. Just a tad of alcohol is also appreciable.

The flavor is much like the aroma and I have to say I am really not picking up any of that smoky, peaty flavor that I so enjoy in wee heavys. Toffee and caramel really rule the malt character in this beer. The hops are pretty much absent, as they should be, and I find the alcohol to be well covered.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. It has a nice smoothness that is broken up by just enough carbonation. The finish is quite pleasant with a nice sweetness that is far from being too much or too sticky on the palate.

Overall, this is a pretty solid wee heavy that does not blow me away, but is quite enjoyable. This is only my second beer from this brewery, and I am much more impressed by this offering.

zoso1967, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber with lacing.

S: Plums, hops, orange, yeast, a little caramel.

T: Plums, sour orange, malts, some hop bitterness on the end with a sour aftertaste.

M: Malty body, medium carbonation.

Overall: The plum flavor is a little too overpowering for me. Overall this is a decent beer, though as others have already mentioned there are better scotch ales out there, especially when the price is taken into account. Worth trying once, but I'll probably never seek it out again.

HeavyMetalBrew, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini beer mug (A&W).

Appearance: Beer pours a very dark mahogany color, almost like a super-brewed tea. Active carbonation visible in the glass, and a frothy off-white head that sticks pretty well. Very nice.

Smell: Prunes, oats, blood oranges, caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer has a very oily feel to it, lots of strange bitterness to it. The alcohol is prevalent, but not overpowering. Lots of faux-fruit flavor, some really rich malt character and a strange hop profile which is biting and bitter. Complex and wonderful!

Overall: Very awesome beer! Lots of depth to it. Maybe a touch too tasting of alcohol, but what do you expect for a nearly 8% brew? I like it.

Lauthaha, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of techfed87
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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

techfed87, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

EricCioe, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of abar22
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

abar22, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

BrewCrew2010, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of rings
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

rings, Feb 11, 2011
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.

kbutler1, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of levifunk
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

levifunk, Feb 01, 2011
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.

Bigc3031, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

jwinship83, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of DerekStek
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

DerekStek, Jan 05, 2011
Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.