Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) - Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast)Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast)

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Isle Of Skye Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-10-2004)
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Reviews by rtratzlaff:
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06/04/06
1 pint .9 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz pint glass.
Cool description of the name on the bottle.
Poured a beautiful amber with a wonderful two finger head billowing above the top of my pint glass. Truly a wonderful looking beer. It smells of sweet caramel malt.
The taset is bread-like malt giving way to slight orangy hop flavors and finishing with a peat-smokiness that is wonderful on the first few sips. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect, just thick enough without being overbearing. Scottish ales/wee heavy's are usually a bit too thick for my liking, but this one was not as heavy.
Drinkablility is pretty good except a burnt wood flavor starts to wear on the tongue a bit near the end. I plan on revisiting the wee beast again one day.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper with not much head to speak of,aromas of toasted grain and leafy English hop.Wow a hoppier brew than expected here leafy and minty very English a lightly sweet maltiness keeps this ale well balanced and drinkable.Not a big Scottish beer by any means more a English IPA in my book a nice change up here would drink again given an opportunity.

Photo of shapudding
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No dating. Chestnut brown and unclear, cannot see through it all. Light barely enters it. Only a thin white ring at the edges and a slight bit of dust in the center. Not much scent coming out, lightly vineous and malty. Smooth feeling, do not really notice any carbination. Medium bodied. Caramelly maltiness, bit roasty, coffee and chocolate. Seems to get sweeter as you drink it. Candi sugar maybe? Just barely notice a little bit of hops in there. Easy drinker, nice flavors, not too intense, much better as it warms. Decent as a session, but not one I would go out of my way for.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Murky dark golden brown. Bubbly head that dissipated quickly, but was nice when it was present.

Smell - Toasted caramel malts, some fruits, alcohol, and hoppiness.

Taste - Sweet caramel toasted malts, some alcohol, and hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and medium bodied. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability - Nice and smooth.

Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smudged brass topped with a white head.
Intensely fruity nose, both dark and light and in equal amounts. Pears, and mangos, and tangerines, and raisins. Grounded by sourdough bread, tobacco, leather, and a flame or two of Scotch.
Fruitcake expressions in the mouth. Full of oranges, cherries, raspberries, pears, prunes, and raisins. Doughy backings. Traces of spice as well, cloveish...maybe, and perhaps nutmeg. I realize that they are illusory. Earthier by midway, and beyond. Mud, and shiny leather and chewing tobacco. Ends with puff of smoke and some green-tea herbal bitterness.
Unique and well-executed .Light bodied, given its strength. Seems, perhaps, thinnish at times. But this is so easily downed, and so generally delicious, that it's not an issue.

Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lightly hazy, bronzy brown-red in hue with a coppery twist. The liquid looks pleasant enough but it does seem too clear and light in color for the style. Maybe I’m judging a book by its cover. The beer was very foamy, over three fingers of slightly off-white head. The head retention was fair, it slide to a fizzy cap. There was a massive amount of clumpy subsequent lacing. No matter the flaws, it still looks better than average.

The nose is frail, nutty with a trivial caramel malt underbelly. Airy. I am not digging the aromas. It really lacks depth and power. Poor articulation as well… this is Scottish? Says who? Not this beer! I didn’t find the bouquet to be inviting.

The palate is very thin… unbelievably so. Nutty. Caramel. Fusel alcohol supplies warmth and even some spice. It is weakly fruity (cherries and berries). Mild sweetness, the palate lacks depth and the flavors are not rich or well developed. Every flavor spike is disjointed. The finish is clean and empty. Good Scottish Ales give off a relaxing, charming vibe. Not this one because this is not a good Scottish Ale.

The mouthfeel is pitiful, light in body, thin and way too carbonated. I guess I would call the mouthfeel fitting because the nose and palate were equally as poor.

This beer is not drinkable. It is not worth a damn. At $5 a bottle, this is a onetime purchase… unless I can be convinced my bottle is old and the next is very fresh but this beer just entered the Omaha market so I assume the retail got new beer. I purchased my beer in Omaha. Not recommended.

Photo of dgallina
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle with good-looking label art and no freshness date.

Pours transparent golden copper with half-inch of tan head that recedes to a super-creamy foam and nice lace. Smells of toasted biscuit malt and herbal hops on a spicy vinous alcohol base. Tastes of smoky tobacco and toasty biscuit malt with an edge of bitter and leafy herbal hop. Finish is quenching, dry and bitter. Smooth and creamy medium body with little carbonation. A little plain, but perfectly nice.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I always love reviewing a beer from the motherland! I just hope that doesn't have me biased... ;)

Very large, active light tan head cascades a bit at the begining, over a smidgeon of liquid....as the head falls, more of the ever-so-slightly honey-orange brew is revealed.ample wet lace is left behind as the head falls.

Smell is very bready-yeasty with some orange notes, and a hop spiciness.

A thick sweet maltiness hits up near the front. This evolves into a subtle smokiness and woodiness. At the end, the flavour rolls off quite quickly. As it warms, there's a bit more malt and orange character to it.

Liquid is just the thick side of thin, not too heavy. Carbonation is tight and mild, and does not overpower the liquid.

It's an easy drinker- but I think would really shine if it were just slightly more aggressive.

Be well
-UF

Photo of rebel1771
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a huge head with nice retention.

The aroma was a bit of a disappointment. Very light aromas of caramel and bread make an appearance, nothing special.

Much like the aroma the flavor is lacking. The bread and caramel flavors from the aroma make another appearance in the flavor. There's not a whole lot to this brew, almost tastes like a botched homebrew.

I expected more from this brew, guess I got suckered by the pretty lable.

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No date or lot code on the bottle. Sampled on July 18, 2010. I think I have to preface this by saying this is not a style I tend to drink regularly. The pour was yellow-copper with a haziness that made me think it was unfiltered. There is a puffy white head and pretty good lacing. The main thing I get in the aroma is yeast, yeast and more yeast. It felt like it hadn't fully fermented. There was a distant hoppiness but the yeast was a bit much. The taste really puckered up my lips because it was just so tart and sour although it did tend to remain dry throughout. Sorry, not something I could do again.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a medium-dark orange with a soft and creamy 2 finger light beige head that lasted for a minute or two before receding and leaving a spothcy, broken sheet leacing. Visible carbonation was medium-strong.

S: moderately strong with spicy oranges and caramel malt with some noticeable alcohol notes.

T: spicy and sour oranges delivering a big tart presence in the beginning. Overall the flavor was pretty limited in complexity with sharp, acidic, sour oranges that quickly fade to a subtle tart finish. Overall the flavor was quite odd per style I though and best described as alcoholic, tart oranges.

M: light, slick, and oily with a spicy alcoholic tart orange flavor.

D: Less then moderate drinkability and not many reasons to try or like. Flavor gets tiring quickly and didn't make me look forward to next sip. Packaged in 500ml bottle and not embarrassed to say I just couldn't finish or rather cared to.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about a 2 inch frothy off-white head. Even after a slow pour, the head just shoots up on this brew. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Aroma is caramel and roasted malt, fruit, peat and wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, fruit, peat, grass, grapes, tea and herbs. It's a unique flavor, not quite what I expected. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has high carbonation. Drinkability is OK, would be better if the carbonation was lower. I think this is a decent brew, I'd like to try this again in the future.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its extrication from the 25-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass murky burnished copper color with a bubbly light tan head and the residual lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose has a hint of peat, tobacco like, fresh and crisp, start is sweet with a nice malt presents, top is modest in its feel. Finish is benign in its acidity with the hops pleasantly mild in their spiciness, sweetly dry aftertaste and a nice drinkable beer, a welcomed change of pace. About time, I get used to these beers as I have bought a home and some land in Scotland, and the old “Gusler” will be retiring to a small farm in the near future, soon as I can finish one to ten at Maricopa County lol, geez had a full time job for 46 years and still got a couple to go.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a murky brown color with a rocky white head. The aroma is malty and smoky. The taste is malty and smoky. It has a welcome bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and it leaves an oily coating on the tongue. Overall, this is a well balanced and flavorful brew – definitely recommended.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle in a thistle glass/tumbler.

Nose is surpisingly lite at first, sweet corn, warm summer fields, straw, clover honey...a most peculiar nose for the genre. As it warms more traditional qualities like oak become noticable as do the malts, as does a subtle earthiness.

A nice murky, brassy burnt amber hue, a subtle parade of bubbles rise to a 2 finger head of thick ivory foam that laces in curtains...nice. The head has an amazing retention, making this one of the prettiest Wee Heavies I've had in a while.

Its rather blunt on the tongue, earthy, a little orange citrus, damp oak, more sweet than bitter. The malts sugars and hop bitters continue to balance each other on the palate, evening each other out with the bitterness winning in the end as the finish is just that, leaving a surprisingly clean feeling & taste after that primarily bitter swallow. The alcohol is masked well in that there is no warming rush at any time, so be warned.

This seems like an unrefined, rather crude version of the genre. Its certainly no Traquair or Belhaven, but rather a more raw brew. Whereas in other Wee Heavies a lack of peak and valleys is cause for enjoyment in the otherwise refinement & balance of the brew, this could use some highs & lows if its going to be not as developed. I could see those liking cask strength scotch really liking this, and maybe the right cheese might provide some opportunities for it to really shine, but there are definitely better & well crafted examples of the style to be had. It seems like its not quite there, wherever there is. If you like Wee Heavies, check it out, but there are better examples to be enjoyed.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice earthy notes to go along with generous malt that's swifty dried out by a nice hop bitterness. The aroma is fairly light but then again the beer on the whole is not very overbearing, particularly in view of its 7% ABV.

Bottle conditioning affords this brew a soft, easy carbonation that contributes to an overall roundness. Said bottle conditioning also lends a slight haze to the orange-copper hue, as well as a nice rocky head.

Wee Beast is a quality brew, and quite drinkable given its strength. Pick this up if you get a chance.

Photo of geexploitation
2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light color for a wee heavy -- reddish amber with a big white head. The nose is very pungent with sharp fruits (citrus, apples) and caramel, but little in the way of those pleasantly dark aromas that wee heavies usually have. On the palate, sharp citrus fruits and carbonation first off, followed by watery sourness and a quickly vanishing finish of little heft. This is a thin, insubstantial, overly fruity interpretation of a style that should have some muscle to it. I'm not a fan of this.

Photo of BBM
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wee heavy poured an opaque orange-amber into a snifter. A two finger white head rest atop it, and sticky lacing around the glass. The aroma was a pleasant blend of dark fruits, grapes, raisins, and distinct maple syrup notes.

The flavor was unfortunately not quite as complex. There is a slight sweetness up front with a bread-like quality, with hints of toffee and roasted wood. There was also a slight metallic quality that dissipated as the beer warmed. A slightly astringent finish capped off this beer, with almost no hint of alcohol or any distinct hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was average, medium and slightly dry.

I am a big fan of Wee Heavies in general, but this one didn't excite me. It wasn't bad at all, but it wasn't as complex as I was expecting. But by all means, give it a try.

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded dark amber - almost light brown - with a foamy, bubbly head.

The smell is woody, herbal, caramelish. Different than expected for the style.

The taste is of tart fruitiness with an ever-so-slight smokiness and caramel. Quite fruity for the style. Finishes sweet, slightly bitter.

It has a creamy medium-bodied.

A different Wee Heavy. I'll put this one in the "interesting" category.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok nice label on this beer..with its story of Cuchulain and his beast dog from the Isle of Skye.
Poured into my pint glass...the beer is a clear amber colour with a frothy,bubbly off white head.
Very roasty malt flavour..hints of smoky peat, woody.
Its quite a sweet tasting beer..again dominated by malts, then a nice burnt oak flavour creeps in ..again hints of peat smoke..and a touch of the alcoholic warmth.
Nice in the mouth "thin" yet not watery.
Very easy to drink for one this strong..though It is a good beer ..its more like a 70 shilling Scottish ale.

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber body topped by a smallish white head. The aroma is heavily malty. It’s really more earthy than peat smokey, but I like it. The more it warms, the maltier it gets, until I actually start digging on it by the end of the bottle. The beginning starts off a little weak with a bit of caramel, but this beer really has to warm to come into its own.

Photo of beals
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale chestnut brown, slightly cloudy. Thin (1/4") head, faded rather quickly, leaving a few large bubbles.

Sweet caramel aroma, all malt, no hops. Smell is vaguely reminiscent of a Belgian.

Taste is a tad bitter to start, then launches into a swell of sweet malt, but it doesn't last long, fading into mild astringency. Slightly roasty finish. The 7% alcohol doesn't come through at all -- it's masked pretty well.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated, just about right, but there isn't as much body as you'd expect in a Scottish ale.

It's a very drinkable ale, but at over four bucks for a bottle, I think I'll stick to one bottle.

Photo of CSeavey64
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) from Isle Of Skye Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.