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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-10-2004)
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Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Girlfriend picked this one up, I love Wee Heavy so I had me a taste.

Poured a clouded dark tan with about a finger of bubbly fluffy white head.

Smells of oak, scotch, spice and grassy herb. Alcohol is pretty strong.

Taste is strong. Very sharp, with a strong whiskey and citrus front, mild sour bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit solid. Medium weight, mild carbonation. Leaves a feeling in the mouth but not syrupy.

Drinkability is alright. I like the style but this variation of it isn't my favorite.

09-14-2008 03:33:16 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of jwc215


3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-05-2008 01:10:17 | More by jwc215
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

05-01-2008 23:03:22 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of 1759Girl


3.83/5  rDev +7%

My afterwork brew on Robert Burns' Day was a treat!

Appearance> Lively small bubbles, cloudy/unfiltered appearance, rich, amber, sparkling.
Smell> fresh cut clover, sweet grasses, warm alcohol essence like whiskey.
Taste> Crisp start, barley, bitterness, smoothing to a sweet apple finish. Excellent example of a wee heavy.
Mouthfeel> thicker than I expected. Medium body, very silky
Drinkability> much more drinkable than more common wee heavies.
I lurved it.

02-08-2008 02:07:46 | More by 1759Girl
Photo of RiekerStarBrew


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer, poured from the bottle into my pint glass, had a murky brown color with hints of tan. The head was white and made up of tiny bubbles. My first impression of the aroma was very malty. There was evidence of both sweet and smoked barley. Hop and alcohol aroma was very faint. The flavor, however, was a surprise. It still showed a heavy malt base of both sweet and smoked barley, but the finish was both hoppy and bitter which surprised me considering there was really no hop presence in the aroma. Typically, in Scottish Ales, I look for a “smoked peatiness” in the flavor. So while this was a decent beer to drink, because it lacked the smokiness, I would not consider it a standout.

12-12-2007 16:39:24 | More by RiekerStarBrew
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop an amber colored brew, which shows a lightly hazy, pinkish tinged, red colored beer when held up to the light. Strong aromas of diacetyl contribute a definitely distinct aroma of butterscotch & butter, though it is not at the rancid butter stage. Underneath the dominant butterscotch aromatics is perhaps a hint of fruitiness and a touch of toasted malt aromatics; both of these are probably substantial, but I have a really hard time detecting them under all of the diacetyl.

Soft, slightly creamy textured, yet it has a light prickle of carbonation to it. Toasty malt notes reminiscent of lightly browned biscuits, toasted bread, a touch of roast grain and lots of dark bread flavors are all noticeable. The malt character tends to especially linger on in the mouth. The diacetyl flavor contribution is much reduced, when compared to the nose, but does add some definite butterscotch notes here as well. Up front the notes of butterscotch, caramel and toffee mix, but this then slowly yields to the dry, toasty malt notes previously mentioned.

While the aroma is not so bad, it is certainly almost exclusively one-dimensional in its butterscotch focus. The flavor actually sort of works; I had written this beer off after smelling it, but it is actually fairly enjoyable in the flavor department.

11-30-2007 03:46:45 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of JamesS


3.58/5  rDev 0%

Pours a great golden amber color with a very nice head and with nice lacing. Good scent, nice and malty, but not as peaty/smokey as I'm used to from a Scottish Ale, especially a wee heavy. Tastes good, nice and crisp with a good maltiness, but again, not near as much in the way of a peaty flavor that I've come to expect. Goes down smooth, you can barely detect the higher ABV percentage. It's not my first choice, but I would definitely drink it again.

11-24-2007 23:15:36 | More by JamesS
Photo of barefootbrewer


4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

10-06-2007 18:25:33 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of July2Nov


4.35/5  rDev +21.5%

A: Cloudy and dark: Tea color with no head and no lace.
S: Deep-roasted hops with a butter biscuit scent.
T&M: Mild, but mouth opening butter flavor. Leaves the pallet full. Tends to have a sweet butterscotch flavor toward the end.
D: Wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, but if the enchanting lady on the label is any indication...this one is a stunner!

09-25-2007 04:19:27 | More by July2Nov
Photo of kellyst


3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Hazy copper orange. Not very thick. Medium white head with good retention.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Lots of malt flavor, especially carmel. Slight hint of peaty smoke. Not very full bodied for a wee heavy. I was pleasantly surprised by the hop bitterness. This is kind of a Scottish ale/ British pale ale hybrid.

D: High. Very tasty.

08-30-2007 18:30:59 | More by kellyst
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

filtered brew with a brownish orange hue—decent. the head is in for the long haul, though not towering (i guess it probably doesn't have any hops in it). good lacing

mmm thicksweetcaramelly. the aroma is of strong and oaky brown malts. there's a
hint of soy sauce. dry

the flavor is nice. bready, with a dab of brown sugar. the beer is bitter, somewhat to my surprise, and hop flavor significant. a trace of smoke? grainy. it's not a thick beer, once you get used to it, which is obviously a little out of character (and perhaps not worthy of the title "wee beast"—wee, perhaps, but not much of a beast)

08-11-2007 00:23:59 | More by bruachan
Photo of BBM

New York

3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-23-2007 19:53:44 | More by BBM
Photo of beals


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

07-14-2007 00:14:11 | More by beals
Photo of Drew966


3.33/5  rDev -7%

Wee Beast pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is on the sweet side. The flavor is also quite sweet, malt being a big part of the taste. The hops add balance but it's still on the malty side. Worth a try.

06-21-2007 04:19:20 | More by Drew966
Photo of BretSikkink


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Dark copper-brown brew with offwhite head. Good volume with a vigorous pour. Dark fruit, toasted malt and mild hopping in the nose. Looks an smells like an ESB.

Malt turns out a bit sweet in the flavor with the big malt content. Herbal hops and fruity flavors lend depth. Medium depth in the mouthfeel, light characteristics belie 7% abv. Traditionally Scottish, served with little carbonation, it's very easy to sip on.

Quintessential Scotch ale, not sure if it warrants Wee Heavy status, but it's a satisfiable bitter.

06-03-2007 04:21:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.48/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

03-23-2007 03:04:19 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of BuckSpin


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

02-25-2007 01:23:06 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of IceAce


3.58/5  rDev 0%

Amber body with a rapidlt dissapating foam collar. Nose is slightly astringent.

Entry is subdued and slightly acidic while the astringency comes forward in the midtaste. The finish is woody and pleasant...but a little too late.

This brew is hoppier than most Scotch Ales and missing some of the toffee malt flavors fans of this style would like to see.

02-19-2007 18:07:41 | More by IceAce
Photo of AaronHomoya


4.08/5  rDev +14%

Huge head and a clear amber color. Great lacing and head retention. Almost solid, chunky head.

Malty, toffee, caramel, aroma with a slight alcohol smell.

Taste is sweet, a touch smoky, roasty and toffee flavored.

Smooth, with a light body and mouthfeel. Hides alcoholic strength well.

12-23-2006 22:31:22 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of dgallina


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

12-02-2006 20:10:23 | More by dgallina
Photo of geexploitation


2.38/5  rDev -33.5%

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.

11-23-2006 22:04:24 | More by geexploitation
Photo of scruffwhor


4.53/5  rDev +26.5%

Pours a great amber. Not common among the wee heavies I've experienced, but pleasant nonetheless. Good bubbling and a little lacing to boot. Great malt aroma, little resinys from the hops notitced in the nose. Just a like a good Scot ale should. Great malt presence in the taste. One of the best tasting wee heavys I've had so far. Hits of honey and brown sugar glazed peaches come from this toasty mlat beer. Smooth and sugary palate. But this beer went surprisingly well with my shrimp stir fry with added spicey spices.

10-11-2006 02:18:56 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of sulldaddy


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

This brew was sampled at rooom temp and poured into a tulip glass. The beer pours very foamy and bubbly with a huge soft beige head of 3 cm. Aroma is big malt sweetness with raisins and brown sugar as well. Some roasty or peaty notes and almost smokey as well. I do get just a hint of booze in background. First sip reveals a smooth slightly syrupy texture and average body with very fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, dark rum, raisins, overall sweet and malt through and through. The finish is a little hot especially for 7%. This makes the brew a bit of a sipper.

10-01-2006 14:52:13 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured out with an amber hue slightly golden.

Aroma of dates and sour-sweet fruit, caramel

Flavor woodiness, with fruit aspect, and some roastiness

mouthfeel of high carbonation effervescent is high. some head with lacing.

overall a drinkable wee heavy style beer. It is nice not too overwhelming.

09-04-2006 01:50:07 | More by amatuerbeerguy
Photo of Budlum


2.78/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours with copious amounts of creamy, tan head. Brilliant copper body that almost glows. A very appetizing appearance.

Fresh, sweet and spicy on the nose. Immediately noticeable alcohol. Light scotch whisky presense. Fused with coriander, caramelized sugars, pine aromas and a sweet malt presence. Very powerful.

A rush of malty flavors quickly subdued by a charcoal / woody presence. Spicy and tangy suggesting coriander and curry. Big peat, smoke and black licorice flavors in the finish dominated by a massive, almost overbearing barley flavor. Notes of sweet toffee and caramel round out the finish. Unforunately, there is a VERY long and pungent aftertaste that is loaded with a burned barley flavor and tons of smoke. Faint hop presence as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and not quite as creamy as I would expect from more of a Scottish Ale than a Scotch Ale.

Drinkability is so-so. It was a unique example of the style but a little difficult to consume.

I left disappointed since I am a big fan of this style. It is doubtful that I would purchase another.

08-05-2006 14:00:48 | More by Budlum
Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) from Isle Of Skye Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.