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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) - Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 06-10-2004

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 70
Photo of rebel1771
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
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 rtratzlaff
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a tan/cream soda colored body with a thick white head.

Nose is surprisingly muted. Some sweet peat smoked scotch whiskey like notes. Mild caramel or toffee with a granite earthiness as well.

A very fine carbonation Taste is almost more like a brown ale than scotch or wee heavy at first. Burnt coffee/fire place brick sort of charred taste at first is more reminiscent of peat smoked single malt scotches. A nice grain taste but it has this strong taste of Roasted barley as if the brewer just tossed in handful of 500L+ barley. Very bitter and tannic in the back-end with a lingering rock like dryness. A very dirty leafy hop taste. Taste lingers for quite some time.

The strong roasted barley and very tannic tastes are bit overpowering considering how great the peat smoked scotch type tastes are. Beyond that though, a nice scotch ale/wee heavy.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a reasonable head and good lacing

Smell: Malty with a strong caramel aroma; slight earthy tones

Taste: Starts with a caramel malt flavor along with some earthy bitterness that emerges mid-palate; strong almond, leather and lychee tones add complexity as they appear in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An intriguing brew; certainly not a traditional Wee Heavy as it has some bitter complexities

Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted by half-pint at the NWAF 06, Manchester, 18/01/06. Gravity-dispensed. It was tasted after being announced as the Silver medallist in the Barley Wines category in the competition, so I can't say there is no biase in favour of it in my review~~ but here you go, nice and fresh on cask!!! Yeah~~ I'm the first one here to review this beer in its cask-conditioned form!!!

A: pours an amber hue, coming with very thin bubbly head... against a low carbonated body... from a very fresh barrel and just the look one should expect from a gravity-dispensed pint.
S: thick... preserved dates and plums, sour-sweet fruity notes, creamy maltiness... overall not too alcoholic and not too sugary~~ quite smooth and nice. But overall it's less buttery and oily than a Scottish Wee Heavy, rather like an English Barley Wine.
T&M: tea and caramel mingle so well on the palate upfront, slowly leading to a chewy malty, tea-ish, and slightly plum-pudding-ish aftertaste with lots of spices and mixed preserved fruits to play with. Rather dry and hoppy finish with residual fruitiness down the palate. Extremely light on the mouthfeel yet ever-changing in the flavour profile... this is a lively, vertically-structured, strong barley wine but superbly drinkable almost like an apperitif!! Well done Isle of Skye~~

Photo of JISurfer
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one good beer. I consider myself a lover of the Scotch Ales, so I would like to consider my review with some validity. Not to say that everyone else is wrong or anything.
A - Goldish/amber body with a very thick and long lasting, frothy head
S - Very strong malts, with slight alcohol, slight hops, and a "healthy" aroma of grapes
T - Very similar to the smell, and also had a strong fruit presence underlying the malts and alcohol
D - This one was way to easy to drink for me. Like I said before, I really dig Scotch Ales, and this one is one of my top beers in the catagory

This one comes with the JISurfer seal of approval. Drink on!

Photo of bditty187
2.59/5  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 lostbearbrew
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an orangish amber color with plenty of light coming through.

Smell is malty with flowery undernotes.

Taste is thinner than expected, almost not like a beer. Hints of berrries, grass in the midst, and a flat finish with bitter tinge. Heather? or maybe some sort of chamomile/minty flavor in the front to middle of each sip.

Goes down pretty easty, although the taste is not my bag. For being a Wee Heavy, I expected more viscosity and more to the body and flavor of the beer. Likely wouldn't have another, just not my mug of brew.

Photo of Realale
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper brown with an extremely fine, rocky, slightly raspy beige head that settles slowly to a persistent cap. Oops, haziness is due to bottle-conditioning, which is not otherwise noted on the bottle.

Nose is incredibly fruity - strawberry, melon, green grape and cherry. As it warms, a rich, yeasty brown bread maltiness emerges. Touch of light toffee too. Fruitiness subsides some with time, but I've never smelled a beer so fruity that has no fruit in it. Very distinctive, and quite appealing.

Full malt in the mouth with the fruit moving further into the background than expected from the nose. Some complexity of malt flavors, but the emphasis is on the bready side of things supported by a bit too much toffee for my taste. There is a quite sharp mineral note that is very distracting, although it is certainly effective at cutting through the richness of the malt.

Finish lingers with a pleasant mix of fruit, malt and mineral. Good level of carbonation, but the mineral notes are really too much give this high marks for either mouthfeel or drinkability. No hint that this is a 7% beer.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is copper with a tiny, light-brown head. The aroma is of dark, earthy malts with a touch of dark fruit. The taste is of earthy malts matched with a hazelnut-like flavor. A very light roasted taste is noted alongside the nuttiness. Hops provide an almost herbal taste in the finish. Overall, the taste isn't balanced enough and the different flavors don't mesh well enough to make this a great beer. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but drinkability is good. I'm sure there are better choices within this style.

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal and roasted malt scent with bisquity aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very thin and dry pale and light crystal malt flavor. It has a creamy, bitter taste that has a roasted character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent Scottish ale. It needs a little more body and malt flavor. I love the aroma, but the taste is a big let down.

Photo of bark
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark amber, liquid is clear; the foam is finger thick and pale brown.

The smell got some distinct tones of alcohol; there is also some soft malt, raisins, some bitter hops, marzipan and a bit chemical sweetness.

The carbonation is quite strong, more like dark lager than ale. Not bad at all.

The taste is loaded with lots of full-bodied malt, some burned malt with a touch of toffee (diacetyl). There are some notes of raisins and marzipan. The aftertaste is balanced with some bitterness, alcohol and dried fruits.

A well crafted strong ale, with a distinct Scottish touch.

Photo of shapudding
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a slightly hazy light copper color with a creamy white head. Leave a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is fruity, with pears and apples and a bit of earthiness. Very pleasant aroma. The flavor is light in malty and fruity, again with a apple, pear taste. It kinda a has a woody, earthy taste to it as well. A nice brew, not what I was expecting.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange to amber color. Low carbonation level. Slight caramel aroma. A tad floral. Orange marmalade? Sweet and slightly vinuous. Malt dominates the flavor. Flavors of caramel and oak with a lingering, almost "earthy" hint. This reminds me more of a Scotch Ale from Belgium then Scotland. It has that sort of Belgian "hint" to it. Decent enough body. A notch above average beer. It doesnt quite pull off "wee heavy" for me. Reading other reviews perhaps I had an off bottle though some noted other odd traits as well. Try it and form your own opinion by all means.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This had to have been one of the most peculiar ales I think I have ever had. I didn't look at all what I had thought it would. Nor was the smell congruent with the way it looked. It poured a very cloudy, almost murky brownish orange colour with absolutely no head at all. Only some off white haze floated about the surface with some marginal lacing. I didn't know quite what to make of it. The smell was quite heavy of caramel and spice. Very inviting indeed! The taste had quite alot of caramel in it as well, as well as a bit of a toasted / brown sugar taste on the finish. Absolutely delicious! The mouth feel is extraordinarily thin, something that I certainly didn't care for. I gave drinkability a high rating because of the taste and smell, I could drink this all night long, inspite of its lack of weight.

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an off-white, one finger-head that goes slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Nose is earthy. Starts with a roasted coffee flavor, finish is a balnce of malt and hops that is sweet but dry. Easy to drink, alcohol is not noticeable. $4.40 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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 genaro
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - heavy, dark 1pt.9floz bottle. It poured a very cloudy copper/orange with no head or lace. The aroma was mellow (peaty and smokey). The taste was malty with a smoked, peaty taste, but not overbearing. There were also elements of citrus and fruitiness in the taste as well as some bite. The finish was peaty and chalky. Overall, a pretty decent beer that left me with a good buzz and a warm stomach.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky dark kumquat--that is actually clear when backlit with bright sunlight--capped by a manila-vanilla colored head of compact foam. This is a Wee Heavy? It looks much lighter than it ought to (foreshadowing).

The nose is interesting, but doesn't really fit the style either. It smells like fermented golden fruits with an earthy hoppiness. Wee Beast might as well be an English pale ale or an ESB as far as the nose is concerned. No dark malts, no peat and no smoke. 'You sir, have had your Wee Heavy membership card revoked'.

It also tastes like an English pale ale (granted, one that is maltier, sweeter and more full than usual). The malt is pretty heavily toasted, although that still doesn't result in any flavors that make me think of the stated style. I take that back, I do pick up a pleasant licorice-like flavor, but it's more 'blond licorice' if that makes any sense whatsoever.

The body/mouthfeel is midway between full and medium and is as smooth as the Scottish summer days are long. Scant carbonation provides enough energy to keep the beer from feeling flat and makes drinking it a cinch. A delicious cinch at that.

I had high hopes for Wee Beast since I love the style--that it's billed as anyway--and since it's brewed on the Isle of Skye, the home of one of my very favorite Scotch Whiskies (Talisker). I do like it though, so my scores will have to reflect some sort of compromise between appeal and faithfulness to style.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crimson coloration, cloudy, with a light layer of whitish foam...aroma? fruit, hops, bright, sunny, citric, very arousing, uplifting...very nice.
Taste: good, hoppy, fruity, full-bodied, and very flavorful. Rich and well-rounded, tasty...have I said "yum" yet? sweet fruitiness, peaches, apricot, melon, more...a bit forbidding, at 7%, but the sweet flavor wins over any anxiety. this is flat-out delicious! rings around the mouth nicely.
Another bottle of Scotch-built goodness. Very good. Yum, yum, yum.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured deep golden amber with a slight haze and with a compact off-white head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky and malty with dark fruits and caramel.

The flavor was smoky with just a slight sourness way in the back. The maltiness expectation from the aroma just doesn't show, also no noticeable presence of alcohol.

The finish was just dry and smoky into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle. For a 7% beer, you could drink a ton of this. Unfortunately the flavor just isn't malty enough to balance the smokiness. Would make a nice bitter without the smokiness, still makes a nice ale.

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