Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States
dragonmead.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

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.

Added by putnam on 10-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
121
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
15.49%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
20
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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, leather brown, nearly black with a inch high capping of dark tanned foam that keeps breifly before settling to an always present fluffy collar. Drippy lacing with some large spots sticking.

Aroma of dark molasses, dark chocolate, firmly roasted, mostly chocolate with a peaty herbalness and a slight figgy/date, dark fruityness, black licorice, and coffee notes.

Taste is bold and flavorful with a good load of chocolate tones across the palate laced with dark cherry, fig, and dark, damp wet wood. Very leveled flavors and tones are set along the path of yummy goodness with a subtle drying finish where the roast makes its way in with slivers of coffee and more chocolate cream.

Smooth, efficient, solid medium body with a creamy flow of soothing maltyness thats enriched with chocolate and dark fruity undertones.

A solid Scotch Ale! Drinkable and surely enjoyable.

Thanks Tim!

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Photo of cokes
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler.

Black cherry colored, and I think it's clear, but I can't quite see through the shadows. Light rays shimmer and reflect rather than penetrate. The head is short and tan, and flees quickly to grabs an edge, then grips tight and slides down.

Potent nose stimuli. Cedar boxes filled with topsoil, black liquorice, molasses, swamp water (complete with green algae), chocolate chips, scattered dry herbs, and Dewars.

This seems to have two beginnings, depending upon which nerve impulses reach the brain first. There's the dryish and earthy, bitter malted chocolate. And there's the much sweeter molasses and brown sugar. They don't exist in unison; rather, they are quite separate.
But they compliment each other something fierce.

Make sense?
Sorry.
This would be much easier if I could draw a diagram.

Beyond the blissfully divergent beginnings, this streamlines and morphs into something full of red grapes and vinous cues. Then, it gains some earthy footing. All full of dirt and peat and moss. Growlered bogs. Regardless, it remains sweetish throughout. Take everything I've mentioned and caramel-glaze it. But don't over-do it. That would be inaccurate.
Bitter herbs add crucial levity and wipe things partially clean.
Traces of caramel-vanilla nougat seep in post swallow and join with a continuation of the soiled earthiness. Ends with a minor red, spicy alcohol jolt. Like a bottle of Shiraz filtered through several inches of backyard, earthworms intact.

It gallops across the mouth and down the throat without impediments from uneven carbonation or boozy rough ground. This seems like it should feel bigger, and be less easily consumed.
It should be. But it's not.

All told, it's just a gorgeous Wee Heavy.

Thanks inebrius.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged bottle from late 2011: pours very, very dark brown with chestnut showing where light hits it and a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left decent lacing.

Smells sweet and malty, like toffee, caramel, toasted grains, syrup, brown sugar, faint herbs and light alcohol like bourbon or whiskey; pretty sweet nose overall that shows the ABV but still has a lot of sweet components working well together.

Tastes of sweet malt, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, toasted grains, dark fruit, raisin, yeast, coriander, cinnamon, tea leaf and alcohol like bourbon or whiskey; it has some heat, but the malty sweetness covers it up well with a variety of flavors that combine for a sugary grainy brew that almost tastes like mead.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost slick, with a watery feel but weight at the same time, basically no carbonation and a medium to heavy thick chewy body. Goes down easy considering it drinks like a sweet soup, and on a brutally freezing night this was a real nice winter warmer.

Nice brew in a style that is very traditional, and when done right like this beer is, very tasty and enjoyable. Thanks to my man Rick for bringing this back from Michigan for me.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with shades of amber showing through. Nice tan head that quickly dies leaving behind a few chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of sweet candy malts, dark fruits, and earth.

T: Nice and sweet. Molasses and dark brown sugar stand out. Rich sweet dark fruit push through with notes of dark tobacco.

M: Medium in body, lots of bubbles on the pour, but this one feels a bit flat on the tongue.

D: Pretty good wish it had a bit more mouthfeel.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have thoroughly enjoyed this on tap in the past, but have not tried a bottle until now.

Dark cola-leather-brown body with caramel edges. Small, lacy, light cocoa brown head. Lightly roasted, caramelly malt nose accented with peat, rummy brown sugar, and smoked meat. Taste starts out big and malty. Rich sweetish chocolate, toasted/roasted malt, caramel/toffee, and dark fruits with a peaty, smoky edge throughout. Deliciously malty. Slight roasted bitterness (dark chocolate-ish) in the malty finish. Full-bodied with a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. One of the best U.S.-made wee heavies I've ever had.

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Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mitchster
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2,70 for a 12oz bottle, which is a ridiculous asking price for this beer, as are Dragonmeads other bottled brews. Pours out to a cloudy dark mahogany, forming a modest dark tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Medium carbonation. Unfiltered. The aroma is quite interesting...a distinct port wine grape nose with the suggestion of sour fruit (rotting raspberries?), mixed with dates and prunes and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is kinda tangy with a big body for the style, approaching (and in some cases, exceeding) that of a stout. The taste begins with the port taste and then is followed by a big dark amber malt body, an odd fruity sourness, a touch of smoke, and then some fusel alcohols. Aftertaste of chocolate, herbal hops, distant smoke, and fusels. The fusels are really pronounced, especially in the aftertaste, limiting it's drinkability, giving me a near instant headache.

Hrmm, I seem to remember this being better on tap at the brewery. Not my cup of tea, with quite a few faults, and totally out of style. Pass on this, especially if you're getting charged up the wazoo for bottles. A heavy, intense, and totally inappropriate interpretation. Rated as 'a beer', not as a Scotch Ale.

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Photo of aussiebeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. What a terrific name!

A: Dark chocolate brown, showing amber highlights when held to light. An ungodly amount of rising carbonation rising to tight head of tan cream. Head starts maybe only 1/2-finger but never really sinks to more than 1/4-finger. All that carbonation keeps it pretty constant - an immovable object. Splotchy bits of creamy lace left down the glass.

S: A light aroma, sweet and malty. Reduced sugars, Karo syrup, cocoa, raisin, and tobacco. Sweet fruits and more earthy peatiness develop as the beer warms.

T: Dark roasted malts dominate, emphasizing the dark; surprisingly bitter and mildly sour. Sweeter flavors of molasses, cocoa powder and pit fruit are there in this rich set of flavors, but that dark/burnt malt leaves a bitter/chalky finish that didn't really appeal to me like I kept expecting it to. Good, but hoped for 'great'...

M: Creamy, generally smooth with a rich, layered texture. Active carbonation, grainy malt stickiness and the aforementioned bitter finish clings for many minutes after finishing the glass.

D: Likable Wee Heavy, but with some issues that I couldn't quite get over. In particular, the dark bitterness and slight sourness; I guess I was looking for more malt sweetness. Still, it's good and one I'd have again.

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Photo of Kerrie
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with red highlights when held up to a light. A very small tan head that leaves no lacing.

S- Fairly light here. Sweet and roasted malts, hint of smoke and bit of an alcohol smell.

T- Caramel and roasted sweet malts and an alcohol burn.

M- Full in body, thick and rich.

D- Not too bad just nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), off white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to partial 2mm layer
Lacing scant; few small clots of bubbles
Body dark amber, hazy
Flavor moderately sweet and malty; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends sweet with stomach afterburn.
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation.

Meh. OK but not wonderful.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color or deep dark cherry wood. Very minor head on the pour that fades away immediately.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, peat and a touch of chocolate, bitter hops and some light heather.
Flavor of light chocolate, heavy toffee, earthy metallic scothc hit and some resins on the finish.
Mouthfeel starts with the sweet malt then moves to a real gritty, earthy hit and finishes with a spicy alcoholic kick,
Drinkability - draught version is definitely better. This version is decent but the flavors don't mesh as well and the minor metallic and alcohol hits make it a little harsher.

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Photo of mcallister
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've decided that Dragonmead has the best tasting freshest cask beer I've sampled and they sure know how to pour them too perfection. Another awesome looking cask pour. Deep russet with ruby edges. Head is tan, creamy, retentive, and a sure winner.

Very sweet caramel and candied malts. Hints of peat with a freshly picked plum and gooey toffee note. Milk chocolate galore. Very high RS in here. Nice different aroma.

Good but a little too sweet for my liking, just not full enough to balance making it slightly cloying. However it is still a very tasty Scot. Hints of peat, smoke, melted chocolate of the milk variety, bing cherry, raisin, toffee, and thick sweet, gooey toffee.

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Photo of jampics2
1.56/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle from Tiffany's in K-Zoo. Purchased a few months ago on a road trip to Bells and stored in my beer fridge.

Opens with a huge "psst" and starts gushing. Oh no, do we have an infected beer here? Poured into my snifter, it's 1/2 beer and 1/2 head. Beer is reddish brown and the head is off white. It sticks around but doesn't leave lacing.

Smells of sour cherry, brown sugar, nuttiness, and failure. Taste is more of the same - this really reminds me of Shorts PB&J. No hint of Scottish ale or Wee Heavy. This is clearly infected and really bad.

Mouthfeel is sparkly and like pop rocks on my tongue. Drinkability is nonexistent. Perhaps one of the worst beers I've ever had, infected or not. Avoid at all costs, I spent like $4 on this bottle. Oh well, at least I didn't get a 6 pack. Down the drain with you, Dragonmead.

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Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany color with a decent tan head atop. Aroma of sweet malt and a slight trace of smokiness. Caramel and chewy malt flavors. Slight bitterness in the finish with some trace of an alcohol flavor. Has somewhat of a homebrew "wang" to it-sort of a sharpness/bitter flavor. Good body. An enjoyable beer though the sharpness in the flavor detracts a bit for me. Well worth a try.

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Photo of JasonR1975
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from the Beer Depot in Ann Arbor while passing through over the holidays. Pours a two-finger light caramel head over a clear dark brown-amber liquid. Smells coffee roast and sweet caramel underneath. Chocolate. Tastes flat caramel with undertones of roast and chocolate. RIch tofee rises late and is accompanied by a grassy dry woody edgy caramelized hint of smoke. This beer is dry dry dry in the finish. Md thick body and moderately carbonated. Well done example of the style.

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Photo of Giggy
4/5  rDev +5%

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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