Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy | Dragonmead Microbrewery

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee HeavyDragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy
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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee HeavyDragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of semibaked
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours nearly black with a big fluffy and cream tan head and leaves copious amounts of lacing.

S - Big smell of grains, hay, and malt sweetness, it also has some syrupy and bread.

T - Roasted malts, syrupy sweetness, light molasses, and dark bread. This has a really deep flavor.

M - Very rich and creamy with good carbonation and chewy.

D - This is a very rich and a lot of strong and earthy flavors. Definitely a good Scotch ale and is certainly my favorite from Dragonmead.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap an opaque dark brown with a pale tan head. Aroma is rich, malty, woody and slightly honey-sweet. Mouth filling malty flavor has undertones of molasses and honey and just a hint of woody taste. Texture is fizzy and tingly, quite satisfying.

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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 Pencible
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with almost no head. It smelled like caramel and roasted barley and fig, with some balsamic vinegar and pear. It tasted like wild flower honey and burnt sugar and blackberry, with some sweet caramel and oak. It was thin with some carbonation, and had a sharp bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a pretty interesting beer that used not sweet versions of naturally sweet flavors (i.e. burnt sugar). It had weak body, but it hid the alcohol fairly well, so it was easy enough to drink. This was good to try once, but wasn't something I really care to drink again.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Much darker than average for the genre. It's halfway between dark brown and amber. Somewhat cloudy and only partially translucent. No sediment and very little head.

S: Clover, orange, balsamic vinegar, raisins, molasses. Lots going on here, and pretty much all of it is good. Overall smells sweet w/ a hint of tangy / acidic.

T: Rock candy, light brown sugar, and a hint of spicy on the aftertaste. Little bit of honey as well. Yet it's not actually that sweet overall. Decent balance between sweet and not.

M: Much thinner than I was expecting and for the genre. Moderate to low carbonation, but not nearly as much body as you'd expect (or hope).

D: Not bad at all. Reasonable balance, and pretty good flavors.

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Photo of hrking
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap during my recent trip to Warren over the weekend and must say it is one of my favorite Scottish Ales.. Great caramel roast flavor and the classic Scotch Ale yeast flavor that lovers of this style have come to expect. This is a great brew so i picked up a 4 pk to bring home..Glad i did great brew!

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Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost black dark amber color and formed a medium tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, cocoa and chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, and hint of cocoa. The body was medium and the finish was astringent and slightly burnt.

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Photo of brentk56
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with ruby highlights and a Brobdingnagian head with excellent retention

Smell: Odd, fruity aroma, like tamarind juice that has gone a little sour

Taste: Opens with a sour, fruity taste that has sweet, brown sugar undertones; the flavor profile becomes a little sweeter after the swallow, but the sour element persists

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with high carbonation

Drinkability: A very odd Wee Heavy, lacking in the appropriate butterscotch, smoke and peat and replacing that with an unusual sourness; drinkable, but way off style and not particularly tasty

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Photo of drtth
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a nice rich deep dark walnut brown with reddish undertones. The thin ΒΌ" creamy off-white tan head recedes moderately soon to a small ring and surface foam. Sipping leaves some sparse patches of lacing.

Smell: The aroma is soft and dominated by what seems to be dark malt and is rich with dark caramel and chocolate or cocoa. There are undertones of earthy hops that add to the complexity

Taste: As predicted by the aroma, the flavor is a mix of dark caramel malt sweetness, cocoa or chocolate and earthy hop bitterness as a background. There is no alcohol detectable in this one and the flavor is wonderfully complex with lots of things changing and playing on the palate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is medium to full-bodied with a soft and smooth feeling. The carbonation is very light, but persistent. The finish is medium long, begins in dark sweetness and then tapers off to end in mild, earthy dry hop bitterness

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable beer that goes down easily and I could easily sip my way through more than one during an evening. I'll be returning to this one whenever possible.

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Photo of Shumista
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 0z. bottle into my New Holland Brewing pint glass.

A- Under the kilt pours dark brown with a reddish tint, small lighter brown head.

S- Very sweet dark fruit, caramel malt. A little bit of booze as it warms up.

T- Sweet and fruity up, the sweetness lingers for a long time. Different from the some of the darker tasting, roastier wee heavys I have had. Not bad though, just different.

M- Somewhere between medium and full-bodied. Creamy texture.

D- Probably too sweet to enjoy more than one.

Overall a unique representation but definitely not my favorite example of the style that I've had. I think both Dark Horse (scotty karate) and Founder's (Dirty Bastard) both brew better local representations. Because of the better local alternatives I probably will not buy this one again.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dragonmead.

A dark brownish colored ale, very smoky and peaty in both smell and taste. I haven't had too many of the style, but this was a decent version from what I have experienced. Smoky wood, scotch whisky, peat, and spices can be found here. Fairly alcoholic and fairly noticeable.. probably not a session beer.

Worth trying.

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Photo of berserker256
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Ruby color and a dense tan head. Smells like prunes, alcohol, sweet malted barley, and sugary carmel. Awesome creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Light roasted coffee-like flavor with a little alcohol warmth. Heavy malt presence. Otherwise, the same aromas are in the flavor as well. Pretty easy drinking for a heavy, high-alcohol beer. This is good beer.

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Photo of kbeals
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep ruby red color. About a finger of off-white, frothy head. Very little lacing. Smells are of malts and sugar. Has a very sweet smell to it with a bit of alcohol in the nose. Taste is also sweet, a bit fruity, finishes off a little bitter. It's pretty smooth with a medium body, and is well carbonated. Overall, this beer wasn't too bad, although it's definitely not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with a tiny head and good lacing.

Scent of sugars, sweet fruits, sweet and earthy malts. Not overly sweet and balanced very well.

Taste of caramel and grain initially with some sweet fruit coming in, finishing with some earth and spiced. Very balanced, with tolerable sweetness, a quality brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight bite of carbonation.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark opaque copper pour with a modest dusting of white head. Rich nose of peaty malts with decided caramel notes. Flavour is smoothly malty with pronounced dark fruit character to go with the caramel from the nose and the aforementioned hint of peat.

Mouth is pretty thick and satisfying, as this style calls for. Drinkability in the overall sense is good. This is a nice example of the Wee Heavy style and is another standout in Dragonmead's portfolio. It's a wee pricey in comparison to some of the other locally available Scotch Ales, which reduces its appeal to me, but I do like what this one brings to the table and all fans of the style owe it to themselves to give it a try.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased yesterday.

A - Into a standard pint, it pours a deep mahagony with amber highlights. Head is frothy and the lacing is crazy.

S - Muted smokey malts, a nice roasted malt note, dark dried fruit. No booze in the nose. Nothing huge, nothing off.

T - Quite fruity and sweet up front, with a slightly bitter smoke finish. Not as big and doesn't have the malty complexity I normally look for in a Wee Heavy.

M - Smooth, creamy carbonation and a medium/thick body.

D - This is killer on draft and in a growler. Not my all-time fave Wee Heavy but a legitimately good offering.

Notes: Dragonmead was my first microbrewery I've ever went to. Their quality, years later, is still great.

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Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 2008. A cloudy rusty pour with a miniscule tan head. Aroma is some sweet malt and caramel/toffee with a little spicey hop accent. Sweet malts, caramel and only a hint of chocolate/coffee/smoke. A little more lively than I would like, but not terrible. Finishes clean with just a slight hop note. Lingering in the throat is the caramel malt. All in all, not bad and a little unique for the style.

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

A - nice dark brown mahogany brew with a solid tan head.
S - peat smoke malts, caramel in a nicely balanced affair.
T - solid blend of peat smoked malts, smoke, caramel and a light abv warming.
M - medium full bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a smoky resinous afternote.
D - nice blend of drinkability and peat smoked malts.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark chestnut color tith a thick kaki head and some lacing.Aroma is of dry roasted chocolate malt,rasins brown bread,and faint hops.Creamy texture, full bodied. Taste is earthy,fat malt profile,Smokey peat
,a little nutty,very good. I would buy this again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I figured this would be a good beer after such a cold day. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Black body with hints of brown at the bottom of the glass. Small light tan head fades away quickly leaving only a ring of foam on top of the beer. No lacing was left behind.

Smell: Aroma of dark molasses and spicy alcohol.

Taste: Rich and creamy with a sweet finish. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay23 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours a dark caramel color with a good inch of foam.

At first I get a whiff of chocolate and as I lean in I pick up various fruits like grapes, cherries, some citrus, and then some caramel and nutty malts. There is also a hint of citric acid that combines with a vinous aroma. A little tangy. A bit of alcohol as the beer opens up as well as more chocolate, toast, brown sugar, and raisins. Apple and smoke aromas develop as it warms up. A little cola based soda aroma too.

Again, fruits (grapes mostly and followed by prunes and raisins) with some toast, a bit of chocolate, caramel, cherries, and alcohol in the finish. I enjoy the initial taste quite a bit but the second half and finish has that citric acid here too which seems odd to me. The finish seems to smooth out or maybe my palate just gets accustomed to it. The aftertaste is a little dry. Smokey and pea flavor malt develops in the finish after the beer comes to cellar temp.

Good level of carbonation but it could be a tad smoother.

Not a big fan of this style but I did enjoy this one.

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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 emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single from Siciliano's cooler.

Deep dark brown, compact head of tan foam. Spotty lacing here and there. Seems to have good head retention.

Trace alcohol, wood and sour dark fruit in the nose. Something mildly funky as well, like wet hay. It takes on a downward turn when it produces a whiff of pasture. Weird.

Overripe and decaying fruit, astringent tartness, antiseptic notes. A hint of roasted malts, wood and cola, but none of the sweet maltiness or peat you might expect for a Scotch ale. Really off for the style, this one was unfortunately hard to finish. I'll re-review when I can find another sample.

edit: Had some on tap at the Great Taste '08 and it was significantly fresher. More richness in the flavor, no astringency. I'd get this on tap again, but would avoid the bottles.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a very deep brown, near black, with a 1/2 finger creamy, tan head that became a nice lace that stuck to the side of the glass.

S- A little more subdued than I expected, but very good. There was definitely a good mix of sweet, roasted, and smoke that I've come to expect from a good Scotch ale.

T- More of the roasty, smoked flavor mixed with some sweet malt as the aroma would suggest. A great example of a style that I've grown to appreciate.

M- Very creamy and full mouthfeel.

D- I could easily put back a couple of these in a sitting. The higher ABV is well masked, which could be a problem if you don't pace yourself.

Overall- A great example of a style that I've begun to appreciate more and more.

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

"Is there anything worn under the kilt? No, it's all in perfect working order."

--Spike Milligan

Muddy chestnut brown that becomes marginally lighter at the bottom of the glass. It took an increasingly high-altitude pour to generate even a slim one finger of foam, so I wonder about the level of carbonation. The head is nothing special and there's barely any lace.

The nose is full of dark caramel and cocoa, but delivers none of what I like best about beer of this style. Where's the brown sugar, the butterscotch, the dark rum, the peat?

This is either an old bottle (although a 7.8% wee heavy should hold up fairly well) or this was a less than typical batch. There's a strange sourness that doesn't belong and that intrudes of the usual suspects when it comes to the flavor profile. Thankfully, there's enough malt present to take the edge off the tartness.

Caramel and chocolate, in that order, are still upfront. Unripe fruit and brown sugar syrup aren't far behind. This is still drinkable beer, but it has some flavors that it shouldn't have and doesn't have some that it should. And here I was, all set for what I had hoped would be Dragonmead's best beer.

The mouthfeel is okay with respect to size. However, the expected lack of bubbles keeps mouth excitement to a minimum. While I don't need much carbonation, I need more than this.

It tastes and feels like this bottle of Under The Kilt Wee Heavy Scotch-Style Ale is a bit worn and is not in perfect working order. I've decided not to comment on the obvious association between advanced age and flacidity because no one wants or needs that mental image. The search for a second bottle has now officially begun.

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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
Beer rating: 65.4% out of 100 with 205 ratings
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