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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
204
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
20.21%
 
 
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14
Gots:
19
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Reviews: 121 | Ratings: 204
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 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 aforbes10
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn. Pours dark with a reddish hue. Nice solid creamy head. Chocolately and smokey malt odor. Sweet peaty malt flavor with some smokiness. very tasty. alcohol not noticeable at all. some biscuity malt, but mostly the beer is dominated by the sweet peaty flavor. very smooth and creamy and well made. a great rendition of the style. my first from Dragonmead is a winner.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark chestnut with a light brown/yellowish head. Some lacing, good retention. The aroma was chocolatey, a little dry cocoa, light roast with a bit of lactic character. The flavour was quite sweet, very malty, with plenty of caramel and toffee, nuts, a bit of chocolate, and some dry roastiness. Creamy texture, full bodied, and lightish carbonation. Very nice, the full maltiness really works here.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown, black with slight ruby highlights and a thin tan creamy head with spotty lacing.

S - Cocoa, honey, caramel, nuts, toffee.

T - Caramel, toffee, cocoa, slightly roasted malt with a slight citrus finish.

M - Medium bodied with a sharp carbonation that is too bubbly and slightly distracts from the nice malty taste.

D - A very good wee heavy.

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

12oz bottle, thanks to tangfoot, poured into a tulip.

A: A very dark, murky looking, brown color. When shown in the light, some dark hues of red appear, but never letting you fully see through the glass. A small, quarter inch head came off the pour, but faded fast and into clumps on the surface and creating thick lacing on the side.

S: Dark fruits dominate. Rich, vinous plums and raisins. Toffee malts and some dark bread-like qualities. Light chocolate.

T: At first sip, malts take control; roasted and toffee like. Fruits (Plums, cherries, figs) are there as well, but not as vinous and rich as the nose suggested. After the swallow, a very apparent bread taste, chocolate, and roasted malts come back.

M: Medium/thin body with somewhat smooth carbonation. Nothing very outstanding here, but not bad.

D: It was good, but nothing too good. If you happen to come across some, pick it up; people out there have enjoyed this much more than I have.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very attractive deep brown/purple/mud color. the smell makes me think of the cumulative effect of thanksgiving dinner, just as all dishes are about ready for serving, and some type of dessert is in the oven. lots of earthy robust smells, but warm toffee and malts dominate. taste is a gentle combination of malts and toffee -- sweet but not too sweet, and not forceful with the malts. the tastes blend superbly. finish has a hint of liquor -- scotch, grappa, maybe sambuca-soaked coffee beans -- but this is almost an afterthought, not forceful or artificial. mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth; thick and creamy, with an ideal level of carbonation. the alcohol is barely perceptible, let alone enough to hint at the 7.80% abv. immensely drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tangfoot for this bottle.

Pours a dark but fairly clear brown-red in color. Fizzy head that receded to a thinner film. Nose was fairly non-present. Just a bit of malt.

Flavor is quite nice. Smokey peat with lots of tart malts and caramels. Rather sweet. Kind od a dark cherry thing going on too. Medium body but perhaps a bit thin overall all. Kind of tinny too. Still very drinkable overall.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, HUGE thanks to Northertimber for this one!

Let me start off by saying I'm amazed that this isn't more highly spoken of on BA. I know, this style isn't exactly celebrated, but jesus if this isn't the best interpretation of the style I've come across. The pour is exceptionally dark, yet midnight lavendar at the edges. Not much head but plenty of legs and dots of lace abound.

Nose is a trip to paradise if you enjoy the style. Deep rich purple grape mingled with prune, raisin, and black cherry. It's just a remarkable slideshow of the many flavors apparent in a beer.

Taste is largely the same as the nose and I'm stunned at how much I like this. The only difference in the nose and taste is that in the taste I can note some nuttiness in the finish along with a mild kiss of hops.

We have some damned good Scotch ale/wee heavys here in Seattle, mostly from Silver City. I honestly hate to say it but in my ever so humble opinion this is light years better. So much more complex and so much more flavorful.

If I lived in Michigan I'd definitely buy this again and again. Mouth is superb. An extra thanks to Skyhand for the suggestion to trade for this.

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Photo of xav33
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, peeked under 10/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.

Poured ruddy with a medium very light brown creamy mostly lasting head with good lacing.

Smelt of strong raisins, light toastiness, some spices.

Taste was upfront bitter sweet raisins, with coffee like accents, followed by a heavy coffee bitterness in tandem with the continuing raisiny spicyness on a lengthy finish of mostly bitter dark chocolate and light fruitiness. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily then dry, fizzy and lightly astringent.

Overall, an easy drinking powerfully tasting Scotch ale. Maybe a little light on complexity.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, mahogany color with a dark tan one finger head. The head fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; very earthy aroma going on here, with a hint of vinegar. There's a bit of chocolate and peat, but because of the vinegar, I'm having a hard time picking out other smells. It isn't bad, just kind of strange, and a bit out of place for a scotch ale..

Taste; the vinegar does not come through in the flavor profile at all, which I'm a bit thankful for. I'm getting some coffee and hints of chocolate, with a nice nutty presence, and as this gets warmer, some cherries and figs come out. There's a nice solid maltiness, with just a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly smooth carbonation that leads to a good drinkability.

I'm not sure if the vinegar smell was intended, but it was definitely something that I didn't expect, and seemed out of place for the style. I'll have to give this another try to see if that one has the same smell. As is, I still think this was a pretty damn good beer.

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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 neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a dark nutty brown with a nice tan head. Recedes to a ring around the glass after a few minutes. Very little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is weird. For some reason, I get a strong whiff of vinegar, but the beer doesn't taste vinegary at all. Other than that, it has a nice smoked peat and rich malt aroma. A light bit of hops in the back. Would be much better without the weird vinegary aroma.

The taste is very good. Rich malt complexity. Nutty, smokey, peaty. Some strong berry esters. I think this will be a good companion for scotch. I'll find out after I finish reviewing.

Full bodied. Sweet up front and dry in the finish. Not much lingering flavor. Not hugely drinkable, but it'll put some hair on your balls. Overall it's good. Now it's time to bring on the Glenlivet.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby grape juice brown with good amount of bubbles and head. Vineous and booze and smell of bourbon and barrel. But it's not that version, it's just aged 1.5 years, picked up from Whole Earth in Detroit. Mildly sour and spicey and so smooth and malted.

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Photo of stouty1
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown that my wife expresses a big EWWW too. Nice head which laces out on the sides of the glass. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. That's all I could pull out with my olfactory sense. I really tried but couldn't get anything else.
Taste is much like I expected with chocolate malt and a roasted smoky flavoring. Nice carbonation levels that fizz on the tongue just before swallowing. For almost an 8 ABV they hide it very well. I would get this again even though Scotch Ales are not my favorite brew.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an almost brown dark reddish color with a tall tan sticky head that leaves some clingy rings of lace. Sweet dark fruits with some earthy notes. A light smokiness is also present in the aroma. The flavor starts off with more sweet ripe fruit and light peaty smoke. A mild earthy bitterness helps balance the sweet out. Fruity finish with a hint of bitterness. Pretty thick and smooth mouthfeel. Really easy drinking stuff that goes down like a smaller beer. Tasty and enjoyable even if the flavor is a bit simple.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dull tawny brown with small off white head,aromas of caramel malt and roasty and some unsweetened chocolate.Flavors are pretty vibrant big juicy fruitiness and caramel sweetness with a light smoky peaty character in the finish.Very chewey mouthfeel but glides down smoothly.A very well made heavy rich and flavorful.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.

i was poured a mohogany colored sample with a thin head that fell rather quick.
the aroma was very malty and had a wounderfu fig underlaying.
the flavor was very malty, carmelized malt, hopsack, dropping off with a lingering mineralness.
in my notes i gave this beer an over all of 4 (out of 5), its very good, put it up aginst its scotish cousins anyday.

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

from the tap. poured dark brown with a tan head.aroma dark fruits, nutty, toffee. flavor roasted malts, plums, honey, and molasses. anice bitterness, a good beer.I think this is one of my favorites from this bewery. I am gald they bottle this, so I can just pick up a 4 pack every now and than

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

Appearance: The pour of this brew made me gasp a little and think about what a treat I had in store for myself. It looked very substantial coming out of the bottle. It was thick and murky brown with a head that fell fast away. A small ring encircled the rim of my glass in the absence of the departed head. Tiny springs remained active throughout the taste test.

Smell: Hard for me to describe, especially with my lack of exposure to this style. I am inclined to say that it smells a bit like maple syrup and vinegar, at the risk of making it sound less than appetizing. It is really quite nice. There seems to be some butterscotch notes and smoky tones. It is very pleasant to my nose.

Taste: Again, hard for me to sum up. Rich in malts with roasted, smoky overtones fogging their dark sweetness. Earthy impressions of nuts and bog moss and roots offer themselves up in a heap of cliche. Bitterness of some origin conquers a subtle sour character that lies in the finish. Very robust to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Wee heavy, of course. There is a definite thickness to this brew that persists throughout without faltering.

Drinkability: This is a rich brew. It holds a depth that is only comparable to that of a stout, and thus is more of a one hitter. I could surely see myself getting in over my head with these, however. This would be good for dessert after a hearty meal or as a nightcap to end the day, which I shall do at this time.

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

Off-white head that left minimal lace. Body is a deep reddish brown. Smell was quite clean. Big sweet and toasted malt flavors upfront. Also contains notes of toffee and coffee. Hop bitterness underlying it all. Thicker syrupy body, but not overly sweet. Low carbonation. Smooth finish, though its slightly dry.

The ABV makes this brew a bit too potent for session work, although it serves well as a fall or winter warmer beer. Nice balance between flavors and malt sweetness. A must try for malt lovers.

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Photo of sopor
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep thick brown with and orangish-brown glow from illumination. This tan head quickly leaves just a ring and small film. Smells are light buttery-sweet notes.

Buttery and sweet flavors with bitter roast malt undertones. Just a kiss of hops, but the malt combinatin is almost balanced on its own. Perhaps my palate is not developed enough t pick up much more in teh beer. It's very good, but seems simple to me. Moderate body with small amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable Wee Heavy that I would like to keep around.

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

What a beauty on draught! Full malty core cold-conditioned smooth with full biscuit, roast barley, and a flick of grape-like fruitiness. Never cloying, never filling, but holding strong with a medium-full mouthfeel. Opens to a gorgeous scent of long-boil caramelized melanoidin goodness. Easy to drink, huge while simple, complex but smooth, with a hum of alcohol to remind you what its packin' underneath all that malt.

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Dragonmead Under The Kilt Wee Heavy from Dragonmead Microbrewery
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.
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