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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) | Isle Of Skye Brewery

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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast)Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast)

Brewed by:
Isle Of Skye Brewery
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 85
Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great wee heavy.

Dark red brown, it has a thin, off-white head that soon shrinks to a thin ring.

The aroma is sweet red wine, grapes, raisins, toast, brown bread, fruit, and earthy leaves and a hint of tea.

The taste is winey grapes, fruit, stewed dried fruit, leaves, tea, earth, hints of bread and black pepper, and a definite light hop quality. In all, it almost seems more like an English barleywine than a wee heavy, but it's wonderful.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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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.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.48/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great Scottish heavy!!!! This thing smells of Malt, Malt and more Malt. dark amber colour, with lacing that lasts most of the way

if you like heavy, and you like Malt, thi is one of the best you can ever hope for. The malt and caramel takes over everything!

A great wee heavy, and good selection from the Isle of Skye brewery. Honestly, as far as a alt based wee heavy, there isn't much better


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Photo of July2Nov
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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~~

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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!

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Photo of cokes
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smudged brass topped with a white head.
Intensely fruity nose, both dark and light and in equal amounts. Pears, and mangos, and tangerines, and raisins. Grounded by sourdough bread, tobacco, leather, and a flame or two of Scotch.
Fruitcake expressions in the mouth. Full of oranges, cherries, raspberries, pears, prunes, and raisins. Doughy backings. Traces of spice as well, cloveish...maybe, and perhaps nutmeg. I realize that they are illusory. Earthier by midway, and beyond. Mud, and shiny leather and chewing tobacco. Ends with puff of smoke and some green-tea herbal bitterness.
Unique and well-executed .Light bodied, given its strength. Seems, perhaps, thinnish at times. But this is so easily downed, and so generally delicious, that it's not an issue.

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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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a surprisingly light color, more of a deep amber tinted with mahogany, as opposed to the umber brown I've associated with the style. Slightly hazy, even though I tried to keep the yeast in the bottle. A very thin, whispy head forms on the pour, settling into a tight collar with some striated mist running through the middle, looking sort of like muscle cells under a microscope. Great head retention, leaving stringy trails of lace clinging to the glass.
The aroma is rather mild and delicate. Mostly a sweet caramel maltiness, kissed with a touch of peat smoke and chocolate. Distinct Maris Otter malt biscuitiness. Very fruity, with a distinct prune odor. Softer notes of apple, pear and currant. A bit of earthy woodiness, whether from the hops or smoked malt I'm not sure. A slight floral hop aroma, mostly buried beneath the malt.
The flavor starts with a rich caramel maltiness, easily maintaining it's sweet strength throughout the sip. Excellent. Delicate peat smokiness lingers throughout. Very fruity up front, with a wash of prune, pear and red grape, meandering into the finish. A bit more subdued than the aroma suggests. Mild, yet noticable hopping into the finish. Very, very much in the UK style, in terms of integration and subtlety. I definitely detect some fuggles woody earthiness, with a trace of floral flavor. The alcohol is completely hidden. A slight tartness arrives right in the end, something very much like San Francisco style sourdough bread. It actually balances the malt out very well, making the brew something more like a stronger scottish ale, 80 aught or so. A fairly light body for the style, something on the edge of medium to full, with ever so soft, cask-like carbonation. An extremely smooth mouthfeel, unlike anything you get in the states. Silken.
A very pleasing, integrated flavor. Nothing really jumps out, the flavors weaving between each other to reappear later. The balance is fantastic, with a more gentle malt flavor and a more pronounced hopping than I'm accustomed to in the style. Maybe americans make the style darker and stronger than it really is, but I thought this was much more like the heavier end of the scottish ale spectrum than wee heavy. It's nice to have an import after so many domestic craft brews, and really notice the difference. I love domestic beers, but that UK smoothness is something you only get from a UK brew.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 5.09/16.9 oz ($ 0.301/oz) from State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt, somewhat sour, fades away
Head small (Two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to three mm ring and partial thin layer
Lacing - none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor – malty with a hint of smoke, slightly sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok nice label on this beer..with its story of Cuchulain and his beast dog from the Isle of Skye.
Poured into my pint glass...the beer is a clear amber colour with a frothy,bubbly off white head.
Very roasty malt flavour..hints of smoky peat, woody.
Its quite a sweet tasting beer..again dominated by malts, then a nice burnt oak flavour creeps in ..again hints of peat smoke..and a touch of the alcoholic warmth.
Nice in the mouth "thin" yet not watery.
Very easy to drink for one this strong..though It is a good beer ..its more like a 70 shilling Scottish ale.

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

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.

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

Pours a nice really hazy amber with a light one finger thick head that lasts for some time, leaving little to no lacing.

I get the same thing in this beers nose that I got in the other beers from this brewery, and it is a fruity fudgeness from the malts, strawberryfudge almost, but this has some other qualities to it than the others, as I get a little hint of white wine, a little almond and a mixed bowl of fresh forest berries.

Taste is along the same lines, with the strawberryfudge up front, but it's backed up by some burnt wood and a bitterness that I cant say coems from the hops, as I can barely detect any at all. Taste carries on with red wine, sweet fresh forest berries (with their inate tartness) and caramellized white sugar.

Mouthfeel is okay, with a soft and almost too humble carbonation, would have liked a little more fizz. Body is medium and filling.

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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.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of dgallina
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

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