Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) | Isle Of Skye Brewery

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

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Isle Of Skye Brewery
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-10-2004

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle of Cuillin Beast purchased at the brewery store in Uig.
The clear copper body is topped by a weak, off-white head.
This has an exceptionally nice aroma with traces of vanilla, spices, soft ripe fruits and caramel.
The flavor follows but doesn't have the balance or complexity of the aroma.
Smooth, full body with light carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded dark amber - almost light brown - with a foamy, bubbly head.

The smell is woody, herbal, caramelish. Different than expected for the style.

The taste is of tart fruitiness with an ever-so-slight smokiness and caramel. Quite fruity for the style. Finishes sweet, slightly bitter.

It has a creamy medium-bodied.

A different Wee Heavy. I'll put this one in the "interesting" category.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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 WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No date or lot code on the bottle. Sampled on July 18, 2010. I think I have to preface this by saying this is not a style I tend to drink regularly. The pour was yellow-copper with a haziness that made me think it was unfiltered. There is a puffy white head and pretty good lacing. The main thing I get in the aroma is yeast, yeast and more yeast. It felt like it hadn't fully fermented. There was a distant hoppiness but the yeast was a bit much. The taste really puckered up my lips because it was just so tart and sour although it did tend to remain dry throughout. Sorry, not something I could do again.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop an amber colored brew, which shows a lightly hazy, pinkish tinged, red colored beer when held up to the light. Strong aromas of diacetyl contribute a definitely distinct aroma of butterscotch & butter, though it is not at the rancid butter stage. Underneath the dominant butterscotch aromatics is perhaps a hint of fruitiness and a touch of toasted malt aromatics; both of these are probably substantial, but I have a really hard time detecting them under all of the diacetyl.

Soft, slightly creamy textured, yet it has a light prickle of carbonation to it. Toasty malt notes reminiscent of lightly browned biscuits, toasted bread, a touch of roast grain and lots of dark bread flavors are all noticeable. The malt character tends to especially linger on in the mouth. The diacetyl flavor contribution is much reduced, when compared to the nose, but does add some definite butterscotch notes here as well. Up front the notes of butterscotch, caramel and toffee mix, but this then slowly yields to the dry, toasty malt notes previously mentioned.

While the aroma is not so bad, it is certainly almost exclusively one-dimensional in its butterscotch focus. The flavor actually sort of works; I had written this beer off after smelling it, but it is actually fairly enjoyable in the flavor department.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a medium-dark orange with a soft and creamy 2 finger light beige head that lasted for a minute or two before receding and leaving a spothcy, broken sheet leacing. Visible carbonation was medium-strong.

S: moderately strong with spicy oranges and caramel malt with some noticeable alcohol notes.

T: spicy and sour oranges delivering a big tart presence in the beginning. Overall the flavor was pretty limited in complexity with sharp, acidic, sour oranges that quickly fade to a subtle tart finish. Overall the flavor was quite odd per style I though and best described as alcoholic, tart oranges.

M: light, slick, and oily with a spicy alcoholic tart orange flavor.

D: Less then moderate drinkability and not many reasons to try or like. Flavor gets tiring quickly and didn't make me look forward to next sip. Packaged in 500ml bottle and not embarrassed to say I just couldn't finish or rather cared to.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/copper color with about a 2 inch frothy off-white head. Even after a slow pour, the head just shoots up on this brew. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Aroma is caramel and roasted malt, fruit, peat and wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel malt, fruit, peat, grass, grapes, tea and herbs. It's a unique flavor, not quite what I expected. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has high carbonation. Drinkability is OK, would be better if the carbonation was lower. I think this is a decent brew, I'd like to try this again in the future.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Murky dark golden brown. Bubbly head that dissipated quickly, but was nice when it was present.

Smell - Toasted caramel malts, some fruits, alcohol, and hoppiness.

Taste - Sweet caramel toasted malts, some alcohol, and hops.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and medium bodied. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability - Nice and smooth.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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 bark
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Suds
2.34/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay, so I don't believe in reviewing an infected beer. However, after reading several other reviews of this beer, and also doing some research on other published opinions, I feel the need to write about my impressions. This beer pours a very clear amber-golden color with a modest white head. Not a bad looking beer, for sure. But, the smell certainly has something off...acetic acid is strong in this one...wild yeast or bacteria have done some serious munching on the sweetness. The company's website describes this beer as 'sweetish', not lambic-like tartness. There is a musty, earthy, moderately fruit-like scent that's not completely bad (in the right context, I kind of like it)...I'm just pretty sure it's not intended. I also believe that most other drinkers are tasting the same thing. The beer is quite dry, with no malt flavor at all. The finish is lingering and vinegary. Moderate mouthfeel, and very mouth-drying. Unfortunately, this experience lead me to be quite skeptical of the beers from this brewery.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Brad007
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mild amber/golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. A bit lighter than I expected but good presentation.

Aroma is full of a gentle hint of peak smokiness and sweet malt with a raisin-like essence. Not bad to start with.

Taste is kind of sour (?) with only a hint of smokiness and sweet malt. Raisin is still here but I can't get over the sourness. I don't think this style is supposed to be anywhere near sour.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sourness/smokiness and not much else. Again, very disappointing.

I certainly hope this is just a bad bottle but I'm not one to waste beer. It could be many things but this style is most certainly not supposed to be sour.

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Photo of ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml poured into my Delirium snifter, Wee Beast is a murky pale bronze with a creamy white head, it leaves decent lace, and overall looks pretty good.

Smell is musty, a little nutty, grassy hops, light smoky phenols (AFAIK none of the commercial Scottish examples used smoked malts), with a slight sweetness.

Taste is not too sweet or overly malty for a scotch ale, and the grassy hops follow the nose in an unusually prominent role for the style, although there's at least not to much bitterness. Taste more like an English strong ale, although not a particularly bad one, just not what I'm looking for in the style. There is a bit of a staleness to it but I'm pretty sure it's new stock to my beer store so it could just be the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin, and also a bit drier then I expected.

Drinkability is OK as far as UK ales go, but it really wasn't my bag or what I was looking for. I don't think this is a classic brewery, as I've been doing a little research on the style for homebrewing purposes (at least it's not referenced in Designing Great Beers, which has extensive information on all the major traditional breweries), which would explain why it seems like a more modern interpretation of the style. .

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its extrication from the 25-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass murky burnished copper color with a bubbly light tan head and the residual lace a thin covering upon the glass. Nose has a hint of peat, tobacco like, fresh and crisp, start is sweet with a nice malt presents, top is modest in its feel. Finish is benign in its acidity with the hops pleasantly mild in their spiciness, sweetly dry aftertaste and a nice drinkable beer, a welcomed change of pace. About time, I get used to these beers as I have bought a home and some land in Scotland, and the old “Gusler” will be retiring to a small farm in the near future, soon as I can finish one to ten at Maricopa County lol, geez had a full time job for 46 years and still got a couple to go.

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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) from Isle Of Skye Brewery
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