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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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Photo of July2Nov
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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 scottakelly
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper orange. Not very thick. Medium white head with good retention.

S: Sweet and malty.

T: Lots of malt flavor, especially carmel. Slight hint of peaty smoke. Not very full bodied for a wee heavy. I was pleasantly surprised by the hop bitterness. This is kind of a Scottish ale/ British pale ale hybrid.

D: High. Very tasty.

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Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

filtered brew with a brownish orange hue¬ódecent. 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"¬ówee, perhaps, but not much of a beast)

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Photo of BBM
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This wee heavy poured an opaque orange-amber into a snifter. A two finger white head rest atop it, and sticky lacing around the glass. The aroma was a pleasant blend of dark fruits, grapes, raisins, and distinct maple syrup notes.

The flavor was unfortunately not quite as complex. There is a slight sweetness up front with a bread-like quality, with hints of toffee and roasted wood. There was also a slight metallic quality that dissipated as the beer warmed. A slightly astringent finish capped off this beer, with almost no hint of alcohol or any distinct hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was average, medium and slightly dry.

I am a big fan of Wee Heavies in general, but this one didn't excite me. It wasn't bad at all, but it wasn't as complex as I was expecting. But by all means, give it a try.

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Photo of beals
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Drew966
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wee Beast pours a dark reddish brown with a thin head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is on the sweet side. The flavor is also quite sweet, malt being a big part of the taste. The hops add balance but it's still on the malty side. Worth a try.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper-brown brew with offwhite head. Good volume with a vigorous pour. Dark fruit, toasted malt and mild hopping in the nose. Looks an smells like an ESB.

Malt turns out a bit sweet in the flavor with the big malt content. Herbal hops and fruity flavors lend depth. Medium depth in the mouthfeel, light characteristics belie 7% abv. Traditionally Scottish, served with little carbonation, it's very easy to sip on.

Quintessential Scotch ale, not sure if it warrants Wee Heavy status, but it's a satisfiable bitter.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BuckSpin
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle in a thistle glass/tumbler.

Nose is surpisingly lite at first, sweet corn, warm summer fields, straw, clover honey...a most peculiar nose for the genre. As it warms more traditional qualities like oak become noticable as do the malts, as does a subtle earthiness.

A nice murky, brassy burnt amber hue, a subtle parade of bubbles rise to a 2 finger head of thick ivory foam that laces in curtains...nice. The head has an amazing retention, making this one of the prettiest Wee Heavies I've had in a while.

Its rather blunt on the tongue, earthy, a little orange citrus, damp oak, more sweet than bitter. The malts sugars and hop bitters continue to balance each other on the palate, evening each other out with the bitterness winning in the end as the finish is just that, leaving a surprisingly clean feeling & taste after that primarily bitter swallow. The alcohol is masked well in that there is no warming rush at any time, so be warned.

This seems like an unrefined, rather crude version of the genre. Its certainly no Traquair or Belhaven, but rather a more raw brew. Whereas in other Wee Heavies a lack of peak and valleys is cause for enjoyment in the otherwise refinement & balance of the brew, this could use some highs & lows if its going to be not as developed. I could see those liking cask strength scotch really liking this, and maybe the right cheese might provide some opportunities for it to really shine, but there are definitely better & well crafted examples of the style to be had. It seems like its not quite there, wherever there is. If you like Wee Heavies, check it out, but there are better examples to be enjoyed.

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Photo of IceAce
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber body with a rapidlt dissapating foam collar. Nose is slightly astringent.

Entry is subdued and slightly acidic while the astringency comes forward in the midtaste. The finish is woody and pleasant...but a little too late.

This brew is hoppier than most Scotch Ales and missing some of the toffee malt flavors fans of this style would like to see.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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 dgallina
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 geexploitation
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light color for a wee heavy -- reddish amber with a big white head. The nose is very pungent with sharp fruits (citrus, apples) and caramel, but little in the way of those pleasantly dark aromas that wee heavies usually have. On the palate, sharp citrus fruits and carbonation first off, followed by watery sourness and a quickly vanishing finish of little heft. This is a thin, insubstantial, overly fruity interpretation of a style that should have some muscle to it. I'm not a fan of this.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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 sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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 amatuerbeerguy
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out with an amber hue slightly golden.

Aroma of dates and sour-sweet fruit, caramel

Flavor woodiness, with fruit aspect, and some roastiness

mouthfeel of high carbonation effervescent is high. some head with lacing.

overall a drinkable wee heavy style beer. It is nice not too overwhelming.

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Photo of Budlum
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours with copious amounts of creamy, tan head. Brilliant copper body that almost glows. A very appetizing appearance.

Fresh, sweet and spicy on the nose. Immediately noticeable alcohol. Light scotch whisky presense. Fused with coriander, caramelized sugars, pine aromas and a sweet malt presence. Very powerful.

A rush of malty flavors quickly subdued by a charcoal / woody presence. Spicy and tangy suggesting coriander and curry. Big peat, smoke and black licorice flavors in the finish dominated by a massive, almost overbearing barley flavor. Notes of sweet toffee and caramel round out the finish. Unforunately, there is a VERY long and pungent aftertaste that is loaded with a burned barley flavor and tons of smoke. Faint hop presence as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and not quite as creamy as I would expect from more of a Scottish Ale than a Scotch Ale.

Drinkability is so-so. It was a unique example of the style but a little difficult to consume.

I left disappointed since I am a big fan of this style. It is doubtful that I would purchase another.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a copper color with a huge head with nice retention.

The aroma was a bit of a disappointment. Very light aromas of caramel and bread make an appearance, nothing special.

Much like the aroma the flavor is lacking. The bread and caramel flavors from the aroma make another appearance in the flavor. There's not a whole lot to this brew, almost tastes like a botched homebrew.

I expected more from this brew, guess I got suckered by the pretty lable.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 taez555
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a tan/cream soda colored body with a thick white head.

Nose is surprisingly muted. Some sweet peat smoked scotch whiskey like notes. Mild caramel or toffee with a granite earthiness as well.

A very fine carbonation Taste is almost more like a brown ale than scotch or wee heavy at first. Burnt coffee/fire place brick sort of charred taste at first is more reminiscent of peat smoked single malt scotches. A nice grain taste but it has this strong taste of Roasted barley as if the brewer just tossed in handful of 500L+ barley. Very bitter and tannic in the back-end with a lingering rock like dryness. A very dirty leafy hop taste. Taste lingers for quite some time.

The strong roasted barley and very tannic tastes are bit overpowering considering how great the peat smoked scotch type tastes are. Beyond that though, a nice scotch ale/wee heavy.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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 VoodooBrew
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice earthy notes to go along with generous malt that's swifty dried out by a nice hop bitterness. The aroma is fairly light but then again the beer on the whole is not very overbearing, particularly in view of its 7% ABV.

Bottle conditioning affords this brew a soft, easy carbonation that contributes to an overall roundness. Said bottle conditioning also lends a slight haze to the orange-copper hue, as well as a nice rocky head.

Wee Beast is a quality brew, and quite drinkable given its strength. Pick this up if you get a chance.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 wl0307
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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 +16.1%
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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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) from Isle Of Skye Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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