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 ahalloin
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 1 Pint, 9 oz. bottle with no freshness date. I didn't purchase this long ago so I hope it is fresh.

The beer pours a dark cloudy goldish color, a bit light for what I would normally associate with a Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy beer. The head is decent considering a fairly aggressive pour was used. The white head topped off at about a finger width but quickly receded to a thin ring.

The smell is a little weak but presents a light roasty quality with a slight hint of peat moss. I am also detecting a slight cidery vinegary smell.

The taste isn't so great. There is some smoked peat flavor there, appropriate to the Wee Heavy style but there is definitely a sour, vinegar flavor predominating. I'll let it warm and see what happens. After warming a bit, I am still getting a stinging cidery flavor that I don't think belongs in a Wee Heavy at all. Maybe my bottle has turned?!

Mouthfeel seems right for the style with medium low carbonation and a slightly creamy feel.

Drinkability is difficult to discern as I think the beer has turned.

I'll have to try it another time.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
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 ccrida
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I poured this really complex beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and poured a pretty head. The smell was Fruity/nutty. The taste was of Coffee, sweet/sour/ and pecan bitter meat. Yea, strange. Not for me so no, I will not buy again.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came as a alternative by the bartender at Freaking Frog in Las Vegas who was out of the other Scottish beer that I wanted. I was pleasently surprised by it, It pours a nice golden color with a big white head. Aroma was very malt based with little to no hop aroma. Smells of toasted biscuit malt. While it is heavy on the maalt is is pretty well balanced without being too sweet. Low carbonation after the head falls away. No peat smokiness.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Wee Beast pours a hazy orange to copper with an aggressively developing fluffy white head leaving a generous sticky lacing down the inner glass.

The aroma wafts from the glass and the sweet malt can be detected from a foot away. There is also a deep fruit, perhaps darker citrus that accompanies the abundant caramel.

The initial sip does not offer the deep flavor the aroma led me to expect. Allowing the Beast to rest on the palate reveals the roasted caramel malt and even a hint of hop bitterness towards the back of the palate. A presence of earthy pine and other faint sweet flavors exist as well.

The beast lies on the thicker side with noticeable carbonation and a nice clean finish with just a hint of spice.

This is a good beer. Very palatable, easy to drink, and just enough character to re-visit it.

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Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +29.7%
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 LumpyGuitar
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Girlfriend picked this one up, I love Wee Heavy so I had me a taste.

Poured a clouded dark tan with about a finger of bubbly fluffy white head.

Smells of oak, scotch, spice and grassy herb. Alcohol is pretty strong.

Taste is strong. Very sharp, with a strong whiskey and citrus front, mild sour bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit solid. Medium weight, mild carbonation. Leaves a feeling in the mouth but not syrupy.

Drinkability is alright. I like the style but this variation of it isn't my favorite.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 beerthulhu
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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 1759Girl
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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 RiekerStarBrew
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, poured from the bottle into my pint glass, had a murky brown color with hints of tan. The head was white and made up of tiny bubbles. My first impression of the aroma was very malty. There was evidence of both sweet and smoked barley. Hop and alcohol aroma was very faint. The flavor, however, was a surprise. It still showed a heavy malt base of both sweet and smoked barley, but the finish was both hoppy and bitter which surprised me considering there was really no hop presence in the aroma. Typically, in Scottish Ales, I look for a “smoked peatiness” in the flavor. So while this was a decent beer to drink, because it lacked the smokiness, I would not consider it a standout.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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 JamesS
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a great golden amber color with a very nice head and with nice lacing. Good scent, nice and malty, but not as peaty/smokey as I'm used to from a Scottish Ale, especially a wee heavy. Tastes good, nice and crisp with a good maltiness, but again, not near as much in the way of a peaty flavor that I've come to expect. Goes down smooth, you can barely detect the higher ABV percentage. It's not my first choice, but I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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 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—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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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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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) from Isle Of Skye Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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