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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 86
Photo of bditty187
2.59/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lightly hazy, bronzy brown-red in hue with a coppery twist. The liquid looks pleasant enough but it does seem too clear and light in color for the style. Maybe I’m judging a book by its cover. The beer was very foamy, over three fingers of slightly off-white head. The head retention was fair, it slide to a fizzy cap. There was a massive amount of clumpy subsequent lacing. No matter the flaws, it still looks better than average.

The nose is frail, nutty with a trivial caramel malt underbelly. Airy. I am not digging the aromas. It really lacks depth and power. Poor articulation as well… this is Scottish? Says who? Not this beer! I didn’t find the bouquet to be inviting.

The palate is very thin… unbelievably so. Nutty. Caramel. Fusel alcohol supplies warmth and even some spice. It is weakly fruity (cherries and berries). Mild sweetness, the palate lacks depth and the flavors are not rich or well developed. Every flavor spike is disjointed. The finish is clean and empty. Good Scottish Ales give off a relaxing, charming vibe. Not this one because this is not a good Scottish Ale.

The mouthfeel is pitiful, light in body, thin and way too carbonated. I guess I would call the mouthfeel fitting because the nose and palate were equally as poor.

This beer is not drinkable. It is not worth a damn. At $5 a bottle, this is a onetime purchase… unless I can be convinced my bottle is old and the next is very fresh but this beer just entered the Omaha market so I assume the retail got new beer. I purchased my beer in Omaha. Not recommended.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an orangish amber color with plenty of light coming through.

Smell is malty with flowery undernotes.

Taste is thinner than expected, almost not like a beer. Hints of berrries, grass in the midst, and a flat finish with bitter tinge. Heather? or maybe some sort of chamomile/minty flavor in the front to middle of each sip.

Goes down pretty easty, although the taste is not my bag. For being a Wee Heavy, I expected more viscosity and more to the body and flavor of the beer. Likely wouldn't have another, just not my mug of brew.

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Photo of Realale
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper brown with an extremely fine, rocky, slightly raspy beige head that settles slowly to a persistent cap. Oops, haziness is due to bottle-conditioning, which is not otherwise noted on the bottle.

Nose is incredibly fruity - strawberry, melon, green grape and cherry. As it warms, a rich, yeasty brown bread maltiness emerges. Touch of light toffee too. Fruitiness subsides some with time, but I've never smelled a beer so fruity that has no fruit in it. Very distinctive, and quite appealing.

Full malt in the mouth with the fruit moving further into the background than expected from the nose. Some complexity of malt flavors, but the emphasis is on the bready side of things supported by a bit too much toffee for my taste. There is a quite sharp mineral note that is very distracting, although it is certainly effective at cutting through the richness of the malt.

Finish lingers with a pleasant mix of fruit, malt and mineral. Good level of carbonation, but the mineral notes are really too much give this high marks for either mouthfeel or drinkability. No hint that this is a 7% beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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 WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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 bark
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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 shapudding
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No dating. Chestnut brown and unclear, cannot see through it all. Light barely enters it. Only a thin white ring at the edges and a slight bit of dust in the center. Not much scent coming out, lightly vineous and malty. Smooth feeling, do not really notice any carbination. Medium bodied. Caramelly maltiness, bit roasty, coffee and chocolate. Seems to get sweeter as you drink it. Candi sugar maybe? Just barely notice a little bit of hops in there. Easy drinker, nice flavors, not too intense, much better as it warms. Decent as a session, but not one I would go out of my way for.

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

Pours to a slightly hazy light copper color with a creamy white head. Leave a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is fruity, with pears and apples and a bit of earthiness. Very pleasant aroma. The flavor is light in malty and fruity, again with a apple, pear taste. It kinda a has a woody, earthy taste to it as well. A nice brew, not what I was expecting.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange to amber color. Low carbonation level. Slight caramel aroma. A tad floral. Orange marmalade? Sweet and slightly vinuous. Malt dominates the flavor. Flavors of caramel and oak with a lingering, almost "earthy" hint. This reminds me more of a Scotch Ale from Belgium then Scotland. It has that sort of Belgian "hint" to it. Decent enough body. A notch above average beer. It doesnt quite pull off "wee heavy" for me. Reading other reviews perhaps I had an off bottle though some noted other odd traits as well. Try it and form your own opinion by all means.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
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 jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 aracauna
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber body topped by a smallish white head. The aroma is heavily malty. It’s really more earthy than peat smokey, but I like it. The more it warms, the maltier it gets, until I actually start digging on it by the end of the bottle. The beginning starts off a little weak with a bit of caramel, but this beer really has to warm to come into its own.

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Photo of genaro
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - heavy, dark 1pt.9floz bottle. It poured a very cloudy copper/orange with no head or lace. The aroma was mellow (peaty and smokey). The taste was malty with a smoked, peaty taste, but not overbearing. There were also elements of citrus and fruitiness in the taste as well as some bite. The finish was peaty and chalky. Overall, a pretty decent beer that left me with a good buzz and a warm stomach.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured deep golden amber with a slight haze and with a compact off-white head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was smoky and malty with dark fruits and caramel.

The flavor was smoky with just a slight sourness way in the back. The maltiness expectation from the aroma just doesn't show, also no noticeable presence of alcohol.

The finish was just dry and smoky into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

16.9 ounce bottle. For a 7% beer, you could drink a ton of this. Unfortunately the flavor just isn't malty enough to balance the smokiness. Would make a nice bitter without the smokiness, still makes a nice ale.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of mzwolinski
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy light brown in color, with a light tan head that's a bit too thin for the style. The aroma, however, is really quite enticing -- toasty malt which is a bit sweet, but far from cloying.

Starts a bit thin in the mouth, and what malt character there is fades fairly fast in the middle. The finish is quite nice and roasty, with a wee bit o' hops, not that there was ever any danger of this becoming cloying.

Actually, this gets a good deal better as it warms, with the malt stepping up and giving the mouth a much sturdier feel.

All in all, not a terrifically exciting beer. Disastrous if served too cold, but acceptable when suitably warmed.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 cokes
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Wee Beast (Cuillin Beast) from Isle Of Skye Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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