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Dragonmead Under the Kilt Wee Heavy

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Produced in the style of a Scottish Export Ale this beer is big on taste and body. Imported Scottish Ale Malt is combined with Roasted Barley and Crystal malt to give this beer a unique taste and aroma. Golding and Fuggles Hops help to balance out the taste of this unique beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ICEatALAMO (909) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle. The pour is dark, deep amber. The aroma is nice and bold, mostly scottish malts. The taste is decent for a scottish ale, nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmbatter (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2014 does not count
This is a deep, rich tasting beer with a heavily fruity aroma and truly minimal lacing/foam presence. This beer is best enjoyed cold as it becomes overwhelming as it creeps closer to room temperature. Itís not my favorite beer but it is quite enjoyable by itself, cold, or with a good slab of red meat.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark but clear, with a tan head of moderate size and retention. Minimal lacing. Aroma: more like wine vinegar than Scotch Ale. Flavor: Some vinegar here too, about matching the dark malts. Light smoke in the finish. O: "Unique taste" indeed. Probably not at its best, but then again the bottle was from a reliable store, and carefully cold-stored for just a few months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1443) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Tap: Trudgy, swampy brown color with a vibrant red/ruby tone throughout; creamy, beige head on top settles nicely to a chunky collar. Aroma contains a nice abundance of malt; burnt caramel, cocoa powder, & a light smokiness. Rum-raisins & plums.... The nose is sweet, but offset by a mild smoky note & some faint charred malt. Taste is big fruit up front; apples, plums, raisins, even some pear; gains some robustness from the alcohol. Light smoke, rustic caramel notes, cocoa powder, & some slightly charred woody & nutty hints. Big black currant & date-like fruit finish.

Iíve had bottles of this that were quite disappointing; quite tart mid-palate with signs of possible infection. Astringent finish, & almost cloying levels of sweetness... Seems variation of this beer can be a bitch. But when itís good... itís not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (539) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a humongous head. The head finally settles and leaves a minimal amount of head. The aroma is very heavy on fruit. There is a light nuttiness, some hints of caramel and malt. The taste follows the caramel and nuttiness. The finish is very sweet, and not quite what I'd expect from a Wee Heavy. Not too bad though ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle from Grand Rapids. Pours out like a cola with a bubbly brown head. Big aroma of brown sugar and roasted malt. Great malty flavor with a hint of smoke. Well made, true to style and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Appearance: Extremely dark brown. Short lived, super "fine" tan head. Minimal patchy lacing... looks pretty nice overall. Smell: Well, well, well... malt, scotch, and dark fruits. Maybe some traces of chocolate as well. Definitely pleasing. Iíd enjoy it more if my glass didnít have a weird smell... Taste/feel: I havenít had many, but I absolutely love scotch ales. Dark fruits are very prominent on the front, and then thereís a lot of malts, scotch, and a bit of warmth on the finish. Honestly, PERFECTLY balanced, since the beer is never too sweet or too bitter ... itís just fantastic. On top of that, the mouth feel leaves a very pleasant coating in the mouth, but itís never too thick/sticky/cloying. My guess is that this is supposed to be a sipper, but it tastes too damn good. Under the Kilt isnít exactly cheap (I paid $3 for this bottle), but I canít say that it isnít worth that slight up-charge. A truly outstanding beer with an awesomely tasty blend of dark fruits, malts, hops, and scotch that keeps me coming for another sip. Now, one of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (2344) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Thanks Mike! Enjoyed in a wine glass

A - Pours nearly black. 1 finger head fades fast

S - Very sweet nose, burnt sugar, cane syrup and a hint of peaches.

T - Very english ESB taste. Some grape and kiwi taste. very weird and unexpected.

M - medium body and carbonation

O - Itís not a bad beer but just a bit too sweet and juicy for a scotch ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of carmel, toffee, dark fruit and light tobacco. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, tobacco, dark fruit and light molasses with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Iím not terribly impressed by the bottled beers from this brewery. First off, their beers are expensive. Second, the quality control at this brewery is lacking. For example, sometimes their beer explodes on you upon opening, filling the glass (and covering the countertop) with foam. While I now prepare for this when opening a Dragonmead bottle, with Under the Kilt, that did not happen. Good for them! On the other hand, there was something off with this beer. Itís aroma was very faint, and while in taste it had the background of a Wee Heavy, it also had a sour kick to it, much like the sourness that is associated with Jolly Pumpkinís La Roja. I do not think this was intentional. While it didnít make the beer undrinkable, it definitely made drinking it a bit disconcerting.

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