Style: Scotch Ale
Warren’s Dragonmead Brewery is another of the earlier Michigan brewhouses, opening in 1997, and has long been known for their big beers, big flavors, real ale, and never-ending creativity.
One of their better known brews is Under the Kilt, a Scottish style export ale. With an attention grabbing name, it’s often the first contact many drinkers have with Dragonmead.
A hefty 7.8 percent ABV and 1.080 O.G., this is no training wheels brew. It pours a deep, rich amber, nearly brown in color, but with nary a head to speak of. The nose is sweet, molasses and dark fruit in aroma, as is the first sip. Very rich, the sweetness pours over the tongue and almost demands a slow drinking pace. This may be an advantage, however, as the flavors open up at warmer temperatures.
Towards the end, there was a hint of sour tang, probably due to age, but this was nonetheless a satisfying interpretation of a rather uncommon style and is definitely recommended.