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AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 1308   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy Scotch Ale Scotland's bone-chilling winters command a strong, richly-flavored brew. J.P. Gray's Wee Heavy is such an ale. Named for Brewmaster Skip Virgilio's maternal grandfather, J.P. Gray's is a blend of the prized Maris Otter barley and dark roasted barley which imparts a slightly smoky flavor and a deep chestnut appearance. In the style of a classic Scottish wee heavy, this fine ale is remarkably smooth and malty with background flavors of chocolate and molasses. Warmth is provided by a substantial 9% alcohol by volume. The high alcohol and fresh ingredients allow this ale to age well over time. Appearance: Deep mahogany color, sparkling clarity, and excellent head formation and retention when properly served. Flavor: Deep caramelly malty flavor with just a hint of smoke in the finish. Aroma: The aroma is sweet and voluptuous, reflecting the flavor with malt, hop and yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Lush, full, rounded, almost chewy. This is a BIG beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (684) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Not my favorite style, but this isn’t a bad beer. Pours a dark copper with massive, quickly-dissipating head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, but not sickly-so. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, and raisin/prune. Creamy mouthfeel. Some booziness, but not too pronounced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zodiac (47) - - JAN 20, 2015
one of the best beers i had. i love scotch ales and this one really delivers with aroma, taste and richness. speechless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2333) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2015
Tap at Brewdog Glasgow takeover. Chocolate. Bit of caramel. Feels bit too boozy. Nice though. Should probably try again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (1054) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2015
0,75L bottle at the overpriced beer tasting, thanks for sharing guys! Pours dark brown with light brown head. The head stay for some moments. Aroma is malt, dark chocolate, fruits. Flavor is very sweet, malty, caramel, raisins, some alcohol. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2229) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Keg at Brewdog. Waited for this one to warm up. Very dark brown, pretty much black, creamy head with full lacing. Aroma is perfumey, sweet malt, musty leaves. Body is medium, smooth, rounded mouthfeel, low carbonation. Taste is ’old ale’, malt-forward, sweet and yeasty, almost oxidised, tangy alcohol. Very slow drinker. Too sweet. Not my sort of thing really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
suurjuust (1298) - ESTONIA - JAN 9, 2015
Overpriced Beer Tasting 2014. Dark reddish brown beer, frothy beige head. Nose is raisins, dried fruit, chocolate, malt, dense caramel. Flavor is licorice hints, fruit, bread, malt, sweetness, caramel, mild yeast. Finish is hops and caramel. Love the balance of sweet and not-so-sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zekada (322) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Pours amber with a small white head. Aroma is sweet and full. Grains, malt and brown sugar. Taste is strong and complex. Some nuts and malt and alcohol. Palate is thin. Overall I think it’s too strong, not very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ilikewinetoo (29) - SPAIN - JAN 3, 2015
dark red slightly unclear beer with a good tan head. Smells malts, coffee and rye. Tastes great lije barley wine.. Average carbo, full body and a sticky texture

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCametron (1901) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle with Ben all those years ago then again courtesy of Ben at Beergeek bar in Edinburgh some nights ago. Cheers Ben. Pours deep Brown with a Tan head. Aroma has notes of raisiny sweetness and unashamed malty caramel. Malt versus Hops feels a lot like bass versus treble. Everyone goes on about ’The Bass’ but you can’t beat a good bit of treble. This is a tour de force of malt. Dried fruit sweetness, warming booze and a bit of woody vanilla. Crank up the treble..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1667) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2011 Bottle. Pour is dark brown with some red tinting and a very small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of light caramel, smoke, peat, toffee, slight vanilla bean, and rye spice. Finish is sweet and boozy.

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