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RATINGS: 1329   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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Draft at Alesmith, early Dec 05. Coppery brown pour, with mod tan head. Huge scotch malty aroma, toffee and some molasses, touch of smoke. Big caramel malty flavors - smoke and toffee, some dark fruit like prune perhaps. I usually am not a fan of Scotch ales, but I was blown away by this beer - especially the flavors. I hope the bottles of it I aquired after the sampling will be as good as the draft tasting. Very well done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2006
750ml bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head that fades to a ring but clings to the sides of the glass. Aromas of smoke, caramel, toffee, some ripe fruits, and just a bit of chocolate. Beautiful full rich flavor, caramel, smoke, yeast, toffee, candy sugar, dark fruit, and a little vanilla. Quite complex and delicious. Palate is smooth and yet full and chewy. A delight to hold in the mouth. This is an absolutely wonderful brew..

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Pours very deep brown with a really creamy head. Aroma is very malty and rich, with nice smokey notes. Palate is slitghly thin but still the flavor is so mouthfilling, smokey and delectable that itís hardly a complaint. 10% alcohol is not noticed at all. An exquisite beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
75 cl bottle. Very dark reddish brown colour with a nice head. Great aroma of sweetness, toffee, malt and candy. Nice sweet flavour of candies, alcohol, dried fruit and roasted malt. A really lovely beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Bottle pours dark brown with virtually no head and no lacing. Smoke, sweet malt, and chocolate flavors with alcohol finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 27, 2006
I wish this beer was available in my area, but unfortunately for me itís not. A truly delicious scotch ale. Pours deep dark chocolate, with a short lasting off white head. Yeast floaties all over in the liquid. Rich aroma of Smoke, cherries, chewy caramel, plums and moist chocolate. Flavor is similar to aroma with a nice roasty character. Nice rewarding finish. A strong yet approachable brew. Alesmith is quality all the way! This may be my highest rated beer yet!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Reddish brown, nearly opaque. Could not force it to have a head no matter how high I held the bottle while pouring. Great malty smokey nose. Taste of coffee, chocolate, dark malts, dried fruit, and bitter hops. Wonderful complexity. Alcohol completely hidden except for thoughts of something far stronger than beer... at close to 10% hidding the alcohol could be dangerous. I really do like this beer, but I donít want the rating to get out of alignment with other beers I have also really liked. From time to time I need to drink another Westvleteren to remind myself why this is not a 4.6.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Pours copper/brown with a stubborn creamy tan head. Smells of anise, raisins, berries, some smoked woody qualities. Taste is of cognac, roses, anise, licorice, raisins, figs, and many others too numerous to list. By far one of the most complex offerings from Alesmith.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2006
I finally got around to trying this one and my god was it worth the wait. I drank the whole bottle myself. Immense aroma, I think I sat there for a good ten minutes just smelling all the intensities coming out of the glass. Just a hint of smoke and vanilla, sweet honey and butterscotch, full rich mouthfeel, with some caramel and chocolate. This is the most delicious beer that I have had in ages.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
I finally found this one. I canít figure out why it was so hard to find in San Diego. Pours dark mahogany with a thick tan head. Nutty, smoky aroma with smoe caramel. The taste is phenomenal. Toasty malts and buttescotch with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Finish is creamy and sweet. Just an awesome beer.


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