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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Many thanks go out to JohnC who is truly a great and generous trader for providing this tasty brew! Another very well crafted gem from Alesmith! Deep brown with a beautiful red glow that comes through this one. Thin head of light brown. Complex aroma of caramel malts, butterscotch, some smoke, vanilla, and dark sugar. The flavor is sweet and deep with lots of caramel and toffee. Complex and smooth, wish I could get Alesmith here! Is there any style that Alesmith canít brew well?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 18, 2005
Dark brown with purple edges; thin, frothy, tan head. Huge plum, brown sugar, butter cream, butterscotch, earthy, strawberries, smoke, coccoa, cookie, cherries, and nutty aroma. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic. heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/velvety texture, moderate carbonation, light alcohol. Yes yes yes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Pours a beautiful black/brown, with a lovely head of clinging lace. Aroma is whisky, grape, and plumb. Flavor reminds me of a nice, mellow scotch, except this beverage has chocolate, raisin, plumb, and roasted malt in its makeup. Has the "numbing" effect of a good scotch without all the fuss. This is a fine, fine, FINE brew. Mouthfeel is thick as advertised, and the liquid coats the tongue like a nice coat of Sherwin-Williams finest. I really canít come up with much negativity in regard to this beer; satisfies on all levels, and it demands your attentinon. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Thanks Pete! Pours a rich, dark auburn color with a medium head and lots of lasting lacing. The aroma is absolutely delicious with smoke, chocolate and raisin. The flavor is a mish mash of deliciousness including chocolate, caramel, slight alcohol and smoke. another fantastic alesmith beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
this was yummy..... very malty.... lots of dark fruit(plums) and chocolate.......I wish that i had more of this tasty beer!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
No "J P Grayís" on the bottle, but Iíve read itís the same beer. Excellent biscuitty, bready malt aroma. Deep auburn color under a light tan head. Flavor is dominated by the caramel malt, but some peat flavors and chocolate malts poke through as well. The alcohol is slightly more apparent than I had expected, but itís still a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
Raisin aroma with notes of syrup, alcohol, fruit and chocolate. Chocolate flavor. Round with somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Deep red brown color, small light tan head. Caramel and chocolate aromas, with hints of smokiness. Caramel and smoke flavors give way to a muted chocolate pantina that extends into the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, but rather smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottled. Mahogany color with almost no head. Aromas of scotch and vanilla. Flavors are caramel, and smoke with a slght alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2806) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Crimson head. Creamy head that clings to the side of the glass. strong aroma of hops and yeast. Taste hops upfront and a slight hot edge at the end of the beer. Very creamy on palate.

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