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RATINGS: 1295   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2005
RATING #500.

Thanks to Marc for this beer.

This is the first beer for which I ever traded. Not sure of the vintage, but I believe itís at least a year old. Poured dark brown with ruby highlites with a small creamy light-tan head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, cherries, wood. Interestingly, this is the first scotch ale Iíve had that has a nose somewhat reminiscent of scotch. Taste is mildy sweet caramel, molasses, touch of piney hops... has a dry evanescent whiskey character, which, according to the bottle, is to be expected of an older vintage. Very pleasant and complex flavor. Body is slick and moderately carbonated. Surprisingly elegant for the style. Iíd be interested in trying a fresher vintage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2005
Bottle. Really lovely stuff. Drier than most scottish style ales iíve had, but thats not necesarily a bad thing. Some light sweet caramel and vanilla in the start, with some licorice and roasted malt towards the end. Slight tart bitterness in the finish, extremely tasty stuff, i want more. MASSIVE THANKS TO CLARKVV. Glad i got the chance to share it with everyone at the Low Countries Gathering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
No#15. This is my first alesmith so looking forward to it. Aroma is reaosnably fruity with a nice balanced sweetness. Taste is quite different with malt and some bittering hops making for an excellent little beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle at LCRBM. wow, just great. aroma: malt, wood(oak), coffee and licorice. taste: coffee, nutty, figs, raisins, sweet, bitterish, malty. finishes sweet, nutty, bitterish and very long. full bodied, not much co2. alc. is well hidden, well balanced, complex beer. GREAT.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
Bottled at LC-RBM. Coffee and licorice aroma. Black color, beige/yellow creamy head, good lace. Very sweet, well hopped, licorice, date, smooth, sticky, very well balanced. Like a very good strong scotch ale with American hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Small yellow-brown head; darker brown beer with Burgundy highlights. Smoked, nearly tarred nose, and some roasted malts. Toasted bread with butter, and Islay malt aromas. Smoked toasty taste, sweet and a bit caramelly, but in a nice, not cloying way. Apricot flavour retronasal. Smooth, slick, even viscous, much more than expected from a Scotch ale. Great, even when some unusual characteristics; good catch whoever brought it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Off-white, clear brown-black body. Nose of straw, molasses, coffee, liquor. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter initial flavour. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter (long) finish. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. The 9.5% ABV isnít apparent at all. Very smooth beer and well-balanced. Not a flavour-bomb, which I like in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Butterscotch nose with a dark iced tea body with a dense lasting head. Caramel sweetness, husky, honey, very light smoke, brown sugar. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - OCT 3, 2005
nut brown w/ a small head. alcohol aroma w/ note of malt, smoke. full bodied, flavor dominated by scotch, still well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
This one kind of fell apart for me. The sweet ness was totally separate from the bitter alcohol component. Needs better blending of opposites.

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