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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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2005
bottle obtained from foolishmortal, very strong aromas of chocolate, caramel, molasses, a bit of grass and a bit of yeast. the pour was a deep crimson color with a fizzy cream colored head that lasted quite a while. a very sweet flavor, a little tangy, lots of chocolate and a bit of yeast backed up by copious amounts of caramel malts. perfectly blended with a sweet chocolate aftertaste and a slight warming sensation. a creamy mouthfeel and medium body qualified this as an instant favorite.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
I loved the rich caramel roasty fruity chocolatey sticky aroma of htis burnished brown offering. Body offered up a sugary sweet syrupy first impression, but then was a bit htinner than expected and was surprisingly a little alcoholic. This was a 2000 vintage and isn’t that big an ABV beer so that surprised me a bit, but then thdere were more fruits and caramel sweetness and I forgot all about the alcohol. Finished with a sticky creaminess. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Taster @ PIB. Pours a deep dark tan color. Peaty, chocolate smells come from this delicious brew. Would you guess that peaty, raisiny, sugary, and hints of chocolate would be what i taste in this beer??? Well it is! A good wee heavy, i want more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Pours dark brown with very faint tan head. Aroma of faint amount of chocolate and caramel. I got little to none on the smokiness in the aroma or flavor. Good amount of roasted malt in the flavor, but a little thinner on the palate than others of this style. A little thicker, and a "wee" bit more peat smoked, and this would be phenomenal. Damn good as it is.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Pours a nice dark brown color with little to no head. The aroma is somewhat chocolate mixed with some toffee and caramel. The taste is very smooth with nice notes of burnt cherries, raisin and some very slight notes of hops and vanilla on the finish. A true masterpiece of a beer, props to Alesmith!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
brown colour, off white head. aroma of sugary malt, chocolate, fudge, light smoke and a hint of dried cherry. smooth mouthfeel. flavour has tart date and raisin notes with fainter chocoate and very little bitterness(a good thing for the style I guess). well done.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2005
This one was pretty big. Smell was initially strong of tootsie rolls and dark chocolate. Eventually, dark fruits came out. The taste was different, almost no hop character, other than the what is supposed to be there. Smokey and silky. Nice body, though somewhat one dimensional. Could have used some more chocolate character perhaps?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2005
bottle. just says wee heavy with no "JP Grays" malty chocolatey nose. taste has dark fruit. a little chocolate. i detected some anise, but may have been imagining it. some smokey flavor is present as well. warming. the alcohol tries to take over as this warms up, but this is a very good beer, perhaps not the best scotch ale in the world as the rating implies, but very well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle. Brown beer with an off-white/beige head. Rich sweet malt aroma with a slight smokiness to go with a little chocolate and toffee. Rich malt flavor, moderate smokiness, some plum and date fruitiness - but lots of chewy malts. Alight alcohol presence. There’s almost a Belgian quad complexity underneath everything else that remins me of a Rochefort 10 with richer malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Whoa - - - This is a BIG load of malt to chew! The body is a dark nutty brown with ruby highlighting. The head is a mere tan film. The slightly smokey aroma is that of rich roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, toffee, raisins... all with a strong alcohol presence. This is chewy, thick, and hot in the mouth. The taste blends flavors of butterscotch, chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, molasses, and dried fruits. Stir it all up, pump in some alcohol and smoke for the finish, and you have one serious Wee Heavy. I need to get ahold of more of this for cellaring... and drinking, of course.


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