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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Nice champagne bottle that we popped open for the 2005 beer exchange. What a ride as this one proved to be another great offering from Alesmith. The color surprised me a lot as it was deep and dark, not like a porter, but with a dark golden brown. The head looks like I may be able to stand on it, at least for a few seconds before I would sink into the greatest death anyone could dream of, drowning in a perfect blend of caramel malt, a little smoke, and superb use of hops. Nose is sweet and smoky, with a touch of alcohol there to let you know that you aren’t messing with a baby brew here, it is all barley. Sweetness abounds with the smoke and slight bitterness of the roasted caramel and hops. Nice, full body with a stickiness and smoothness that aren’t found in many brews. I loved it. Definitely the best scotch ale that I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Smoky when cold, mellows out and gets really sweet as it warms. I recommend letting the bottle sit out of the fridge 30 minutes before opening. Great big malty beer with barely enough hops to cut the sweetness. This is how I like the malt beverage to treat me. Like eating a 12 inch sub with cookies and milk too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Smokey, portish, oaky nose, pours with a modest, rocky head; smooth, toasty, smokey flavor with some cocoa, coffee, light dark fruit notes; viscous and very smooth, but not cloying; a bitter roasted barley finish for balance; this is a knockout. I was afraid I would have to cap this for tomorrow....no chance. This just gets better as it warms, huge complexity. I always thought Wee’s were a bit too sweet, but not this one. The wee’est yet!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Rating No. 1200. Opulent cherry-brass in color with a creamy, bubbly tan wrung for the head, leaving lovely beady lace on the thistle as we go. Aroma is laden with rich complexities. Peat, nearly bourbon, chocolate, pecans and liquefied brown sugar. Vivacious indeed. Additional wafts reveal hints of natural vanilla extract, toffee, woodsy elements and hazelnut truffles. Flavor? Absolutely. Creamy, sullen smoothness settles in with a nutty chocolate sense, with the key contributors being dry milk chocolate, honey roasted pecans and caramel-laden, buttery praline cloisters. Further flavor revelations play a romantic rendition of walnut furniture that has been brazen by candle flame, which once served as mood lighting for the evening. Tingly, warming butterscotch character sonorously echoes like hot buttered rum. Thick, palatable, and an overall oozing wonder on the palate. Perfectly balanced, with a chewy malt composure and the finest levels of carbonation known to craft brewing. Finishes with chocolate covered caramelized pecans and a touch of peat. Stunning craftsmanship.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. <P> Huge aroma features chocolate malt and dark sweet fruits. Color is dark ruby/brown with a thumb thick, creamy tan head. Molasses comes through first in the flavor then in quick procession there are wallops of dates, chocolate and caramel malts, stiff alcohol, raisins and dried plums and hints of caramelized sugar. AleSmith always impresses me by how well they go big without sacrificing complexity. This beer is big and bold and yet it is still subtle promising different flavor arrangements with every sip. A fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 30, 2005
Tap @ Alesmith. Dark burgundy color with a medium eggshell colored head. Smells intensely of ripe fruit, alcohol, cognac, and roasted nuts. Tastes like a port - full of ripe fruit, alcohol, figs, plums, with some roasty notes of chocolate and carmelized sugar. Full bodied, thick beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Aroma of malt, molasses, chocolate, nuts, some smoke. Appears a deep mahogany color with some reddish hues, and with no head whatsoever. Flavor is very smoky at the start, malty in the middle, and very salty in the finish, with hoppy bitterness and even some peppery notes in the aftertaste. Palate is thick, chewy and appropriate. Overall, this beer is very good, and just a bit more than the sum of its parts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
This is a clear and very deep red-brown, medium bodied ale. Wave it under your precostumous and you’ll note it has a rich malty scent. . It’s malty, grainy, and sports a firm roasted taste. It’s an extraordinarily tasty ale. And the more it warms, the richer it gets. A++++++

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 31, 2005
This deserves to be the highest rated scotch ale (of which I’m not usually a fan). Had it on tap at thier brewery. Just imagine the best scotch ale you think is possible. Alcohol is kicking and it is sweet and heavy on the malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JAN 12, 2006
A great Scotch ale!! Smokey and hints of raisin and plum with a touch of alcohol burn. Smooth and tasty a must buy.

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