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RATINGS: 1273   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
Pours a murky rich brown with tan head. Sweet malt aroma with hopiness. Taste is sweet, but not overly. Good amlt presence, hops, brown sugar and some alcohol fitting in perfectly..thanks to Eyedrinkale on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
Aroma has loads of malt, hops and alcohol. Deep hazy brown, small toffee head. Flavour of strong malt, and hops combine pleasantly with the alcohol to warm You throughout. Well balanced. medium bodied, smooth. Fine example. Thanks Eyedrinkale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2005
Bottle from Styles. Brownish color. Slightly off-white head. Fairly malty in aroma although not as much as I would have liked. A little smokey. Medium bodied and the alcohol seems up front to me. Flavor of rich malt, a bit of chocolate and smoke. Decent but I would prefer the Founders Scotch over this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
A big full on malty ride. Dark brown in color, tan head. Sweet all the way, nice aroma of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and even a bit of rum. Full flavored, sweet and malty with a bit of booze. Full bodied, light warming. Very nice, thanks eyedrinkale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Tap @ Alesmith. Dark amber/copper w good dark beige head, nice sticky lace. Aroma is slightly sweet med roasted malt with a slightly smokey, pleasantly spicy, wood essence background & some alcohol. Flavor is semi sweet and matching the aromas described above, alcohol was noticable. Into the full bodied range. This one seemed a bit green tasting and in need of some bottle ageing. The fact I was nursing some dog bites from the night before and didnít really feel like drinking beer at the time probably lowered some scores a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8551) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 2000 vintage: A nice colour, mellow smooth, barleywine taste, malt and caramel and hoppy aroma. Toast,sugar disguised alcohol,warming the damp weather, chocolate malts, nutty graniness. Radekfest 05 sample 24. 2002 just as good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
Thanks to Eyedrinkale for this one! Sweet malt, rich brown sugar, some alcohol & spices. Sweet but not syrupy, spicy with warm alcohol (not overpowering.) Lingering brown sugar finish. Dark fruits in there. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 2102-05-04. Hazy dark brown, nice foamy beige head. Pleasantly sweet malty flavour. Dusty earthy accents to the malt, light caramel character, just enough bitterness to balance it. Aroma is similar, dusty earthy caramel. Smooth average plus palate. 7+/4/8/3/15-16 2009 vintage (unconfirmed) bottle shared by Hogtownharry.

Rated July 2006. Very dark brown body with a thin film of a head. Sweet earthy malt aroma with hints of dark caramel. Sweet malt flavour is earthy and not quite nutty. Hints at caramel and toffee nicely but not as much as it could. Bit less sweet than I remembered. Quite nice. Medium palate. 8/3/7/3+/17 - 4

Radekfest 05. Bottle. Murky ruby brown body, nice beige head. (3-4) Sweet maltiness in the aroma, some caramel, vague smoke or earthy roast. Flavour is likewise sweetly malty, earthy with a dry finish evoking hints of figgy anise. Lingering pleasant aftertaste. Medium-full bodied. Alcohol is sufficiently well concealed that I barely took note of it. Very interesting. Makes me want a bottle to myself even more. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4755) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Bottle: #700. Big caramel and banana bread aroma with light hops. Pours a deep red without much of a head, just an off-white ring. Banana bread up front with a caramel, light chocolate, light smoke, and light hop finish. Flavor is not as sweet or malty as other Scotch Ales Iíve had, but still very good. Thanks to Styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2005
750 ml bottle: Thin but short lived light beige head w/a chestnut brown body. Immediate smokey & caramel malty aroma...UMMMMMM that deeply caramel, sightly roasty aroma! Also some nutty notes and hints of herbal hop along with alcohol. Lightly bready and yeasty as it warms, as well as some sugary sweetness. The smokey aroma seems more like peat smoked malt than from the yeast. Well balanced w/ a smokey & caramel flavor up front. Finish is malty sweet w/a bit of an herbal hop & roasty aftertaste. Some alcohol in the flavor, otherwise pretty cleanly malty. Smokiness also lingers into the long finish. A little warming in teh mouth at first, but smooths out as it warms. Thick, full body, and low carbonation. Wow! This is a pretty impressive wee heavy! Itís not quite as good as I remember it from 4-1/2 years ago, but itís a darn fine beer.

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