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RATINGS: 1321   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4991) - 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 (8125) - 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 (1614) - 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 isn’t 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 (1272) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Pours a dark garnet red color with a thick, medium-dense light tan head. Sweet roasted malt notes in the aroma with a bit of subtle smokiness, red berry fruits, soft earthy spiciness, and brandied caramel. Deep malty flavor profile anchored by sweet alcoholic caramel/toffe maltiness with structured smokey roasted grain flavors woven into a superbly assertive though perfectly balanced body. Posesses an excellent roasted bitterness character in the big, full mouthfeel that is incredibly lively despite the dark, heavier flavor profile alongside a lovely perceived oxidation characteristic. Exceptionally well-balanced alcohol character that has an appropriately long, warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
Growler at O’Brien’s, San Diego, shared with a bunch of RateBeer locals - courtesy of OldNumbskull. Limpid ruby-brown with a wispy head - looks great in the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty, with a hint of tobacco and smoke. Flavour is nice and spicey (nutmeg, cinnamon), on top of a base of caramel and cocoa. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3196) - 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 can’t 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.

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