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RATINGS: 1276   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 21, 2005
Small, light, creamy head. Cloudy dark gold, copper brew. Warm soft alcohol, full nose, good blend -different malts and chocolate. Medium bodied ale, smooth brew. Alcohol at front slightly ruins the image, bitter finish saves the day. Still very nice, I have to respect the top craftsmanship.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2005
25.7oz bought at Alesmith bottled 08/04 - Sticky sweet aroma of caramel and licorice. Dark brown with no head but some lacing. Taste is surprisingly smooth considering the amount of flavor and depth. Deep rich smokey flavor of malts and more malts. A great chilly weather brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
Rich mahogany brown w/ creamy almond head. Sweet, lush nose of carmel, toffee, & nougat w/ light smoky, woody notes. Thick, viscous feel. Sweet, rounded, malty flavour w/ elements of smoke & wood. Big, warming finish.

   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 d’Alene, 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 didn’t 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 (8627) - 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 (2341) - 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!

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