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RATINGS: 1308   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
No "J P Grayís" on the bottle, but Iíve read itís the same beer. Excellent biscuitty, bready malt aroma. Deep auburn color under a light tan head. Flavor is dominated by the caramel malt, but some peat flavors and chocolate malts poke through as well. The alcohol is slightly more apparent than I had expected, but itís still a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2005
Raisin aroma with notes of syrup, alcohol, fruit and chocolate. Chocolate flavor. Round with somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Deep red brown color, small light tan head. Caramel and chocolate aromas, with hints of smokiness. Caramel and smoke flavors give way to a muted chocolate pantina that extends into the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy and chewy, but rather smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottled. Mahogany color with almost no head. Aromas of scotch and vanilla. Flavors are caramel, and smoke with a slght alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Crimson head. Creamy head that clings to the side of the glass. strong aroma of hops and yeast. Taste hops upfront and a slight hot edge at the end of the beer. Very creamy on palate.

   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.

   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 isnít 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2579) - 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!!

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