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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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Red-orange and very cloudy, an amazing amount of particles. Interestingly, it wasn’t big chunks, just pieces of particulate matter evenly suspended throughout the glass. Nose smoky and peaty, a bit sweet. Flavor has a great initial fruit burst, then big peat, maple syrup, and smoke, bit of whiskey and hops at the end. A great scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Big, rich, smooth, malty, with alcohol taste and aroma present. Full mouthfeel. Very dark brown color with smokey chocolate and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Small tan head that just sits atop this very dark red hued brew. Malty, smokey nose with hints of licorice and toffee, faint alcohol notes as it warms. Full body, silky smooth mouthfeel. Medium sweet malts, caramel, chocolate,butterscotch, smokey, grainy with light whiskyish notes. Hops are evident surprisingly. Medium dry finish, lingering. A great beer expierence. Thanks much to sdbruboy for a chance at rating this creature. Thanks so much Cliff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Poured dark brown with an off white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, smoke, peat, and alcohol. Flavors continue with the smokey peat, caramel, and sweet malt. Finishes with some bitterness and alcohol. Warms the gullet. Smooth with a medium-full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (7567) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Dark mahogany color with a very thin light tan head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is luxurious malt, smoke, rum and butterscotch. Rich body with full flavors of smoked malt, floral hops, caramel, chocolate and roasted nuts. Amazing. The finish is creamy and smooth, with sweet malt and an alcohol pop. Right up there with any of the best Scotch Ales out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 21, 2004
750 ml capped bottle, 2003. Dark brandy pour, root beer in the glass with light off-white foam. Rich, hazelnut-perfume-peaty nose, with swirls and eddies of vanilla, brandy and butterscotch making brief but happy appearances. Wonderfully satiny mouthfeel, again slightly (brown ale) nutty on the tongue. Alcohol present but warming rather than abrasive...cappucino liqeuer qualities...the nose becomes truly intoxicating near room temperature. My new favorite from this brewer; I’m beginning at last to understand the praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Chestnut is an apropriate appearance descriptor for this heavyweight. The aroma is of Thanksgiving Day, with all the "fixins". The flavor was a mix of milk, caramel, nutmeg and some peat. The fullness of this beer is remarkable. The ingredients are well blended and all complement each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
very dark brown in color with a little light peeking in at the bottom of the glass.nice off-white head that slowly disapeared.very smooth as all alesmith brews are.hints of cherries,spice,and molasses.much like a barly-wine style ale.yummy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2004
topped off a phenomenal beer drinking night with this beast from alesmith. poured out deep dark brown color with notes of dark fruits. plum raisins grapes, sweet with alcohol hiding underneath it all. flavor takes all that and adds a smudgeon of scoth, caramel, malts. super mellow, with a lot of goodness going on inside this bad boy. enjoyable until the last drop. have 1 laying away waiting for a special day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Deep dark brown, figgy, plummish, a tawny shade of crimson, not much of a head, slips away if it was there at all... rip dark fruit in the aroma, raisins and dates, more from the fig and plum, grapes, deep and resonant, complex and pungent... Full feeling on the palate, big flavor, cocoa maltiness, thick mouthfeel, return of the dark fruits in abundance, great tasting...I like it, though it doesn’t impress me too much. Nuttin’ wrong with that... ...wait how strong is this?...that strong, really?...it does stick out...maybe I’d like it better if the booze were a bit more quiet...nah, that doesn’t sound like me...anyway, good beer all y’all...enjoy...

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