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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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2005
what a good beer. Flavor is malty with hints of caramel and a smack of alcohol that is actually rather pleasant. This beer is really big, and flavorful, you can’t go wrong with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
theoryhead (7) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2005 does not count
Drinking too much of this beer as I write this... Sienna color with a small, light and lacy head. Smells of caramel, toasted hazelnuts, coca nut, cinnamon and allspice. The flavors simply smack you around, bringing baker’s chocolate, caramel, sasparilla, and a touch of anise folded into a roasty, silky mouthfeel. Finishes with a nice spicy kick and a very warming feel; the alcohol is definitely apparent at the end. Magnificent. I believe I will be pouring myself another right about now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2005
I think 3 floyds robert the bruce is the best scotch ale i have ever drank. Well that has changed. Pours a dark amber color with a sweet malt scent. Flavor was sweet malty and full of alochol. WOW!! What a wonderful example of a scotch ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Thanks to beerhandy for sharing this. Poured a dark redish brown color with a medium head. Sweet malty aroma with the alcohol present in the aroma. This one knocked me off my feet with the flavor of sweet malt and alcohol but the alcohol was not overpowering. Very Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. My first scotch ale and I Like it!! I will definitely be trying more examples of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 7, 2005
I love Scotch Ale you know big malty brews with little to no hops just rich caramel malts and huge alcohol content. Commercially they are hard to find the scottish examples are weak and watery .Homebrewing is about the only way to get a decent one .or you could get some Alesmith because they know Scotch Ale

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Big thanks to TChrome for this. Pours dark brown (a super heavy ruby through my desk lamp) with medium light tan head and mucho laceo. Aroma of malt, almonds, walnuts, corn flakes, cognac, cabernet, some chocoff. Wonderful, complex aroma. Tastes malty, with a huge chocolate-hazelnut palate, combined with some spirits (cognac, Amaretto). Super smooth, and more chocolate and nuts as it warms. Like drinking a Godiva chocolate nut candy. The alcohol is non-existent. The palate is more exquisite than a shaved call girl on the tongue. This one would be great as a nut brown, a porter, or a scottish ale. I’ve given more big scores in the last 3 months than I can ever remember. Then again, I’ve ramped up my trading so that I have a nice stockpile. To me, theoretically all beers could be perfect, or they could all be garbage. This one is perfect. My 12th perfecto robusto. If I had known, I’d have saved this for 1,500. I still have the Alesmith Grand Cru. Stay tuned, same Bat time, same Bat channel.....Find this stuff at all costs, even if you have to go Faustian and sell your soul...it’s that damned good! Bravo, Alesmith.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Poured a dark brown with very little head. The aroma was smoky and subtle, with some chocolate. Flavor was big, with alcohol well disguised among copious caramel, malt, and cocoa/coffee, without being too cloying. Thanks Mjames for bringing me back this incredible Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2005
750 mL capped bottle (late 2004 release, aged 6 months): brilliant purpled-hued garnet with a full, fluffy and thick tan head. Rich, roasted aromatics of smoked birch, alcohol soaked raisins, burnt melon and a slight pinyness, complex and developing overtime as my nose gets accustomed to the initial Earthy shock – it is like lounging in the woods in the summer after a quick downpour and the sun has come back out…a wonderfully malted sugar coats the tongue while the onslaught of piney, roasted bitterness provides a beautiful and flavourful backbone. A chocolaty component (giving way to plums and bitter cherries) comes to the forefront as the liquid warms and develops. A great and complex treat, nice job guys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Dark mahogney color with a medium off white head. Aroma of toffee, cocoa, smoke and hint of cobwebs. Light sweetness, a hint of licorice followed by a nice smokey flavor, light hops in the dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 9, 2005
I shared a bottle of this with a friend. Pours dark brown, with pretty much no head. The aroma is nice and sweet and malty. Taste is also nice and malty, carmamel, and also the alcohol is slighty noticeable on the way down. The mouthfeel is great, very smooth and good for sipping. overall this beer is very good, perfect for late at night drinking and relaxing.

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