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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 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 7, 2004
yum, so thick, rich and creamy. thick head and lacing, coffee tastes as well as molasses. I can taste the scotch whiskey in there, its got to be!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2004
Sampled from draught at AleSmith Brewing Company.
Dark brown almost black beer with a small head. Sweet malty, caramelly and chocolaty aroma with little spices hidden behind the sweetness. A tone of alcohol also. Flavor is very full and heavy. Malty and hoppy with notes of chocolate and raisins and a fine warming bite of alcohol. Very smooth. Man, this shit is delicious!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2004
This brew really brought my taste for scotch right into the flavor. Lots of scotch accents with a smokiness to the finish and heavy malty start that set this flavor apart, hints of chocolate and caramel within the layers of malt. Pours a deep red with a light tan head that leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Malty aroma with hints of dark fruit, caramel, and a scotch and smoke nose to it. Mouthfeel was rich and thick with a nice hop bittered balance that didn’t get in the way of the scotch flavors. Now if only i can get another bottle of this to age for a while, hmmm....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1767) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2004
GABF 2004. Dark reddish brown with a large, light-brown and long lasting head. Excellent lacing, lasted all the way to the bottom of each glass. Cereals and roasted/burnt malts in the aroma. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor, peaty with toffee and caramel malts. Very full-bodied, creamy with soft carbonation. Finally, a Scotch ale with body!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Mahogany. Mellow aroma but still enjoyable. Hints of smoke, wood, peat, alcohol, molasses, burnt caramel and heavily toasted malts. The malts provide the beer with a subtle smokiness in the backround and notes of wood, prunes, raisins, toffee, grape, chocolate and caramel. Obviously this beer is more malt accentuated but the hop bitterness is this on the finish. I like it but it’s nothing compared to the others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Nice dark copper color with a good head. Bready aroma. Fine malt taste with a sharp alcoholic sting. Bread, roasty finish. Alc is a little much.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Wow still finding notes from SD. Had this one at the Liars Club. A good malty and nutty aroma. This one was super thick and had a heavy alcohol presence. There were some dark fruits and caramel present in the flavor. A slow sipper indeed but a good one to have a pint of. Id like to try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2004
OK... this is the third alesmith I have tried. I am still not understanding the HUGE ratings given to these beers. Not a single one of them hid the alcohol. Over 8 percent for each one, and each one had an alcohol burn. The pour was beautiful with an attractive head. The smell was sweet and syrupy. Carmel and raisins. Plenty of malt and sweet aroma. The flavor would have been great as well if it wasn’t overshadowed by the alcohol. I LOVED the 11% Stone Russian Imperial Stout. It had way more alcohol and was able to hide it better than anything I have tried yet from Alesmith. I am gonna keep trying till I find one I like. I still have a bottle of speedway. Maybe that will be my savior. Despite the dissapointment so far... HUGE thanks to DarkElf for the awesome trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2004
This one seems to be definitely all about the malts! - Smokey, burnt caramel, ginger oatmeal cookies, sugary hard candy, chocolate, dark fruits - plums and figs, bing cherries. Yeah, it’s all in here. Aroma is strong and simillar to the taste. Palate is syrupy thick - I’d have a problem drinking the whole bottle - sharing is good! This has got to be the best of it’s style.

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