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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
Beautiful bottle to add to the presentation. Dark amber pour with a creamy white head. Fantastic aroma with scotch, caramel malts, fruits and vanilla. Taste has a wonderful sipping quality to it with a wonderful caramel and scotch mouthfeel. Various fruits such as apple come into play in the palate. I was totally impressed with this. Iíll have more beers from the style and see how this matches up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Thanks to MagicBill at the DL release party.This had the aroma of scotch whiskey and strongly of malts.Oily on the glass.I need to get some of this,I loved the sipping quality of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Dark brown, very malty with just a small tap of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Slightly roasty and chocolaty. Very nice to my taste buds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
2005 bottle. Roasty/chocolately aggressive "typical" scotch aroma. Hints of chocolate. Like I said, this is quite aromatic and pleasant. Hazy dark mahogany with an everlasting light tan head. Roasted and toasted bitter flavors to start with hints of chocolate, turning sweet and pleasant in the middle. Amazing body and mouthfeel. Thick and decadent. Another awesome job by the people at Alesmith. This beer is almost flawless. Alesmith has an uncanny knack when it comes to the body of its beers. A work of art.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - APR 30, 2005
bottle courtesy of my bro DYCSoccer17 acquired on his SD trip 05. Garnet red pour with visible yeast bathing. Nice beige head rounds out the beautiful appearance. Caramel malt aroma, grains. Velvety smooth, full bodied. Roasted malt, caramel flavors rush right in, sweet chewy sticky middle. Nicely balanced by some hoppy bitterness that dances on the back of the tongue. The caramel dominates and makes this so good. Wonderfully balanced, and yet again I fall in love with an Alesmith creation. Thank you Casey for this treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
Thanks MagicBill! AP: small particles. offwhite head thatís bubbly. Mahogany color. Decent lacing. Ar: Very much a scotch style aroma. F: One of the best scotch style ales Iíve ever had. I actually like this yet donít normally like this style. Woody, scotchness. P: Dry in the mouth, sweet on the swallow. Thereís a creamyness to it. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
Many thanks to my super-hot girlfriend for this one! 750mL, purchased in December 2004, 5 months ago. Stored in 1st floor closet. Pours a quite dark brown with a small, creamy head; appears syrupy upon pouring. Initial impression of aroma is too highly alcoholic; letting it breathe a few minutes helps but it is still too heavy on the alcohol; at room temperature after sitting for an hour, the truly wonderful aroma finally begins to eminate: incredibly lush aroma of malts, caramel, oranges, flowers, brown sugar, alcohol, and cookies. Flavor begins to open up at room temperature; up front, there is an alcohol burn throughout this that I love, but it is a little bit overpowering compared to the rest of the flavors; very malty with lots of dark fruit; alcohol throughout; bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly sugary syrupy; nice and chewy but a little too sticky. Overall, excellent beer. It seems Alesmith can do no wrong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
The aroma had flowers, malts, and a dark fruit sweetness w/ a hint of roastiness. The flavor had the same w/ a hint of chocolate. The beer poured a deep brown color w/ thin head and lacing. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2005
Muchas gracias, sdbruboy! Pours a dark brown, near black color with nil for a head. Slightly peaty aroma with some malt and winey properties. The taste is wonderful: very sweet malt and alcoholic, bordering on a barley wine, with some vanilla, caramel, and smoke to finish her off. Mmmmm...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Footbalm in trade. Pours medium brown with little head. Aroma has some caramel but rather weak in general. Flavor very bland for a scotch. Has some sweet malt, and smoke and thatís about it. Too thin for the style. Rather surprised by the overall. We have a local scotch ale here in MI that blows this away.

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