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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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Pour is deep ruby brown with dense tan head...smell is quite malty and very smokey...richly fruity with a fantastic mouthfeel....sweet raisins, prunes, chocolate, caramel...alcohol almost not noticable...nice flavorful finish...damn this is good...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Dark red with off-white head. Roasted malt smell with sweet flavor and caramel hints. I loved this beer and actaually went back to get another glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2005
10.31.04 750 bottle @ Heavyweight Openhouse thanks to Eyedrinkale. Clouded mahoganey pour with no head. This stuff is like a malt extract with a hint of smoke. Lots of booze, chocolate, caramel, peat in the background. Maris Otter is evident. Hops be damned. Full and creamy palate spreads the love around. What a treat, I could go for a bottle of my own!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4275) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Bottle. Poured a small creamy, smooth tan head that most diminished, fine-large sized bubbles, minimal carbonation, good lacing, and a reddish brown hue. Aroma was wonderful-malty, chocolate, little smokey, sweet, and alcohol. The flavor was sweet, malty, chocolate, vinuous but not overly so, rich, smokey, caramel and a lingering aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium-full body. A very quaffable Scotch Ale and well worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2005
This is a pretty good brew. I must admit I was expecting a little more from it since the other Alesmith beers I’ve had were all simply fanastic. Malty, quite smooth, a hint of roasted chocolate, small amount of smoke flavor. It’s really kind of one dimensional. Still, a well made, quality beer and certainly worth trying at least once.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Very strong malt flavor- exactly like chewing on grains. Flavor and aroma aren’t blended. Smells like grain bucket. Low to medium mouth feel, but very heavy. Sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2005 Pours a deep and murky brown. Not much head. Smells of sweet malts and chocolate. Tastes sweet and rich, slightly chocolate finish, just a touch of hops to cut it off. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2005 Pous dark brown, with a very small tan head. Aromas of malt, a little smoke, brown sugar, and alcohol. Flavors are roasted malt, hops, chocolate.brown sugar, and a small amount of smoke. Very nice indeed....

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