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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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown with very little head, kind of looks like Coke. Sweet, malty aroma with lots of caramel, molasses and a hint of smokiness. Mildly sweet flavor of toasted malts, caramel and smoke. Dries a bit on the finish with a touch of hops. This is my fourth Alesmith beer and none have gotten under a 4.1 rating. I just wish they were available on the east coast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Dark red body, off-white head. Big malty flavor - wood, yeast and dark fruit. Chocolately finish. Sweet, woody malty aroma. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Thanks Jason for shaing this malty mofo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Ruby body, clear, creamy tan head. Good lacing. Musty sweet hops, and cheese. Slight whisky wood, sweet fruit, dry hops, and coffee and chocolate notes. Excellent smooth beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 Sampled again thanks to iowaherkeye. Still a solid brew. Alesmith is something else. Just awesome. Thanks to mkeves for sharing this gem. A very dark brown with some ruby highlights. A thin long lasting head on top of this. The aroma is malt and peat as expected. Also a slightly smokyiness with lots of alcohol warmth. The taste has bourbon, grass and a metallic tinge. Also some oak and peat flavors floating around. The mouthfeel is medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pouars a medium dark brown, small offwhite head. Aroma is grape, cherry and malt. Flavor is smooth with cherry lemon and a little pine. Thanks to JCapriotti for sharing this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2004
very dark w/ a light tan quickly disapating head. smell was of raisens malts something sweet and a hint of alcohol. The palate was very smooth and creamy. The flavor was sweet contained some light carmel, alcohol, and something else i couldn’t place. This was DAMN good. (sampled an 03) Thanks go out to Jason for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4770) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Hazy dark amber-brown in colour with a thin off-white head that seems to last a while. Aroma of peat, roasted malt and a good small fruityness, basically from pit fruit. Medium-bodied; Great sweet flavours with a smoked peat flavour throughout showing some good roasted malt bitterness as well. Aftertaste lasts a while and leaves the mouth sweet and smokey, a nice combination! I sampled this 75 cL bottle at the November RB party at Founder’s in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2544) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
The bottle doesn’t say "J.P. Gray’s", but this is their Wee Heavy. Opaque dark red/brown with a beige, thin but lasting head. Aroma of sweet, fruity chocolate and coffee. Also hints of higher alcohols. Complex flavour including coffee, chocolate, raisin, nut and currant. Perfect balance of residual sweetness and hops bitterness. Full bodied with a very warm alcohol feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
As Wee Heavies are pretty thin on the ground in Scotland these days, it was interesting to get the opportunity to try this US rendition. I must admit I wasn’t expecting to go overboard on this as these big malty beers are not often to my taste. But I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, its very malty. There’s also smoke, peat caramel and a woody edge - almost reminiscent of an old ale, although the sweetish finish puts an end to that comparison - in the mix. What I did appreciate was the subtle, but significant, hop presence that provided a good balance to the malts and produced a smooth and dangerously drinkable ale. Not cloying at all. Good stuff. Bottled at DC gathering. 2001 version (I think).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5692) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2004
Sampled at the RBESP 2004
Raisins, plums. Sherry aroma. Dark brown with suspended yeast. Thastenotes like whiskey and raisins. Medium to full body. Wooden dry aftertaste.

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