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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseBones (54) - - MAR 12, 2014
A robust and creamy experience that doesn't shy away from its complexity. Instead it charges through and comes up with a unique and satisfying malty beverage. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2014
750ml bottle. A really well done beer. Chalky brown-black, with a slight red tint. Patchy beige head. Rich caramel aroma, depth comes out the more it warms. Chocolate liqueur notes. I love that they make a beer this big and flavorful without oddball adjuncts or barrel aging. Deep rich malt tones with a steady alcohol warmth. Well exceedingmy expectations, this is a truly phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
azulcrewbrew (2) - corona, California, USA - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
I could get pretentious with my review of this beer, like so many others. This simply is a great tasting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tsekouratos (109) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAR 6, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with Calm_Dreamer and Imperallis. Dark ruby, hazy color with a nice, brown thick head. Aromas of caramel, honey, alcohol, wine, dark fruits, resins.. and so many more!! Excellent taste, very sweet of caramel, resins, alcohol, some wood (???) cognak and Bailleyís notes!! Long aftertaste, very sweet!! Full body with low carbonation!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
calm_dreamer (140) - GREECE - MAR 5, 2014
Too deep and dark amber ruby brown body with brown full foamy head. Aroma of acohol, wine, caramel, raisins. Same taste with a hint of cognac. Very full syrupy body. Well balanced, it goes down easily. Very long lasting aftertaste that leaves a sweet burning feeling in the chest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (430) - - MAR 4, 2014
Initially pitch black that turns to a dark crimson when held up to a light. Head is about a finger think and khaki colored; leaves behind good lacing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, scotch, oak, smoked malts and rum raisin. Flavors of caramel, scotch, vanilla, chocolate, rum raisin, dark fruits, smoked malts and a dry hopped aftertaste. Body is on the heavier side but has a smooth and creamy texture. Soooo good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle at BrewDog Shepherd Bush on 1 February 2014. Poured a very dark chestnut with a thin, off-white head and some lacing. Nutty aroma with strong caramel and earthy notes. Initial flavours not unlike port with some molasses and biscuity malt. Full bodied and smooth mouth feel. Finish was liquorice, dark rum and chewy malt. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (483) - - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle from the internets. Pours a deep amber with ample light tan head. Aroma of caramel and booze. Taste of the darkest fruits and booze. Caramel is slightly stated. Great beer for rating #400.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (152) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 On tap poured into a 4 oz shaker sampler glass. I probably didnít give this one a fair shot though; as I was sampling this, the brewmaster came out with a sample of the barrel aged wee heavy which he said they were beginning to bottle up. Iím sure this is a mighty fine scotch ale as everything else these guys put forward is incredible, but the barrel aged version is that much more special - it was hard to believe they came from the same initial batch. The aroma is that of dark fruits - primarily figs and raisin - with some light chocolate notes. Itís a dark, nearly opaque, caramel color with a thin eggshell colored head that leaves no lace. Itís a malty, medium-high sweet malty taste. Itís a medium bodied beer with a thick, sticky texture and a fizzy carbonation. It finishes smoky and chocolatey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (2662) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
The aroma is earth, chocolate, smoke, peat. The appearance is deep ruby, translucent, off white head. The flavor is chocolate, caramel, smoked peat. The finish is smoke, pine. Medium/thick in body. Pretty nice.

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