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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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1260) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
750mL Champagne bottle Bottled 1/15/14 Deep burnish bronze beer, nice bright edges. A dense half-inch of light tan foam sits proudly atop for the duration of the tasting. Nose is rich, deeply complex & layered; treacle, Speyside singlemalt, toffee, cocoa, butterscotch, floral heather, dried fruits, faint peaty earthiness. Substantially thick, chewy, sticky, LONG on the palate, subdued creamy carbonation. All emcompasiing sweetness upfront on the palate - lots of burnt caramel, treacle, golden syrup & butter on toasted crumpets, leading into dark chocolate, dark plums, dried fruits of sultana and date, and continues to more earthy notes of mild peat smoke, leafy hops & woody spice, finally ending with a lingering grippy bitterness and Whisky-like boozy embrace. Rarely do beers seriously take me away to somewhere else, but I am very taken by this - seems so perfectly attuned for the style to the point where the idea of style is thrown out the window and one can become almost poetic with their evaluation. Needless to say, sensational!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
carried over from untapped to try and organize my beers in one spot for synchronicity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1423) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
Butelka 75cl. OCZY : piwo ma kolor ciemnobrązowy z odcieniami wiśni. Ale z daleka wydaje się po prostu czarne. Piana piwa ma kolor ciemnego beżu. Nie jest wielka, całkiem zbita. Po czasie kompletnie znika zostawiając pierścień i lacing. NOS : po chwilowym odstaniu piwo na pierwszy niuch emanuje silnym aromatem toffi, suszonych śliwek, czekolady, banana, delikatnie kawy i alkoholu. To co się dzieje z nim po wstrząśnięciu jest niesamowite. Na wierzch wychodzą świeże aromaty gumy balonowej o wielu rożnych smakach, miedzy innymi truskawka, wiśnia, rodzynki. Natomiast cala reszta intensywnieje i świetnie współgra. USTA : piwo jest geste i oleiste. Ma konsystencje soku bananowego i niewielkie nasycenie. Piwo jest słodkie i rozgrzewające. Wyraźne nuty słodowe to przede wszystkim intensywne ciacho czekoladowe z toffi i rodzynkami popijane kieliszeczkiem starego porto. Do tego delikatne nuty palone osadzają się głęboko w przełyku, razem z rozgrzewającym alkoholem tworzy się prawdziwa poezja smaku. No ładnie. Chyba jestem pod sporym wrażeniem. Gorzkość jest delikatna a posmak przypomina suszone śliwki i porto. ODCZUCIA : piłem już kilka dobrych ejli w tym stylu ale bez dwóch zdań to wybiega daleko na przód. Tak jak nigdy nie bylem pod wrażeniem tego stylu tutaj można spokojnie się zastanowić nad tym jak ten styl w dobrym wydaniu pełni funkcje pomostu miedzy belgijskim quadem a amerykańskim RISem. Pycha. OCENA : smak : 9/10 pijalność : deserowa styl : +2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Dark mahogany pour with an off-white head. Aromas of smokey peat, caramel, toffee, some subtle dark fruit notes, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and smokey malts with notes of toffee and molasses. Really great beer, very complex. Abv is well-hidden also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (1351) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille. Smaakt vol, vanille, koffie, crčme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1511) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
Pours a dark red slightly unclear beer with a good tan head. Smells malts, coffee and rye. Tastes the same. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2778) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 750 ml bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but has a store price tag dated 11/2/2012. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, light smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, cherry, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown bread, chocolate, cocoa, smoke, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Scotch ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1081) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle shared with friends after the 4th. Snifters. Pours a dark brown with a thick off-white head. Aroma is fruity (plums, raisins, over-ripe apricots), bread, doughnut, dark sugars, molasses, and spices. The taste was similar with the fruits and spices pairing well with the alcohol finish. Full body, oily and creamy texture. Light carbonation. Really a full flavored, fresh Wee Heavy. Lots of barrel as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
uwbeaker (3) - - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
Smooth bodied Scotch Style Ale with a mild aroma and a very full bodied head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (356) - Tasmania, - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle at Frenchman’s Cap with James and James. A dark ruby red colour with a foamy tan head. Aroma is dense malty, shortbread, fruitcake, caramel, spicy and alcohol. The flavour is caramel malts, dried fruit, brandy, cocoa, plummy. Wonderful.

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