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RATINGS: 1240   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MattiasA (612) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2014
This is worth all the hype. The aroma is dominated by traditional caramel. For all us scotch ale fanatics, this is a must.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (492) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours a dark red brown. Aroma is dark fruits, earthy, peat, a little smoke. Taste is similar, sweet dark malt caramel, with the sufficient hops growing in the middle and leaving a balanced lingering aftertaste. Not bad and not much sign of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2828) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2014
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, bottled on 07/10/13, purchased at Belmont Station on January 16 2014, savoured on February 2 2014; eye: dark brown with burgundy reflections, semi-opaque, nice sheet of beige head, average lacing; nose: alcohol, caramel, peat, light smoke, malt, molasses; mouth: alcohol, caramel, light smoke, peat, malt, molasses, plum, chocolate, finale in peat with presence of alcohol, medium-full body, good carbonation, mildly sweet, slightly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, 10,0 %, embouteillée le 07/10/13, achetée chez Belmont Station le 16 janvier 2014, savourée le 2 février 2014; œil : brun foncé avec des reflets bourgogne, semi-opaque, belle couverture de mousse beige, dentelle moyenne; nez : alcool, caramel, tourbe, léger fumé, malt, mélasse; bouche : alcool, caramel, léger fumé, tourbe, malt, mélasse, prune, chocolat, finale en tourbe avec présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucré, très légèrement amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (1697) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle 750 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 10% Dark brown colour on the body with red shades. One finger of beige head, good density and very good retention in spite of its low size. Thin film of foam left behind, along with light lacing. Very nice aroma of dark fruits, prunes, figs, black raisins. Taste is nicely sweet, again with plenty of dark fruits. Lots of prunes, some vanilla, molasses. The alcohol very well hidden, in no case tastes like a 10%. Medium body, low carbonation that works very good here, a little sticky on the palate. Great beer, only I should be careful, this is dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2353) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
2007 bottle, God bless Walt. Aroma brings caramel and sweet woody malts. Flavor has lost the peat and booze notes nicely bringing a smooth lightly sweetened malty beer with some caramel way on the back end so pleasant on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgajdaczewa (297) - Katowice, POLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bardzo złożone piwo. W aromacie dominują nuty przywołujące na myśl doppelbocka, czyli potężna słodowość, karmel, na szczęście kontrastowane to jest aromatem kremowym, czekolada mleczna, lekkie suszone owoce. W smaku dzieje się jeszcze więcej i jeszcze lepiej: jako pierwsza uderza kremowa tekstura, co dość zaskakujące, przyjemna czekolada przechodzi w silniejszy karmel pełny suszonych owoców. Pełne i zaklejające, atakujące alkoholową goryczką przywodzącą na myśl szlachetne likiery, niezwykle rozgrzewające. Całkiem wysoka pijalność jak na tak tęgie piwo. No i doskonałe ułożenie! Spodziewałem się wyższej gorzyczki chmielowej i ciekawszego, mniej doppelbockowego aromatu, ale i tak jest to znakomite piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Into a thistle, the appearance has a dark brown close to brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies at a nice pace; lacing is extremely light and tries to cling but spider webs and slides; the aroma has a nice assortment of caramels, chocolates, the normal light peat that usually comes in a Scotch ale, slightly boozy; the taste is sweet through the previously mentioned flavors; nice boozy somewhat chocolatey aftertaste; the finish is really interesting actually, I get the sense that it wants to be dry, hmmm....but comes across slightly smooth and sweet, maybe even somewhat sticky; on the palate, this one sits about a medium in body; sessionable - not really, more of a sipper; carbonation comes across slightly smooth; overall wow, I really like this Scotch Ale, wow, the ABV seems to have died a bit in the taste and mouthfeel since its from April of 2013, but hey, I must have had it at the exact right time as there’s just enough "boozy" feel for a nice Alaskan winter’s night

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gurthnar (1245) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle kindly shared by Cuso, thank you! Aroma strong chocolate, fruits, plums. High ABV sensor is beeping. Dark brown colour. Taste is alcoholey, boozy, some sourness present. Under that, roasted malts, chocolate, plums. Not exactly great, overdone with aggressive alcohol. Burning boozy finish. Not to my taste unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle into a tulip. Caramel colored with a thin but complex palate - decent, but probably won’t buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ametras (212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
750ml bottle. Clear mahogany with a off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts and smoke. Taste is malty sweetness, toffee, cherry, raisins, nuts and peat. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, chewy and creamy texture. Well hidden alcohol, surprising drinkability.

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