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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - MAR 19, 2014

Year old bottle.

Look: Dark, golden pour with huge, thick (small bubbles at start), creamy, light mocha head. Has medium speed retention (small bubbles breaking down into bigger ones and then collapsing), goes down with some sticky lacing, leaves creamy, puffy top layer. The layer leaves some fine lacing when you drink it. It’s clear, deep, dark amber, can barley see through.

Smell: Rich yet smooth and fresh. First association are raisins in sugary scotch. The fruity part is mostly dark fruits, white grapes, plums and some dry fruits like raisins. It creates most of the fresh part. Malt character is also very well developed - burned and brown sugar, honey, molasses, light smoke, milk chocolate and roast. Nothing spikes out, it’s smooth and pleasant. Also some oak and earthy notes to play with the present alcohol, scotch notes. Alcohol/fusel is noticeable, but suits the overall complexity and is not distracting.

Taste: Medium heavy molasses, honey, caramel, chocolate start, continues the same path to full-on molasses with smoke (ash; stronger than in smell) and roast sweetness. Dark, dry fruits, raisins with scotch/rum stick around. Ends with light alcohol/stronger scotch and medium sweetness - that creates medium bitterness with light sour. Also some oak comes out in the after-taste. Lots of caramel and molasses sweetness stays on your lips when time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Full medium heavy, melting carbonation, very creamy and smooth. Light warming of the alcohol at the end, but goes with the overall concept and it should be there.

Overall: Probably one of the best examples of this style, the alcohol notes are present but get a bit annoying only in the taste (that last spike of bitterness). Smell is rich and smooth, could smell it all day, the taste is smooth enough and makes me appreciate the scotch ale style a bit more (not my favourite). The appearance and mouthfeel are superb. A bit of ageing could probably make it even smoother.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mindwarp (35) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
(750) Nice dark brown tint with bubbles racing up all around the sides. Pours with a reddish hue drinking out of a Dogfish Head Signature Glass so I can’t see thru the brew. Nice little brown head. Sweet smell and the taste is also sweet that had some bitterness afterwards but that went away as it warmed up a bit, Thick and seems to stick to my mouth which in this case is a good thing. Doesn’t seem like a 10%’er but I’m sure that will change once I finished the bottle. I like this beer and would drink it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseBones (60) - - 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 (4271) - 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 (187) - 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 Bailley’s 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 (157) - 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 (483) - - 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 (1462) - 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 (797) - - 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.

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