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RATINGS: 1287   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle shared at Manny Gs - thanks to Paul. Around 3-4 years old. Pours deep amber with a frothy beige head. Some old, rotting wooding the nose, leathery fruits, jammy berries. Medium to big sweet flavor, lots of rich bread, dates, a bit of old toffee, raspberry jam. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, fruitcake, more jam, raspberry, toffee. Great stuff. Touches of age at the edges but nice complexity overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1220) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Cloudy red brown. Nose is light smoke, toffee. Sweet, with some burnt caramel and light smoke. Full bodied, almost chewy. Good scotch ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElbowRocker (13) - - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a deep, hazy, dark brown amber with light just making it through the edges. Nice light beige head and lots of fine lacing. Aroma is mild with toffee notes. Palate is full and smooth, great feel. Taste is delicious; caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and finally raisins or some fruity flavor I cant quite pin down. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2014
750ml bottle - pours a dark mahogany with dark tan head . Intense dark fruit aromas with some floral hop notes . Taste is a wonderful blend of toffee , burnt sugar with a smooth palette . Finishes with a touch of smoke . Freaking delicious . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
brewskilover85 (17) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Starts out smooth and ends with a great flavor. Very full beer that smells just as good as it tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1258) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2014
750 mL bottle, in trade with treebute. Pours dark brown, with a small, beige head. The aroma is strong black bread, caramel, peat, light smoke, oak, and vanilla. Very sweet and malty flavor, with no perceptible bitterness or sourness. Very heavy body, thick, malty, and lightly astringent. Overall, this is a wonderful malt bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mpuntmuts (137) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2014
Very dark pour with almost no head. Smoky and roasted aroma. Burnt sugar and bitter chocolate. Fantastic roasted malty flavors. Coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Nice alcoholic warmth while going down. Fat body with surprisingly more carbonation than expected. Absolutely an amazing brew! So very happy with this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (2057) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle shared with Simonsen
Dark brown, big creamy tanned head. Smell of dark malts, hints of caramel and toffee, hints of toast, some discrete chocolate flavors in the back. Heavy sweet, alot of dark fruits, dark sinful malts, caramel and a touch of toast. The texture is super oily and makes it even better. A wonderful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pieboss (6) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2014 does not count
On tap at Ruckus Morrisville. Roasted as heck - big malty backbone. More than a "wee" heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (972) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Pours a dark brown-black with a one finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light smoke, coffee, coco, vanilla, and some raisins. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, medium-long finish. Overall, a very tasty wee heavy that hides it 10% abv very well.

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