RateBeer
overall
100
100
style
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1316   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned
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!


Bacterial's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1826) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Yes - this is the scotch ale to measure all other scotch ales. On draft at OBC in Ojai, CA. Dark dark amber pour with a nice wispy white head. Malty and smooth, not overbearingly sweet - just nice.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pruney and raisiny, with sweet, smoky maltiness permeating. Smooth on the palate but a bit fruit dominant, with subdued hops creeping in late and some heat showing through the finish. Aggressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (6598) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle @ Home. Pours dark brown with a creamy offwhite head, heavy lacings. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, little chocolate, some sweet dark fruit notes. Flavor is rather sweet, malty, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, little spicy, earth, nuts, sweet dark dried fruit, raisin, plum, some alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol. 200215

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3310) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2015
Red brown black colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, malts and chocolate. Sweet flavour, malts, caramel. Sweet finish, chocolate, caramel and malts.(from 75cL bottle @ Camping RateBeers. Thanks for sharing today’s beers, RateBeer crew!)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (190) - Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Scored a bottle a little over 1 year old at friar tuck Peoria. Aroma is malty and boozy with dark plum and fig. I am also getting some black cherry and caramelized sugar. Pours a dark reddish brown with a tiny tan head. Taste is malty and sweet with a tinge of oak and sourness. Complex, roasty and smoky for a scotch ale. It even has that hint of booze burn that I like in this style. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (644) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
(750ml bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Feb 6 2015) Pours very deep clear reddish brown with a small lingering bubbly off white head. Aroma nice and malty and toasted as well, sweet caramel molasses with a bit of raisin, lightly chocolatey, prune maybe, a little nutty note and wisp of smoke. Flavour of molasses and brown sugar, unsweetened cacao, toast, a mix of dried dark fruit, all kind of clinging to the roof of the mouth. Sweet at the beginning but becoming dry, mineral with a light toast bitterness. Aftertaste has some grain and lingering malt and dark fruit. Very light alcohol heat. The palate is almost watery and refreshing but with good flavour concentration. Light carb. Drinks so easily but elegantly. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3688) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
(bottle - 750 ml - 2010 vintage) Copper pour with a thin tan head. Heavy malt and caramel aroma with some chocolate underneath it. Slightly tangy at the start but then you get punched with a ton of malts. Some raisins and fruit flavors come through at the end. Really easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Japalo (1320) - DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle@Boltons. Haze dark brown. Small head. Caramalty notes. Sweet raisins. Rum. Good body. Smooth. No hop feelings at all. Served cooled. Warming up. More complexity. Some staleness and oak mouthfeel. Fine brew v

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nik925 (768) - USA - FEB 1, 2015
I let this one age. > 4 years old. A very impressive beer. An amazing mellowness. The alcohol flavor expected is fully warmed down into a delicious cherry-ness. Very obviously aged as much as is an awesome beer underneath. I bet this is great fresh, but really happy I tucked this bottle away.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bookman10 (688) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Not my favorite style, but this isn’t a bad beer. Pours a dark copper with massive, quickly-dissipating head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, but not sickly-so. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, toffee, and raisin/prune. Creamy mouthfeel. Some booziness, but not too pronounced.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zodiac (52) - - JAN 20, 2015
one of the best beers i had. i love scotch ales and this one really delivers with aroma, taste and richness. speechless.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 132


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50