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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!


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
No "J P Gray’s" on the bottle, but I’ve read it’s the same beer. Excellent biscuitty, bready malt aroma. Deep auburn color under a light tan head. Flavor is dominated by the caramel malt, but some peat flavors and chocolate malts poke through as well. The alcohol is slightly more apparent than I had expected, but it’s still a wonderful beer.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3679) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours opaque coffee brown with light tan head. Roast malt aroma has molasses overtone. Flavor has molasses, licorice and roast malt notes, a bit on the sweet side. Firm texture has OK fizz and leaves a chocolaty finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (200) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2015
Draft at 2014 Yokohama Beer Fest. Nice deep mahogany color with a thin off-white head. Lots of prune, currant, fig, brown sugar, vanilla chocolate and malt on the nose. Taste is more of the same, with a little of the alcohol peeking out as it comes to room temperature. Really, really smooth...like a great brandy. Full bodied with a thick texture. Nice smooth long finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
evergreen0199 (2202) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Keg at Brewdog, Shepherd’s Bush, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a thin off white/beige head on top. Rich, boozy, roasty, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, rich, boozy, dark fruit, caramel, slight sweetness. A damn fine Scotch ale from Alesmith.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Big Bottle picked up in Wisconsin. Pours a deep dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, molasses and had a hint of smoke. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, dried dark fruit, toffee, toasted malts, molasses and had some notes of chocolate. Full body, creamy texture, medium carbonation.

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 (6612) - 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 (3326) - 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 (192) - 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 (651) - 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 (3690) - 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.


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