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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours dark brown with a dark thin head. Aroma is a bit boozy and coffee. Flavor is sweet and sharp, bitter and sweet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calisky (1012) - ALSACE, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Kindly shared by Jaghana. Couleur noire avec reflets ambrées, très légère mousse. Nez fort et intense chocolat noir, reglisse, bon alcool. Super gout intense, cremeux, rond en bouche de prune, fruits noirs, malté, chocolat.... note réglisse, café, boisée barrique. caramel brulé et dense, bon alcool, fruits secs, raisins secs. Super complexe, légère et ronde en bouche, on peu la deguster pendant des heures. Super balancée. Une petite bombe! Thanks a lot Jaghana!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (4078) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle 75cl, a dark beer with medium off white head. Nose is on prune, chocolate and peated touch. Aroma is on chocolate, dark coffee, quetsche and prune notes, oak notes, light peated touch, very creamy and smooth, robust body, dark chocolate, extremely complex with excellent texture. alcohol notes, tobacco notes. Finish is on peated notes with dark caramel, peppery hops, dark chocolate, plum, beer as a dream.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (379) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2014
It pours dark with a plum hue when the light penetrates it. It has a healthy brown head. It has aromas of molasses, dark fruits, a bit of chocolate, and roasted elements. The first thing that hit me were the smoky flavors mixed with chocolate. There are also hints of dried fruits in the plum range with substantial warming on the way down. This one was saved for a special day and it was well worth the wait.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark brown color with orange highlights and a small foamy beige head that left good lacing. The aroma was woody, nutty, a bit toasty and had vague dark fruits and cola. The flavor was woody, nutty, toasty, a bit smoky and had notes of cola, fig, cherry and a boozy presence. Long finish with lingering booziness. Moderately full bodied. The booziness detracts from this one. Interesting.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (1407) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: caramel, overripe fruit, toffee, some alcohol, prunes. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: malty sweets intensify, heavy caramel malts, grain and bread coming up, ripe, dark fruits. Overall: fantastic Scotch Ale, incredible complexity in all aspects. Pint at AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bth122 (1291) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Big bottle. Poured a black color with frothy head. Aroma of molasses, cocoa, brown sugar. Taste is creamy and smooth. Slight warming alcohol finish. Medium heavy body. A real Solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours almost black, nose is peat, caramel, berries, dark fruit, taste is dry toffee, rich caramel, fruity, peat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1728) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2014
A dark brown beer with a dense, medium and beige head. The nose is rich and it has strong dried fruits, raisins and dates, berries, strawberries, madeira wine, some alcohol and cold peppermint, hint of roastiness. Very complex aroma that is fresh despites of the richness. Taste has rich maltyness, dried fruits, raisins, strawberries, some dryer roastiness and bread. Medium bitterness dries the taste nicely. No alcohol. Almost full bodied, some carbonation, not too heavy. A very complex and rich flavours, powerfull, fresh anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5007) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2014
30/VIII/14 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) if I remember correctly, been in my beer fridge for a while @ Cybu’s veggie burger cook-off, paired with my wife’s caramel pecan pie - BB: n/a (2014-959)

Little cloudy red brown to purple beer, small beige creamy head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, ripe banana, sweet, little oxidized, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel, some banana, bi tof dark chocolate, soft sour notes. Aftertaste: mocha, roasted stuff, caramel, cocoa powder, soft bitterness, overripe banana, bitter chocolate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3328) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle, shared by a kind soul, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a dark brown with a small head and some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is lightly boozy with a big rich malt character, some light roast, and some mild toffee with a bit of cherry in there.

The flavor is pleasantly sweet with a light smokiness. It’s got a lot of chocolate malty character to it. It’s really rich and fairly restrained on the booziness, which is not to say that that particular aspect doesn’t lend to a nice warming bit that fits the beer nicely.

It’s a style I normally don’t get too excited over... many of them are awfully smoky, or worse over run with caramel malt sweetness.
This one absolutely skips on both of those fronts, and lifts, really hard.


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