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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!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopscotch (8904) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Bottle...This beer rocks!... Malty, yeasty and lightly smokey. Notes of sherry, oak and light alcohol. Sparkling clear burnt amber hue. Off-white, medium sized creamy head. Excellent lacing. Fully lasting. Malty, yeasty, lightly sweet and lightly bitter up front. Alcohol and hops blast the senses while almost covering notes of prunes and dark fruits on the backside. Full-bodied. Lively carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Long, satisfyingly bitter, pungent and dry in the finish. This scotch ale is for everyone... maltheads and hopheads alike.Thanks go out to herbjones for this one. My favorite beer!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Big thanks to TChrome for this. Pours dark brown (a super heavy ruby through my desk lamp) with medium light tan head and mucho laceo. Aroma of malt, almonds, walnuts, corn flakes, cognac, cabernet, some chocoff. Wonderful, complex aroma. Tastes malty, with a huge chocolate-hazelnut palate, combined with some spirits (cognac, Amaretto). Super smooth, and more chocolate and nuts as it warms. Like drinking a Godiva chocolate nut candy. The alcohol is non-existent. The palate is more exquisite than a shaved call girl on the tongue. This one would be great as a nut brown, a porter, or a scottish ale. Iíve given more big scores in the last 3 months than I can ever remember. Then again, Iíve ramped up my trading so that I have a nice stockpile. To me, theoretically all beers could be perfect, or they could all be garbage. This one is perfect. My 12th perfecto robusto. If I had known, Iíd have saved this for 1,500. I still have the Alesmith Grand Cru. Stay tuned, same Bat time, same Bat channel.....Find this stuff at all costs, even if you have to go Faustian and sell your soul...itís that damned good! Bravo, Alesmith.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Cask During RBSG vintage version, the smoothest silkiest wee heavy ever and holy shit this beer is amazing and as such, I can’t give it a higher rating, but it cements this 5 for me because this version made me want to have it like this every day, it was incredible and is as such incredible. A much needed rerate. Iíve tried to do so a few times but havenít managed. Pours dark brown amber with a 1 finger head. The nose is incredible malty sweet, and robust. Taste is sweet malty and robust, it is really a pretty damn amazing beer, this is beer that really got me going and I still like it. And Iím out it tonight. I like it still is it a 5? Its damn close if anything. This is my favorite beer, I love everything about it, it is unique, extremely malty, with rich sweet flavor. This beer is perfect for all seasons, like other fantastic beers from Alesmith, the alcohol taste is hidden behind the complex and enticing flavors. I canít say a single bad thing about this liquid art form, thanks Alesmith.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Pours a midnight black with very little head. Aromas of coffee and caramel. Initial warmth that warms to a sweet roasted finish with hints of alcohol. A wonderful, wonderful beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2007
The first sample was perfect. Many more bottles have met their demise in this household, but not all of them illustrated the perfection that regularly peeks out. The possibility that only very fresh bottles perfectly suit my palate arises. Analyzation aside, many of my experiences with this beer have yielded awe-inspiring, nearly tearfully joyous moments. A feeling of a slight inconsistency is the only reason this doesnít achieve perfection in scoring, even though itís perfect in my mind. Any experience that was less than perfect was just barely so - this is a masterpiece, the finest beer Iíve ever had in my many years of craft beer enjoyment, the single most exciting beverage thatís ever crossed these lips.

The dense pour oozes from the bottle in a honeyed formation, filling the glass with a dark, shadowy ruby pour with devilish crimson brilliance. A thick head thatís creamier than cream itself forms and remains steadfast, throughout the consumption of the entire glass. The glass itself doesnít even seem to matter, this always looks great. Lacing is thick, webbed and scattered in intricate patterns rarely encountered. Perfect.

Such rich aromas fill the air. The list is evergrowing as repeated whiffs are deemed necessary by someone who just canít get enough, someone who just canít get over how amazing this is. Peat, chocolate, vanilla, brandy, red wine, wood, hazelnuts, almonds, plums galore, caramel, butterscotch, roasted grains, fresh grass, molasses, herbs, coffee, flowers, toffee...the list goes on but I feel like itís no longer a task sorting through such a numerous display of engaging nuances. Alcohol is prevalent throughout repeated inhalations but is never a deterrent or detractor from everything that captivates and satisfies. Perfect.

The first sip is better than silky, more luxurious than I can adequately describe. The body is full and robust but full of delicacy and complexity at the same time. Carbonation is low to medium and whirls the flavors around so efficiently that every tastebud has the opportunity to share in this momentous flavor. Peat and chocolate arrive first and set up a base camp at the perimeter. Smoke and caramel infiltrate the peaks and valleys. Sweetness is medium and perfectly wrought. Bitterness is low, hops are invisible. Acidity is nil, this is just too creamy. The finish is lengthy, bold and embracing; a soft glance at the preceding reveals a lingering chocolate and caramel edge with peated malt and faint fruit that fade gracefully away. Perfect.

Were this rated based upon the first bottle consumed, it likely would have been scored a perfect 5. Something so amazing warranted repeated visits nearly immediately though, and not all of those were as amazing. Not as amazing, as in 4.9 or 4.8 - this is always an amazing beer. Alesmith has not created their interpretation of a Scotch ale in the typical confines of the style, theyíve reinvented and improved upon the style to such a degree that I feel like this beer will never seem tiresome. To me, that is perfect.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2011 Rating # 500 and to celebrate my little milestone my first Alesmith, bottle thanks to Ryan (giascar) I have been sitting on this one for a while,so lets see what all the rave is about.Pours brown with a ruby hue with avery lively tan head that is so thick you can make peaks with your finger,with a full bodied appearence so far so good,following form for a scotch ale,aromas are of very heavy caramelized malts, smoke,vanilla and a very faint aroma of hops well in the back ground just where they belong taste is of a very powerful malt bomb,sweet smooth,sugar vanilla, this by far is the best I have had in this style even if magic dave says there is no such thing as scotch ale lives up to the hype and Ií m very jealous of all the fellow ratebeerians who can buy this at thier local bottle shops

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3+ year old bottle. Just amazing, really. Some alcohol evident in the bready and smoked peat aroma. Creamy, mellow body, thick with molasses and sticky with caramel. Also noted some bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar and pecans. Slightly hoppy finish to remind you that you were just treated to one of the finest Scotch ales ever made. Elegant, refined and a real treat. Thanks to one of the most generous and sweetest raters I have the pleasure of knowing for sharing such a gem.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Slightly sweet malty brew. One of my favorite styles. Can taste traces of the alcohol. Beautiful color and light lacing. Donít buy this, as I want to get it all for myself!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
This scotch ale is awesome. The Wee Heavy had many of the same aroma and flavor characteristics that the Speedway Stout has. They are not the same by any stretch, but you can definitely taste the similarities. The pour was a dark reddish brown with a huge head that stuck around for a long time. The aroma was of sweet chocolate malt, and a faint hint of coffee. There is a good smoky characteristic to the nose as well. The taste is very smooth and malty, with little in the hop department. The flavors are sweet malts, chocolate, and the coffee again. Way too easy to drink for a 10% ABV beer. The best scotch ale out there for sure."

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 On Tap @ Brewery. Dark brown color with creamy tan head. Aroma of rich caramel and molasses malts. Wow, full flavor maltiness from caramel, molasses, some chocolate malts and vanilla. In spite of this and the high gravity a surprising amount of piney hops remain from midway to the finish. The best Scotch Ale Iíve tried to date by a wide margin. I thought Iíd had a couple of really good ones too. I really like Pikeís Kilt Lifter on tap and the Wee Heavy blow it away. Itís not even close. Excellent brew!


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