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Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.

Wet Willy Scotch AleWet Willy Scotch Ale

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very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2008)
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Photo of rjp217


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle (no date) into a tulip...

A - A dark orange look with a small head that dissipates immediately and no lace, meh

S - Difficult for me to pull any aroma out of this. I get some muted caramel and maybe some dark fruits but that is about it

T - Really shines here... Toffee, molasses, candy and raisins stand out big time. Pretty complex

M - Great body, silky smooth and a heavy booze presence

O - This beer is a bit of a monster. The 10% wacks you in the face. Definitely a sipper. The taste and mouthfeel are outstanding. Reminds me of an alcoholic fruit roll up. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 23:48:32 | More by rjp217
Photo of C20Percent


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little surprised this is ranked so low. The appearance isn't anything to write home about. A bit lighter than expected, and pretty murky; not much head. The money is in the aroma and flavor. Super solid taste. Nice sweet caramel goodness with an appropriate hit ness. Dark fruits and all. Way good. The feel is also nice. Creamier than expected. Feels really good in the mouth. Overall, highly recommended. My bottle was aged two years. So that might make a difference. If you can get a bottle, then sit on it and drink it later.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:16:38 | More by C20Percent
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown apricot copper color?A thinner slight off white head settles into a frothy mass.Fruit and caramel toffee mainly in the nose,quite alcoholic.Big chewey and yes alcoholic on the palate,cutting through the alcohol is dark fruit and more cramel toffee with a big hit of that warming alcohol in the finish all the way down.This feels all of 10% but it's made to sip and savor and it's great for that,I like it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 00:20:53 | More by oberon
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle, dated 12/2012.

Appearance: Pours a dirty, light brown body, thick & lasting head that seamlessly melds with the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smoky, caramel, rich.

Taste: Full on malt, rich warming, peaty a bit, heavy on the caramel, very sweet as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, silky feel, covers the mouth.

Overall: Only saw now, a few days after i tasted it, that the ABV is 10%. In no way is that apparent. Great pick.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:43:04 | More by papat444
Photo of joeseppy


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden honey with garnet highlights. One inch head dissipates quickly with a stratospheric top and foam hugs the ridge.

Booze stands front in the nose followed by a toffee/caramel with toasted nut and sweet malt aroma. Some allspice.

Again booze upfront on the taste buds balanced nicely with the malt and mild hop. Mellow burnt toffee.

Very mellow brew that finishes smoooth! I would compare a likeness of this to a Firestone Double DBA.

Overall nicely done. One needs to like a bit-o-booze and expect it in this quaff. Again, nicely balanced and not one characteristics outweighs the other. Only wish it were in my area as I would definitely git mo' of the Weee William.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:48:17 | More by joeseppy
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a large beer mug.

L - murky rust color with a thin beige head that just went away in a few minutes.

S - sweet toffee and burnt brown sugar.

T - sweetness upfront with the alcohol making itself known finishing with some light bitterness.

F - medium bodied, mild carbonation with some alcohol warming.

O - good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 00:01:26 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Daktyls


3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, slightly reddish amber color with minimal head that dissipates to a very small patch of lacing that seemingly struggles to maintain itself.

S: Light notes of caramel, some hoppiness and very light notes of yeast are present, almost a breadiness. Some alcohol is present in the nose as well.

T: Dark fruits dominate with sugary sweetness in the background along with a very slight hop profile. Some sweeter notes of vanilla and toffee are present on the finish.

M: A very full bodied beer with a 'boozey' quality to it, thick and syrupy on the tongue.

O: Overall, very tasty and enjoyable, not the best Scotch Ale, but definitely one that I would purchase, and enjoy, again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 17:41:24 | More by Daktyls
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Loads of caramel malts with notes of vanilla, sweet breads, and graham crackers. Slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Sticky caramel malts dominate with vanilla and hints of toffee. Sweet bready flavors are also present with a moderate alcohol presence.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky sweet.

O: A pretty decent Scotch ale overall. Not terribly complex and a bit boozy, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 13:03:19 | More by n2185
Photo of sommersb


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle, pry-cap covered in plastic
Glassware: Thistle
Purchased: Received in a trade

Pours a hazy red/orange color, capped by a moderate sized tan head. Head retention is good, with a fair amount of lacing clinging to the glass.

Aromas feature sweet, bready malts, molasses, and dark fruits such as dates and raisins.

The taste is very rich and flavorful, with pretty big boozy notes. Flavors include dark fruits, caramelized malt, and an oak character. Fairly sweet, with just a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes malty sweet, with significant alcohol warming.

Overall this is a potent Scotch ale; a tour de force in maltiness and booziness...

Thanks to merc7186 for this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:47:31 | More by sommersb
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into hf tulip. Not sure of the vintage.
Pours a copper haze almost ruby brown. Oily thick looking with thin thin head.
Lots of caramel and toffee aromas.
Taste is very sweet toffee and bitter slight hop flavor but the characteristic scotch flavors are present but not overwhelming. Nice brew...id love to age this for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:19:12 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of davey101


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, 500ml bottle into a NEBCO flute glass served at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a clear dark red color with a bit of sediment. Initial pour yields a two finger off white head which doesn't stick around for too long. Settles into a thin cap and edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention.

S - Toffee, caramelized malts and dark fruits, and vanilla rich butterscotch. A bit of an alcohol tingle on the end.

T - Loads of rich caramel and toffee. Light notes of vanilla and butterscotch, Not super complex or full of flavors, but its very rich and tasty. A touch of alcohol warmth but its very faint and only helps with the flavor profile. Finish is of sweet butterscotch candy.

M - Creamy and medium bodied with silky carbonation. Slightly dry finish with only a lingering buttery rich candy flavor. Very smooth with no alcohol heat.

O - This beer is excellent, and with nearly a year on it its drinking so well. Can't wait to try a fresh bottle in a few weeks. One of the more enjoyable scotch ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 02:21:35 | More by davey101
Photo of alexgash


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

Slightly hazy ruby orange-red. Finger of dense, creamy, dirty beige head. Very nice lacing and retention. Very malty sweet nose. Candied fruits, rich caramel, peat malt, whiskey, and some rum.

Scorched caramel up front. Becomes fruitier and sweet and caramelier Slight woody, tannic bitterness around the edges. Whiskeyish, peaty notes near the finish. Woody bitterness in the finish with lots of lingering caramel and fruit. Medium-full body, with a softly carbonated feel. Delicious and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 02:26:52 | More by alexgash
Photo of abrand


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a slight haziness to it. Not much of a head is noticed after an aggressive pour. Good carbonation is seen. Smells slightly sweet with toffee and caramel. Plenty of malts on the nose. Bready doughs also come through as it warms. Taste is great. Nice sweetness with candy up front and a slight bitter finish. Very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is great. Very good scotch beer. Straight forward.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:45:37 | More by abrand
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Willimantic Brewery: Served in a snifter. There was no head or lacing with this one. It was a ruby tinged brown color. The aroma was a bit lighter than expected. Some caramel sweetness, and maybe some oak. The taste is very good. Very smooth. Some sweet citrus, dark fruits and some caramel and smokiness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 19:18:27 | More by Boto
Photo of chugalug06


4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One-finger head grows upon a cloudy brown brew with lots of orange and red. Head has heavy yellow/green glow to it.

Very herbal and propely sweet. A mild roar comes from the depths of my Southampton snifter. Lots of big caramel

Very dry and high in ABV, but it's hardly noticeable when you get into it. Sweetness is mild and very well done. Spices come across my tongue and leave me with an almost fig-y feel/flavor. You can feel the heat, but it's very well made.

A three hour boil! Wow! Worth waiting for, this was a delicious brew, thanks Andy for sharing! Don't judge this brew by its appearance.. There's lots of love in this fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 04:35:44 | More by chugalug06
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with caramel maltiness mixed with equal amounts of butterscotch, dark fruits, toasted bread and a hint of booze.

The taste follows the nose and brings out toffee, dark fruit and spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. After the toffee opening, the earthy and peaty flavors move in, balanced by a bit of drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is actually rather crisp, sharp and dry compared to many sweeter ales in this category.

Overall this was a good scotch ale but not anything amazing or worthy of seeking out if you can get something similar easier. Alesmith and Traquir still make the best examples of the style (one domestic, one imported) but I see no reason to seek this Wet Willy out over any of them which I can locate much easier.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:23:20 | More by claspada
Photo of jmarsh123


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fortsambo for the extra.

Pours hazy dark gold/orange. Almost looks like a wheatwine. Small off-white head with decent lacing.

Smells very caramelly with some peat and grain.

Very smooth sweet flavors. Again heavy on the caramel and toffee. I know it's not, but it does almost taste like it's got some barrel notes to it. Thankfully the peat is fairly subdued in the flavor. Still a bit sweet.

Thick mouthfeel although gets a little towards syrupy especially at it warms.

Pretty solid beer although not without flaws. I see there's a bourbon aged version of this, which would be awesome because this beer seems like a great candidate for barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:08:19 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi-translucent copper with deeper red hues. There is about one full finger of off-white head that settles in a decent amount of time. Seriously great lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is caramel, peat, and what I swear is barrel aging. I know this hasn't seen a barrel treatment, but there is some mellow boozy heat in there.

T: Starts out nice and sweet, big caramel notes. Those mix well with some spice and booze heat. The bottle I'm drinking is over a year old, and it's better than I remember fresh.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and cloying to start, smooths out in the middle, and finishes with a boozy and spicy kick.

O: Really solid beer. I'm usually not a big fan of Scotch Ales, but this is nice. I'd drink this again no problem.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:24:00 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 6/15/12

Appearance: Burnt orange/copper, with some light brown - small, creamy off-white head that fades quickly, leaves some spotty lacing - hazy

Smell: Heavy malts, cooked and grainy - a sweetness that can only be described as dark and grainy - some booze - somewhat whiskey-like, almost smells barrel aged (even though it isn't) - some dark fruit - rich bread crust and overcooked biscuits

Taste: Bread crust and some warming booze - heavier than I anticipated - cooked, caramelized malts, caramel malts, with some dry alcohol - slightly bitter, with a grainy sweetness - dark fruits, and some smoked malt

Mouthfeel: Heavy and full, borderline syrupy, adequate carbonation, nice carbonation, a sipper for sure

Overall: A decent sipper for Scotchtoberfest

This is not a fantastic Scotch Ale, but I certainly wouldn't mind having it again. It really needs to be consumed slowly. Apparently it is 10% ABV, but I wouldn't have been shocked learn it was 15%. Seriously. It's boozy, but in a pleasant way.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 02:45:54 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of BostonHops


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dull copper shade yielding maybe a 3/4" off-white head. so-so retention as it recedes pretty quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. (not unsurprising given the style and strength); decent lacing evident. nose is decidedly on the muted side; definitely lacking that boldness i was looking for. what is there is a bit sweet - as in fruity, maybe citrus, with some caramel malt in the background.

subtle nose belies the flavor, which does pack a bold punch. there's that fruit presence - citrus, maybe dark fruit, with caramel malt and secondary notes of vanilla and oak... good degree of complexity. is this barrel aged? has that feel but i was under the impression it wasn't. one of the more unique beers i've had lately. nice, medium-full mouthfeel with slightly below average carbonation.

overall this may not be one of the best scotch ales out there but it is very solid. worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 05-17-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 14:36:22 | More by BostonHops
Photo of jegross2


2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing the Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Company out of Massachusetts.
Score: 65

Fall 2011 vintage bottle with code "7283 B-22227" printed on the bottom of the bottle. Served in a Stella Artois chalice and enjoyed on 04/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red color. Translucent. Thin layer of head at pour settles to a pencil thin bubbly ring around the glass. Lots of bubbles and a little sediment floating around. Minimal lacing, poor retention. 3/5

Smell: Brown sugar, bready malt, sweet caramel, and a little vanilla cream soda. Modest amount of fig too. Light boozy heat. 3.75/5

Taste: Lots of bready malt and malty caramel upfront. Lots of carbonation. Brown sugar too. Incredibly sweet, not very balanced in flavor. Has a super sweet vanilla creamy soda finish. Could not finish drinking the beer, it was so malty sweet. Alcohol well-hidden, however. 2/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, too much carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. Very sweet. 2.5/5

Overall: Overly malty sweet beer with too much carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well if you can stomach the maltiness. This is easily the least balanced scotch ale that I have had to date.

Recommendation: Skip this beer.

Pairings: Pistachio nuts.

Cost: $7.99 for a four pack

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:54:54 | More by jegross2
Photo of mdaschaf


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for this one!

A: Pours a hazy burgundy color with a small off-white head with little retention, a ring of lace forms. Thin, but sticky lacing forms on the side.

S: Some bready/biscuity malt, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: Some sweet, dark fruits come out right away, with more bready malt to back it up. There is some vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather smooth with a slightly dry finish. Abv hidden very well.

O: A nice scotch ale, very tasty and surprisingly easy drinking for 10%. Would certainly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:09:14 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle; 2010 vintage

Pours a reddish/brown with some mild bubbles forming. It appears sitting on this a year has hindered the carbonation. The aroma is of toffee, sugary fruits, bready malt, herbs, and some ethanol. The flavor profile follows the nose. Caramel and toffee with toasted multigrain bread and sweet sugary fruit. The booze in this guy is not bashful, but never overpowering. Given that this is a year old, the carbonation has faded, making the feel a little thin. Overall, this has some nice qualities but I will need to try this fresh to review this adequately. Consider this a rough draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 17:12:01 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of billab914


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500l bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a murky, orange/brown color with a thin, bubbly, white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a sweeter, malty profile to it with some caramel and toffee leading the way. The taste also showcases the malty, caramel flavors pretty nicely as well. I get a little vanilla to it in the finish along with some balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It showed some very good malty, caramel flavors to it but didn't become overly sweet. Very flavorful and tasty beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:17:54 | More by billab914
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to philbe311 for acquiring this one.

Pours a murky coppery amber with lots of sediment, moderate cap off off-white head, minimal retention. Scent is a fantastic blend of buttery toffee, brown sugar, sweet caramel, glazed roasted nuts, kiss of smoke and earth, lightly juicy and resinous hops. Taste follows suit with a wonderfully blended and complex flavor profile that evokes just about every positive quality consumed in the style. Toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla, pineapple, char, earth, wood, lightly herbal, alcohol. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with some heft as it goes down, light bite at end of sip. Overall, a true winner in and out of the style and one I'd have over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 14:18:37 | More by rfgetz
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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.