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Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 49
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
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:
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2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

'11 vintage, extra'ed to me in a trade recently.

Pours fairly still, with a little bit of fizz on top, and no lacing. Looks kind of watery.

Smells weirdly flat, some caramel, toffee, but also booze, and some mild oxidation.

The oxidation feel gets much stronger in the flavor. There's a bitter flat cardboard flavor, and astringent alcohol that gets stronger as it warms up further. Beyond those distracting opening flavors, I also get some caramel, toffee, and peaty smokiness. But those flavors are flat and don't feature strongly enough. It's way too sweet, cloying even, and just doesn't work. I'm sure fresh that this one is much nicer.

It's sweet and syrupy, mouthfeel-wise, with a medium body, but it's a little thin for a beer of it's style and ABV. There's barely any carbonation.

This one is just too old. It hasn't held up well.

GreesyFizeek, Sep 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle from '09 (cellared by Nikki's, purchased for $6).

A- Pours a clear amber color with a golden hue, a bit on the flat side without any head and not a lot of noticeable carbonation (3.5)

S- Aromas of dark fruits, plums, malts, light caramel, a bit of oxidation, gets better as it warms up (4)

T- Taste of sweet dark malts, plums, lightly syrupy caramel, butterscotch, and a bit of oxidation that blends well with the beer. Again opens up as it warms a bit, fairly tasty for it's age and lives up to the aroma (4.25)

M- A tiny bit light for the style, more carbonation then the appearance would lead you to believe with a little bit of a fizzy presence, fairly drinkable with just a mild boozy presence for 10%, just a very slight hint of syrupiness (4.25)

O- This was a nice beer for being 5 years old, I haven't had it fresh but I imagine it's right around it's peak right now but could maybe hold up for a couple more years. For $6 you can't go wrong, I may go back and pick up a couple more (4.25)

jaasen64, Aug 27, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 5/30/2014.

A- Dark brown amber body. Clear. One finger white head with short retention time. Not much lacing.

S- Tons of toffee, glazed caramel, brown sugar. Sweet but a beautiful smelling nose with a nice complexity.

F- Lot of toffee and molasses. A component reminds me of tapioca, like what is used in bubble tea. A hint of holiday spices. Even a bit of glazed donut frosting. Very sweet and one of the first scotch ales that I've found to be more than just a simple toffee bomb.

M- Medium bodied, even slightly syrupy, low in carbonation but about par for the style. Sweet, sweet finish that is unfortunately taken down quite a bit by a strong, boozy fusel flavour that leaves a hot finish as it goes down. I'm just not a fan of that type of booziness. Certainly a sipper.

O- Very interesting and quite sweet scotch ale that I actually find myself enjoying despite its heavy fusel character.

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3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky, cloudy orange with a short white head. It's very dense. Lacing minimal.

Aroma: The smell is complex and fairly unique. Lots of dark fruit, figs, dates, raisins, and sweetness. There's also toffee, burnt sugar, and a fair amount of booze. I also smell a note of apricot.

Taste: The taste follows the nose and is similarly complex and challenging. It's sweet, right up to the very edge of cloying, but doesn't cross it. The dark fruits dominate for me. Definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice, thick body and a fairly smooth finish considering the high alcohol.

Overall: I enjoyed this. The high alcohol and complex flavors make it a bit of a challenge on the palate, but it a good way, for sure. Put they keys away and give it a try.

illpass78, Apr 27, 2014
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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.