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Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.

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Wet Willy Scotch AleWet Willy Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 49
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2008)
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Reviews by FishGetter:
Photo of FishGetter
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jaxon53 for the hook-up on this offering. Pours a hazey golden honey color. Bits of yeast chunks float around from a complete pour. Almost no head, very minimal.
Very much of a scotch aroma, but not as strong as straight scotch. Some oak barrel aromas too.
Mostly quality scotch taste. Mildly watered down scotch drink. Some clove mixed in. Some buttery flavors too. Finishes a little dry with oak barrel tones.
Thin to slight medium mouthfeel.
Enjoyable oak dryness left in mouth.
May have a bit too much scotch flavor. As mentioned above, reminds reviewer of a slightly watered down scotch. Would perfer a little more noble hop and grain profile. May be a bit too sweet also. Enjoyable offering, personal preferance may not have been met, however quality offering here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An extra little gem received from roopy40 in person, great trader btw. I'm a fan of most of the New England brews so I'll see how this is. They also filled the neck of the bottle almost right to the top. Pretty wild!

A: Pours a beautiful molten light brown color with a huge haze, light orange and red colors with very little light bleeding through, and tons of little bubbles rising to the top. A light head slowly fades to an even light head, which is deceiving since there are so many bubbles rising to the top.

N: Another aroma nose smacker. I could smell it when I poured it. Lots of sweet dark malts with lots of sugar. A specific toasty brown sugar aroma dominates with some European/UK style malts. Some light molasses and alcohol lightly filter their way through. A light fruit from the yeast also seems to be apparent.

T: Starts off pretty sweet, and with abv of 10% it must of had a huge OG. Again a lot more brown sugar and European/UK malts. More sweetness that doesn't really fade, and perhaps too sweet. A nice smokiness comes through as well with some smoked malt and slight roasted flavors. An apparent taste of alcohol comes through, but its not really heavy, esp for a 10%er. I pickup some rusty earthy malt flavors as well. A slight rich dark fruit flavor also presents itself, like a caramelized plum or date or something, man I need to eat more fruits so I have better descriptors.

M: Pretty thick and molasses like, decent carbonation, slight alcohol warmth and sting.

F: Finish is still pretty sweet, and even almost seems to get sweeter after the swallow. A very slight bitterness comes through, but the alcohol also helps dominate the finish. It seems to burn the mouth a little and leaves it feeling super clean, like it just killed every microbe in your mouth, like after using mouthwash (but this tastes much better). It leaves a bready flavor in the mouth as well. The sweetness lingers for a little too long as well.

Final thoughts: A pretty nice tasting beer. Heavy malts, lots of brown sugar, toasty flavors, lots of smoked malt, pretty high on the alcohol but feels much less than 10%, a little too sweet, but otherwise a tasty beer.

Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Homebrew35
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head, after a good rousing some pops up but hardly any remains. White bubbles remain with big alcohol legs cling to the glass. Body is deep amber, not what i was expecting when compared to others in this category.

Smells like a big malty beer. Carmel, some toffee, quite a bit of alcohol, grainy malts.

Tastes very malty as well go figure. Carmel and toffee, huge sugary malty sweetness. Alcohol comes through but for 10% that's ok by me.

Mouth-feel is medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Coating sweet syrupy, oily finish.

Overall this is a big, malty sweet, sipping beer. I needed to split this with more than 2 people. This coming year I'll buy a few to lay down to mellow it out. $8 500ml bottle, its a fair price.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quickly, high carbonation, yellowish-brown in color, cloudy

Smell: earth, vanilla cake, toasted malt—not very ipa like but very pleasant

Taste: pine and earth at the start followed by big time oak and some tobacco—light caramel and big alcohol round out the end

Mouthfeel: bitter start that gradually gets sweeter with noticeable alcohol burn at the end, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied and thick

Overall: This is a sipper and is a lot more oaky than I could ever have imagined. A solid sipper that is different from other Scotch Ales that I have tried. One per sitting but I would revisit this one.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is very sweet toffee and not much else. The flavor is toffee and a lot of sugar. The beer is extremely sweet and doesn't have any alcohol or peet character to it like a lot of beers in this style have. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caramel and ruby colored with a beige head that settles out quickly. Very low aroma of caramel and metallic note. Flavors of caramel and toffee, some vanilla, a bit woody, maltiness is offset with firm bitterness. Finishes with some grassy hop notes and mild phenols. Mouthfeel is a tad slick, but finishes tingly, slight warming of the cheeks. Tasty beer, but not too complex, was expecting more.

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared for about a month on a recommendation from a guy who was present during bottling.

Poured a clear burnt Sienna color with an eggshell white head. The one finger thick head dissipated to a skin that stuck around for the duration.

Notes of caramel, vanilla, oak and a hint of spice (cinnamon). Very subdued nose.

Taste is bigger, with some nice complexities. Caramel and toffy malts with a bready malt backbone. Black cherries, brown sugar sweetness, and nuttiness. The only presence of hops detected was in the slightly bitter finish. Alcohol warmth is well balanced especially for the %.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth, almost creamy.

Overall a very nice brew, lots going on but balanced out well.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle that has been aged for a little over a year, poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a small head that fades. Was this always under-carbonated? Not sure. Some lacing spots.

Very sweet aroma, fruit forward, some brandy, musty wood, slight caramel, candy, honey, etc.

Pretty slick feel. Syrupy sweet but then it gets kicked out by a slight alcohol burn. Touch of wood in the back combined with a dry afterfeel. Notes of caramel, honey, brandy. Really tastes what I imagined a Scotch Ale to be.

Neutral mouthfeel, bordering dry. Full body.

The sweet caramel and honey notes really gives this beer a Scottish feel to it. Alcohol, wood, and some fruit just add to the complexity. Way to go NEBCo!

Photo of Bizoneill
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of joeseppy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of ManMoosePig
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JoshJayne
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oddly shaped 500ml bottle, split and served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - pours with a short-lived third inch of loose, bubbly light tan colored foam which settles to a ring within a few minutes. the beer is slightly cloudy, dark gold and amber in color.

S - heavily earthy, with scents of smoke and firewood alongside some vegetation and peat. bold, sweet caramel and alcohol round it out.

T - begins with some lightly fruity notes...grapes pears and apples before being cut into sharply by the earthy smoke. fair amount of alcohol, and tobacco (where are the firearms?) creep into the second half. all the while, sweet caramel and toffee provide the base.

M - medium bodied, very oily and pretty slick going down. moderate, tight and fizzy carbonation doesnt overpower at all. mouth is left slightly sticky from the sweetness, yet alcohol does a fairly good job cleaning it up.

D - solid all around. bold and flavorful, yet nothing really stands out. good representation of the style, if not a bit safe. oh well, its still quite good.

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the BA IST release

A: Flocculent yeast dots this primarily dark red-orange beer. I probably shouldn't have poured the entire bottle in to the glass but at 8$, there was no way I was wasting a drop. Little head formed and quickly receded.

S: Prominent sweet malt profile comes through, with some peat and ethanol permeating the nose. It just smells deeeep. Some light fruits are mixed in too.

T: Wow, what a sweet beer. It blasts off with an almost sweet red wine quality, giving way to mild smoke with drying finish. The malts are robust and linger but I'm not sure if I am enjoying the sweetness.

M: Carbonation is present but faint. For the ABV, this is a fairly light beer, lacking some of the viscosity I've had in other Scotch ales.

D: I'm OK with just this one.

Photo of cjgator3
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Purple foil and capped. Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is simply fantastic! It is very malty with a ton of Bourbon, vanilla and wood. I like a lot!

T- The taste like the aroma is a lot of sweet malt, bourbon and peat. It is sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol is defintiely there, but this beer could not be any smoother. Wow, fantastic stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- 10% ABV? Are you kidding me? This beer goes down dangerously smooth. Overall, Wet Willy is a fantastic brew that is a must try! Highly Recommended!

Photo of Kochiss
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a thistle. I can't remember who sent this to me, but it was one of my first trades, so this bottle is well over a year old.

Appearance - Pours a murky, sedimenty, chunky, fairly gross looking dark amber. No head. Huge chunks of sediment pour long before the bottom of the bottle. Looks icky.

Smell - Wow, it's quite a turn around. This isn't listed as oaked or barreled, but it sure tastes like it. Oak and bourbon come through a ton. Sweet caramel malts and some buttery aromas as well.

Taste - Buttery, as a scotch ale should be, but it's got a nice complement of oak and bourbon flavors. It's really interesting and more complex than I was expecting. It's a bit on the sweet side and finishes with a slick butterscotch flavor reminiscent of more traditional wee heavies.

Mouthfeel - I must confess to not liking the feel of scotch ales. The oak treatment (that I may or may not be imagining) masks it a bit, but it's still there. Buttery and slick. Not a lot of carbonation and it's pretty boozy too.

Overall - I am pleasantly surprised. This is not a beer I expected to enjoy this much.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First sample from trade haul from HopStoopid120, cheers Tony! Love the foil seal, much easier to peel back versus wax seals...

Pours an effervescent, semi-hazed caramel/ apricot with a sliver of cream colored head. Just a trace head retention & lacing

S: Sweet oakyness, a bit of tannin, & smoke

T: Toffee, smoke & Bourbon up front. Figs & a kiss of maple syrup is there as this warms, plus leafy hops & a kiss of booze & dryness. Finishes dry, with much vanilla oak, a touch of booze & jammyness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, perhaps a bit thin as this warms, but also gets me very warm

Great drinkability for the style & ABV, but needs more malt depth to be "All Scotland"

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.