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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

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 52
Gots: 74 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2008

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Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 158
Reviews by Pahn:
Photo of Pahn
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Free pour yields a bubbly and frothy one and a half inch bone white head that dissipates steadily without leaving much lacing. Pours a translucent light amber/orange, and leaves spotty but sweeping and copious lacing that doesn't go away.

As a sidenote, I really like the presentation in the bottle as well. The wax-like plastic + seal over the cap is a nice touch, and I'm partial to those sleek Pliny shaped 500ml bottles.

Smell: Sweet malt, faint herbal/effervescent aroma, and wood (like straight wood; like smelling an unfinished cabinet or sawing a piece of oak in half). Gets a little boozier with warmth, but with the booze comes a huge array of malt notes; caramel, almond, some Bailey's and other liqueur-like aromas. Really excellent.

Taste: Again, sweet malt and subtle but distinct oak, followed by a hot alcohol finish that quickly gives way to a long vanilla oak aftertaste. Warmth does the same thing to the flavor as the aroma, bringing out lots of great malt flavors, though the beautiful (and somewhat restrained) oak notes stay strong throughout.

This is great stuff. I could be persuaded to give 5s for both smell and taste. The only reason I'm not doing so is that I think maybe it could be a little better, somehow. Maybe.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe on the lighter side. Juicy, with a moderate, perhaps greater than expected level of carbonation. The lighter body really lets these flavors shine. They might feel a bit more natural in a thicker, creamier beer, but I like how the light body provides such a sharp focus for the flavor.

On the down side, the finish occasionally gets a little chalky, which is the closest thing to a flaw present in this great beer.

Drinkability: Hot, but a flavorful sipper. Consistently good flavors, but more than enough depth and complexity to be actively interesting if you pay attention.

As is probably clear from everything above, NEBCO impresses me with their brewing skills once again. This is a great Scotch ale. I could drink quite a lot of this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Homebrew35
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 joeseppy
3.97/5  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.

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 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
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
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 Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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"

Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium reddish amber with touches white foam. All malt smell. Malt taste open, peaty with a lingering back hop. Whiskey backed taste. Smooth. Earthy. Flavorful. Modestly drinkable, alcohol wallop.

I liked it, but not nearly as much as the other reviewers.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery. Always like going there, they are good guys. Poured in to a perfect pint glass.

A) - Mild amber color a little surprised at the translucence given the style. Medium head.

S) Very sweet.

T) - Caramel and toffee, what I like about this is that it is not a total malt bomb, you can actually, taste the hops. A little alcohol burn at the end.

M) Lightly carbonated.

D) - This is where it gets scary. Rob told me that this was 11%. This is very easy to drink despite the ABV.

Scotch ales is really not my style, but this one I like. I've had some that are tough to get down but this is certainly not one of those. This should be out in bottle in a couple of weeks. A few will be headed to the cellar. Very enjoyable!

Photo of aepb1
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Amber clear body with a fluffy white head

S- Sweet malts up front, some more earthy malts are next

T- Caramel malts up front, moves into a body of earthy oak and finishes in a nice boozy scotch ale taste

M- Medium body, kind of thin for the style in my opinion

D- Very interesting and easy to drink scotch ale

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wet Willy Scotch Ale
New England Brewing Co.

Thanks to monsterzero for this 500 mL bottle. Who is that sly figure on the bottle?

A: The Scotch ale is a robust looker, filling my glass with dark malt-tinged ale and a prodigious head. Plenty of off-white lace is left behind. The ale, for its darker hue, remains translucent.

S: The nose is malty thick, so thick and sweet that I had to double check that this isn't barrel aged. Sweet syrupy undertones drive a peat-smoked aroma, very filling. Excessive malts are well-concentrated.

T: Very interesting. Dark fruits, cherries, and vanilla pop out, definitely not what I was expecting (and something appropriately barrel-driven). Darker Belgian flavors, raisins as well as the cherries, attempt to mask the alcohol. They fail in that regard. The booziness is a trademark of the ale, lifting it. The ale seems to have a surprising amount of hops, a nice bite that gets through the intense malts. Very warming and sweet, the finish brings more fruits and wood to the table. An interesting take that veers off the path (in a good way).

M: The mouthfeel is big and malty. The Belgian flavors are a nice twist, detracting from the strength as they add to it. The wall of oaken flavor is worth trying again (even if no oak was harmed in the making...).

O: Not quite to the style but damned complex nonetheless. Ach, you'll love it, you cheese-eating surrender monkeys.

Photo of naproxen
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan, only slightly bitter on the fact that I had to go to NYC to get a beer brewed in CT but well worth the trip :-)

I had this first about a year ago at the NEBC open house, and the years time has treated this one phenomenally.

Presented in a tulip, this Scotch ale had a medium orange hue, slightly amber in the body, but overall not as dark as I expected it to pour from my memory of a year ago (which im sure is spotty at best).

There is no denying the scotch ale, it will own your taste buds. Amen to that, I have had my share of wishy washy scotch ales. The smoked peat is present in both the aroma and palate, finishing actually pretty smooth. I picked up vanilla and herbal traits as well in the palate as it went down oh so easy. At 10% this is a big boy to handle, I could probably drink two in a night and be happy with that. "Drinkability" is an odd category when reviewing beers that are noted for their strong or unique flavors, so I left it at 4 as I could drink this anytime it is offered. Now, please release the bottles.

Photo of bonbini26
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the ginger man 02-07-09

Pours an amber, carbon-less color. the aroma is very boozy. the taste is also very strong in the scotch department. At 1st the beer is almost overwelming but after a few sips it mellows out a little bit. Still very strong for a scotch ale.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slowly into a 6oz snifter.

A nice red/yellow/orange collage, almost a bright amber in tone. Head, we don't need no stinking head. Lacing is moderate.

Mmm...sweet malty luscious beer. Warm alcohol blends with a soft malt base, providing some fine fruit notes. Rum raisins, molasses and vanilla.

The nose is deceiving. On the palate, there is a sharp start, a caramel/toffee/sweet fruit mid body and then a slow finish. It lacks the intensity that the nose provided.

Sticky mouthfeel. Coats the mouth and refuses to let go. The ABV is present, though adds more than hinders.

Well done, though a bit thin taste wise. Non abrasive and a good sipper. Dangerous as the abv is well masked.

Photo of philbe311
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A slightly cascading pour yields two fingers worth of rich creamy khaki colored head... Solid retention gives way to a full rich creamy lacing... The color is a light-to-medium brown caramel... There is an ever so slight haziness... Mostly still though some small bubbled carbonation can be created at the top of the glass by gently rocking it back and forth... A bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Mostly sweet gooey caramel to start... Some brown sugars... A slight peat component... A very subtle whiff of boozienss...

T - Caramel... Brown sugar... Perhaps some raisins... Lots of bready malts... A hint of peat... A subtle nuttiness...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Perhaps a bit thin... Sleek... Smooth... Sophisticated... Regal... Very light carbonation... A touch of chalkiness... Quite enjoyable...

D - Oh this is good... A bit of a booze bomb that is a definite sipper... The typical Wee Heavy goodness is dialed back a notch while the booze is dialed up... Still very rewarding... I'm quite glad that I opted to pick up a 2nd bottle...

Photo of n2185
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.