Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.
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Reviews by alexgash:
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
10-21-2012 02:26:52 | More by alexgash
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3.99/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
10-02-2013 00:20:53 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-31-2011 02:07:40 | More by Homebrew35
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
11-02-2011 12:49:20 | More by tigg924
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-05-2010 02:39:58 | More by Mora2000
3.43/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
11-23-2010 03:18:29 | More by far333
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
12-22-2010 14:36:04 | More by ThreeDimesDown
4.03/5 rDev +2.5%
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!
01-19-2012 23:51:38 | More by BranfordBound
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
08-10-2013 04:48:17 | More by joeseppy
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-13-2012 03:09:14 | More by mdaschaf
4/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
02-11-2011 02:45:44 | More by Stigs
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
06-01-2010 03:47:03 | More by Lazerlobe
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
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!
08-07-2009 05:17:45 | More by cjgator3
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-03-2012 23:10:27 | More by Alieniloquium
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
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"
09-04-2009 04:35:40 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
02-19-2011 12:25:37 | More by KTCamm
Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.