Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.

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Wet Willy Scotch AleWet Willy Scotch Ale

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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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4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Snifter

A: Pours a deep brown, like a glass of apple cider. There is no clarity through the beer. A half inch of head sits on top of the beer, and once it dissipates it leaves a small ring around the edges of the glass.

S: Lots of scents: Malt, Peat, Toffee, Carmel, Vanilla, Oak.

T: Oak up front with a touch of Peat. Good malt backbone with a hint of vanilla on the finish. That combination gives the taste sweet Carmel/Toffee flavor (scent also).

M: Chewy mouth with just enough carbonation, and a touch of alcohol heat. Very well balanced.

D: As far as flavor/scent/mouth goes this is an excellent, very enjoyable beer, with many characteristics of Scotch. Unfortunately the high ABV is going to keep me from drinking more than two of these. Bummer.

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4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBBRRRIIIGGGAADDOOONNNN!!!

That's Brigadoon:
It tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. The enchantment is viewed by them as a blessing rather than a curse, for it saved the village from destruction. According to their covenant with God, no one from Brigadoon may ever leave, or the enchantment will be broken and the site and all its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever. Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated, and their arrival has serious implications for the village's inhabitants.

And that says it all, except for the wedding part....

Scotch Ale is my favorite style and this beer rocks!! But, it is only here, like Brigadoon, for an instant. Love this beer....

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

I was lucky enough to be able to get a bottle of this one as part of a great box of locals recently. Thrilled to say the least to be able to try this great beer. Served chilled in a pint glass and consumed on 09/29/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich caramel in color with a light tan head on top that reached a height of around an inch before fading and leaving the top of the glass mostly bare. Light lacing on the sides as well. Aroma was spectacular. Rich notes of caramel and toffee, oozing with butterscotch and sweet herbal notes. Light hint of a boozy alcohol touch to it at well, but it played out quite nicely. The first sip made me fall back in my chair. Simply brilliant. Rich butterscotch and toffee flavors roll across the tongue. Enormously sweet like a wonderful piece of hard candy, each sip seemed more compelling then the one before it. Sublime. Nice herbal hop notes playing it up quite well and the smooth, delicate caramel finish with a light touch of booziness is just what the doctor ordered. Nice medium feel and the alcohol, for ten percent was placed quite nicely and worked very well here.

Overall this one was hands down one of the best in the style I have had in longer then I can remember. I would be honored to try this again and would put it up against anything else in the style.

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4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a nice amber-red color with red hues and a nice off white colored head that laces the glass bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel aromas, a hint of smokiness and oak aromas, and a hint of toffee as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, nice caramel and toffee flavors round out the sweetness of this beer. Nice smoky wood flavors are mixed in with the rest of the flavors and a faint vanilla flavor at the end rounds it out pretty well.
M: Very smooth, rich, warming, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Extremely drinkable, didn't even realize this was so high in abv, felt and tasted like it was about half of that. Great flavors mix for a great beer.

Photo of begforme4484
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown with amber hues, minimal off white head that receded quickly. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Some nice scents hit your right away. A profound woody smell with hints of chocolate laced in. It's toasty and smokey, with a touch of vanilla. It's all over the place in a good way, but still malt-centric.

Wow, a smooth vanilla oak flavor on my first sip, very nice. A nice sweet caramel effect in there, with a clean and slightly bitter hop finish. It's smokey, woody, and sweet all rolled into one, with a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and midly carbonated.

The drinkability is definitely a sipper, although, I can easily see myself consuming more than one.

Photo of Ashliana
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This is a review of a 2-year aged bottle of Wet Willy -- my experience has been that this beer tastes much better with at least a year of age.

I have been looking for a long time for a scotch ale to replace the special place in my beer collection once held by the no-longer-imported McEwan's Scotch Ale... and now I have to say I've found something *better*. It has a depth of sweetness (but not too much), that is superior to McEwan's. The only real area I think where it loses to McEwan's is in the appearance -- could be darker and more opaque. (Of course, this comparison to McEwan's should be read with the caveat that I was a big fan of McEwan's when I was much newer to the world of craft beers and my beer-tasting pallet was far less refined, so perhaps if I had McEwan's now I would not by as positive. Regardless, this beer is an impressive example of scotch ale.)

Appearance - A cloudy brown with light lacing and a small amount of head which dissipates slowly. Could be a deeper brown and perhaps slightly better head retention.

Smell - toffee, caramel, very mild peaty smokey notes; very pleasant to inhale.

Mouthfeel - exceedingly smooth; slightly sticky and coats the tongue; lingers in the back of your throat in a pleasant way.

Taste - Caramel, cofee and toffee are predominant with floral backtaste; very very subtle notes of fruit. Has a very deep flavor profile. For a Scotch ale, it's relatively rich and complex (so not complex like a good gueze). Only negative, which is extremely mild, is that there is a slight "thinness" in the taste at the end of the sip.

Drinkabiliity - excellent; goes down easily; smooth and clean

Serving type: bottle

Note: rated to the style

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a 5 year old 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. I bought these at the brewery and have had a couple of these over time, this is my last one, im hopeful for good things.
The beer pours a clear mahogany color with minimal beige head that fades very quickly to nothing during the sampling. There is just a little bit of brown sediment on the bottom of my glass.
Very sweet and malty nose with brown sugar, raisins, some vanilla, and still some warm fusol booziness. Even after all these years it still obviously packs some punch.

First sip reveals some brown sugar and caramel with a bit of dark fruit and a bit of vanilla mixed in on the finish. The flavors are generally sweet and actually cover the booze with no hints of the alcohol on the swallow or anywhere else.
Texture is very silky smooth and drinks very easy, with very fine carbonation that is gentle and caresses my palate. Beer goes down with no issues.
This brew is amazingly easy to drink for 10% and I wish I had stashed a few more bottles as they are probably just about perfect right now.

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