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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

284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 49
Gots: 71 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2008)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

djrn2, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to woosterbill for this--it's been too long, CL needs another release soon!

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head. The nose brings forward some pretty nice aromas of caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, sweet bread, and a bit of booze. The taste brings out similar characteristics, but everything is a tad bit harsh and slightly taken over by alcohol. Good body with decent carbonation, though still a bit hot. I'm anxious to see what some age does to this.

Thorpe429, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

nmann08, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The murky apricot nectar colored liquid is capped by a thick tan head that flattens to a bubbly pancake, leaving a few clumps behind

Smell: Toffee, dark fruit, and cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: After the toffee opening, the earthy and peaty flavors move in, but by mid-palate, there is a fusel alcohol character that dominates, bringing along a harsh grainy aspect; after the swallow, the toffee flavors return, though the grainy element lingers

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks the layers of malt and some of the sweetness that one finds in the best examples of the style; still, this is quite a decent stab at a Wee Heavy

brentk56, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, May 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GRG1313, Jul 23, 2014
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, downright murky brew, tannish-brown in color, and with no real head formation beyond a small smattering of suds. Not the most attractive-looking beer around, particularly for a scotch ale.

Smell: An immediate sniff of ethanol followed by an earthy, yeasty uncleanness, a drizzle of cane sugar syrup, and hint of green peppercorns. Somewhat troubling, really. We will probably never know just what mischief that Wet Willy was up to.

Taste: Willy jumps to a high level of sweetness and already the alcohol content is quite apparent, even hot. Flavor of simple syrup dumped on bread crumbs and crushed graham crackers. Curious taste of raw wood. Slight spicy phenolics underneath. Clotted yeast. Drying, alcohol heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Yeesh. Just an odd, odd brew, though not ever in an enjoyable sense and certainly nothing I would ever identify as a scotch ale.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 23, 2011
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.

oberon, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from sinstaineddemon. Thanks.

Mahogany colored, a bit cloudy in the glass. Two fingers of off-white head forms from a delicate pour and slowly settles to a crown.

Toffee and butterscotch, toast, nuts and dates are the first to greet my nose. Increased temperatures and vigorous swirls bring out aromas of vanilla, brown sugar and whiskey.

It's rich and sweet on the tongue, but the sweetness is balanced nicely by woody tannins. Butterscotch, toast and dates again, along with a slight twang of more citrusy fruit. The body is on the fuller side of medium, slightly syrupy but well carbonated for the style. If I didn't know any better, I'd guess that this is barrel-aged as the malt character is very bourbon-like. It finishes bittersweet, a little slick with a hint of earthiness. Light hoppiness and oaky tannins linger on the palate. This one really surprised me - it's very good.

largadeer, Dec 04, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head, that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out and remains very sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and a little bit of fruit. Then a very hearty malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong and well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orangish brown. The nose is perfumed and floral. Flavor is vanilla and wood is there as well. Very smooth. Slightly sweet. Silky slick feel. Low but noticeable carbonation. Very easy to drink. A nice smooth wee heavy that carries some great character with it.

RblWthACoz, Mar 29, 2008
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"

russpowell, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this was from thorpe429 - thanks! Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Pretty sure it's from 2009.

A - Pours with a half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thin collar and some haze. Body is a murky orange-brown color that is pretty drab and unappealing. I tried to decant this one carefully, but a huge chunk of yeast just flew out of the bottle - yummy!

S - Green apples, treacle, toffee, light smoked malt, a touch of vinous character. A touch boozy, but not off-base for 10%.

T - Taste is significantly sweeter, with a tiny bit of tart apple initially before bombarding the palate with intense caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and burnt sugars. There's some oak and tannic character in the finish.

M - Low carbonation, but not style-inappropriate. Pretty viscous, full-bodied, and chewy with a somewhat dry, tannic, residual feel. I don't get much heat, but a slight buzz picks up near the bottom of the glass revealing the high ABV.

D - This is one of those bottles where I kept it in the fridge and occasionally gave it a glance, thinking to myself "When do I actually want a 10% Scotch Ale?" However, this beer was a pleasant surprise, and I finished the bottle fairly quickly. I'd definitely have this one again.

For all those who picked up "barrel/wood" notes - this is aged on oak chips.

MasterSki, Jul 17, 2010
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.

jlindros, Nov 06, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

oline73, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

mendvicdog, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/23/11 notes. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sending this as an extra; always like trying new NEBCO beers.

a - Pours a murky reddish orange brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, alcohol, bready malts, sweet sugar and fruit, and toffee. Really nice, but some alcohol is definitely there.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, sweet brown sugar, sweet fruit, and bready malts. Not as much alcohol as the nose and a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall a really good scotch ale with lots of caramel malts and toffee. I would have liked a little less alcohol in the nose, and might consider aging one if I got more. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Sep 24, 2011
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.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

oriolesfan4, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark copper/chestnut brown with deep golden orange/ruby hues when held to a light source and 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap which leaves sporadic splotches of lacing.

Slightly smokey caramel malt aroma with hints of hazelnut, honey, molasses, caramel candy, butterscotch, toffee and biscuit. Subtle ops also make an appearance but this smells just like a piece of caramel candy.

Medium bodied with a slight touch of smokiness as well as a strong spicy and hop forward flavor. Oily, buttery body with some caramel malt, caramel candy, butterscotch, toffee and butter. I guess this is what's called diacetyl. Very different but not my thing.

corby112, Sep 19, 2009
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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.