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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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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 51
Gots: 70 | 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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-23-2011 00:37:12 | More by PthPndr
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-22-2011 04:31:16 | More by Exiled
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-20-2011 14:50:05 | More by pjs234
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: My pour is a light hazy hazelnut bronze color with a rocky off-white head. Not much retention or lace.

Smell: The aroma is full of toffee, bready malt, peat, earthy spices, and some booze.

Taste: The flavor has a sharpness up front, with the malt having a toffee bite. More mellow roasted malt, earthy spices, and a bit of peat lead into a lightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: This has a full, sweet body. The sticky sweetness softens as the sip progresses, but it is sweet through. The carbonation is on the light side. A fair amount of sweetness residue stays on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: Obviously higher on the ABV than the average Scotch Ale, this is full, boozy, and enjoyable. Not one of the styles I really get into, but I enjoyed my glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 08:20:44 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of waiting4lunch


4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2011 21:38:32 | More by waiting4lunch
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-15-2011 04:20:02 | More by JAHMUR
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-15-2011 04:07:22 | More by HopStoopid120
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 20:30:09 | More by BelgianDip
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-14-2011 20:28:37 | More by modernartblues
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 12:49:20 | More by tigg924
Photo of Cheesemoose


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:49:29 | More by Cheesemoose
Photo of Krakistophales


4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours grapefruit, rust colored with no head at all.

S: Lots of caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, candied dark fruit like figs, plum, and dates, and a rum raisin type smell.

T: At first, a big hint of caramel and brown sugar, with the middle transitioning into dark fruity, bready, creamy sweetness, and the end having a nice hop bite and a butterscotch smooth finish. Excellent.

O: This is quite amazing. Probably the best scotch ale I've ever had, tastes more like a barleywine actually. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 05:38:23 | More by Krakistophales
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 15:26:18 | More by mdfb79
Photo of scottfrie


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottle received as an extra some time ago.

A: Pours a hazy dark pumpkin color with a finger of off-white head that took a long time to fade into a thick collar that left a great network of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: I get dominant notes of butterscotch and toffee with a little bit of bread and light fruits.
T: Thankfully not as much butterscotch or toffee as the nose. I get notes of caramel, bread crust, spices, and roasted malt. This beer was sweet, but not as sweet as I was expecting. The aftertaste has a touch of tobacco in it. No booziness.
M: Thickish body with a slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O: A solid scotch ale. Not sure if the age mellowed it or what but I didn’t think it was overly sweet and definitely not overly boozy at all. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 00:07:17 | More by scottfrie
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:04:35 | More by philbe311
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into 2 snifters, light amber pour, big white head. The aroma was caramel, alcohol, sweet caramel. The flavor was sweet, alcohol notes, caramel malts. The finish lingered, The beer was medium to full bodied, good carbonation. A solid beer, but not best in class.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:29:42 | More by bonkers
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 17:01:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of xnicknj


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into dfh signature glass

Pours a auburn burnt orange color with a slight haze. Thinner white head slowly dissolves into bubbly retention with some spotty lacing left behind.

Nice roasted malt tones in the nose with peat, and booze. Caramel and bready tones mix in with some candied dark fruit. Burnt sugar with figs and cherries - plenty of fruit character in the nose.

Full flavored from the get-go with dark fruit and a spike of scotch-like booze. Candi sugar mixed with fruit tones driven by fig and cherry. The malts are burly and forward, with plenty of thick bready notes and drizzled syrupy caramel. Hints of peat and smoke towards the finish with a heavy blast of booze and heat.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue, lingering finish. This is definitely a little on the hot side, but delivers a nice offering of flavors to go with the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:31:50 | More by xnicknj
Photo of Homebrew35


3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 02:07:40 | More by Homebrew35
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into cervoise. Props to Knife as usual

This beer pours a medium copper to darker orangy yellow with slight off white fizzy head. Decent island lacing. Nose consists predominantly of caramel and toffee malts however there is a slight citric zing in there too (lemon?).

Taste is quite malty but balanced. The caramel and toffee sweetness is there but there are other layers of flavour. I pick up cherries, vanilla, raisins and yes, some lemon.

Mouthfeel was slightly hot but not overwhelming. Medium and tacky.

Overall yet another tasty brew from NEBCO. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:28:21 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of Fluke828


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle -> CCB Snifter
No freshness/discernible bottle date to be found

A-> Pours a dark/brunt copper color with a hint of blood red orange hue. Not much lace to speak of but to be expected wit this style and ABV. Some clingy legs do stick around the walls of the glass rather persistently.

S-> Definitely can sense the booze in this one but it is blended fairly well in the nose with a peaty and earthy sweet malty aroma that transitions into a sweet almost candied Belgian smell upon first few whiffs. Almost smells barrel aged in a pseudo, ninja kind of way. Even getting some tart fruitiness with some fairly subdued vanilla notes and a touch of caramel sweetness as well.

T-> I immediately thought "Whoa, this beer is big" upon my first few sips. This tastes almost barrel aged. Huge vanilla punch with a woody and malty sweetness that melds into a pleasant, tart citrus taste before going slightly bitter is it glides over the tongue and down the hatch. More sips reveal that it is more of a dark fruit kind of tart rather than citrus but that is likely just the beer warming up and revealing it's true flavors. Also getting some dark toffee maltiness. Still can't shake a woody oak flavor that screams barrel aged...

M-> I thought this was fairly light for the style and especially for such a big beer. That being said, it is likely more medium on the feel and the body as well. Not as much carbonation as I was expecting but that actually worked in this Scotch Ale's favor...bit of s bitter/spicy finish.

O-> Wasn't really sure what to expect heading into this one and was pleasantly surprised. Drinking this in late June I actually enjoyed it and would probably prefer something darker and more robust during the colder months however this would be most enjoyable in the Spring or Fall months. It was a bit boozy at first but that was fine with me and it wasn't too syrupy sweet either. It was a very creamy Scotch Ale despite all the myriad of flavors going on in there. I have another bottle in the cellar that will likely be cracked at some point in the Fall. Would definitely recommend giving it a whirl....

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 01:40:46 | More by Fluke828
Photo of mikereaser


3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wet Willy Scotch Ale
New England Brewing Co.
A - Pours a muddy dark brownish red with a nice layer of soapy bubbles
S - Big malts up front, heavy syrupy sweet aroma, it just smells like a thick malty beer
T - Dark fruits, rich malts, a bit of a robitussin cherry flavor, belgian candi flavor with raisins and cherries becoming more prominant. There is a slight amount of alcohol feel to it along with some wood notes.
M - thicker cough syrup like feel to it, slight carbonation, its medium bodied but thick at the same time
D - unique flavor and very enjoyalbe. Maybe not an every day beer, but worth having again.


Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:30:57 | More by mikereaser
Photo of akorsak


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 21:36:56 | More by akorsak
Photo of hamilton23


3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice caramel brown with a fair amount of beige head.

S: Peat, toffee, some roastiness and something just a bit funky, couldn't put my finger on it.

T: Slightly sweet, notes of caramel/toffee, smoked wood and vanilla cookies

M: Nicely carbonated, smooth finish

O: A nice beer, but not my favorite within my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:42:03 | More by hamilton23
Photo of surprenant1138


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, deep burnt amber color with minimal head and light lacing with fair retention. Aroma is boozy, sweet, of vanilla, cherries, and hints of fruitiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly carbonated. Taste is sweet, slightly boozy, nutty, of vanilla and malty. Overall tasty, but a bit light on the scotch ale taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:40:32 | More by surprenant1138
Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.