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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

300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 51
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2008

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to philbe311 for acquiring this one.

Pours a murky coppery amber with lots of sediment, moderate cap off off-white head, minimal retention. Scent is a fantastic blend of buttery toffee, brown sugar, sweet caramel, glazed roasted nuts, kiss of smoke and earth, lightly juicy and resinous hops. Taste follows suit with a wonderfully blended and complex flavor profile that evokes just about every positive quality consumed in the style. Toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla, pineapple, char, earth, wood, lightly herbal, alcohol. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with some heft as it goes down, light bite at end of sip. Overall, a true winner in and out of the style and one I'd have over and over again.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of TotallyHosed
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks codysjb for the bottle.

The appearance was off-putting. This was poured into a wide mug and produced no head. Saw no carbonation around the glass. The color looked just like apple cider.

The smell was also uninviting. I just got some sour notes. Nothing else, probably due to the total lack of head.

The taste was all this brew had to offer. It was slightly hot, with some hints of caramel.

The feel was light to medium. No carbonation was felt.

I did not enjoy this beer. I think I'm being generous with a 3.0 overall rating, but at the same time I don't think it's bad. Should I ever see this on tap, I'll give it another try.

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 jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of henskejk
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip glass. Reviewed from notes

A - Dark orange, slightly red in color, good amount of lacing on glass

S - not as strong a smell as I would have liked, but it is mostly sweet/,alty smelling with a little bit of oak

T - nice sweetness mixed with oaky flavor and a little bit of booziness on the back

M - medium body, medium carbonation, smooth

O - enjoyable, but wish it had a stronger aroma

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 Moose34
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a completely opaque hazel color. Very slim head. More of an uneven ring around the inner rim of the glass. Leaves squiggly lace snakes.

S-Sweet rich caramel along with a strange dried dog kibble scent. I have heard people say that some Wee Heavies have a dog food smell; I now understand the comparison. A light, lingering fruitiness deep in the center of the aroma can be detected. Booze doesn't seem to be much of an issue here.

T-Initial taste reminds me of a Caramel Apple for some reason. Loads of caramel. Alcohol becomes more evident on the palate. It actually attacks the tongue immediately. A good dose of assorted dried fruits (figs, raisins). Toffee and vanilla are present as well. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Quite full in the body. Creamy as they come. The body is very evident when it is sloshed around my mouth with my tongue. Carbonation is not intense but it is plentiful. Tons of tiny bubbles with no real punch to them. Alcohol dries out my mouth.

O/D-Very happy to try it. I love NEBCO, perhaps my favorite New England Brewery. This is by no means in the same tier as Gandhi-Bot or Imperial Stout Trooper, but I did enjoy it. Lots going on here.

Photo of beer4colin
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
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....

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.