Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.
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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
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
A- Poured from the glass with no head. Just a collar and a little diffuse haze layer. No real lacing. The body is a turbid- heavily sedimented orange-amber color, with little chunks of presumed yeast floating in it. No visible carbonation.
S- The aroma is definitely malt-forward; comprised of pale and stewed malts. Intense fruity esters on the nose that are simultaneously vinous, citrus and reminiscent of light fruits. Definite booziness on the nose. Like a glass of rum-soaked fruit. As the beer warmed, some madiera notes emerged as well.
T- HOLY F**K!! This beer is huge! The pale and stewed malts are right up front, and so concentrated that it's bordering on cloying sweetness. The fruity esters in there are akin to light fruits- even banana, which I typically wouldn't associate with Scotch ale (I normally expect dark fruit). The finish is an echo of fruity ester kissed with oak and booze. As the beer warmed, some madiera notes emerged as well. Not to style, but still tastes good.
M- A thick chewy mess textured with yeast and unattenuated sugar. A delicate carbonation. Some mild heat from the booze. Superb mouthfeel.
D- The alcohol is well hidden... but I could anticipate the fruity esters becoming overpowering past one bottle.
05-27-2010 23:34:15 | More by jgasparine
3.65/5 rDev -7.1%
12oz provided by Buckeyeboy... Thanks Jeremy for this new to me brew.
Pours fairly clear dark brown... nice highlites but no real head or lacing..
Nose is pretty traditional Wee Heavy.. very malty with some dark fruits....
Malty without verging on cloying... some caramel malts play well... dark toast.. figgy.... background peat smoke adds a layer of complexity that I don't really jive with but appreciate nonetheless... barrel essence too that seems too much and sorta distracts from the base beer.
I had a hard time with this one.... Lately I've not been in to Wee Heavies.. and even more not into barrel aged versions... this is pretty good but needs more nuance to make it into my big league.
Thanks again Jeremy.... I wish I could appreciate this one more.
05-26-2010 08:58:14 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
I grabbed two bottles of this yesterday at the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Trooper release at the brewery. Color is lighter than expected, ruby red with about one finger of white heading. Lots of yeast can be seen floating around as well. The nose is immediately noticeable, with big blasts of caramel, vanilla, and dark stone fruit. More of the same from the taste, with more of an essence of scotch and peat flavors coming through. All of these flavors are very bright, and in the forefront, with a bit of smoke in the aftertaste. Body is moderate to heavy. Alcohol presence is definitely there, but does not hinder the drinking experience at all, it actually adds some complexity. Although a sipper, this one is immensely drinkable and damn tasty also. The label reads, "Inspired by the mist-shrouded shores of Loch-Adam, we offer this hand-crafted Scotch Ale to you, our friends." All I can say is thanks right back for an awesome brew.
04-25-2010 23:29:08 | More by jamie2dope
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Just received this brew from the ever generous naproxen. Scotch ales can be hit or miss but a good one is, well, good. Lovely packaging as well. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a murky dark orange with a decent enough off-white head that sits about a half finger tall. A thin cap and collar remains but unfortunately not any lacing.
Smell- Has a sort of rich sweet smell that is hella malty and somewhere between burnt sugars and butterscotch. A touch of smoke along with some dark fruits consisting of dates and/or raisins. A touch of bourbon oak and a deep woody aspect. Some vanilla creeps in as well but all in all, nice nose.
Taste- Starts with a touch of caramel but the beer isn't sweet at all. A bit of earthy peated malt and rich doughy malt make up a majority of the beer. Light oak that is very lightly woody as well, lending a bit of vanilla and bourbon. The finish is smooth and lightly toasted.
Mouthfeel- Smooth and creamy with not a lot of carbonation. Almost has a cask like feel to it.
Drinkability- Not bad, not bad at all. It's definitely a bit more complex than most Scotch Ales and the oak is a welcome addition. I think I'd really like to try more from New England Brewing but just haven't had the opportunity. Thanks much Aliza!
04-06-2010 19:34:29 | More by younger35
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
Thanks to Jaxon53 for the hook-up on this offering. Pours a hazey golden honey color. Bits of yeast chunks float around from a complete pour. Almost no head, very minimal.
Very much of a scotch aroma, but not as strong as straight scotch. Some oak barrel aromas too.
Mostly quality scotch taste. Mildly watered down scotch drink. Some clove mixed in. Some buttery flavors too. Finishes a little dry with oak barrel tones.
Thin to slight medium mouthfeel.
Enjoyable oak dryness left in mouth.
May have a bit too much scotch flavor. As mentioned above, reminds reviewer of a slightly watered down scotch. Would perfer a little more noble hop and grain profile. May be a bit too sweet also. Enjoyable offering, personal preferance may not have been met, however quality offering here.
04-01-2010 17:14:14 | More by FishGetter
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Consumer on 3/6 in my basement while staining outdoor furniture
12oz bottle to tulip
A: See through golden amber. Minimal head and lacing.
S: smells of sweet whiskey and malts.
T: Caramel, vanilla, malt, and some oak character. I'm not even sure this was oak aged at all but I certainly thought I tasted it.
M: low carbonation but appropriate.
D: surprisingly drinkable and coy. Willy will take you out to the tool shed behind the school and mess you up. Really good beer overall and one I'm glad I have a few of. I'll share another bottle soon with friends. Glad this will be made again this year also.
03-26-2010 18:35:34 | More by BTPete
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
Received as an extra from Samichlaus. Thanks, Tom. Let it sit for a couple of months to mellow out, and then poured it into my tulip glass tonight.
A: Murky butterscotch-hued brown in color and only slight carbonation rises upwards. This creates a relatively thin head. The high ABV does a good job of checking the head and it dissipates rapidly into a ring of bubbles.
S: Figs and dates abound in the bouquet and are combined with strong peat-smoked malts that give this beer a distinctive scotch character.
T: Very similar to the aroma, the taste again hits with the dark fruits and a big scotch flavor that takes center stage. There is also an oaky characteristic that imparts some vanilla and woody notes.
M/D: Smooth and creamy, but a bit thin as it gets closer to room temp. Still, overall, this is probably the best of this style that I have tried. This beer will probably be the one that really lets me figure out this style like I want to be able to.
02-12-2010 01:51:24 | More by NittanyBeerFan
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Opened it up and smelt it and it seems to be -bal aged. I was unaware of this, so I am very excited right now.
Poured into Bells snifter.
Pours 1/2 finger of beige head that fades to a thin layer. Very light lace. Color is a dark maroon hued murky brown. Active carbonation in the glass.
Aroma: Smell is of wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee, and lots of malts. A very nice smelling scotch ale. All the flavors blend together well.
Taste: This beer packs a decent whiskey punch to it, but it benefits the style well. A big punch of vanilla and wood flavors. Toffee and caramel flavored malts. This beer is very malty and has some sweet notes. It seems to have some dark fruits, maybe dried cherries.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. No heat showing which is really nice for how high the abv is. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry, big malt flavor with some vanilla.
Overall, this was a solid scotch. I enjoyed what the barrels did to this style. The abv didn't show at all, making this dangerous. I highly recommend this one. Great for the style plus drinkable = a winner.
02-11-2010 02:53:28 | More by mothman
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
12 oz into pint glass, warmed to ~40 ºF.
A - Pours a dark foggy brown, small frothy head that quickly recedes to a white crown.
A - A dusty, figgy, dates with whiskey thing going on with subtle alcohol -definitely not solventy though.
T - Dates and fig with a strong whiskey characteristic. Predominantly sweet, partially balanced by lingering alcohol. An immediate and pleasing warming character. The 10 % ABV is extremely well hidden.
M - Round and well bodied, but with a little carbonation keeping things interesting.
D - Could do two perhaps but not for lack of wanting! This is heavy stuff. Not a session beer.
Possibly the very definition of a wee heavy?
12-15-2009 05:58:46 | More by Brewtr0n
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Pours a hazy mahogany color with a nice light tan head that lingers nicely.
A wonderful nose of sweet malt,dark fruit, bourbon and caramel.
Taste is as stated above with the bourbon being fairly strong with a slight alcohol burn to boot. This is delicious though.
Mouthfeel is superb - The brew is silky smooth with beautiful fine carbonation. Really impressive. Medium body.
I really enjoyed this beer. I look forward to it's release again.
12-15-2009 05:30:43 | More by ThirstyBird
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-04-2009 01:18:00 | More by largadeer
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
Thanks to BTPete....a thoughtful extra.
Operation Kitchen Improvement begs for some assistance. Per request, Wet Willy enters the fray.
Wildly hazy and oily pour. Deep caramel with a frothy head that plunges to the depths to be seen no more. Major league sediment.
Smell jumps from the bottle even before the entire cap is peeled away. Soft bourbon and vanilla and a freshly opened sack of brown sugar. Begs to be smelled.
Big brown sugary doughnut wrapped with tempered bourbon. Soft vanilla envelops the sugared pastry. Nice.
Slippery little devil slides around the mouth. Carbonation? Willy don't need no stinkin' carbonation.
Willy wants you to enjoy. Ten percent hidden beautifully.
Edit: Looking back at this, it doesn't seem this beer is barrel aged, but damn if I didn't pick it up. Hmmmm....
11-27-2009 22:23:38 | More by BarrytheBear
4.35/5 rDev +10.7%
A - dark amber.ruddy brown with very scant visible carbonation, plenty of suspended sediment, a thin white head that fizzes away quickly
S - super sweet, molasses, caramel, toffee, scotch/bourbon, vanilla, oakiness, red licorice, so many aromas, even some tea solids aroma, what a nose!
T - holy crap, its like im tasting the aroma, red licorice takes the lead, with some liquor flavors, the scotch and mainly the bourbon, vanilla, oak, woody resin, acetyl sweetness - toffee, caramel, and some darl fruits to round it out, raisins, dates, plums
M&D - on the thin side of medium bodied, layered and complex, smooth is an understatement, a well hid doubel digit ABV, NEBCO has a hit here!
my previous review was St. Arnold Divine Reserve #8, which i called "one of the better wee heavys i have experienced" if this wee heavy is #1, that one is #2 of those i have had.
11-23-2009 00:01:21 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.05/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
11-06-2009 21:44:44 | More by jlindros
4.75/5 rDev +20.9%
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.
10-01-2009 00:14:28 | More by mikesgroove
3.3/5 rDev -16%
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.
09-19-2009 07:05:15 | More by corby112
3.35/5 rDev -14.8%
I got this bottle from a friend who lives up in the north east. I've been impressed with most of their beers I've had. In fact, I can't recall a beer I've had from them that I wouldn't have again. This one however just might be the first one.
This beer pours with a small head on the beer. It is about one finger's worth of head and quickly dissipates. The color is a light brown and really hazy. In fact you can see a lot of tannins in the beer. I am not sure what I am looking at but it's not something I mind at all.
The aroma is a sweet brown sugar smell. I get hints of fig and what I can only call a bready character. My first taste and I get the very sweet malty character present in the beer. Also present is a bread like character, almost like bread pudding. I can detect hints of a sweet apple taste but it's subtle. Notice, how I use sweet a lot? This is definitely a sweet beer. The after taste is dry with a hot alcohol character. It leaves me with an interesting after taste.
This isn't a bad beer at all. In fact I know a lot of people that would absolutely enjoy this beer. However, it is a young beer. It reminds me of a mild 120 min IPA. I did enjoy this beer but I am not sure I would drink it again unless it was aged a couple of years.
09-15-2009 00:58:01 | More by edmedina
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
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
Thanks to jdmek9. My favorite scotch ale thus far.
A: two fingers bubbly ivory head over a hazy caramel-hued beer complete with floaties. Head retains as a cap and no lacing.
S: sweet malts, strong vanilla and bourbon notes. Very strong and pleasant for the nose. Anise and leather are in there, with wood and alcohol.
T: lots of strong flavors that I pulled from the aromas. Incredibly strong oak, bourbon, and vanilla, all of which I am partial to. Anise is the solid backbone holding these flavors together.
M: a smooth medium body, and the head sticks around to offer an added layer of creaminess with each sip.
D: a very well done beer. The drinkability was dangerously high. This beer saved me from boredom in the beer wasteland that is Cheyenne, wy. Thanks again Jason!
08-18-2009 17:27:27 | More by washburnkid
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
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
Beer sent courtesy of naproxen in the Naked Beer Geek BIF - thanks again!
Ol' Wetty comes out a semi-hazy mahogany brown into the Maredsous tulip, not much head or lacing - not surprising considering the 10% ass this one contains.
Holy moly, lots of barrel aged bourbon in the aroma, and I likey! And the quaff is all bourbon, malt and a hint of smoked peat. Whoo boy, this is one loaded up power brew - biggest scotch ale I've ever enjoyed. I'm a lucky guy to be able to have sampled this fine brew!
08-01-2009 18:27:07 | More by Vancer
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.
Pours a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some bourbon notes, slight spicy. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very good bourbon notes, with some slight spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a potent little sucker, lol Thanks Wayne.
07-24-2009 00:19:46 | More by Wasatch
2.53/5 rDev -35.6%
Thanks to Draught2012 for providing this in one of our trades. Excellent trading partner.
Two fingers of off white head that begins to fade immediately. The beer is a touch lighter in color than I had imagined. Still it is a deep amber color with some orange tones.
Aroma is a mix of medicine, alcohol and something trying to be sweet. But it's not sweet. (in the aroma.. We'll come back to this)
Wow, much sweeter than the aroma indicates. Have to be honest, I do not really enjoy this flavor. Ultra sweet. Molasses maybe, honey, and some medicine flavor that matches the aroma. Some heat from the alcohol. Not HOT, but it's there. Finishes quickly.
Thick, syrup like body, very little carbonation.
Not too drinkable in my book. I am surprised by the high scores here to be honest.
06-24-2009 00:49:11 | More by Reagan1984
3.9/5 rDev -0.8%
12oz bottle shared by a generous soul at the Brick Store.
Pours a hazy caramel orange with a short-lived tan head that leaves almost no lacing.
Whoa, I could smell the booze from a couple feet away. Outside of that, there are plenty of sweet smells that dominate, including caramel malts and vanilla. And the smoked peat aromas are certainly more than just subtle.
The taste brings the whiskey back in a big way, with a big kick up front and a lasting burn through the finish. In between, again, lots of sweetness balanced by the smoky character of the peat as well. The barrel presence is very evident.
The mouthfeel is very slick with minimal carbonation and almost feels like an old ale on the palate. Very smooth.
Needless to say, this is a sipper - a big ole boozy beer that doesn't mess around. It's about the wood and booze with the sweetness trying its best to balance things out. I haven't decided if it succeeded or not...
05-22-2009 02:43:16 | More by gford217
Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.