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Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

274 Ratings
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 51
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.

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BTPete

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 18:35:34 | More by BTPete
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:51:24 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:53:28 | More by mothman
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Brewtr0n

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 05:58:46 | More by Brewtr0n
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 05:30:43 | More by ThirstyBird
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 01:18:00 | More by largadeer
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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....

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 22:23:38 | More by BarrytheBear
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 00:01:21 | More by sinstaineddemon
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 21:44:44 | More by jlindros
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 00:14:28 | More by mikesgroove
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 07:05:15 | More by corby112
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edmedina

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:58:01 | More by edmedina
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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"

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 04:35:40 | More by russpowell
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washburnkid

New York

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 17:27:27 | More by washburnkid
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cjgator3

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 05:17:45 | More by cjgator3
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Vancer

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 18:27:07 | More by Vancer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Purple Foil/Capped

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 00:19:46 | More by Wasatch
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:49:11 | More by Reagan1984
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gford217

Georgia

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

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:43:16 | More by gford217
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Duvel tulip. Poured a murky plum color with a quarter inch bubbly, off-white head that quickly dissipated into a frothy band and a slick of foam; zero lacing on this one. Nose reveals dark fruit, caramel (kind of reminds me of an old ale) some bourbon and perhaps a malted peat quality. Incredible taste and complexity - not really what I would consider a scotch ale though (maybe an American Strong). Caramel, booze, vanilla and bourbon. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated that slightly coats the tongue. This is one tasty brew; however, the $9.39 price tag is tough - an incredible sipper nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:31:57 | More by Jwale73
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naproxen

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan, only slightly bitter on the fact that I had to go to NYC to get a beer brewed in CT but well worth the trip :-)

I had this first about a year ago at the NEBC open house, and the years time has treated this one phenomenally.

Presented in a tulip, this Scotch ale had a medium orange hue, slightly amber in the body, but overall not as dark as I expected it to pour from my memory of a year ago (which im sure is spotty at best).

There is no denying the scotch ale, it will own your taste buds. Amen to that, I have had my share of wishy washy scotch ales. The smoked peat is present in both the aroma and palate, finishing actually pretty smooth. I picked up vanilla and herbal traits as well in the palate as it went down oh so easy. At 10% this is a big boy to handle, I could probably drink two in a night and be happy with that. "Drinkability" is an odd category when reviewing beers that are noted for their strong or unique flavors, so I left it at 4 as I could drink this anytime it is offered. Now, please release the bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 15:24:38 | More by naproxen
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the ginger man 02-07-09

Pours an amber, carbon-less color. the aroma is very boozy. the taste is also very strong in the scotch department. At 1st the beer is almost overwelming but after a few sips it mellows out a little bit. Still very strong for a scotch ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 02:32:08 | More by bonbini26
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Durge

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy medium copper color with modest a white head and average lace. It has a strong herbal, almost minty, peppery aroma. The flavor is similar to the aroma, mild herbal with a background of honey and sweet wheat, a hint of scotch without a heavy alcohol dominance. This is incredibly smooth and more drinkable than most wee heavies. New England has a very different and highly enjoyable brew here. Can't wait to have another!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 22:30:19 | More by Durge
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

03-29-2008 13:34:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.