Wet Willy Scotch Ale - New England Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
pours lighter than expected and murky brown with a spotty off-white head that laces okay.
aroma of caramel, vanilla, nougat, butterscotch (i guess this is aged in barrels? doesn't say so on the bottle after some research i find its aged with oak chips.) and plenty of booze. they definitely went for a Scotch character with this scotch ale. not bad.
kinda odd flavor. comes on a bit strong, then fades to almost nothing until it comes back for a warming boozy aftertaste. has some hints at wonderful flavors but goes watery in the middle and has little flavor overall. bit of a let-down from the aroma.
again, a bit watery with very little carbonation. some nice booze heat hits at the end and lingers softly.
drinkability is good. alcohol is not harsh (just pleasantly warming) and flavors definitely aren't detrimental. bad part is that the flavors are kind of weak. not what I was expecting. not worth the premium price tag for me.
11-30-2010 04:37:37 | More by silentjay
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Tasted On: 11-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle, pry-cap covered in plastic
Purchased: Received in a trade
Pours a hazy red/orange color, capped by a moderate sized tan head. Head retention is good, with a fair amount of lacing clinging to the glass.
Aromas feature sweet, bready malts, molasses, and dark fruits such as dates and raisins.
The taste is very rich and flavorful, with pretty big boozy notes. Flavors include dark fruits, caramelized malt, and an oak character. Fairly sweet, with just a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and full-bodied, and a moderate amount of carbonation. Finishes malty sweet, with significant alcohol warming.
Overall this is a potent Scotch ale; a tour de force in maltiness and booziness...
Thanks to merc7186 for this one!
11-29-2012 05:47:31 | More by sommersb
3.6/5 rDev -8.4%
Glad to find this one at the local beer store. Heard a lot of good things about this brew. Let's give it a go. 2010 350ml bottle...
A: A murky deep ruby / bronze mix with a huge 2 inch off white head that fades at a slow pace. Very good.
S: Get some scents from here with the glass on the table. I take my tulip glass to my nose. I get some bready rye, sugary malt, and hints of booziness upfront. I get some caramel and some apple in the middle. Not much on the backend. Good.
T: I get some breadiness upfront blended with a boozy bite. Some floral caramel with a hint of apple. A little watery on the backend. Decent.
M: Medium bodied with a very nice carbonation. Clean and heavy on the finish. Good.
D: Doesn't fair as well as you would like here. The booze is not very well hidden, so ok here.
All in all, this is definitely a booze heavy brew. This is characteristic of the style, however, it is not very well hidden here. This is good to try if you like to taste the heavy booze flavors in your beer. If you like more balance, maybe not your best choice.
11-14-2010 02:38:21 | More by steve8robin
4/5 rDev +1.8%
oddly shaped 500ml bottle, split and served in Stone Levitation glasses
A - pours with a short-lived third inch of loose, bubbly light tan colored foam which settles to a ring within a few minutes. the beer is slightly cloudy, dark gold and amber in color.
S - heavily earthy, with scents of smoke and firewood alongside some vegetation and peat. bold, sweet caramel and alcohol round it out.
T - begins with some lightly fruity notes...grapes pears and apples before being cut into sharply by the earthy smoke. fair amount of alcohol, and tobacco (where are the firearms?) creep into the second half. all the while, sweet caramel and toffee provide the base.
M - medium bodied, very oily and pretty slick going down. moderate, tight and fizzy carbonation doesnt overpower at all. mouth is left slightly sticky from the sweetness, yet alcohol does a fairly good job cleaning it up.
D - solid all around. bold and flavorful, yet nothing really stands out. good representation of the style, if not a bit safe. oh well, its still quite good.
02-11-2011 02:45:44 | More by Stigs
2.65/5 rDev -32.6%
Appearance -- Pours a hazy nectarine hue - rosy at the heart with orange and amber highlights. Slim sudsy white head, minor lacing. Beautiful.
Smell -- Grainy with toated malt and caramelized malt, macerated drupes, and earthy/leafy hops. Certainly malty, but more husky grain and fruity ester than caramel.
Taste -- Husky toasted grain, faint caramel, plums and peaches, and lots of earthy/leafy bitterness. Alcohol presence is quite apparent and slightly solvent-like. The more I drink this, the more it tastes like peach-infused vodka and flat tonic water.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-full bodied, slick and chewy, with moderate carbonation. Not bad.
Drinkability -- This was a letdown. Very peculiar with the heavy fruit esters and leafy bitterness - again, my mind conjures up peach vodka and flat tonic water. If you gave me this beer and asked me to guess what it was, I certainly wouldn't have guessed Scotch Ale. Not enough of that classic caramelized malt character that typifies the style. Didn't hate it, but I don't see myself reaching for more.
02-16-2011 03:20:19 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.78/5 rDev -3.8%
Reviewed from notes
Pours a deep copper with a finger of quickly dying head and no lacing. The aroma is an absolutely enormous blend of sweet caramel maltiness and booze. It actually made my stomach rumble while I was smelling it. Every bit of that 10% shows, but thats OK because the malt profile is big enough for the wee heavy title.
The flavor is also big, but not as huge as the aroma suggested. The alcohol is quite a bit lower than the aroma as well. The malt profile is sweet and earthy. Not quite as rich as I would like....I don't want to use the term "watered down" because that would not be an accurate description, but there does seem to be something missing to really give it that classic wee heavy kick.
The body is in between medium and full. Good enough, but I expect near perfection in my scotch ales. Drinkability is solid. A nice sipper in a social atmosphere, but not complex enough warrant much concentration when drinking alone.
06-09-2010 20:58:56 | More by alcstradamus
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
500ml bottle into Duvel tulip. 2010 vintage.
Appearance: Free pour yields a bubbly and frothy one and a half inch bone white head that dissipates steadily without leaving much lacing. Pours a translucent light amber/orange, and leaves spotty but sweeping and copious lacing that doesn't go away.
As a sidenote, I really like the presentation in the bottle as well. The wax-like plastic + seal over the cap is a nice touch, and I'm partial to those sleek Pliny shaped 500ml bottles.
Smell: Sweet malt, faint herbal/effervescent aroma, and wood (like straight wood; like smelling an unfinished cabinet or sawing a piece of oak in half). Gets a little boozier with warmth, but with the booze comes a huge array of malt notes; caramel, almond, some Bailey's and other liqueur-like aromas. Really excellent.
Taste: Again, sweet malt and subtle but distinct oak, followed by a hot alcohol finish that quickly gives way to a long vanilla oak aftertaste. Warmth does the same thing to the flavor as the aroma, bringing out lots of great malt flavors, though the beautiful (and somewhat restrained) oak notes stay strong throughout.
This is great stuff. I could be persuaded to give 5s for both smell and taste. The only reason I'm not doing so is that I think maybe it could be a little better, somehow. Maybe.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, maybe on the lighter side. Juicy, with a moderate, perhaps greater than expected level of carbonation. The lighter body really lets these flavors shine. They might feel a bit more natural in a thicker, creamier beer, but I like how the light body provides such a sharp focus for the flavor.
On the down side, the finish occasionally gets a little chalky, which is the closest thing to a flaw present in this great beer.
Drinkability: Hot, but a flavorful sipper. Consistently good flavors, but more than enough depth and complexity to be actively interesting if you pay attention.
As is probably clear from everything above, NEBCO impresses me with their brewing skills once again. This is a great Scotch ale. I could drink quite a lot of this.
11-18-2010 01:59:33 | More by Pahn
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
500ml bottle served in a snifter.
pours a dull copper shade yielding maybe a 3/4" off-white head. so-so retention as it recedes pretty quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. (not unsurprising given the style and strength); decent lacing evident. nose is decidedly on the muted side; definitely lacking that boldness i was looking for. what is there is a bit sweet - as in fruity, maybe citrus, with some caramel malt in the background.
subtle nose belies the flavor, which does pack a bold punch. there's that fruit presence - citrus, maybe dark fruit, with caramel malt and secondary notes of vanilla and oak... good degree of complexity. is this barrel aged? has that feel but i was under the impression it wasn't. one of the more unique beers i've had lately. nice, medium-full mouthfeel with slightly below average carbonation.
overall this may not be one of the best scotch ales out there but it is very solid. worth a try.
(originally reviewed: 05-17-2011)
06-14-2012 14:36:22 | More by BostonHops
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a hazy copper to brown with walnut hues and a creamy off white head that immediately leaves a sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
The aroma immediately highlights the oak chips. There is some nice sweet malt, likely toffee, but not nearly as sweet as some other examples of the style, which I consider to be a good thing.
The flavor offers tasty oak notes and again sweet malt, and toffee but now a touch of vanilla comes forward as well. As the beer warms the flavor primarily returns to oak and malt, which may even become smoky.
Medium to thick in body with medium carbonation and a drying bite at the finish.
This is a very good Scotch Ale. Plenty of flavor and balance as nothing dominates anything else. The oak is just right as well as the sweet malt.
10-31-2010 20:38:28 | More by CHADMC3
3.83/5 rDev -2.5%
A-pours a cloudy copper with white head that quickly disappears and leaves a bit of lace on top
S-malts, caramel, a hint of alcohol
T-big rich malt taste, sweet caramel with a light bitter hop backbone. Alcohol warming sets in after a few sips
M-medium to full body, light carbonation, smooth
D-alcohol very apparent after a few drinks, but it is 10%, a nice malty taste, but could only have one per sitting
03-11-2011 22:39:54 | More by ksimons
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
4/5 rDev +1.8%
2011 vintage, 500ml bottle into a NEBCO flute glass served at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a clear dark red color with a bit of sediment. Initial pour yields a two finger off white head which doesn't stick around for too long. Settles into a thin cap and edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention.
S - Toffee, caramelized malts and dark fruits, and vanilla rich butterscotch. A bit of an alcohol tingle on the end.
T - Loads of rich caramel and toffee. Light notes of vanilla and butterscotch, Not super complex or full of flavors, but its very rich and tasty. A touch of alcohol warmth but its very faint and only helps with the flavor profile. Finish is of sweet butterscotch candy.
M - Creamy and medium bodied with silky carbonation. Slightly dry finish with only a lingering buttery rich candy flavor. Very smooth with no alcohol heat.
O - This beer is excellent, and with nearly a year on it its drinking so well. Can't wait to try a fresh bottle in a few weeks. One of the more enjoyable scotch ales I've had.
10-26-2012 02:21:35 | More by davey101
4.13/5 rDev +5.1%
Got this one from my brother for Christmas. Poured into a tulip. A very light tan solid head rests atop a perfectly caramel colored clear body.
The aroma is a nice bready toast aroma. The malt is really the star of the show here. There is a little bit of buttery aroma as well, but it took me a while to find it and could be perceived as a nice addition to the complexity; it is appropriate for the style.
The flavor is mildly sweet and very malty. Almost no hop presence is detected. Toffee and caramel are dominant flavors, and the beer only hints at a touch of burnt sugar. Very nice with the subtle flavors.
A nice smooth mouthfeel for the high ABV. This is very smooth and drinkable. Love it.
01-04-2011 00:33:56 | More by andrewinski1
Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.