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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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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 50
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of rjp217
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle (no date) into a tulip...

A - A dark orange look with a small head that dissipates immediately and no lace, meh

S - Difficult for me to pull any aroma out of this. I get some muted caramel and maybe some dark fruits but that is about it

T - Really shines here... Toffee, molasses, candy and raisins stand out big time. Pretty complex

M - Great body, silky smooth and a heavy booze presence

O - This beer is a bit of a monster. The 10% wacks you in the face. Definitely a sipper. The taste and mouthfeel are outstanding. Reminds me of an alcoholic fruit roll up. Good stuff.

Photo of BeerThursdays
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One-finger head grows upon a cloudy brown brew with lots of orange and red. Head has heavy yellow/green glow to it.

Very herbal and propely sweet. A mild roar comes from the depths of my Southampton snifter. Lots of big caramel

Very dry and high in ABV, but it's hardly noticeable when you get into it. Sweetness is mild and very well done. Spices come across my tongue and leave me with an almost fig-y feel/flavor. You can feel the heat, but it's very well made.

A three hour boil! Wow! Worth waiting for, this was a delicious brew, thanks Andy for sharing! Don't judge this brew by its appearance.. There's lots of love in this fine brew.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had been looking forward to trying this beer after I had ghandi bot.

This beer pours a hazy orangish brown color, with a small off white head. the beer has a very homebrew look to it. the smell is mediocre, there is not much going on there, a little yeast smell, some faint smokey smell is also present. The taste is awseome, would not expect this flavor from a beer with such a muted nose. definitely picking up the smoked malts, as well as the carmalized sugars from the brewing process. This beer is nice and sweet, but is balanced out by the smokiness from the malts. the mouthfeel is very full with decent carbonation, a very good example of the style, it is also very drinkable for the 10% abv.

definitely worth the 7-8 dollars.

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed a couple days ago, from notes

Pour is a cloudy ruby-amber. Sticky-sweet bourbon nose, the taste is similar with butterscotch candy, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Body is a little sticky as well. They didn't do too much to cover up the alcohol, as it is certainly present and noticeable.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours kind of murky dark amber with a thing layer of white foam that vanishes almost right away. Toasty malt aroma with slight caramel sweetness and a slightly fruity aroma. The flavor is really malty with a kind of sweet slightly fruity flavor and a caramel finish. The feel is good, with a nice medium body and soft carbonation. Overall a good beer, it's kind of boozy with a warm finish.

Photo of pjs234
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of silentjay
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of steve8robin
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Stum-pub
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gueuzegossage
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-28-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500 ml brown bottle, pry-cap covered in plastic
Glassware: Thistle
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!

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ksimons
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jkane101
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BostonHops
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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)

Photo of Pahn
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.