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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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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 51
Gots: 70 | 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:
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Photo of DrunkinYogi


4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-23-2013 22:58:11 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of Wasatch


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
Photo of ppoitras


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased at WineNation, Millbury, MA. Maroon shrink-wrapped cap.

Poured into a Harpoon LE tulip, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the totally cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly recedes to the rim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dominated by vanilla which plays with the booziness.

Taste starts sweet, a peek of tart fruitiness in the middle, citrus hops to a vanilla alcohol close. Aftertaste lingers of earthiness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a bit lacking in carbonation, with reasonable drinkability as well. Could be a bit better for me, but still and enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:33:32 | More by ppoitras
Photo of duceswild


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-03-2013 18:10:59 | More by duceswild
Photo of 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
Photo of mdaschaf


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan for this one!

A: Pours a hazy burgundy color with a small off-white head with little retention, a ring of lace forms. Thin, but sticky lacing forms on the side.

S: Some bready/biscuity malt, vanilla, caramelized sugar, and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: Some sweet, dark fruits come out right away, with more bready malt to back it up. There is some vanilla, brown sugar, and caramel.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather smooth with a slightly dry finish. Abv hidden very well.

O: A nice scotch ale, very tasty and surprisingly easy drinking for 10%. Would certainly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:09:14 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Gonzoillini


4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-01-2014 04:09:23 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-15-2013 05:37:24 | More by Kelp
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 08:58:14 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of PEIhop


4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-28-2014 00:50:49 | More by PEIhop
Photo of billab914


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500l bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured a murky, orange/brown color with a thin, bubbly, white head barely covering the top of the beer. Nice lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a sweeter, malty profile to it with some caramel and toffee leading the way. The taste also showcases the malty, caramel flavors pretty nicely as well. I get a little vanilla to it in the finish along with some balancing bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer of the style. It showed some very good malty, caramel flavors to it but didn't become overly sweet. Very flavorful and tasty beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:17:54 | More by billab914
Photo of xnicknj


3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle poured into dfh signature glass

Pours a auburn burnt orange color with a slight haze. Thinner white head slowly dissolves into bubbly retention with some spotty lacing left behind.

Nice roasted malt tones in the nose with peat, and booze. Caramel and bready tones mix in with some candied dark fruit. Burnt sugar with figs and cherries - plenty of fruit character in the nose.

Full flavored from the get-go with dark fruit and a spike of scotch-like booze. Candi sugar mixed with fruit tones driven by fig and cherry. The malts are burly and forward, with plenty of thick bready notes and drizzled syrupy caramel. Hints of peat and smoke towards the finish with a heavy blast of booze and heat.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue, lingering finish. This is definitely a little on the hot side, but delivers a nice offering of flavors to go with the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:31:50 | More by xnicknj
Photo of tobelerone


4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-10-2013 00:54:21 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Bitterbill


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Grand Vin, 500ml bottle.

A nice deep red colour, I get close to a 2 finger head of foam with some good lacing.

I'm trying to pull out the aromas but it's kind of tough. Very mild nose of some fruity and malty sweetness. A really light nose for a big brew.

The taste is much bigger. Sweet malt that has a light dark fruitiness to it, vanilla, an unusual liquor kind of flavour that strikes me like scotch, and a decided bitter feel close to and in the finish where I get a lot of warming. Hmm...I don't I've evr had one of this style that tastes like it. 2nd pour and the beer turns a bit hazy.

There's plenty of body here with lightish carbonation. A good feel and good drinkability once I got used to the taste. I've decided, me likes!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 23:54:29 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 23:10:27 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a hazy orange to light brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, peat, caramel, and a small roast. In the taste, dry peat, dry caramel and a small sweet earthiness. A small bite, but mainly smooth and a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry earth and almost sweet pear in the aftertaste. Nice small fruit and nice dry caramel and malt, quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 21:43:20 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with caramel maltiness mixed with equal amounts of butterscotch, dark fruits, toasted bread and a hint of booze.

The taste follows the nose and brings out toffee, dark fruit and spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. After the toffee opening, the earthy and peaty flavors move in, balanced by a bit of drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is actually rather crisp, sharp and dry compared to many sweeter ales in this category.

Overall this was a good scotch ale but not anything amazing or worthy of seeking out if you can get something similar easier. Alesmith and Traquir still make the best examples of the style (one domestic, one imported) but I see no reason to seek this Wet Willy out over any of them which I can locate much easier.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 16:23:20 | More by claspada
Photo of gford217


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
Photo of Duff27


4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-02-2013 16:25:21 | More by Duff27
Photo of Gobzilla


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-25-2014 06:27:22 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of bsuedekum


3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

06-06-2012 02:31:49 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of Durge


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
Photo of cjgator3


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
Photo of 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
Photo of woosterbill


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

Growler of the 2010 vintage into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy reddish-brown body topped by a perfect inch of creamy, sticky, dense tan head. Great retention and lacing by any standard - unbelievable for an 11%+ beer (which is where this year's version wound up; last time was the 10% listed on BA). Wow.

S: Whoa, this beer is an entirely different animal fresh compared to the aged bottles I've had from the last vintage. Yeah, there's the toffee/caramel/toasty/smoky malt, as well as the rich vanilla oakiness, but there's also a huge herbal hop presence. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it's by no means the booze bomb that a beer so big and so fresh might be expected to be. Excellent.

T: Opens with oak, then moves into a richly sweet malt body, and finishes with some bitterness and booziness. Big, bold, balanced, and delicious.

M: Full-bodied and rich with smooth, mouth-filling carbonation. The effervescence does a great job combating the stickiness. Perfect.

D: It's definitely on the big, boozy side of the style, but the bitterness and carbonation make this totally, seriously dangerous. Good thing I had help with the growler, or I would have been walking home from my friends' place.

Notes: What can I say? This is a crazy, unique, and delicious brew. One malt plus one hop plus a ridiculous amount of oak chips make for a stunning experience. I'll be buying as many bottles as I can find and aging them for years to come.


Serving type: growler

11-07-2010 23:31:21 | More by woosterbill
Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.