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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

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 OWSLEY069
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to find a bottle of this

A - Poured a coppery mahongany colour into a Duvel tulip with a nice light offwhite colour one finger head that slowly fades leaving nice side lacing. When held up to the light there is a slight amount of suspended particles.

S - Picking up some nice carmel malts and maybe some kinda of alcohol and bready notes. For a split second I pick up the faintest of bourbon notes. Must be my nose playing tricks...

T - Malts are the centerpiece here. Sweet carmel malts. Nice subtle flavours here with no distinguishable hop characteristics.

M - Low carbonation on this one with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth all the way down.

D - Highly drinkable thanks to the subtle flavors and smooth characteristics. Could never tell this was a 10% ABV brew. Cant wait to buy another bottle of this.

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle; 2010 vintage

Pours a reddish/brown with some mild bubbles forming. It appears sitting on this a year has hindered the carbonation. The aroma is of toffee, sugary fruits, bready malt, herbs, and some ethanol. The flavor profile follows the nose. Caramel and toffee with toasted multigrain bread and sweet sugary fruit. The booze in this guy is not bashful, but never overpowering. Given that this is a year old, the carbonation has faded, making the feel a little thin. Overall, this has some nice qualities but I will need to try this fresh to review this adequately. Consider this a rough draft.

Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to philbe311 for acquiring this one.

Pours a murky coppery amber with lots of sediment, moderate cap off off-white head, minimal retention. Scent is a fantastic blend of buttery toffee, brown sugar, sweet caramel, glazed roasted nuts, kiss of smoke and earth, lightly juicy and resinous hops. Taste follows suit with a wonderfully blended and complex flavor profile that evokes just about every positive quality consumed in the style. Toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla, pineapple, char, earth, wood, lightly herbal, alcohol. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with some heft as it goes down, light bite at end of sip. Overall, a true winner in and out of the style and one I'd have over and over again.

Photo of maximum12
2.18/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to biglobo8971 for the trade & almost simultaneously, to jmu500 for dropping this in as an extra. A sudden embarrasment of riches. I hope. We're about to find out. 500ML bottle, dated 2010.

Kudos to New England for the easy-remove foil thingee on the top; removed without issue or personal injury. Nice creepy guy in the artwork. Pour is paler than expected, like a faded Florida orange. Maybe it's just the typing, but there's an orange odor coming off the beer, too, along with earthiness. Not a lot going on.

Wet Willy gives off a first blush of being - thin. Not Heather Locklear thin, but Kate Moss thin (sorry, my frame of reference is showing, I'll pull that up). Watery. There's thin caramel, thin toffee...well, there's not much. Did I mention the mouthfeel is thin? That's really wrecking this one for me. If I could knock that score into negative territory, I would.

Really? This is the third disappointment of the night. Thin, dull, simple. I'd rather have a beer knock me for a loop in a daredevil attempt at somthing rather than this. Boring, I am sorry to report.

Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a completely opaque hazel color. Very slim head. More of an uneven ring around the inner rim of the glass. Leaves squiggly lace snakes.

S-Sweet rich caramel along with a strange dried dog kibble scent. I have heard people say that some Wee Heavies have a dog food smell; I now understand the comparison. A light, lingering fruitiness deep in the center of the aroma can be detected. Booze doesn't seem to be much of an issue here.

T-Initial taste reminds me of a Caramel Apple for some reason. Loads of caramel. Alcohol becomes more evident on the palate. It actually attacks the tongue immediately. A good dose of assorted dried fruits (figs, raisins). Toffee and vanilla are present as well. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Quite full in the body. Creamy as they come. The body is very evident when it is sloshed around my mouth with my tongue. Carbonation is not intense but it is plentiful. Tons of tiny bubbles with no real punch to them. Alcohol dries out my mouth.

O/D-Very happy to try it. I love NEBCO, perhaps my favorite New England Brewery. This is by no means in the same tier as Gandhi-Bot or Imperial Stout Trooper, but I did enjoy it. Lots going on here.

Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

454th review on BA
bottle to snifter
500 ML

App- A nice mix of orange, red and yellow. A matched 1 1/2 finger head. No real lacing on this one.

Smell- Huge citrus which was suprising and a little caramel with a barleywine esque note to it.

Taste- Very sweet for the style. Very tasty though. A bit light and a little unbalanced. A not of booze is there with a bit of creaminess.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. I don't know why its a bit spicy on the finish with some malty, sweetness and a residual creaminess.

Drink- Still a very tasty brew and a welcome extra. Nice sweet turn on the style to make it NEBCO unique. Would like to have again.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes quickly, high carbonation, yellowish-brown in color, cloudy

Smell: earth, vanilla cake, toasted malt—not very ipa like but very pleasant

Taste: pine and earth at the start followed by big time oak and some tobacco—light caramel and big alcohol round out the end

Mouthfeel: bitter start that gradually gets sweeter with noticeable alcohol burn at the end, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied and thick

Overall: This is a sipper and is a lot more oaky than I could ever have imagined. A solid sipper that is different from other Scotch Ales that I have tried. One per sitting but I would revisit this one.

Photo of alexgash
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle.

Slightly hazy ruby orange-red. Finger of dense, creamy, dirty beige head. Very nice lacing and retention. Very malty sweet nose. Candied fruits, rich caramel, peat malt, whiskey, and some rum.

Scorched caramel up front. Becomes fruitier and sweet and caramelier Slight woody, tannic bitterness around the edges. Whiskeyish, peaty notes near the finish. Woody bitterness in the finish with lots of lingering caramel and fruit. Medium-full body, with a softly carbonated feel. Delicious and quite drinkable.

Photo of Reagan1984
2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
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.

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 "vintage".

A- Murky red-brown with a very small head that leavs a creamy ring and some spotty lace.

S- Very buttery with dark fruit and caramel as primary aromas. Some bread notes in the background.

T- Starts out with a good amount of dark fruit and caramel and upon swallowing turns into a piece of toast slathered in butter. I remember burping and it tasted like morning toast afterward. A malt bomb. Some oak and vanilla type notes going on.

MF- Moderate body with a fairly oily feel rather than creamy. Carbonation fairly high and some warmth from the alcohol.

DB- A malty butter bomb, quite unique and filled with diacetyl. I really don't mind it but I could see some people ripping this apart. Very impressed by the fact that it is single malt, must have a beast of a yeast.

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of thegerm87
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a large beer mug.

L - murky rust color with a thin beige head that just went away in a few minutes.

S - sweet toffee and burnt brown sugar.

T - sweetness upfront with the alcohol making itself known finishing with some light bitterness.

F - medium bodied, mild carbonation with some alcohol warming.

O - good example of the style.

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottle received as an extra some time ago.

A: Pours a hazy dark pumpkin color with a finger of off-white head that took a long time to fade into a thick collar that left a great network of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: I get dominant notes of butterscotch and toffee with a little bit of bread and light fruits.
T: Thankfully not as much butterscotch or toffee as the nose. I get notes of caramel, bread crust, spices, and roasted malt. This beer was sweet, but not as sweet as I was expecting. The aftertaste has a touch of tobacco in it. No booziness.
M: Thickish body with a slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O: A solid scotch ale. Not sure if the age mellowed it or what but I didn’t think it was overly sweet and definitely not overly boozy at all. I would drink this again.

Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.95/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

'11 vintage, extra'ed to me in a trade recently.

Pours fairly still, with a little bit of fizz on top, and no lacing. Looks kind of watery.

Smells weirdly flat, some caramel, toffee, but also booze, and some mild oxidation.

The oxidation feel gets much stronger in the flavor. There's a bitter flat cardboard flavor, and astringent alcohol that gets stronger as it warms up further. Beyond those distracting opening flavors, I also get some caramel, toffee, and peaty smokiness. But those flavors are flat and don't feature strongly enough. It's way too sweet, cloying even, and just doesn't work. I'm sure fresh that this one is much nicer.

It's sweet and syrupy, mouthfeel-wise, with a medium body, but it's a little thin for a beer of it's style and ABV. There's barely any carbonation.

This one is just too old. It hasn't held up well.

Photo of srandycarter
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy burnt orange, small tan head leaves immediately, some spotty lace.

S - Malt, fruit wood and moss. Booze evident too.

T - Malt and fruit first, slammed by booze flavor and wood/vanilla.

M - Not terribly balance, carbonation a little lower than I like, but each sip is asking for another.

D - At the ABV and the big flavors, not the session beer.

Photo of mltobin
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, poured into basic wine glass.
Appearance is a dark copper with a thin head. Its` smell hits w/ liquor right away, scotch of course. There is also sweetness from brown sugar, vanilla. Upon taking a sip, the taste has caramel, nuts, wood, more scotch. MF is med-heavy. A good scotch ale, although not one of my favorites from NEBCO.

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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