Wet Willy Scotch Ale | New England Brewing Co.

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3.93/5
Very Good
Wet Willy Scotch AleWet Willy Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
newenglandbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
320
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
74
Trade:
4
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 320
Reviews by mdaschaf:
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of begforme4484
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown with amber hues, minimal off white head that receded quickly. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Some nice scents hit your right away. A profound woody smell with hints of chocolate laced in. It's toasty and smokey, with a touch of vanilla. It's all over the place in a good way, but still malt-centric.

Wow, a smooth vanilla oak flavor on my first sip, very nice. A nice sweet caramel effect in there, with a clean and slightly bitter hop finish. It's smokey, woody, and sweet all rolled into one, with a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and midly carbonated.

The drinkability is definitely a sipper, although, I can easily see myself consuming more than one.

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Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dheacck11
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fortsambo for the extra.

Pours hazy dark gold/orange. Almost looks like a wheatwine. Small off-white head with decent lacing.

Smells very caramelly with some peat and grain.

Very smooth sweet flavors. Again heavy on the caramel and toffee. I know it's not, but it does almost taste like it's got some barrel notes to it. Thankfully the peat is fairly subdued in the flavor. Still a bit sweet.

Thick mouthfeel although gets a little towards syrupy especially at it warms.

Pretty solid beer although not without flaws. I see there's a bourbon aged version of this, which would be awesome because this beer seems like a great candidate for barrel aging.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle that has been aged for a little over a year, poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark amber color with a small head that fades. Was this always under-carbonated? Not sure. Some lacing spots.

Very sweet aroma, fruit forward, some brandy, musty wood, slight caramel, candy, honey, etc.

Pretty slick feel. Syrupy sweet but then it gets kicked out by a slight alcohol burn. Touch of wood in the back combined with a dry afterfeel. Notes of caramel, honey, brandy. Really tastes what I imagined a Scotch Ale to be.

Neutral mouthfeel, bordering dry. Full body.

The sweet caramel and honey notes really gives this beer a Scottish feel to it. Alcohol, wood, and some fruit just add to the complexity. Way to go NEBCo!

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Photo of RDHerm
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish amber with copper colored highlights. Has a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately, leaving a thin ring that holds throughout and displays excellent lacing.

A sweet aroma, but a bit on the weak side. Solid notes of dark fruits, roasted malts, and oak, with hints of caramel and yeast.

Taste is a lot stronger, and quite different, than what the smell indicates. Heavy flavors of scotch and malts predominate, with flavors of vanilla and fruit in the finish. There is a strong alcohol presence, but not so much that you would call it a bite.

Medium in body, light in carbonation. Initial feel is harsh, but it does finish smooth. Good carbonation level, and it lingers on the palate just long enough.

Reasonably tasty, but very strong both in flavor and in alcohol content. Not the best example of its style, but if there are no other Scotch Ales available, you won't be too disappointed.

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Photo of brikelly
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of OBIrish24
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.47/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown and hazy, not a lot of head or lacing.

Sweet, fruity, malty smelling, with a little toffee.

Taste is so-so. Very malty with some fruits and a tinge of alcohol. A bit of an unpleasant pungent, moldy cellar flavor is somewhat off-putting.

Feel is slick and thin, not what I was expecting for a scotch ale.

Not an especially good beer. They need to tweak this recipe some.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of Ashliana
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This is a review of a 2-year aged bottle of Wet Willy -- my experience has been that this beer tastes much better with at least a year of age.

I have been looking for a long time for a scotch ale to replace the special place in my beer collection once held by the no-longer-imported McEwan's Scotch Ale... and now I have to say I've found something *better*. It has a depth of sweetness (but not too much), that is superior to McEwan's. The only real area I think where it loses to McEwan's is in the appearance -- could be darker and more opaque. (Of course, this comparison to McEwan's should be read with the caveat that I was a big fan of McEwan's when I was much newer to the world of craft beers and my beer-tasting pallet was far less refined, so perhaps if I had McEwan's now I would not by as positive. Regardless, this beer is an impressive example of scotch ale.)

Appearance - A cloudy brown with light lacing and a small amount of head which dissipates slowly. Could be a deeper brown and perhaps slightly better head retention.

Smell - toffee, caramel, very mild peaty smokey notes; very pleasant to inhale.

Mouthfeel - exceedingly smooth; slightly sticky and coats the tongue; lingers in the back of your throat in a pleasant way.

Taste - Caramel, cofee and toffee are predominant with floral backtaste; very very subtle notes of fruit. Has a very deep flavor profile. For a Scotch ale, it's relatively rich and complex (so not complex like a good gueze). Only negative, which is extremely mild, is that there is a slight "thinness" in the taste at the end of the sip.

Drinkabiliity - excellent; goes down easily; smooth and clean

Serving type: bottle

Note: rated to the style

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CTaleMan
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Homebrew35
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost no head, after a good rousing some pops up but hardly any remains. White bubbles remain with big alcohol legs cling to the glass. Body is deep amber, not what i was expecting when compared to others in this category.

Smells like a big malty beer. Carmel, some toffee, quite a bit of alcohol, grainy malts.

Tastes very malty as well go figure. Carmel and toffee, huge sugary malty sweetness. Alcohol comes through but for 10% that's ok by me.

Mouth-feel is medium/full bodied. Low carbonation. Coating sweet syrupy, oily finish.

Overall this is a big, malty sweet, sipping beer. I needed to split this with more than 2 people. This coming year I'll buy a few to lay down to mellow it out. $8 500ml bottle, its a fair price.

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Photo of rgilbert
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lic217
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Hojo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 320 ratings