Wet Willy Scotch Ale | New England Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
319
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
75
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of acurtis
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head.
S: Moderate aromas of toffee are present in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Just like the smell, the taste is quite malty and is dominated by flavors of toffee. Some hints of caramel and faint bits of sweetness are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a remarkable job at hiding its alcohol, but I would be content with sipping and favoring this as a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The murky apricot nectar colored liquid is capped by a thick tan head that flattens to a bubbly pancake, leaving a few clumps behind

Smell: Toffee, dark fruit, and cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: After the toffee opening, the earthy and peaty flavors move in, but by mid-palate, there is a fusel alcohol character that dominates, bringing along a harsh grainy aspect; after the swallow, the toffee flavors return, though the grainy element lingers

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks the layers of malt and some of the sweetness that one finds in the best examples of the style; still, this is quite a decent stab at a Wee Heavy

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from sinstaineddemon. Thanks.

Mahogany colored, a bit cloudy in the glass. Two fingers of off-white head forms from a delicate pour and slowly settles to a crown.

Toffee and butterscotch, toast, nuts and dates are the first to greet my nose. Increased temperatures and vigorous swirls bring out aromas of vanilla, brown sugar and whiskey.

It's rich and sweet on the tongue, but the sweetness is balanced nicely by woody tannins. Butterscotch, toast and dates again, along with a slight twang of more citrusy fruit. The body is on the fuller side of medium, slightly syrupy but well carbonated for the style. If I didn't know any better, I'd guess that this is barrel-aged as the malt character is very bourbon-like. It finishes bittersweet, a little slick with a hint of earthiness. Light hoppiness and oaky tannins linger on the palate. This one really surprised me - it's very good.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to woosterbill for this--it's been too long, CL needs another release soon!

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head. The nose brings forward some pretty nice aromas of caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, sweet bread, and a bit of booze. The taste brings out similar characteristics, but everything is a tad bit harsh and slightly taken over by alcohol. Good body with decent carbonation, though still a bit hot. I'm anxious to see what some age does to this.

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Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown apricot copper color?A thinner slight off white head settles into a frothy mass.Fruit and caramel toffee mainly in the nose,quite alcoholic.Big chewey and yes alcoholic on the palate,cutting through the alcohol is dark fruit and more cramel toffee with a big hit of that warming alcohol in the finish all the way down.This feels all of 10% but it's made to sip and savor and it's great for that,I like it.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head, that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malts, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out and remains very sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and a little bit of fruit. Then a very hearty malt character comes in along with a mild hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong and well-disguised kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, downright murky brew, tannish-brown in color, and with no real head formation beyond a small smattering of suds. Not the most attractive-looking beer around, particularly for a scotch ale.

Smell: An immediate sniff of ethanol followed by an earthy, yeasty uncleanness, a drizzle of cane sugar syrup, and hint of green peppercorns. Somewhat troubling, really. We will probably never know just what mischief that Wet Willy was up to.

Taste: Willy jumps to a high level of sweetness and already the alcohol content is quite apparent, even hot. Flavor of simple syrup dumped on bread crumbs and crushed graham crackers. Curious taste of raw wood. Slight spicy phenolics underneath. Clotted yeast. Drying, alcohol heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Yeesh. Just an odd, odd brew, though not ever in an enjoyable sense and certainly nothing I would ever identify as a scotch ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First sample from trade haul from HopStoopid120, cheers Tony! Love the foil seal, much easier to peel back versus wax seals...

Pours an effervescent, semi-hazed caramel/ apricot with a sliver of cream colored head. Just a trace head retention & lacing

S: Sweet oakyness, a bit of tannin, & smoke

T: Toffee, smoke & Bourbon up front. Figs & a kiss of maple syrup is there as this warms, plus leafy hops & a kiss of booze & dryness. Finishes dry, with much vanilla oak, a touch of booze & jammyness

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, perhaps a bit thin as this warms, but also gets me very warm

Great drinkability for the style & ABV, but needs more malt depth to be "All Scotland"

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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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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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