Wet Willy Scotch Ale
New England Brewing Co.

Wet Willy Scotch AleWet Willy Scotch Ale
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #79
Ranked #10,905
3.93 | pDev: 11.2%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 320
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.

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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...

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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.

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Photo of naproxen
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Manhattan, only slightly bitter on the fact that I had to go to NYC to get a beer brewed in CT but well worth the trip :-)

I had this first about a year ago at the NEBC open house, and the years time has treated this one phenomenally.

Presented in a tulip, this Scotch ale had a medium orange hue, slightly amber in the body, but overall not as dark as I expected it to pour from my memory of a year ago (which im sure is spotty at best).

There is no denying the scotch ale, it will own your taste buds. Amen to that, I have had my share of wishy washy scotch ales. The smoked peat is present in both the aroma and palate, finishing actually pretty smooth. I picked up vanilla and herbal traits as well in the palate as it went down oh so easy. At 10% this is a big boy to handle, I could probably drink two in a night and be happy with that. "Drinkability" is an odd category when reviewing beers that are noted for their strong or unique flavors, so I left it at 4 as I could drink this anytime it is offered. Now, please release the bottles.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ the ginger man 02-07-09

Pours an amber, carbon-less color. the aroma is very boozy. the taste is also very strong in the scotch department. At 1st the beer is almost overwelming but after a few sips it mellows out a little bit. Still very strong for a scotch ale.

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Photo of Durge
4.37/5  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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orangish brown. The nose is perfumed and floral. Flavor is vanilla and wood is there as well. Very smooth. Slightly sweet. Silky slick feel. Low but noticeable carbonation. Very easy to drink. A nice smooth wee heavy that carries some great character with it.

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 320 ratings