Wet Willy Scotch Ale | New England Brewing Co.

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Wet Willy Scotch AleWet Willy Scotch Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a fluted pint glass at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Muddled, brownish amber color with a deep chilled haze and visible viscosity. A one-finger head of dense, creamy white foam formed and faded around mid-brew.

S: Nice tobacco and roasted malt aroma with whiffs of ethyl alcohol, toffee and hop resins.

T: Big, sticky sweet and powerful malt blend up front, almost like a liquor. Chewy, roasted barley, tobacco and smoked peat blend with a caramel, toffee-like sweetness followed by big doses of drying alcohol and fairly aggressive, bitter herbal hops. Finish is big, sticky sweet and a little boozy.

M: Full-bodied ale with a whole lot of alcohol heat and some very chewy, lush malts to sip on. Hearty and enjoyable.

D: A cold-weather sipper category Scotch ale for sure. The 10% ABV is big, bold and very noticeable. Has the warming sensation of a glass of scotch with the sweetness and bitter touch to endear. A good, high-ABV brew for the malthead looking to stave off the winter months a while longer.

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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 smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of gonzo000
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NEhophead
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ML brown bottle, wrapped in foil; served in an oversized wine glass.

Pours a murky, two-toned light copper in color beneath a porous, deliciately thin head. Thin, dimpled lacing grace the rim of the wine glass with good strength.

Mild caramel and toffee amidst a moderately strong, slightly sour alcohol nose; bourbon notes perhaps. Holiday spices: cinnamon, nutmeg; gingerbread with medicinal tones. Intriguing, but rather mild.

Musty-yeast filled bread-like maltiness. The malt character is much more bitter instead of rounded or sweet as expected. One-toned fig, raisin, and date flavors prior to some bland, alcohol heat. A bland flavored Scotch Ale.

Almost full bodied; primarily heavy as the bready flavors overtake the palate.

A pretty disappointing offering from New England. The secondary flavors (e.g., alcohol, dark fruit, malt sweetness, etc.) just never developed. Instead, what is left is a rather bland, one-note offering with some flavor flaws along the way.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to alpinebryant for this one.

poured cold from the bottle an opaque maple syrup rose hued brown to a dogfish head shaped pint glass with a nice long lasting foamy tan head with good lacing.

aroma of dark nuts, brown sugar and a bit of bourbon (?).

scotch whiskey forward, big bodied and full of heat, burnt brown sugars, dark fruits, caramel. super complex brew.

thick, smooth, creamy, sweet, medium carbonation, lots of heat.

drinkable - yep, wish I had 2.

to me thus seems a bigger bodied, more rounded backwoods bastard.

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Photo of ms11781
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage. 500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark orange/amber color. A creamy off white head that sticks around for a bit before dying down to a thin white cap that hangs on until the end.

A malty sweetness followed by smoky notes dominate the nose here. Some alcohol is present as well. Maybe some dark fruit, but I'm not sure as it didn't seem to show up each time.

Almost immediately alcohol consumes the palate then malty and smoky flavors take over. Caramel, oak and now I finally understand exactly what people mean when they get a smoked peat flavor. Another boozy kick finishes out each sip.

Mouthfeel leaned towards the fuller ends of of things and was a bit oily for me. Definitely some heat as well.

This is a one and done for me. 10%ABV seems low on this one. Not entirely tough to drink but definitely a sipper that won't leave you wanting more - in one sitting anyway.

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

I poured from a bomber into 2 snifters, light amber pour, big white head. The aroma was caramel, alcohol, sweet caramel. The flavor was sweet, alcohol notes, caramel malts. The finish lingered, The beer was medium to full bodied, good carbonation. A solid beer, but not best in class.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 ksimons
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a cloudy copper with white head that quickly disappears and leaves a bit of lace on top

S-malts, caramel, a hint of alcohol

T-big rich malt taste, sweet caramel with a light bitter hop backbone. Alcohol warming sets in after a few sips

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, smooth

D-alcohol very apparent after a few drinks, but it is 10%, a nice malty taste, but could only have one per sitting

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Photo of kbutler1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pours an opaque rust colored red with a 1 finger head that quickly recedes to form a nice collar around the glass.

The first aroma I smell is booze followed by sweet malts and notes like caramel and butterscotch. I have to say once you get past the bourbon (?) notes it really is nice.

Now for the first taste...warm and creamy with a nice butterscotch taste. Not as alcohol harsh as I thought it might be. Pretty smooth tasting. Slight oak flavor. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, I'd say this is a very tasty beer. A sipper for sure though!

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stum-pub
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of number1bum
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown, copperish sort of color with one finger of light beige head. Keeps a thin, bubbly lace with minimal stick.

Smell is rather delicate for a beer of this strength, but quite nice. Soft caramel with a modest sweetness to it, and a nice buttery, almost toffee-like aroma as well. Subtle earthiness as well. Very nice.

Taste is also more restrained than I might have guessed when I read the 10%. It has a nice caramel flavor but it's not overly sweet at all. Has a lightly toasty, bready quality to it, and a buttery flavor as well. Not quite like a butterscotch flavor because it's not that sweet. Subtle bitterness in the finish with an earthy flavor as well. This is incredibly smooth and there is not even a hint of alcohol detectable.

Mouthfeel is a very smooth medium-full body, quite clean in the finish. A bit lighter than I would have guessed given the ABV, and smoother as well with no alcohol burn or bite.

This is a definite success by New England, taking a style that I don't typically care for that much and making it a delightful sipper. I say sipper because I know the ABV, but if it wasn't on the label I would never guess it the way it drinks. That's a testament to how smooth and balanced it is. A really nice beer to sit back and savor on a cool evening.

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