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

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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to be able to get a bottle of this one as part of a great box of locals recently. Thrilled to say the least to be able to try this great beer. Served chilled in a pint glass and consumed on 09/29/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich caramel in color with a light tan head on top that reached a height of around an inch before fading and leaving the top of the glass mostly bare. Light lacing on the sides as well. Aroma was spectacular. Rich notes of caramel and toffee, oozing with butterscotch and sweet herbal notes. Light hint of a boozy alcohol touch to it at well, but it played out quite nicely. The first sip made me fall back in my chair. Simply brilliant. Rich butterscotch and toffee flavors roll across the tongue. Enormously sweet like a wonderful piece of hard candy, each sip seemed more compelling then the one before it. Sublime. Nice herbal hop notes playing it up quite well and the smooth, delicate caramel finish with a light touch of booziness is just what the doctor ordered. Nice medium feel and the alcohol, for ten percent was placed quite nicely and worked very well here.

Overall this one was hands down one of the best in the style I have had in longer then I can remember. I would be honored to try this again and would put it up against anything else in the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/23/11 notes. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to Knifestyles for sending this as an extra; always like trying new NEBCO beers.

a - Pours a murky reddish orange brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, alcohol, bready malts, sweet sugar and fruit, and toffee. Really nice, but some alcohol is definitely there.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toffee, sweet brown sugar, sweet fruit, and bready malts. Not as much alcohol as the nose and a step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall a really good scotch ale with lots of caramel malts and toffee. I would have liked a little less alcohol in the nose, and might consider aging one if I got more. Would like to have again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a thistle. I can't remember who sent this to me, but it was one of my first trades, so this bottle is well over a year old.

Appearance - Pours a murky, sedimenty, chunky, fairly gross looking dark amber. No head. Huge chunks of sediment pour long before the bottom of the bottle. Looks icky.

Smell - Wow, it's quite a turn around. This isn't listed as oaked or barreled, but it sure tastes like it. Oak and bourbon come through a ton. Sweet caramel malts and some buttery aromas as well.

Taste - Buttery, as a scotch ale should be, but it's got a nice complement of oak and bourbon flavors. It's really interesting and more complex than I was expecting. It's a bit on the sweet side and finishes with a slick butterscotch flavor reminiscent of more traditional wee heavies.

Mouthfeel - I must confess to not liking the feel of scotch ales. The oak treatment (that I may or may not be imagining) masks it a bit, but it's still there. Buttery and slick. Not a lot of carbonation and it's pretty boozy too.

Overall - I am pleasantly surprised. This is not a beer I expected to enjoy this much.

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

500ml bottle freshly picked up at the brewery care of Dan. The new bottle format includes a maroon shrink wrap collar/sleeve around the cap that matches the label. Poured into a snifter wet willy appears a hazed copper color. 2 fingers worth of creamy yellowish stained head appear and retain fairly well. A webbing of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes hop character that is both fruity and citrus-like reminiscent of orange rind. There is a little bit of smoked malt character hidden beneath the hoppiness. In the back of the aroma is a scent of vanilla that blends with the hops to create a very smooth sweet smelling scent that is very enjoyable but quite unlike the standard scotch ale nose. As it warms, the fusel character to the alcohol becomes more apparent with a slight sting to the nose.

The taste of this brew has a bold presence of fusel alcohol and a bold bitterness from herbal hops upfront that lasts long into the aftertaste. Midway through the taste there is a vanilla smoothness along with caramel malt sweetness and some fruity suggestions. The smoked aspect of the malt is faint in the background.

This is a full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It feels viscous and almost gluey in the mouth reminiscent of the feel of a roggenbier that has a huge portion of rye in the grain bill. I don't know what it is about this brew...I like it but it is outside the box. Right now it is safe to say that it is a bit hot and could use some time to mellow out and blend the flavors. Once the boldness of the hops and alcohol chill out there could be a spectacular scotch ale hiding within.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this was from thorpe429 - thanks! Served in a Pisgah pint glass. Pretty sure it's from 2009.

A - Pours with a half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thin collar and some haze. Body is a murky orange-brown color that is pretty drab and unappealing. I tried to decant this one carefully, but a huge chunk of yeast just flew out of the bottle - yummy!

S - Green apples, treacle, toffee, light smoked malt, a touch of vinous character. A touch boozy, but not off-base for 10%.

T - Taste is significantly sweeter, with a tiny bit of tart apple initially before bombarding the palate with intense caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and burnt sugars. There's some oak and tannic character in the finish.

M - Low carbonation, but not style-inappropriate. Pretty viscous, full-bodied, and chewy with a somewhat dry, tannic, residual feel. I don't get much heat, but a slight buzz picks up near the bottom of the glass revealing the high ABV.

D - This is one of those bottles where I kept it in the fridge and occasionally gave it a glance, thinking to myself "When do I actually want a 10% Scotch Ale?" However, this beer was a pleasant surprise, and I finished the bottle fairly quickly. I'd definitely have this one again.

For all those who picked up "barrel/wood" notes - this is aged on oak chips.

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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.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Purple Foil/Capped

Pours a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some bourbon notes, slight spicy. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very good bourbon notes, with some slight spicy. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a potent little sucker, lol Thanks Wayne.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is very sweet toffee and not much else. The flavor is toffee and a lot of sugar. The beer is extremely sweet and doesn't have any alcohol or peet character to it like a lot of beers in this style have. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz provided by Buckeyeboy... Thanks Jeremy for this new to me brew.

Pours fairly clear dark brown... nice highlites but no real head or lacing..

Nose is pretty traditional Wee Heavy.. very malty with some dark fruits....

Malty without verging on cloying... some caramel malts play well... dark toast.. figgy.... background peat smoke adds a layer of complexity that I don't really jive with but appreciate nonetheless... barrel essence too that seems too much and sorta distracts from the base beer.

I had a hard time with this one.... Lately I've not been in to Wee Heavies.. and even more not into barrel aged versions... this is pretty good but needs more nuance to make it into my big league.

3.5/4/3.5/4/3.5

Thanks again Jeremy.... I wish I could appreciate this one more.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Bitterbill
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Grand Vin, 500ml bottle.

A nice deep red colour, I get close to a 2 finger head of foam with some good lacing.

I'm trying to pull out the aromas but it's kind of tough. Very mild nose of some fruity and malty sweetness. A really light nose for a big brew.

The taste is much bigger. Sweet malt that has a light dark fruitiness to it, vanilla, an unusual liquor kind of flavour that strikes me like scotch, and a decided bitter feel close to and in the finish where I get a lot of warming. Hmm...I don't I've evr had one of this style that tastes like it. 2nd pour and the beer turns a bit hazy.

There's plenty of body here with lightish carbonation. A good feel and good drinkability once I got used to the taste. I've decided, me likes!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into an unlabeled snifter 5/30/2014.

A- Dark brown amber body. Clear. One finger white head with short retention time. Not much lacing.

S- Tons of toffee, glazed caramel, brown sugar. Sweet but a beautiful smelling nose with a nice complexity.

F- Lot of toffee and molasses. A component reminds me of tapioca, like what is used in bubble tea. A hint of holiday spices. Even a bit of glazed donut frosting. Very sweet and one of the first scotch ales that I've found to be more than just a simple toffee bomb.

M- Medium bodied, even slightly syrupy, low in carbonation but about par for the style. Sweet, sweet finish that is unfortunately taken down quite a bit by a strong, boozy fusel flavour that leaves a hot finish as it goes down. I'm just not a fan of that type of booziness. Certainly a sipper.

O- Very interesting and quite sweet scotch ale that I actually find myself enjoying despite its heavy fusel character.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head fades slowly leaving some lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is complex maybe sherry and flavor is sweetish sherry. Different scotch ale expecting more dark fruit. High ABV is hidden. Not cheap - $7.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Purple foil and capped. Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is simply fantastic! It is very malty with a ton of Bourbon, vanilla and wood. I like a lot!

T- The taste like the aroma is a lot of sweet malt, bourbon and peat. It is sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol is defintiely there, but this beer could not be any smoother. Wow, fantastic stuff!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- 10% ABV? Are you kidding me? This beer goes down dangerously smooth. Overall, Wet Willy is a fantastic brew that is a must try! Highly Recommended!

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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