Wet Willy Scotch Ale | New England Brewing Co.

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3.92/5
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319 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,992
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
319
pDev:
11.22%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
75
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of cjgator3
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
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 jdhilt
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 corby112
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark copper/chestnut brown with deep golden orange/ruby hues when held to a light source and 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap which leaves sporadic splotches of lacing.

Slightly smokey caramel malt aroma with hints of hazelnut, honey, molasses, caramel candy, butterscotch, toffee and biscuit. Subtle ops also make an appearance but this smells just like a piece of caramel candy.

Medium bodied with a slight touch of smokiness as well as a strong spicy and hop forward flavor. Oily, buttery body with some caramel malt, caramel candy, butterscotch, toffee and butter. I guess this is what's called diacetyl. Very different but not my thing.

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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a completely opaque hazel color. Very slim head. More of an uneven ring around the inner rim of the glass. Leaves squiggly lace snakes.

S-Sweet rich caramel along with a strange dried dog kibble scent. I have heard people say that some Wee Heavies have a dog food smell; I now understand the comparison. A light, lingering fruitiness deep in the center of the aroma can be detected. Booze doesn't seem to be much of an issue here.

T-Initial taste reminds me of a Caramel Apple for some reason. Loads of caramel. Alcohol becomes more evident on the palate. It actually attacks the tongue immediately. A good dose of assorted dried fruits (figs, raisins). Toffee and vanilla are present as well. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Quite full in the body. Creamy as they come. The body is very evident when it is sloshed around my mouth with my tongue. Carbonation is not intense but it is plentiful. Tons of tiny bubbles with no real punch to them. Alcohol dries out my mouth.

O/D-Very happy to try it. I love NEBCO, perhaps my favorite New England Brewery. This is by no means in the same tier as Gandhi-Bot or Imperial Stout Trooper, but I did enjoy it. Lots going on here.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to philbe311 for acquiring this one.

Pours a murky coppery amber with lots of sediment, moderate cap off off-white head, minimal retention. Scent is a fantastic blend of buttery toffee, brown sugar, sweet caramel, glazed roasted nuts, kiss of smoke and earth, lightly juicy and resinous hops. Taste follows suit with a wonderfully blended and complex flavor profile that evokes just about every positive quality consumed in the style. Toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, vanilla, pineapple, char, earth, wood, lightly herbal, alcohol. Fuller side of medium bodied, smooth with some heft as it goes down, light bite at end of sip. Overall, a true winner in and out of the style and one I'd have over and over again.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wet Willy Scotch Ale
New England Brewing Co.

Thanks to monsterzero for this 500 mL bottle. Who is that sly figure on the bottle?

A: The Scotch ale is a robust looker, filling my glass with dark malt-tinged ale and a prodigious head. Plenty of off-white lace is left behind. The ale, for its darker hue, remains translucent.

S: The nose is malty thick, so thick and sweet that I had to double check that this isn't barrel aged. Sweet syrupy undertones drive a peat-smoked aroma, very filling. Excessive malts are well-concentrated.

T: Very interesting. Dark fruits, cherries, and vanilla pop out, definitely not what I was expecting (and something appropriately barrel-driven). Darker Belgian flavors, raisins as well as the cherries, attempt to mask the alcohol. They fail in that regard. The booziness is a trademark of the ale, lifting it. The ale seems to have a surprising amount of hops, a nice bite that gets through the intense malts. Very warming and sweet, the finish brings more fruits and wood to the table. An interesting take that veers off the path (in a good way).

M: The mouthfeel is big and malty. The Belgian flavors are a nice twist, detracting from the strength as they add to it. The wall of oaken flavor is worth trying again (even if no oak was harmed in the making...).

O: Not quite to the style but damned complex nonetheless. Ach, you'll love it, you cheese-eating surrender monkeys.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle; 2010 vintage

Pours a reddish/brown with some mild bubbles forming. It appears sitting on this a year has hindered the carbonation. The aroma is of toffee, sugary fruits, bready malt, herbs, and some ethanol. The flavor profile follows the nose. Caramel and toffee with toasted multigrain bread and sweet sugary fruit. The booze in this guy is not bashful, but never overpowering. Given that this is a year old, the carbonation has faded, making the feel a little thin. Overall, this has some nice qualities but I will need to try this fresh to review this adequately. Consider this a rough draft.

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Photo of rjp217
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle (no date) into a tulip...

A - A dark orange look with a small head that dissipates immediately and no lace, meh

S - Difficult for me to pull any aroma out of this. I get some muted caramel and maybe some dark fruits but that is about it

T - Really shines here... Toffee, molasses, candy and raisins stand out big time. Pretty complex

M - Great body, silky smooth and a heavy booze presence

O - This beer is a bit of a monster. The 10% wacks you in the face. Definitely a sipper. The taste and mouthfeel are outstanding. Reminds me of an alcoholic fruit roll up. Good stuff.

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Photo of n2185
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown with a finger of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Loads of caramel malts with notes of vanilla, sweet breads, and graham crackers. Slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Sticky caramel malts dominate with vanilla and hints of toffee. Sweet bready flavors are also present with a moderate alcohol presence.

M: Medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky sweet.

O: A pretty decent Scotch ale overall. Not terribly complex and a bit boozy, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased at WineNation, Millbury, MA. Maroon shrink-wrapped cap.

Poured into a Harpoon LE tulip, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the totally cloudy orangey amber brew. Head quickly recedes to the rim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is dominated by vanilla which plays with the booziness.

Taste starts sweet, a peek of tart fruitiness in the middle, citrus hops to a vanilla alcohol close. Aftertaste lingers of earthiness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, maybe a bit lacking in carbonation, with reasonable drinkability as well. Could be a bit better for me, but still and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 "vintage".

A- Murky red-brown with a very small head that leavs a creamy ring and some spotty lace.

S- Very buttery with dark fruit and caramel as primary aromas. Some bread notes in the background.

T- Starts out with a good amount of dark fruit and caramel and upon swallowing turns into a piece of toast slathered in butter. I remember burping and it tasted like morning toast afterward. A malt bomb. Some oak and vanilla type notes going on.

MF- Moderate body with a fairly oily feel rather than creamy. Carbonation fairly high and some warmth from the alcohol.

DB- A malty butter bomb, quite unique and filled with diacetyl. I really don't mind it but I could see some people ripping this apart. Very impressed by the fact that it is single malt, must have a beast of a yeast.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of maximum12
2.18/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to biglobo8971 for the trade & almost simultaneously, to jmu500 for dropping this in as an extra. A sudden embarrasment of riches. I hope. We're about to find out. 500ML bottle, dated 2010.

Kudos to New England for the easy-remove foil thingee on the top; removed without issue or personal injury. Nice creepy guy in the artwork. Pour is paler than expected, like a faded Florida orange. Maybe it's just the typing, but there's an orange odor coming off the beer, too, along with earthiness. Not a lot going on.

Wet Willy gives off a first blush of being - thin. Not Heather Locklear thin, but Kate Moss thin (sorry, my frame of reference is showing, I'll pull that up). Watery. There's thin caramel, thin toffee...well, there's not much. Did I mention the mouthfeel is thin? That's really wrecking this one for me. If I could knock that score into negative territory, I would.

Really? This is the third disappointment of the night. Thin, dull, simple. I'd rather have a beer knock me for a loop in a daredevil attempt at somthing rather than this. Boring, I am sorry to report.

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Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of rspauldi
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi-translucent copper with deeper red hues. There is about one full finger of off-white head that settles in a decent amount of time. Seriously great lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is caramel, peat, and what I swear is barrel aging. I know this hasn't seen a barrel treatment, but there is some mellow boozy heat in there.

T: Starts out nice and sweet, big caramel notes. Those mix well with some spice and booze heat. The bottle I'm drinking is over a year old, and it's better than I remember fresh.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet and cloying to start, smooths out in the middle, and finishes with a boozy and spicy kick.

O: Really solid beer. I'm usually not a big fan of Scotch Ales, but this is nice. I'd drink this again no problem.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with caramel maltiness mixed with equal amounts of butterscotch, dark fruits, toasted bread and a hint of booze.

The taste follows the nose and brings out toffee, dark fruit and spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. After the toffee opening, the earthy and peaty flavors move in, balanced by a bit of drying alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is actually rather crisp, sharp and dry compared to many sweeter ales in this category.

Overall this was a good scotch ale but not anything amazing or worthy of seeking out if you can get something similar easier. Alesmith and Traquir still make the best examples of the style (one domestic, one imported) but I see no reason to seek this Wet Willy out over any of them which I can locate much easier.

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Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Bottle received as an extra some time ago.

A: Pours a hazy dark pumpkin color with a finger of off-white head that took a long time to fade into a thick collar that left a great network of soapy lacing down the glass.
S: I get dominant notes of butterscotch and toffee with a little bit of bread and light fruits.
T: Thankfully not as much butterscotch or toffee as the nose. I get notes of caramel, bread crust, spices, and roasted malt. This beer was sweet, but not as sweet as I was expecting. The aftertaste has a touch of tobacco in it. No booziness.
M: Thickish body with a slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O: A solid scotch ale. Not sure if the age mellowed it or what but I didn’t think it was overly sweet and definitely not overly boozy at all. I would drink this again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium reddish amber with touches white foam. All malt smell. Malt taste open, peaty with a lingering back hop. Whiskey backed taste. Smooth. Earthy. Flavorful. Modestly drinkable, alcohol wallop.

I liked it, but not nearly as much as the other reviewers.

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Wet Willy Scotch Ale from New England Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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