McCoys Wee Willy Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Wee Willy Scotch Ale is considered a " Wee Heavy" according to stylistic guidlines that categorize beer by Specific Gravity, hop content and alcohol content. Similiar to our Brown Ale, Wee Willy is smooth and flavourful but beware its alcoholic strength. This beer is made from pale 2 row pale malt, Caramel malt, roasted Barley and Carapils. Caramel malt produces some color in this beer and traditional roasted malt adds additional color and a slight roasted flavor. This beer was mashed at higher temperatures to convert starch to less fermentable sugars producing a maltier flavor profile. English Fuggle hops were added in the kettle at 4 different times to give Wee Willy a subtle, yet pleasantly detectable hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Fruity, malty aroma, some banana/bubblegum esters and caramel/toffee sweetness. Deep, dark mahogany color, very still and lacking a head. Malty, very lightly roasty and grainy flavor, some syrupy, toffeeish sweetness and barely discernible hop bitterness followed by a burst of yeast fruitiness in the finish, some muted spices here as well. Just a little cloying, and with a thick, flat, syrupy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is quite sugary. I'm glad to see something like a Strong Scotch style from a local brewpub, and I woud say that is is indeed worth trying but I didn't find this example to be outstanding. I would prefer something to balance out the sweetness, such as peat smokiness or hops, or both. This beer would also easily fit the Old Ale profile, as typified by Old Peculier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
One of the best Scotch Ales I have ever had. This beast is decieving as its eight percent alcohol is not even slightly noticable. A great offering from a very talented brewer.

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