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New England Wet Willy Scotch Ale

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6196) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2014
500 ml bottle purchased at One Stop Market Haverhill, MA. No bottle date or ABV marked on the bottle. Cloudy orange color with any head in a snifter. Aroma shows caramelized malts, raisin, butter scotch and... Damn it cardboard notes. Flavor is the appropriate amount of sugar malts, warming boozy alcohol after the sip. It not the brew failure that it has oxidation but that way with a huge ABV beer the bottles should be marked. I graded this on a small curve.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10633) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Flat, cardboard, sweet toffee, light fruit, thin and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zimbo (901) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
Slight orangy medicinal nose. Red brown copper colour.Haughty and flat. Some crystal malt in there which brings an overly polished smoothness. Not for me really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy brown witg off white head. Malty, slightly fruity aroma, cardboard. Taste has some cardboard, apple, toffee. Bit tangy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
Soft tea brown, nae head but tanningly laced. Spicey, oddly paprika meaty without being tellingly smoke. Ricey and oddly dry. Gritty cloying and underlying sweetness on the finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (21630) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
bottle at home ... dep brown .. thin tan lacing .. soft sweet blackcurrant fruit ... dark fruits... soft blackcurrant fruit .. ligth yeast ... soft fruits ... dark fruits .. mellow malts ... soft fruits ... little toffee malt...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
taestee (52) - USA - APR 9, 2014
really enjoyed this one. aroma of butterscotch and raisins. minimal but visible lacing. mouthfeel is nice and thick and leaves sticky on the lips. really hides the 10% real well

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3463) - New York, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle on Christmas Eve after family went to bed. Pours muddy orange with sweet butterscotch nose. Tastes of lots of toffee, some molasses, dried fruits, bubblegum, and quite a bit of booze. Touch too sweet palate. Not getting any scotch ale type of character but pleasant enough

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle from UDBeernut, thanks! Pours ruby red with white head. Aroma is strong malt sweetness, no much hop presence. Taste is strong malt, almost sticky sweet. Pretty tasty,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

6/30/2011: New England Wet Willy Scotch Ale... Aroma: Sharp alcohol and prominent toffee malt. Appearance: Hazy orange color with a small beige crown. Flavor: Tons of maltiness, but not a lot of the expected caramelization coming through; plenty of nice alcohol venting, but becomes somewhat fusel at times; decent resin and citrus in the finish (maybe even slightly medicinal), but probably too much bitterness and hops for my Scotch Ale preference. Palate: Full-bodied; thick and sticky. Overall: I’m stoked that they did this the traditional way using "a single Scottish pale malt and naturally caramelized in the kettle with a three hour rolling boil." However, their interpretation of a Scotch Ale doesn’t fit with my preference of sweeter, maltier, and more caramelized to smoky rather than hoppy and bitter. That being said, this is a good beer as a Barley Wine (or similar), but not what I want for a Scotch Ale.

500 mL shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #103 for this beer.

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