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New England Brewing Company Wet Willy Scotch Ale (365 Day 350)

Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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New England Wet Willy Scotch Ale

Wednesday night hoops brings the pivot point of the week and usually a recovery American craft beer. While icing my knees and ankles (old man-itis), I usually look for something light but will take any beer that I believe will help alleviate my sweat glands from their exhaustive work.

Wet Willy Scotch Ale by New England Brewing Company is nicely brewed Scottish Heavy Ale. This was a 2009 bottle with it aging gracefully. As expected the malts shine through with bread, toffee, and dark fruits.

In spite of being a big Scottish styled beer this really hit the spot on a post basketball cool down. Of course it strikes up thoughts of what this beer might taste like fresh as well as that a few more years of aging wouldn’t hurt this one. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

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New England Zapata Bot (365 Day 22)

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

New England Brewing Company Zapata Bot

After having Black Tuesday as my American craft beer of the day for beer #21, I was working on a plan for the beer that I would have for #22. How could I follow up such a good beer? I needed something that would be good but figured it better not be in the same style or anything close, that way I wouldn’t even try to compare the beer to Black Tuesday.

Simple enough. Zapata Bot by New England Brewing Company is an American Imperial IPA made from the base beer of Gandhi-Bot then aged on Tequila and oak.

So the combination of IPA, Tequila, and oak should all be somewhat worthy of helping me concentrate and review the beer in front of me. They only made slightly over 700 bottles, making me fortunate to have one to review.

The beer pours out an amazingly huge head that quickly cuts down to about 60% of its beginning volume, then lasting and becoming frothy. Unique to begin. The aroma is strong on hops. Oak and earth tones compliment, enriching the nose. Taste isn’t far behind but seemingly more complex as a treasure chest worth of flavors abound from the glass. A really unique spin on the style that completely worked for me. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 8, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.9

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Reviewed: New England Gandhi-Bot

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Reviews have been few and far between lately as I have been busy at work (sob story), Rich has been out of town off an on, and we can’t coordinate a day to “work on the website.” So most the last few weeks has been solo beers: mostly home brews and duplicates as I haven’t been in the reviewing mood. Oh, one last reason: the weather is finally nice and I want to be outside!

What to drink when it is warm and humid in Chicagoland isn’t much of a debate: something lighter than used motor and a little hoppy (I don’t like to limit my beers any time). But, since the day was seasonally hot and humid, I wanted something equally big: a DIPA. Gandhi-Bot to the rescue.

Ghandi-Bot is an east coast beer that really has a lot of qualities of the west coast big DIPAs: pine and citrus with the grapefruit hops leaving a big hole in my tongue as they rot with their bitterness. The pour was nothing fantastic but the rest of the beer was. Enough malt to balance the hops and make for a big, yet refreshing late spring beer. Enjoy! Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 7, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 8.7