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Fat Scotch Ale - Silver City Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

149 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 43
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Previously known as Fat Bastard AAle.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 11-27-2003)
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Photo of Mahars22643
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of soze47
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Red Bones at the NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Very clear body with a deep red color. Almost has a grape/cherry kool aid color to it. Odd looking

Aroma: Not too much on the nose except some spicy sweetness. Generic malty breadiness and hot booze. Not too pleasant.

Taste: Hot and sweet, but it does mellow out as herbal spiciness and dark fruits come out a bit. A cinnamon and all spice flavor develops. After it warms in the glass, all the flavors create an overwhelming butterscotch flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Hot and viscous in the mouth. This is not an easy drinker and should only be enjoyed as an after dinner drink.

Overall: While I know Scotch Ales are not my favorite, even this one is too much. Too sweet, too hot, too much of almost everything.

Photo of Tuckersmth
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of gmag51
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ronbo5421
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of hreb
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle of Silver City's Fat Scotch Ale. Beer pours dark cola brown, clearly a little syrupy in texture. Aroma is slightly phenol and chemical, I think. Flavor is dominant, malty, with molasses and spice. Also dark fruit: raisins, prunes. Could have been a barley wine in a parallel universe, I guess. Just enough bitterness to round it out. Aftertaste is neither cloying nor hop burn -- but it's not subtle, either. There's just a lot of flavor here. Unfortunately I'm not loving it.

Photo of RJLarse
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Fat Scotch Ale at the brewery back in August. Appropriately stored until now. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a deep dark red/brown color and is clear. Fizzy light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving a small foam ring around the beer. It looks a lot like coke.

Smell is strong and sweet. Caramel, molasses and dark fruits, dates, plums and figs dominate the aroma. A bit of a medicine cough syrup aroma, especially cold.

Taste is overly sweet, caramel malt, brown sugar, no bitterness to speak of. A little alcohol/medecine taste. It tastes like a Dr. Pepper and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, with some alcohol heat on the back of the throat.

Not a real drinkable brew. Definitely not sessionable, but it does get better as it gets warmer.

I'm not much on the style and I'd probably pass this one up in the future.

Photo of jdense
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA, poured into thistle glass 4.17.10.

1/2 finger light tan head, very quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown body with reddish highlights, not visible carbonation. The nose is a big banana hit, very surprising, a bit fo bready malt, with some floral hops hidden in the back. Taste is banana, a wee bit of peat but not smoky, the banana overpowered any other nuances in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was full with medium effervescence. Drinkability is quite good, ABV well hidden, but the overpowering banana flavor made it difficult for me to finish my glass. I am willing to try this again to determine if this was a bad bottle, but to be honest, I wasn't very impressed.

Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear reddish, coppery amber color with plenty of head. Quite carbonated in the mouth, and maybe a little more than it needs to be. I usually don't complain about that, but it's quite prickly with a soda water sensation.

Sweet and smokey. Bubble gum and kelp. Big malt gets down and rolls in it. A bitter burn for the finish. Sharp and alcoholic, veering toward the acidic. After a few sips this is not very pleasing, but it's powerful. Dark burnt malt and overly bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased from The Market at Anacortes.

Photo of CascadeConan
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brownish-red with an off white head.

Very sweet nose with hefty oak and scotch aromas and little to no hop character present.

At 9% the mouth feel of this beer is not as full as you would imagine but with sweet toffee flavor and notes of cherry and peat you may ignore the lack of body. Finishes with the smoothness of sour mash.

If I had to find a few things wrong with this beer I would note that it has an off flavor in the finish almost like the linger you receive from gorgonzola, I don't claim to be an expert but that's what literally minutes of deduction concluded.

The other down side, and it may not be a down side at all, is it's suicidally easy to drink. If you're going to have more than one of these throw your keys as far away from yourself as possible and soberly find them with a metal detector the following afternoon.

Not my favorite scotch but decent.

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Arystotl
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of deedric
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Paul Stutzman...

Pours a beautiful, dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head - a slightly aggressive pour yielded a thick head that bubbled like a pancake batter, then fell quickly. Relatively little in the way of lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, perhaps a little maple syrup with a slight hint of vanilla.

Tate's as it smells - malty followed by a hint of booze - as one would expect from a 9.2% Scotch Ale. Taste follows through all across the tounge with Hints of hops on the back end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is good, perhaps thinner than I expected, but rather nice.

I enjoyed this Scotch Ale, not what I expected, but the surprise was not unpleasant.

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a gorgeous ruby/brown color with over an inch of tan head that dissipated quickly leaving just a trace of lacing.

A yummy sweet aroma greets the nose. This beer delivers a rich malty flavor with a slight hint of fruit (cherry, plum) underneath. No strong hop presence.

The body is average for the style, perhaps even slightly thin. Drinkability is very good but hampered by the fact that this beer will knock you on your ass, so you probably won't have more than one at a time.

A good example of the style, worth trying.

Photo of Bonis
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of NEO68710
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint, Fat Bastard (just fat now) is a very dark amber with a small, creamy, off-white head that doesn't leave any lace.

Smell is very sweet and fruity caramel, sugary, light peat and phenols.

Taste is also really sweet, chocolaty fruit, caramel and brown sugar, and a pretty stiff peatiness on the finish. Lacking nuance, it seems exaggerated, although I generally like the directions of smoke and sweet dark malts. Still, the high rating is inappropriate, and I even have a local bias...a good concept but not to well executed, it seems a little amateurish.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker, sugary side, with limpid carbonation that accentuates the attenuation that seems low, even for the style.

Drinkability is ok, I like the creative direction, but it doesn't really come togethef as smoothly as the better examples of this style. Still, even though it's not to complex or subtle, it's inoffensive and generally tasty. But for the high ranking, I was disappointed.

Photo of Geraurd
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of claspada
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark dark copper color (basically brown if not held up to the light) with dark ruby highlights, a small light khaki head that drops quite rapidly leaving some splashy lacing behind.

Aromas begin very sweet and malty. I get lots of maple syrup, dark caramelized sugars, brown sugar and toffee. As it warms i get some of the earthiness (presumably from the hops) and some light but pleasant amount of peat.

The tastes begin with just waves of malt. Initially I get sweet toffee, dark caramelized malts and the peat. As it warms I can appreciate more of the base, bready/biscuity malt flavors. As I continue to sample I get a nice amount of dark fruits (raisins and prunes mainly). It becomes a bit too sweet and one-dimensional towards the bottom of the bomber.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is full bodied and slightly toward the sweeter end, but far from cloying in any sense.

Overall this is a nice example of a Scotch Ale in my opinion. Carbonation is a little low for my liking which makes this borderline too sweet but the earthy and peat flavors help to balance out those detractors. Overall this was enjoyable, bit I do not need to revisit anytime soon. Worth a go because of the reasonable price and if it is readily available to you but no need to seek it out.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to waldowin for the huge sample! Very nice,deep garnet color. Small head atop. Aroma of smoke, raisens, sherry and oak. Quite the underlying alcohol aroma as well. Big malt flavor-caramel tasting-somewhat vinuous. The alcohol is really there for me. Nice big, buttery slick mouthfeel. Overall a damn good effort of a wee heavy. The alcohol presence tends to detract some of the more positive notes. It really seemd more pleasant overall as the bottle warmed. Id like to try again someday to see if I enjoy it more. I would have to say worth seeking out.

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for supplying both this and the Fat Woody for a side by side tasting...
Appears a semi-transparent, dark amber with a smal, off-white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, and smoked peat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an herbal hop flavor peaking it's head out in the midst of the caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thin, with sweetness and citrusy bitterness clinging to the finish.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bottleworks April 2007, Sampled November 2007
Pours with a frothy, fairly large bubbled, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a deep, amber / plum colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite sweet with notes of concentrated fruit, brandy, caramelized raisins, a touch of plums, and even a touch of cherry. Other malt notes also abound; hints of roast character (which get wrapped up in the caramelized aromatics), nutty malt notes, toffee, toasted bread crust, a touch of salty malt character and a touch of smokiness; this really has a nice satisfyingly rich malt character to it.

Definitely sweet tasting, which certainly accentuates a certain fruitiness. Fruit flavors of raisins, hints of cherries, a touch of prunes and in combination with some alcohol, flavors of brandy. This has a fullness to it that allows the beer to cling to the palate, leaving a deeply caramelized malt sugar layer as well as a nice toasty malt character lingering on in the mouth after the beer has passed down my throat. A touch of salt, a hint of smokiness and just a wisp of a roasted grain note are found in the finish. As the beer warms a bit the salty, smoky note becomes a bit more pronounced (enough so that I actually think they used some peat smoked malt in this brew), but I definitely like how subtle it is. It helps to pick up the malt complexity of this brew.

Somehow the beer is a little too sweet, not by much, but enough that I think the sweetness is a bit too noticeable. This really accentuates a deep fruitiness to this brew though. I would prefer that the malt sweetness here was a bit more complex and caramelized. The aroma definitely strikes a nice balance between malt driven fruit notes as well as the drier, more complex malt components. Somehow this does not quite transport to the flavor though and this beer is just not quite complex enough in the flavor department. Still for all my complaints it is really quite tasty and certainly enjoyable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty aroma full of dark fruits, toasted caramel, peat, Grade-B maple syrup, and a non-full hint of chocolate.

Taste: Dark malts with a sweetness reminiscent of downing simple syrup, maple syrup, and caramel sauce. Rich, intense fruitiness with tastes of raisins and figs. Slight smokey scotch character. A drop of chocolate. Sweet, smokey finish with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent enough, sure, but boy oh boy is it sweet.

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Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.