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Fat Scotch Ale - Silver City Brewing Co.

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Fat Scotch AleFat Scotch Ale

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82 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 178
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 18.72%
Wants: 45
Gots: 26 | 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:
Beer added by: RoyalT on 11-27-2003

Previously known as Fat Bastard AAle.
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Reviews: 82 | Hads: 178
Photo of jdense
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark copper. Not much head or lacing.

S- My first impressions are dark sugar- brown sugar, molasses, raisins. As it warms up there's more bright fruit- cherries or blackberries without any sour notes.

T- Delicious. Sweet caramel coating some nice warm fruits. Plum, ripe peach.

M- Really appropriate. A little syrupy but not overly so, and doesn't linger too long. And it's surprising this is 9%, very well hidden alcohol

D- I quite enjoy this beer. I'm not usually a fan of the caramel sweet beers but this one warms up into somthing more complex and delicious.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with an orange/tan head.

Sweet coffee with carmel and sweet whiskey/Bourbon nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy texture and incredibly balanced with elegance and lots of character.

Flavors are of cooked peaches, figs, prunes and plums with a sweet whiskey flavor; complex and layered.

Medium Scotch coffee'd fruit finish.

This is a nice drink, although there is a bit of a "Dr. Pepper" or sweet carmel "Coca Cola" flavor that underlies the flavor profile. Still, very nice!

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 22 oz bomber into a glass

Appearance - Deep, dark brown, almost black color, with a thick, cream colored head and nice retention. You know this beer means business when you see it.

Smell - Sweet malt, and a bit of peat/smokiness. Notes of caramel, toffee, and perhaps vanilla

Taste - Taste is amazing! Lots of malty goodness. Notes of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of peat. Perhaps some hints of dark fruit in there as well. This beer is exceptional!

Mouthfeel - Rich, decadent, and indulgent. Thick and creamy, but at the same time, not overly "big", and surprisingly drinkable.

Drinkability - Way too much for a 9% beer, that's for sure!

This is an outstanding Scotch Ale, and at this point, remains my favorite one. Silver City Brewing may not be that well known outside of Washington, but with a beer this good, maybe that will change. A must-try beer if you see it!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with pranaferox. Consumed on 11/22/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer has a one finger off white head creamy with good retention. The liquid is opaque dark brown.

The nose is rich sweet malt with a touch of peat and smoke. A dash of brown sugar is apparent, and I detect a touch of oxidation. Rich toffee accompanies layered caramel. A little booze is evident but it's well hidden for 9%.

The flavor is moderately sweet with rich malt and a little peat character. Toffee and a dash or caramel. Lush malt hides the booze well. Sweet smoke toffee finish with lingering brown sugar.

Medium bodied with a sticky and slightly thin mouthfeel. The carbonation is low. An enjoyable scotch ale that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown hue with garnet highlights when held up to the light. A flourish of tan head rises on the pour, but subsides in mere minutes. Aroma of sweet dark malt, a hint of biscuit, fruity hops, and undertones of dark fruit, aka ripe plum. Palate is sweet up front, with darker, rich malts (no roasty flavor, though), more dark, sweet fruit, and a touch of peat on the finish. Body is rich, full, and just slightly creamy. Goes down easily enough, but the 9% ABV is evident throughout. A big, robust Scotch ale that makes its presence known, but still manages to be quite welcome throughout the evening.

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Photo of blackc5
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at 50F.

A - Pours a dark brown with some reddish tint as well. Quiet dark, but not black. Medium head that disappeared quickly, and very minimal lacing.

S - Very malty, with lots of caramel notes. Some whisky scents as well.

T - Pretty darn good I must say. This is an excellent overall beer, with a very nice flavor profile. Lots of malty caramel and molasses goodness of course, but just a hint of smoke and of course the whiskey boozy taste is there just at the tip of your tongue, and some spice on the finish. A bit of oak as well, as if this was casked aged (don't think it is). Sweetens as it warms. Overall, great.

M - Oh so smooth and easy to drink. Low carbonation as fits the style, and a real nice soft, chewy feel to it.

D - Well, it is 9% so one bomber sneaks up on you pretty good. A definite sipper though, and would be a great brew on a cold, windy night (too bad it is like 85 today...). Nevertheless, for the style, it does everything right and thus you have to give it high marks here also.

A very satisfying, potent ale - and I can see why this is one of their most popular.

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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle recently received as an extra in a trade with 5000, thanks a lot for sending one of my wants as a surprise Andre, split with friends last night, poured about eight ounces in a Chimay goblet

A-Medium brown that is on the darker side but has numerous red highlights, 1/2 inch bubbly beige head that did not last long, minimal lacing
S-Toffee, peated malt, caramel, smokiness, sweet aromas, marshmallow, molasses, and vanilla
T-Starts off with a big caramel flavor, some burned sugar and peat in the middle, finish is slightly dry with almonds and other nuts, toasted accents along with mild earthiness make up the aftertaste, gets sweeter as it warms but not much fruit in here, more sugar and neutral malts, nicely balanced and goes down quite easily
M-Sweet, smoky, and slightly dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation, taste lingered a bit
D-Could have drank the bomber, alcohol is well hidden for nine percent, smooth and has very subtle flavors, not filling like several other wee heavys

I am trying to become more familiar with the scotch ale style and this one helped me in doing so, one of the better ones I have had, nice seasonal from this brewery, originally looked for this after it won GABF a few years back, looking forward to trying the oaked version, would drink this again, recommended

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a good pickup from a recent trip to Seattle.

Pours from a bomber into Mikkeller tasting glass a deep tannin red color. Rich and thick but very active and lively from carbonation that gives it a liveliness and bounce. A frothy full head builds up then mellows into a fuzzy cap with full edging and moderate lacing.

Aroma is full, sweet and satisfying with caramel, cider and dried dates, almost Belgian in some ways.

Flavor is full and rich but well balanced and drinkable. Starts cold and is refreshing and full bodied, but as it warms the softer flavors come out and it becomes more of a nice sipper. Starts fruity sweet then moves into a roasted malty middle with a soft and subtly spicy finish. Damn good. '

The mouthfeel compliments the flavors incredibly well. It's soft and crisp but retains enough residual sweetness to give a pleasant body.

Drinkability is way high. Could finish a few of these with no trouble.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an Iced Tea color brown with a thin head that recedes to a thin ring around the edge.

S: Not getting too much here, maybe it needs to warm a little more. Mostly just a caramel malty sweetness.

T: Sweet malt rushes over the tongue with a surprising little hop bite.

M: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Not my favorite tasting Scotch Ale but still a good representation of the style. Worth trying but probably wouldn't drink too much.

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Photo of joepais
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thethrone sending me this bottle it wasn't till now did I recognize it was on my want list dam them for changing the name me. So a huge thanks goes out to him for another want knocked off the list
The bottle PC correct label and all poured into my DFH snifter produced a whopping two fingers worth of tan head but she didn't last long. The body on the brew was a darker burgandy when held to the light.

Aromas coming from my glass reminded me of a great Scotch, rich caramel, some peat, a hint of smoke, along with some dark fruits

Flavors are right up there as well a good malty sweetness with enough smoked peat to keep it from being to coy. Again I got some darker fruits in it as well. This brew is heavy enough in the mouth to make this a great sipper with almost no carbonation to it at all.

A great drinking Scotch ale, thanks again for sending it my way. I would drink it again but I probably should have split the bomber the 9% caught up with me in the end

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 55 F/ 13 C.

Deep red-brown color, modest dense beige head, very finely textured archipelagos of lace.

Rich aroma of dark sweet caramel malt, molasses cookies, earth, plums, Concord grapes, raisins, dried figs, overripe apples, mild solvent, and a touch of wood smoke. Quite alluring.

Tastes sweet, fruity, and malty. After a few seconds, a deep brown malt flavor with a little savory woody smokiness develops, matching well with the sweet juicy complex of fruit that matches the aroma, and a little solvent. Some spice develops in the finish, along with tart bitter plum skin. It finishes drier than it starts, although sweetness does hold on for the entire ride.

Smooth medium bodied texture, with light carbonation. Quite drinkable, especially considering the sweetness.

Quite interesting and tasty, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of erikm25
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Snifter from the tap. Sat a nice thickened brown and amber mahogany color. Not to hazy and not to crisp. In the end this was a trip color wise and depended on which angle you checked it out from. The head was impressive even off the tap. Lacing was pretty solid and draped around the glass.

S: This was heavy on the scotch end. Hints of toffee, peaches, and roasted caramel. Smoked peat and a tinge of hops. Raisins and freshly squeezed melons with a subtle cigar smoke aroma. Balance between spices and plums with a vanilla roundness.

T: Sweet with a solid butterscotch and malt backbone. Toasted almonds and a splash of brandy and grapes. Molasses that has been smoked with cherries and figs. Reminded me a barley wine that was wild eyed on acid and in a smoky trance. Even despite the alcohol this went down very smoothly and delicately. Rum and candy with dark fruits and a slick buttery finish.

M: Heavy and plush medium mouth feel. Creamy. Lives up to the name.

D: At the time I had this I did not know the ABV and because it is so drinkable it hit me like a wall of Sunn amps. One of my immediate goals, if possible, is to pick up a growler of this amazing beer. Agents of Oblivion go well with any beer. So give this a try and give them a spin.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to SuzyGreenberg for this one.

Pours a nice deep dark ruby brown color with a fizzy tan head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Nose is very estery with some peat and dark malt and grains. A slight smoke and a dry dark fruit smell.

Taste is quite good! A very nice dark fruit and peat bog smokiness with a good deep malt backbone. Taste starts off easy with some nice creamy dark fruit flavors. Some plummy taste and good vanilla cream like presence amplified by the mouthfeel. Some slight oak and peat smoke come through the middle with a big sweet malt profile. A belgian like yeast flavor coming out of this one. A great sweetness without being cloying. The finish is moderately dry, right where it should be. The aftertaste lingers with dark fruit and some creaminess.

Mouthfeel is very nice here, almost perfect. The only beef I have is that the carbonation is a bit high, A bit lower would be perfect here. Was really suprised at the mouthfeel after the nose was sort of thin. Nice slickness.

Drinkability is very solid here, especially for the abv. This one drinks like a 6% brew. Very high marks here. Goes down easy.

Overall this scotch ale gets very high marks. The nose and carbonation really need work. The aroma really indicates a fairly average scotch ale, but the taste and mouthfeel just bring this one to life. Lower the carbonation a bit and this one would be divine. Drinkability is nothing short of amazing here. The scores I haven given here really do not reflect how good this beer is. If we had a rating system that went into tenths this one would be in the solid A range for sure. Grrr. A great brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a very nice extra in a trade with travisd13. Thanks! Pours a very dark ruby with very little head. What there is fades aaway completely. Very nice aromas of dark caramel, spice, raisins, and a touch of heat from the alcohol. Rich and smooth. Unbelievably smooth in the mouth and taste. The heat disappears and some chocolate and even more caramel is added to the profile. Very mellow up front with some developing spice toward the end. Beautifully smooth and easy to drink, this a soft, delicious version of a Wee Heavy with a satisfying spicy, caramel richness on the end.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottles acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka. Tasted side by side with the Barrel Aged version so notes will reflect the side by side tasting.

Both versions poured a medium mahogany with a small sized off white head. The BA version was cloudy with the regular version being clear. They both had an earthy, peaty and caramel aroma (stronger in the BA) with the BA also possesing the expected aromas of vanilla, wood, and also a smokiness. The overall aromas of the regular were on the softer and subtle side. They both shared tastes of nuts, caramel, and earthiness. The BA also had wood, vanilla, smoke, and citrus. Overall the BA was more complex and enjoyable.

Notes from 9/7/07

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: deep brown with a thin head

Smell: malts, peat, sweet bread

Taste: malty with a smoked peat flavor, sweet honey and bread

This is an ale that hides its strength. Always a favorite of mine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured out an amber color with flecks of brown. A small, off-white head dissipated quickly but still left rigs of lce.

S - Smelled highly malty. Also, a good fruity nose: cherry and plum. There was a mossy/grassy aroma, too.

T - It tasted very malty with subtle hop flavors. Also, an oak-like flavor.

M - It was crisp and and very smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Incredibly malty!

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Photo of deanhead
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer a whole lot!

It poured a nice creamy, toffee colored head on top of a chocolate to caramel colored body. Deep Dark Opaque Brown.
This pour tasted of rich toffee, and caramel notes, some peat in there as well. I pick up a taste reminiscent of raisins and pine cones. This is an excellent tasting beer.
It is a very warming, rich full bodied beer that has tastes that run the gambit from sweet to roasted and everywhere in between.
This beer is very drinkable, kinda like chocolate milk with a buzz for adults...well call me silly. This beer is exceptional! Watch the f-out dude!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It made my day when I stepped into Bottleworks and discovered Silver City was back on the shelf. It's been too long since I last had this and I bought an armload.

The pour is a ruddy reddish brown crowned by a half inch thick head.

I'm really digging the nose. It reminds me of the syrups they put atop ice cream at Dairy Queen ... not so much hot fudge but the others, like strawberry, caramel, and chocolate all mixed together.

Taste is much the same as the nose promised but with a hint of smokiness in the background. This is really great stuff.

The mouth is where this really shines. Carbonation isn't overplayed and the thick feel is s true treat. I could probably describe it better if this wasn't so damn potent!

As far as drinkability, I bought three of these without hesitation. 1 for now, and two for a couple years down the road. This'll only get better.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.