1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fat Scotch Ale - Silver City Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Fat Scotch AleFat Scotch Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

144 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 144
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 44
Gots: 11 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fat Scotch Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BrienVoll
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BrienVoll, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

adkieffer, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Exiled, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -1.5%

avaldivia, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of deedric
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

deedric, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Kspoon
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Kspoon, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

sanford_and_son, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Mahars22643
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Mahars22643, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1.5%

strongaf, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of NEO68710
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

NEO68710, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of jeffeljefe
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jeffeljefe, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of piclee
4.75/5  rDev +17%

piclee, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue which allows bright red highlights when held up to the light. Body seems free of haze. A somewhat vigorous pour resulted in 3 fingers of creamy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: big malty aroma has some spicy and yeasty characteristics to go along with it. Appealing and quite stylistically appropriate.

Taste: smoky and fruity. I would not be surprised if this brew used some smoked malt in its preparation. The yeast character adds a fruitiness to the malt; bitterness is present but not at all in the forefront; hop flavor is nonexistent. I think the use of smoked malt is probably not historically accurate, but it sure is tasty. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation. There is a good creaminess and a big silky feel to this brew. Very near perfect.

Overall: this is a very good and highly drinkable Scotch ale. Aside from the smokiness, which appears forced and out of style, this is a nearly perfect wee heavy. Of course, the smokiness still adds something in its own right. Yum!

flagmantho, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of JFrankParnell
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JFrankParnell, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of towlea25
5/5  rDev +23.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev -1.5%

bespin15, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jh1982
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

jh1982, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of RViator325
5/5  rDev +23.2%

RViator325, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kevwcamp, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Pwnzilla
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Pwnzilla, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Ryburr
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Ryburr, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a light khaki head that immediately recedes to some spotting.

Smells boozy and sweet. Prunish aroma meets grape juice.

Tastes like candy with a big raisin like quality. Light caramel and cake all meet in the end for a nice syrupy sweet get together.

Mouthfeel is sticky and medium with light carbonation that suits this very well.

Overall I really enjoyed this a lot. Glad I picked this one up. I'll certainly be trying this beer again.

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

claspada, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into z Duvel tulip; thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing this one.

A: Opaque, dark reddish-boron body with a finger of frothy tan foam. Not bad, but pretty standard for the style.

S: Caramel + toffee start things off, with peat smoke swelling on the back end. A touch metallic. Ok.

T: Follows the nose extremely closely, but without the metal (thankfully): sweet caramel up front, with peat providing good balance. Rich, sweet, and enjoyable.

M: Medium body - a bit thin for what this beer is going for, I think; nice light carbonation. Decent.

O: Good, not great. I won't be seeking it out.


woosterbill, Aug 01, 2011
Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.