Fat Woody - Silver City Brewing Co.

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RoyalT on 04-17-2005

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by Bfarr:
Photo of Bfarr
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany highlights with thin tan head and no retention. Peat, smoke, and oak aromas. Smoky peat and sweet caramel vanilla flavors end in a semi-dry finish. A light bite gets lost in the sweetness. Slick, robust feel.

Alcohol is well blended in an otherwise malty beer. A somewhat overly sweet (not that I minded) scotch ale with some nice wood notes. Definitely an easy beer though it could have had a little more complex taste.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a very dark brown in color with a modest head that disappeared rather quickly as is typical of the style.

Smell – The nose here is just huge. The malts are strong and complex, covered in peat and very sugary. The sugars are like a combination of brown and powdered. There are also some overripe rotten fruit notes in there.

Taste – This is straight scotch like its Fat Bastard cousin. The extra oak aging imparts some sharp woody notes but it also served to break down the malts a bit much. This leaves a rather harsh alcohol flavor with lots and lots of sugars.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit light in the mouth for its big flavors. It’s medium-bodied but no more. The alcohol is overly stingy as well.

Drinkability – This is a “sipper” for sure and will definitely please the Scottish “malt heads”.

Comments – The brewery said that this is their famous Fat Bastard aged six weeks in oak.

Update – I originally reviewed this with an 05 vintage and thought I’d compare it to a 2006. It is a lot smoother in the mouth and not as harsh with the booze, so I upped the Mouthfeel rating by half a point. Otherwise the original review pretty much speaks for itself. Nice rendition of the famous Fat Bastard.

Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

22oz. Brown bomber poured into a little snifter.

A: Lighter murky brown with some ruby hues. Good head on the pour with a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of fruits. Juicy and sweet, plenty of bananas. Not a ton of the barrel in this one. Subtle hops.

T/M: Very odd flavors. Mich more wood in the flavor. I light the rich but smooth malts flavors. Lacking the peat that's sometimes in there but I don't think it needs it. Body is about full with smooth carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for the ABV. Tasty.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you skyhand for sharing this with me.
Pours a very dark amber....close to black...with a small head of tan bubbles that melt to a nice ring of tan lacing.
Aromas are bourbon, rum, raisins, dark chocolate and alcohol.
Taste is the aromas come to life....bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate and then intense vanilla....bourbon vanilla. Only a slight taste of alcohol.
Goes down very smoothly with a nice slippery coating mouthfeel.
This one can get you in trouble.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Sedimenty reddish brown with a decent khaki head. Wispy retention.

Smell - Oak is pretty strong. Vanilla comes through. Cola aromas. Diacetyl. Caramel. Maybe closer to toffee.

Taste - Much more cola like flavors. Diacetyl is there up front. Woody bite in Te back with some sulfuric smoke. The finish is an odd mix of wood and smoke.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Big scotch ale, but I didn't really notice.

Overall - It's all over the place with its flavors. The wood is only interesting on the nose. The smoke hinders it in the aftertaste.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jake65 brought this to a pretty epic weekend tasting at Ditmier's house... Thanks to Jake and Eric! Reviewed from paper notes.

Standard clear brown for a Wee Heavy... head is shallow and leaves no lacing.

big and malty on the nose.. caramel.. "smells brown".. only hints of wood.

flavor is pretty thick blend of caramel and bits of roasty malts.. quite a bit of fruity esters show that make me think plums.. some vanilla from the wood helps bring out that fruitiness.

body is fairly thick with a low carbonation lends toward a smooth mouthfeel.

This was the first beer of the night, and I was a bit underwhelmed... yet.. a big thanks goes out to Jake for a brewery that I've never had before.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark red amber with little carbonation, just a thin line of foam around the glass edge. Caramel malt and faint oak aroma. Caramel malt and oak, mild dark fruits and esters. Finish is somewhat dry with a an abrupt light bitterness. What flavors are there are pleasant, but seem subdued. ABV covered well by the flavors though. Pleasant, but not outstanding.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks for this bottle. This had actually been something I had all but given up trying to track down as I really had no luck at all for a couple of years, and low and behold one shows up on my doorstep! Nice surprise indeed. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/06/2009.

Appearance 4 - Poured out a nice and hazy brown color. Medium head of light tan on top faded quickly and left behind only a touch of lace. Nice touch clinging to the sides as well.

Smell 4.5 - First thing I noticed was a really nice touch of toffee and vanilla coming at me. Very full. Lots of caramel and rich malts just coming through the air. Nice touch of oak as well as it warms, nicely done I have to admit.

Taste 4.5 - As I take my first sip it immediate starts to warm me. Rich maltiness just overcomes all else. Caramel and toffee, butterscotch just rippling throughout every vein. Super smooth. As it warms it really becomes like a very rich and very sweet syrup. Light notes of oak floating around as well. Complex and yet scarily smooth.

Feel 4.5 - Very nicely carbonated and really a very full body for the style. I was again very impressed with how smooth it was and how consistent from beginning to end. Very smooth.

Drinkability 4 - A bit strong I have to admit even for me. Its says 9% but I have a feeling it may be a touch bigger. But other then that really very drinkable. The bottle was a bit big towards the end, but still no problems at all.

Overall 4.35 - Very nicely done here. I was very happy with the result and the barrel aging I think really accented the flavor wonderfully. I am very happy to be able to cross this one off the list and would look forward to getting another any day!

Photo of blackie
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at uber awhile back, entered from notes

a: served in a snifter, the beer is a clear, reddish amber in color with an off-white head that shows good coverage to start but soon falls back

s: big malty nose with brown sugar, toffee, and nuances of peat smoke layered with vanilla and oak, dark fruits - black fig and raisin

m: body medium-full with a lower level of carbonation, creamy and smooth

t: closely follows the lead of the nose with a rich, malty body of black dried fruits, dark sugar, toffee, and a hint of peat, complimented with smooth vanilla, a quick touch of roast

o: been years since I had the standard scotch, so no comparisons, but the oak does well here by me, a tasty scotch ale with a good barrel character

Photo of weeare138
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for supplying both this and the Fat Woody for a side by side tasting...
Appears a slightly hazy, dark amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, light smoked peat, toffee, oak, roasted nuts, raisins, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. I think the Fat Bastard would've faired better if I hadn't had it next to the Fat Woody. This one was more rounded and certainly more complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-sweet of caramel with compliments of the oaky vanilla kicking in.
Well done brew.

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent dark reddish brown color with a minimal tan head that rapidly dissipates leaving minimal spotty lacing and a rather flat tan cap.

Aromas begin with plenty of sweet caramel malts, honey, brown sugar and hints if vanilla. As it warms I get some slight oak and toffee but a boat load more of vanilla with underlying roasted notes.

The tastes being much like the Fat Scotch ale did. Lots of caramel malts with some light brown sugar and a touch of peat/roasted malts. As it warms the vanillas becomes more apparent as do the light woody oak flavors. Maple and butterscotch flavors emerge and join the vanilla further adding to the complexity added from the oak aging.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. I wish the body was a little bigger here for such a low carbonation level. It drinks a tad too light for the ABV. Finish is neither dry nor slick; somewhere in the middle. Sweet maple syrup and vanilla flavors linger quite nicely on the palate.

Overall this was very nice. A tad too light and easy to drink too fast considering the higher ABV here. Much better than the Fat Scotch ale (base beer from same brewery, before they age it in American white oak). That beer drank way too sweet and cloying where the oak aging has helped to soak up some of those residual sugars, drying out the beer to an acceptable and much more enjoyable level. Not the best scotch ale or wood aged beer I have had by a long shot, but worth a go for the reasonable 7-ish dollar price point combined with the tasty overall flavor profile.

Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler obtained in trade with riversideak by way of Uber Tavern, Seattle. Thanks for the opportunity. This was the BA version.

Formed a tan skim over the clear ruby brown brew. Tiny bubbles quickly race to the rim, leaving a center swirl, with leggy but fleeting lace. Aroma is malty and boozy, with vanillla notes. Taste starts sweet, goes a bit peat and leather in the middle, then closes with a menagerie of vanilla, peat, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth but near flat, not unexpected for a barrelled offering, and drinkability is very good, with the flavor complexity keeping me coming back. Nice stuff.

Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | 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

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is dark amber in color with a nice amount of carbonation and an off-white head.

S: Fairly decent scotch ale aromas. Quite a bit of bread and toffee with some nice toasted malts and bread. A fair amount of vanilla along with mild smoke and oak notes.

T: Things are pretty much the same flavor-wise. Sweet and malty with lots of toffee and caramel, toasted bread is there too. Perhaps a bit more vanilla than expected and some peat/smoke and oak flavors.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Not really going to knock your socks off, but it was a good beer.

Photo of kels
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raising another toast to unclejedi for sharing this one at the tasting. Again, another beer not on my radar that turned out great!

Pours into my snifter the color of honey with the slightest amber highlights. It has pretty good clarity and the golden shade of the beer glimmers in the light. Viscosity looks moderate, and bits of spotty white lacing cling here and there along the surface of the beer and sides of the glass.

Aroma is, as expected, slightly smoky and sweetly caramelly with a little punch of the alcohol coming through. Very unexpectedly, however, is the distinct note of a very fruity aroma. All of us in the room spent a good amount of time really trying to define it. The best guesses we came up with were cranberry, banana or possibly mango (I know, nothing alike).

Taste is full of fruity sweetness that reminds me of cranberry juice. The dry, toasty malt borders on burnt providing depth to the taste and balancing out the caramel sweetness. There is a hint of medicinal alcohol, almost nyquil-like.

Feel is moderately viscous. Carbonation is very low, and the flavors really hang around on the palate a good while. It drinks smoothly, but slowly. I would say that drinkability isn't too high, but I have to admit I was on my 3rd wee heavy sample of the night at this point.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uber the other day...

It's surprising to me how much darker the barrel aged verion of this beer is to the the regular Fat.

The beer pours a darkish brown color with very good head retentioin and lacing. While the beer is delicious, I think the best part about this beer is the aroma. I get an aroma of butterscotch, vanilla and even eggnog with this beer, with some underlying spice as well. Except for the eggnog, the flavors generally replicate the nose, and the beer has some moderate sweetness with a medium bodied mouthfeel. The beer is not the least bit heavy on the palate, though after a while the abv. started to sneak up on me a bit. Still, the beer is eminently drinkable, with the abv. well disguised.

What a treat to see this "retired" beer on tap again. Very impressive beer from Silver City.

Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing a bottle with me and several other BA's.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby around the edges. A two finger beige head forms with good retention. The foam finally recedes to a ring with a little lace around the edges.
S: A big sweet and fruity aroma up front. Chocolate covered cherries, some apples, and raisins. Finishes with some wood a light peat.
T: Follows the nose, though things are turned up a bit. Lots of fruity flavors going on. Cherries and raisins. Chocolate and toffee as well. An awesome toasted malt flavor. Wood and peat are very subtle, but finishes everything off nicely. Excellent.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Velvety smooth and creamy. So easy to drink. I wish the bottle would never end.

This is an excellent barrel aged Scotch Ale. The fruity flavors are a bit more pronounced than most. Though that is what I love about it. It finishes with some nice wood and peat flavors to round everything out. Excellent, and highly recommended.

Photo of ssteakley
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Artooemomo has nailed this one. It is the first Scotch Ale for me so I can't compare but this is a great beer. I wish I found it sooner, like when it was cold out. Whole Foods had in n sale for $4 and it had a good rating so out of curiosity I bought it. Good buy for sure. The extreme finish is on the low side but so what, just take another drink.

Photo of froghop
2.57/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear dark brown with a red tint when held to the light, a small beige head that goes away quickly, and just a little lacing.

smell is of malt, caramel, and butterscotch.

taste is thin but oily, very buttery, malt, and caramel, ends thick on the touge and with too much butterscotch.

Photo of bamadog
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 10/13/2009. Special thanks to Uncle Jedi for his generosity in sharing this at a recent tasting. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep coffee brown, yet shows very nice ruby highlights when held to the light; body appears bereft of carbonation; no head is present and the standard oily residue that I see with this style is present on the sides.

Smell: A little bizarre, actually... Something smooth, creamy and topicaly fruity to it (Pwoods says banana, and I can understand that and think it may be a bit of mango as well); slight woodiness to it and alcoholic vapor that really picks up as it warms; even a slight smokiness eminating from it.

Taste: Strong presence of that tropical fruit blend as well as a strong, almost stinging presence of wood; almost a medicinal quality in the back of it and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: More lively than I thought it would be as teh body somehow shows signs of carbonation that aren't visibly present; body feels a little loose and doesn't stick like other wee heavies; mouth is definitely left dry.

Drinkability: ABV comes across as pretty high in this one, but then again, it's the third (or is it the fourth, I'm kind of losing count) big beer in this tasting... Very good beer nonetheless but it's definitely a sipper like most beers of this size are.

Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less carbonated than average. Intriguing intense aroma of raisins and smoky grains. Dark amber brown in the Het Kapittel chalice.

Candy-like flavor with something like Jujube fruit. Burnt sugar and dried figs. Not terribly sweet, but has a sugary sensation. Dark roasted malt with some scorched flavors. Unfortunate wan carbonation makes this less mouth-filling to go with the big flavors. Silky and smooth.

Hot with alcohol but quite sippable. An interesting variation on the Scotch ale theme. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which basically has no retention at all. The head is a light beige while the body is a chestnut brown with hints of maroon which glows mostly maroon when held up to the light. No lacing is left behind.

Nose- I get caramel, toffee, vanilla, and the slightest whiff of oak when I smell from the bottle. The glass gives off some roasted notes that are a little thin and some weak smoke notes. Swirling it around causes caramel, brown sugar, and molasses to move to the surface. Fairly nice aroma but it is a little subtle. There is a mild alcohol presence as well.

Taste- Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses are the first notes that I get along with a mild and warming alcohol presence. Notes of coconut and raisins. Some butterscotch. Faint roasted notes but nothing that contributes in real bitterness except the vanilla and oak which hang around the edges. The flavor profile is complex but a little muted. This is mostly a positive (especially for me, as I don't tend to enjoy unchecked heavy malt bills). The balance is amazing and seems to develop from the type of restraint you typically find in English brewing. This is a very enjoyable beer which appears as if it would be tasty with age or fresh.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Because of the nature of the style, this isn't a big negative but even a little carbonation would give it more structure.

Drinkability- The sublime nature of the flavor profile makes this a potentially dangerous beer. While heat is noticeable at first taste, it begins to mellow and fade into the soft contours of the other flavor notes. At around 8 bucks a bottle, this beer is definitely worth the money.

Overall- This is a definite must try. This may be my favorite Scotch ale though I haven't had that many. This is a definite repurchase and I will be buying Silver City's base for this beer in the future.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big malty nose with hints of very dark caramel malts and lots of fruity yeast esters. Light toasty wood aroma and some chocolate as it warms up.

Deep brown with a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Small head is OK for a wee heavy (alcohol & roast malts).

Very fruity and estery. But the backbone is caramel and other dark roast malt flavors. A little bit of chocolate malt but what keeps coming back is the deep brown sugary caramel. There's also a nice vanilla componant that could be the barrell but it seems a little too strong to just be the wood. Added? Hop bitterness is there but overall it's a little sweet and could use a touch more to dry it out a bit. As I get toward the bottom of the glass, the sweetness is kind of beating me up.

Nice and thick with a light but pleasant carbonation level. Slightly warming from alcohol.

Nioce sipper as a small glass in a bar. But if I were to try to get down a bomber of this I think it would overwhelm me. It's just a little to sweet and heavy to take on more than a glass.

Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This bottle is labeled as being 9.2% ABV, rather than the above-noted 9.7%.

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a light haze and effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy tan foam which subsided quickly; par for the style. Overall a good looking beer!

Smell: rich, warm malt aroma with a bready quality almost reminiscent of banana bread. There's also definitely a woodiness present here, which is more of a tannic dryness sitting atop the rest of the aroma. It's an interesting effect; overall, not bad.

Taste: big, rich malt flavor with a lot more woodiness than the aroma. There's definitely a dry, tannic quality mixing in with the sweet malt, and I think it works less successfully than in the aroma. The malt is very sweet and bready, and has some biscuity quality I don't love. Decent, but not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: big body with a nice, well-integrated carbonation and a silky smooth creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer is OK, but I don't like it as much as the non-woody Silver City Fat Scotch ale. Something about the character of the malt just doesn't ring my bell.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year old 22oz bottle (at cellar temperature) is poured into a glass mug. A small tan head forms on top of a dark brown liquid. Ruby highlights can been seen when the light penetrates. The head settles to a skim after a few minutes.

Oak and bourbon notes dominate, followed by peat and some plum sweetness.

Peaty malts give a subtle smokiness to this beer. The oak notes help as well. Some dark fruits add sweetness to the mix. Some roastiness at the end, but it isn't very strong. A very good Scotch ale; it's heavy on the oak but it works.

The beer is full bodied and has low-to-medium carbonation. It leaves a good coat, but its viscous and doesn't stick around for too long. There is some stickiness on my lips, but it is on par for the ABV.

This is an enjoyable Scotch ale. If you are like me and really enjoy this style, I'd recommend you seek this one out. The oak notes give it a uniqueness that I really enjoy.

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Fat Woody from Silver City Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.