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Fat Belly Amber - Montana Brewing Company

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18 Ratings
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Ratings: 18
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 6.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Montana Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A medium bodied ale with a complex malt profile. Flavors of bread, caramel, and hints of dark roasted malts.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: Starchild on 12-01-2004)
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

CraigTravor, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ahommell
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ahommell, Jun 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

LXIXME, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

harpus, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Mole_Playing_Rough, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of DuncanSimmons
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very nice dark amber ale with a smooth finish after the bread, caramel and slightly roasted dark malt flavors. Medium body and easy drinking. Good mouth feel, nice color and smell with the appropriate head for a 4 oz. sampler glass. Would be a nice session beer at 4.6% abv and 20 IBU.

DuncanSimmons, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +6.7%

tbone1384, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +6.7%

dunix, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on-tap at the brewpub in downtown Billings. served in standard shaker "pint" glass.

a dark copper / amber color in the glass. not a strong aroma, just mild malt. same goes with the taste, it has a mild, balanced taste.
lower carbonation, with an average medium body.
good drinkability, as it would make a good session beer, at a decent price.

jmdrpi, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber brown color. A one finger beige head forms, but recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Caramel malt and sweet. Light diacetyl not much in the nose.
T: Again, sweet caramel malt. Some light hops as the flavor lingers. The diacetyl character is almost gone.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Easy and smooth to drink. I can session this with no problem.

The beer list at the brewpub labels this as a Scottish Ale. It is decent, but not what I would expect for the style. Still, it is worth a try.

champ103, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what an amber. Fuller than most, it's got a lot of really great malt flavor to it. It's not overly sweet, there are some slight hops in there balancing it all out. My favorite part is the appearance, it's a bit dark than I would stereotype. Carbonation is good, and I like the drinkability. Not too shabby.

aggiearcher13, May 23, 2009
Photo of pheggeseth
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub

A: dark, clear amber, not much lacing

S: citrusy caramel malt, not much really

T: slight roasted malt, some hop bitterness in the back, but again, not much

M: a little watery, but pretty crisp

D: alright, a little too subdued for the style

pheggeseth, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of loren01
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color, good sized head, slight lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet and malty. Also some fruity scents in there (grape/watermellon possibly)
T: Sweet and malty, same fruits as in smell. Slight woody hoppiness at the end.
M: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down very easy.
D: Excellent session beer, goes down easily, tasty and although I'm not sure what the ABV is, doesn't seem to be too high. Excellent amber.

loren01, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, poured a really nice amber with golden hues, littel head from service and just a little lacing. Sweet malty aroma, nice but actually a bit faint. Tastes rich and malty as advertised, with a medium body, too lively at first, but carbonation leveled out later, smooth , and a nice complement to my pasta dish, but I wouldn't get too excited about it.

objectivemonkey, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06/20/05- On tap via samplers at the Montana Brewing Co. in Billings, MT.

Presentation- Two samplers poured into 4oz glasses.

Appearance- Orange-amber colored pour with very limited head and no lacing.

Smell- Very limited scent as well. Maybe a bit of sweet malt, but that's about all I could detect.

Taste- Nice mix of hops and sweeter malt. Maybe a woodsy flavor hop.

Mouthfeel- Super smooth and mildly creamy. Medium carbonation and a bit watery.

Drinkability- Right in there with you average amber ale. Worth a try for sure.

GClarkage, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of swid
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[review compiled from notes 10-16-2004]

A clear, dark amber ale; no head or lacing. The smell is a light balance of malt & hops. Strong malty flavor blended quite nicely with the hops. A smooth, malty mouthfeel, slightly bitter. Overall, this reminded me strongly of what a lighter version of Fat Tire would taste like. A good session beer...I wish that a) I had tried more than 4 oz. of it and b) I lived closer to Billings, MT...

swid, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of Starchild
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The menus logo for this beer displays a bear sitting in a hammock with growler on his belly. Fantastic! The beer is cola colored with a 1 mm head of foam. The beer seems both tart and sweet. I suspect ringwood yeast has been used. An apple favor is present as well as hints of tabacco. An interesting beer and overall quite drinkable.

Starchild, Dec 01, 2004
Fat Belly Amber from Montana Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.