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Fat Belly Amber - Montana Brewing Company

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Fat Belly Amber
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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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Photo of GClarkage


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

06-23-2005 16:31:30 | More by GClarkage
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-01-2014 04:44:16 | More by LXIXME
Photo of harpus


3.75/5  rDev 0%

01-06-2014 21:41:27 | More by harpus
Photo of champ103


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

08-27-2009 22:20:25 | More by champ103
Photo of jmdrpi


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

10-21-2010 02:26:39 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of tbone1384


4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-11-2012 14:25:51 | More by tbone1384
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

07-21-2014 22:22:51 | More by CraigTravor
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-01-2012 06:40:11 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of dunix


4/5  rDev +6.7%

10-29-2012 15:25:34 | More by dunix
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

06-28-2006 02:18:32 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of loren01


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

06-03-2007 04:26:32 | More by loren01
Photo of ahommell


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-11-2014 05:00:52 | More by ahommell
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-23-2009 05:54:41 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of Mole_Playing_Rough


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

10-14-2013 05:03:45 | More by Mole_Playing_Rough
Photo of swid


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

[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...

12-11-2004 04:52:54 | More by swid
Photo of pheggeseth


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

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

12-29-2007 04:05:14 | More by pheggeseth
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

12-01-2004 04:36:59 | More by Starchild
Photo of DuncanSimmons


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-21-2013 01:49:42 | More by DuncanSimmons
Fat Belly Amber from Montana Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.