Magnificent Bastard Scotch Ale
Silver City Brewing Co. / Silver City Restaurant & Ale House

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #27
Ranked #5,143
4.07 | pDev: 12.78%
Silver City Brewing Co. / Silver City Restaurant & Ale House
Washington, United States
Magnificent Bastard Scotch AleMagnificent Bastard Scotch Ale
Notes: Previously known as Fat Bastard Ale & Fat Scotch Ale.

A big bastard of an award winning brew. Exceptionally smooth with rich maltiness & a touch of smoky peat character.
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bottle into glass
Light, off white head. Lovely, clear and deep auburn color. Aroma toast & caramel with hints of allspice and molasses. Flavor is of the above in a subtle blended version of them with a hint of sweetness. Medium heavy body with a real good caramelized malt and tiny hop bite finish.

Jun 06, 2020
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Herbertly from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Costco April 2019. Dateless bottle with "19064" stamped.

Look: Deep brown mahogany, creamy thick head and rising carbonation.

Smell: Hint of boozyness, barrel, toffee sweetness, caramel, and rustic woody smoke.

Taste: Roasted caramelized malt, delicious wee heavy, no bitterness and not overpoweringly sweet.

Feel: Silky, slightly numbing with no heat.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer without having much experience in the style. Would buy again if I had the chance.

Apr 21, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 10.70 (Including shipping)/capped bomber ($ 0.486/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bottle except possibly for the “18064” stamped twice on the label. Stored at 42 degrees prior to consumption and served at 55 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to the light, red-amber and clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.6 cm, aggressive center pour), tan with a yellow tint, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a three to four mm ring and a rocky partial layer.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Malt and a bit of peaty smokiness – very nice.
Flavor – 4 – A very subdued beginning with a hint of sweet malt and a bit of smoke wafting by. There might even be a hint of diacetyl with the malt. The smokiness caresses both the hard and soft palates, reminiscent of a good scotch whisky, well-balanced and delicious. The alcohol content (9.2% ABV) is low enough not to be intrusive but high enough to produce a pleasing amount of gastric warming. The hops cut the sweetness just the right amount without making the aftertaste bitter. No dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4.25 – The appearance, while lacking any lacing, is still very acceptable. The slight peaty smokiness balances the sweet malt well. The flavors are not overpowering but instead are well-blended and well-balanced to produce an excellent Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy. Even the palate is above average with this brew. The price point, while not effecting my review, is also non-offensive, even for a bomber. I wish that I had purchased a case of this.

Jun 08, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich very dark amber color, light head for a Scotch Ale. Wiffs of smoked grain, coffee and a cola-type back note. Smooth taste, a little hot from the ABV but not exceptionally so. Very clean finish with only a very light hop note. Overall, we are impressed with this one and will seek it out in the future.

Jan 01, 2018
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: leathery; chocolate
Visual: ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating head.
Taste: woah! Surprisingly sweet. Can't quite place the flavor but it's familiar. Oh! Duh. It's a peaty scotch flavors

Jul 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanx Steve. This was poured into a thistle. The appearance was a ruddy brown color with smooth level one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a minute. There was some light stringy lacing sliding into the beer. The smell had some light peat flavors with a light smokiness running in and out of the aroma. The taste was semi-sweet through some caramel malts, gets the peat to come back combined with the smokiness to blend fairly decently. There was a long smoky sweet aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation had a smooth capability about it letting the smokiness control how it rolled over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a good Scotch ale that I would have again.

Jun 27, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a dark red brown with ruby notes and a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit, hints of vanilla and peat. Flavor follows, with caramel malt, plums, dates and raisins dominating and light peat smokiness and vanilla. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice mellow Scotch ale, somewhat subdued, which is surprising for such a big ale. The flavors are very nicely integrated and pleasant with just a touch of peat. Amazingly well hidden ABV, there is not even a hint of booziness. An old favorite that I've been overdue to review.

Dec 24, 2016
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ruby-tinted cola color with a finger of airy tan head that leaves a decent crown but very little lacing.

Mild aroma made up of cherry, caramel and root-like Moxie notes.

There's also a tad more carbonation in this than I'd like, evident in how the head forms and slides away from the glass and a touch of carbon dioxide in the smell, taste and feel that interferes with my enjoyment in each area. It's probably not a flaw, just not in a balance I'd prefer.

The taste is made up of moderately peaty, meaty and stale hop flavors, with little to no caramel, molasses or malt sweetness at all up front. My favorite part is the aftertaste with a great mix of alcohol, mild hop bitterness, raisin and root beer/Moxie characteristics.

It's medium bodied, with a bit of dry creaminess to the feel and enough carbonation that it isn't flat and actually leaves some prickliness in the throat after swallowing.

Definitely worth a try.

Nov 13, 2016
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JulietteWeiss from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as flavorful as some other Scotch Ales that I have had but this one is really smooth with rich maltiness & a touch of smoky peat character. Silver City is becoming one of my favorite Washington breweries!

Aug 08, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Finishing off with something sweet, and something to put me to bed. On-tap at Tap House Grill in Seattle, on to the beer:

Dark brown colored beer with some head retention, an aroma that reminds you of tootsie rolls rolled in tobacco, and a flavor that can change your mind over dessert. Although it is a bit hot, tootsie roll chocolate and some smokiness makes Fat Scotch a good way to end a long journey.

Jun 13, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours brown with thin wispy head. Trailing lace slides down the glass with little sticking.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, peat smoke and dried prunes.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, dried fruits, dark bread, peat smoke. Malty with just a touch of earthy (slightly grassy) hops and balancing smoke in the finish.

It is medium to full bodied with faint alcohol warmth.

A very pleasant, malt-forward brew.

Jun 10, 2016
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RizanTastingBeer from Washington

3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into a small snifter.

Look: Deep ruby-brown verging on dark copper. Moderate clarity. Thin, beige head that quickly dissipates. Little to no lacing.

Aroma: Light smoke/peat. Woody and earthy, almost cellar-like odors along with caramel and molasses, as well as bubble-gum and dark fruit esters. Light diacetyl note

Taste: Wee bit of peat smoke that lasts through to finish and beyond. Also molasses/caramel up front leading to bubblegum-like esters and dark fruit (plum/prune). Enough hop bitterness to balance the malt, but little to no hop derived flavors. Subtle roasted coffee flavor (or almost like burnt chocolate). Boozy flavors and slight acidity in the finish.

Feel: Light bodied, slightly astringent, dry.

Overall: An award-winning ale. I however find it a little on the dry side, and some of the esters feel a little out of place for me, but nonetheless an interesting and relatively enjoyable scotch ale. Respect should be given at 9%abv.

May 21, 2016
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Clwhitt from Washington

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried a "scotch ale", it was this beer. I've tried one other side then "Port Angeles Scotch Ale", but the Silver City brew is by far the best.

May 09, 2016
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Ninjakillzu from Washington

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: One of my favorite beers. Had on tap at Silver City's restaurant. Body is a dark reddish brown with a thin creamy head ring around the glass.

S: Smokey caramel, dark fruits, and roasted malt.

T: Same as the smell. I didn't notice the alcohol at all despite the 9.2 ABV.

F: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and very drinkable.

Dec 19, 2015
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Dark brown caramel color, one finger white head.

Smell: Caramel, smoked wood and vanilla. Notes of dark fruit.

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, smoked wood, and dark fruit of some kind.

Feel: Medium carbonation, medium-full body, and slightly sweet.

Overall: The first beer that got me into craft drinking. Tasted just as amazing as I remembered.

Oct 12, 2015
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle of Fat Scotch Ale for $5.99 USD in Seattle, WA/USA.

Look: Fat Scotch Ale has a light foam.
Smell: Fat Scotch Ale does not really have a strong smell.
Taste: Fat Scotch Ale has a vague bitterness with strong elements of wheat and hops.
Feel: Fat Scotch Ale has both good alcohol content and carbonation.
Overall: Fat Scotch Ale is a beer for people who enjoy paying $5 USD or more for a bottle of beer.

Aug 27, 2015
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timontheroad from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown, very little foam that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Little to no lacing. Aroma is sweet, lots of vanilla, caramel and a bit of a medicinal smell also. Taste was fairly sweet and a little smoky. Got some dark fruits, bubble gum, caramel and vanilla notes as well. Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, with a little bite from the 9.2%. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew, fairly complex and nicely done.

Feb 28, 2015
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RedSunRising from Canada

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This. Beer. Is. Amazing.

Poured from a 22oz bomber I snagged from Trader Joes in Bellingham into a Innis & Gunn thistle, it is a beautiful deep red/brown with a small off-white head. Looks similar to a cola or root beer.

Aroma is full of malt sweetness, with toffee, caramel and brown sugar notes. A hint of smoke and slight spice and booziness, as well as sasparilla (maybe?)

Taste follows the nose wonderfully with big, sweet malts dominating the palate. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar coming on all at once. The smokiness that appeared shy-ly on the nose is much more evident here, playing nice with smooth fruity characteristics of raisins and prunes. A slight bitterness is also present, and no hop flavor is detectable. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, if I had to guess from a blind tasting I would put it around 6% but it is a whopping 9.2%. As it warms the raisin, prune and alcohol become a bit more prominent, as well as another flavor that is hard to discern. (Almost a sort of nuttiness)

The mouth-feel is smooth and slightly sticky with medium-low carbonation that compliments the flavor profile nicely.

Overall, probably the best scotch ale I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. (And I’ve tried very many) It remains complex and flavorful in a style of beer where it is all too easy to become one dimensional. Definitely one of my favorites.

Apr 19, 2014
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hreb from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle of Silver City's Fat Scotch Ale. Beer pours dark cola brown, clearly a little syrupy in texture. Aroma is slightly phenol and chemical, I think. Flavor is dominant, malty, with molasses and spice. Also dark fruit: raisins, prunes. Could have been a barley wine in a parallel universe, I guess. Just enough bitterness to round it out. Aftertaste is neither cloying nor hop burn -- but it's not subtle, either. There's just a lot of flavor here. Unfortunately I'm not loving it.

Nov 07, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.22/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear reddish, coppery amber color with plenty of head. Quite carbonated in the mouth, and maybe a little more than it needs to be. I usually don't complain about that, but it's quite prickly with a soda water sensation.

Sweet and smokey. Bubble gum and kelp. Big malt gets down and rolls in it. A bitter burn for the finish. Sharp and alcoholic, veering toward the acidic. After a few sips this is not very pleasing, but it's powerful. Dark burnt malt and overly bitter. From the 22 oz bottle purchased from The Market at Anacortes.

Sep 08, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

May 08, 2013
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DenverLogan from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottled ordered through Letspour...into Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a root beer brown with amber head.
Aroma of Dr Pepper soda, sarsaparilla (root beer), malt sweetness.
Moderate carbonation and strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of a funky soda, alcohol, brown malts, burnt malts, peat, sarsaparilla, a touch of chalk, oak, pepper, field greens. Overall bold and full bodied, quite a bit of a soda flavor but also strong or burnt malts, sweet malts and some astringency. Letting the beer sit for 20 or so minutes removes much of the bitterness and burnt notes.

May 03, 2013
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deedric from Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Aug 09, 2012
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flagmantho from Washington

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Jan 16, 2012
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daveytheformer from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Sep 02, 2011
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 231 ratings