Fat Scotch Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

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212 Ratings
Fat Scotch AleFat Scotch Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
silvercitybrewery.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously known as Fat Bastard AAle.

Added by RoyalT on 11-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mintzmeet
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_Thirsty
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OlyBob
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was out of a 22oz bomber and not as good as on tap but still very good.

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Photo of rarigney
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jason_nwx
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Noboat59
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thebeers
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Burt
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBuckley73
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JulietteWeiss
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of Shaunmac16
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Wadestep
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good, smooth, knock your socks off. Get again.

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Photo of RizanTastingBeer
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of Clwhitt
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwoTrees
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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