Fat Scotch Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

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90
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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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Ratings: 212 |  Reviews: 92
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1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of DaveHack
2.44/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Harsh, harsh, harsh, harsh, nasty

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Photo of soze47
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at Red Bones at the NW Fest on 11/09/10

Appearance: Very clear body with a deep red color. Almost has a grape/cherry kool aid color to it. Odd looking

Aroma: Not too much on the nose except some spicy sweetness. Generic malty breadiness and hot booze. Not too pleasant.

Taste: Hot and sweet, but it does mellow out as herbal spiciness and dark fruits come out a bit. A cinnamon and all spice flavor develops. After it warms in the glass, all the flavors create an overwhelming butterscotch flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Hot and viscous in the mouth. This is not an easy drinker and should only be enjoyed as an after dinner drink.

Overall: While I know Scotch Ales are not my favorite, even this one is too much. Too sweet, too hot, too much of almost everything.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA, poured into thistle glass 4.17.10.

1/2 finger light tan head, very quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Dark brown body with reddish highlights, not visible carbonation. The nose is a big banana hit, very surprising, a bit fo bready malt, with some floral hops hidden in the back. Taste is banana, a wee bit of peat but not smoky, the banana overpowered any other nuances in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was full with medium effervescence. Drinkability is quite good, ABV well hidden, but the overpowering banana flavor made it difficult for me to finish my glass. I am willing to try this again to determine if this was a bad bottle, but to be honest, I wasn't very impressed.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Fat Scotch Ale at the brewery back in August. Appropriately stored until now. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a deep dark red/brown color and is clear. Fizzy light tan head dissipates quickly, leaving a small foam ring around the beer. It looks a lot like coke.

Smell is strong and sweet. Caramel, molasses and dark fruits, dates, plums and figs dominate the aroma. A bit of a medicine cough syrup aroma, especially cold.

Taste is overly sweet, caramel malt, brown sugar, no bitterness to speak of. A little alcohol/medecine taste. It tastes like a Dr. Pepper and whiskey.

Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, with some alcohol heat on the back of the throat.

Not a real drinkable brew. Definitely not sessionable, but it does get better as it gets warmer.

I'm not much on the style and I'd probably pass this one up in the future.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brownish-red with an off white head.

Very sweet nose with hefty oak and scotch aromas and little to no hop character present.

At 9% the mouth feel of this beer is not as full as you would imagine but with sweet toffee flavor and notes of cherry and peat you may ignore the lack of body. Finishes with the smoothness of sour mash.

If I had to find a few things wrong with this beer I would note that it has an off flavor in the finish almost like the linger you receive from gorgonzola, I don't claim to be an expert but that's what literally minutes of deduction concluded.

The other down side, and it may not be a down side at all, is it's suicidally easy to drink. If you're going to have more than one of these throw your keys as far away from yourself as possible and soberly find them with a metal detector the following afternoon.

Not my favorite scotch but decent.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of deedric
3.33/5  rDev -18%
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.

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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 Stewinator
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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 beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a gorgeous ruby/brown color with over an inch of tan head that dissipated quickly leaving just a trace of lacing.

A yummy sweet aroma greets the nose. This beer delivers a rich malty flavor with a slight hint of fruit (cherry, plum) underneath. No strong hop presence.

The body is average for the style, perhaps even slightly thin. Drinkability is very good but hampered by the fact that this beer will knock you on your ass, so you probably won't have more than one at a time.

A good example of the style, worth trying.

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Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bonis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint, Fat Bastard (just fat now) is a very dark amber with a small, creamy, off-white head that doesn't leave any lace.

Smell is very sweet and fruity caramel, sugary, light peat and phenols.

Taste is also really sweet, chocolaty fruit, caramel and brown sugar, and a pretty stiff peatiness on the finish. Lacking nuance, it seems exaggerated, although I generally like the directions of smoke and sweet dark malts. Still, the high rating is inappropriate, and I even have a local bias...a good concept but not to well executed, it seems a little amateurish.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker, sugary side, with limpid carbonation that accentuates the attenuation that seems low, even for the style.

Drinkability is ok, I like the creative direction, but it doesn't really come togethef as smoothly as the better examples of this style. Still, even though it's not to complex or subtle, it's inoffensive and generally tasty. But for the high ranking, I was disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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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