Fat Scotch Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

Fat Scotch AleFat Scotch Ale
BA SCORE
80.9%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 215 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
Ranking:
#3,517
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
215
Liked:
174
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
12.1%
Alströms:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
45
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with an orange/tan head.

Sweet coffee with carmel and sweet whiskey/Bourbon nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy texture and incredibly balanced with elegance and lots of character.

Flavors are of cooked peaches, figs, prunes and plums with a sweet whiskey flavor; complex and layered.

Medium Scotch coffee'd fruit finish.

This is a nice drink, although there is a bit of a "Dr. Pepper" or sweet carmel "Coca Cola" flavor that underlies the flavor profile. Still, very nice!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with ruby highlights, a tan head that drops, eventually, to a ringlet though it leaves some splashy lacing behind

Smell: Rich burnt caramel and brown sugar tones waft upward along with a touch of butterscotch; if you sniff real hard, you can also pick up a little peat

Taste: Starts with a caramel flavor that builds with brown sugar and butterscotch, after the swallow; raisiny dark fruit tones in the finish

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with very modest carbonation

Drinkability: Lacks a little complexity (not much peat) but still a very nice example of the style

Thanks, waldowin, for the opportunity and kemoarps, for the chance to re-visit

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured out an amber color with flecks of brown. A small, off-white head dissipated quickly but still left rigs of lce.

S - Smelled highly malty. Also, a good fruity nose: cherry and plum. There was a mossy/grassy aroma, too.

T - It tasted very malty with subtle hop flavors. Also, an oak-like flavor.

M - It was crisp and and very smooth with a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Incredibly malty!

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from waldowin, so a big "thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and doesn’t leave very much lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and contains banana, vanilla, caramel and butterscotch.

T: Malty and sweet flavors of banana, dark fruit, butterscotch & vanilla hits you right away. There's a little bit of smokiness in there. After-taste is quite sweet.

M: Extremely smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, clean finish without a lot of stickiness especially given the style.

D: An excellent beer, very tasty, easy-to-drink, not as filling as most beers in the style. This is definitely a sipper though.

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Photo of mactrail
3.22/5  rDev -20.5%
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 wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty aroma full of dark fruits, toasted caramel, peat, Grade-B maple syrup, and a non-full hint of chocolate.

Taste: Dark malts with a sweetness reminiscent of downing simple syrup, maple syrup, and caramel sauce. Rich, intense fruitiness with tastes of raisins and figs. Slight smokey scotch character. A drop of chocolate. Sweet, smokey finish with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Decent enough, sure, but boy oh boy is it sweet.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
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 LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
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 NickThePyro
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a very nice extra in a trade with travisd13. Thanks! Pours a very dark ruby with very little head. What there is fades aaway completely. Very nice aromas of dark caramel, spice, raisins, and a touch of heat from the alcohol. Rich and smooth. Unbelievably smooth in the mouth and taste. The heat disappears and some chocolate and even more caramel is added to the profile. Very mellow up front with some developing spice toward the end. Beautifully smooth and easy to drink, this a soft, delicious version of a Wee Heavy with a satisfying spicy, caramel richness on the end.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another left over Silver City beer from a Silver City dinner/tasting at Collin's Pub in April 2007. I paired this side by side with the Fat Woody (thanks to a very generous trade/donation by Knuckles), and while the latter was fabulous, I preferred the Fat Bastard.

The beer pours a brilliant cherry orange color with with very good foam retention and lacing. On the nose one picks up a lot of sweet malt, with aromas of cherry, rootbeer and vanilla. This beer smells absolutely delicious. On the palate this beer is remarkably drinkable for its abv., with more cherry, vanilla, orange and grapefruit flavor. The beer does not taste the least bit heavy and has a very soft, light plush mouthfeel. As others have noted, this beer only improves over time in the glass, and is at its best not served too cold.

This beer is so easy to drink that, with it's abv., it probably should be illegal. An excellent beer from Silver City.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bottleworks April 2007, Sampled November 2007
Pours with a frothy, fairly large bubbled, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that sits atop a deep, amber / plum colored beer that shows a brilliantly clear, concentrated cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite sweet with notes of concentrated fruit, brandy, caramelized raisins, a touch of plums, and even a touch of cherry. Other malt notes also abound; hints of roast character (which get wrapped up in the caramelized aromatics), nutty malt notes, toffee, toasted bread crust, a touch of salty malt character and a touch of smokiness; this really has a nice satisfyingly rich malt character to it.

Definitely sweet tasting, which certainly accentuates a certain fruitiness. Fruit flavors of raisins, hints of cherries, a touch of prunes and in combination with some alcohol, flavors of brandy. This has a fullness to it that allows the beer to cling to the palate, leaving a deeply caramelized malt sugar layer as well as a nice toasty malt character lingering on in the mouth after the beer has passed down my throat. A touch of salt, a hint of smokiness and just a wisp of a roasted grain note are found in the finish. As the beer warms a bit the salty, smoky note becomes a bit more pronounced (enough so that I actually think they used some peat smoked malt in this brew), but I definitely like how subtle it is. It helps to pick up the malt complexity of this brew.

Somehow the beer is a little too sweet, not by much, but enough that I think the sweetness is a bit too noticeable. This really accentuates a deep fruitiness to this brew though. I would prefer that the malt sweetness here was a bit more complex and caramelized. The aroma definitely strikes a nice balance between malt driven fruit notes as well as the drier, more complex malt components. Somehow this does not quite transport to the flavor though and this beer is just not quite complex enough in the flavor department. Still for all my complaints it is really quite tasty and certainly enjoyable.

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Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80.9% out of 100 with 215 ratings
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