Magnificent Bastard Scotch Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
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Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by RoyalT on 11-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,114
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
223
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
3.87
 
 
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of RBuckley73
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JulietteWeiss
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +9.4%
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 -17.3%
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 +12.9%
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 -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwoTrees
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SirMoose
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesubocz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Noooddle
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Croft
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chriskohlen
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Proboscis
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Magnificent Bastard Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 223 ratings