Fat Scotch Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

90 Reviews
Fat Scotch AleFat Scotch Ale

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

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

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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 hopdog
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottles acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka. Tasted side by side with the Barrel Aged version so notes will reflect the side by side tasting.

Both versions poured a medium mahogany with a small sized off white head. The BA version was cloudy with the regular version being clear. They both had an earthy, peaty and caramel aroma (stronger in the BA) with the BA also possesing the expected aromas of vanilla, wood, and also a smokiness. The overall aromas of the regular were on the softer and subtle side. They both shared tastes of nuts, caramel, and earthiness. The BA also had wood, vanilla, smoke, and citrus. Overall the BA was more complex and enjoyable.

Notes from 9/7/07

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at the brewery.

Appearance: deep brown with a thin head

Smell: malts, peat, sweet bread

Taste: malty with a smoked peat flavor, sweet honey and bread

This is an ale that hides its strength. Always a favorite of mine.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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 zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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 deanhead
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I liked this beer a whole lot!

It poured a nice creamy, toffee colored head on top of a chocolate to caramel colored body. Deep Dark Opaque Brown.
This pour tasted of rich toffee, and caramel notes, some peat in there as well. I pick up a taste reminiscent of raisins and pine cones. This is an excellent tasting beer.
It is a very warming, rich full bodied beer that has tastes that run the gambit from sweet to roasted and everywhere in between.
This beer is very drinkable, kinda like chocolate milk with a buzz for adults...well call me silly. This beer is exceptional! Watch the f-out dude!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It made my day when I stepped into Bottleworks and discovered Silver City was back on the shelf. It's been too long since I last had this and I bought an armload.

The pour is a ruddy reddish brown crowned by a half inch thick head.

I'm really digging the nose. It reminds me of the syrups they put atop ice cream at Dairy Queen ... not so much hot fudge but the others, like strawberry, caramel, and chocolate all mixed together.

Taste is much the same as the nose promised but with a hint of smokiness in the background. This is really great stuff.

The mouth is where this really shines. Carbonation isn't overplayed and the thick feel is s true treat. I could probably describe it better if this wasn't so damn potent!

As far as drinkability, I bought three of these without hesitation. 1 for now, and two for a couple years down the road. This'll only get better.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog for supplying both this and the Fat Woody for a side by side tasting...
Appears a semi-transparent, dark amber with a smal, off-white head that slowly fades out.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, and smoked peat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an herbal hop flavor peaking it's head out in the midst of the caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thin, with sweetness and citrusy bitterness clinging to the finish.

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Photo of bosco7
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.26 gallon swing top obtained at the brew pub a month prior.

Deep dark black ale with a light brown cloud-like head. Nice.

Vanilla, cola, chocolate, and roasty malt aromas present.

Holy shit this is better than I remember. Starts sweet with chocolate cake, fig, vanilla, roasted malt, toffee, smoke, dark caramel, and light coffee flavors. Some subtle spice flavors in the middle. Finishes with a very slight twang that is both tasty and refreshing. Bitterness is low.

Silky and heavy bodied (as the beer's name suggests). Lingers on the tongue without being cloying. Nice.

This is so drinkable for being such a fat assed beer; alcohol is hardly noticeable and taste is fantastic make it a gulper. Highly recommended.

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

A- About 1/2" thick tan head on a lightly clouded ruby body.
S- Toffee, dark fruits, earthy tones, light grass hops, sweet cherries (almost candy like).
T- Sweet cherries come through a malt base with some light grass hops. You get some earthy tones in it as well. Hints of other fruits in there as well. Maybe a light raisin. Very nice!
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I really like this. More on the cherry side than most wee heavies but very tasty.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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 flexabull
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pulled this out of the fridge, and let it sit until it was a cool temperature.

Pours a deep dark garnet/amber color, with a nice big sturdy white head. Great beer to look at.

Aromas are of booze, stewed dark fruits, and a bit of a sweat tea like smell.

Flavors are great. Smooth creamy dark fruit flavors, some chocolate, a bit of peat and smoke, and a nice crisp slightly bitter finish. Beer is quite flavorful and complex, yet remarkably smooth.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, full, and well rounded. Exceptional.

Drinkability? WOW! It's been years since I tried this one. And my memory serves me correctly, this is an outstanding beer. Full flavored, yet smooth as can be. Really easy to drink, and really enjoyable. Very easy to drink despite the 9% ABV.

Thanks again phucket for the bottle! I think I need more! This will stay on the wants list.

Washingtonian's, you have a little gem of a brewery up there in Silverdale.

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Photo of idResponse
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to my coworker and friend who brought this down to give to me to let me try. Thank you a LOT!
Pours a dark dark brown that is almost impossible to see through even when held up to the light (BAD MAN don't do that!) and has a smallish head that retains a fair amount of lacing. The first thing I noticed was the amazing pleasantly strong scent that flew out of this beer! Something resembling a candied scotch on the rocks with a freshly cut lawn thrown in for good measure spiced with brown sugar... or something... i don't know. i'm sitting here by myself and said "WOAH! I don't even know how to describe that!" out loud. It tastes GREAT! It's like... it's like ... an imperial stout without the stoutiness and all the sweet and smooth that goes with it. i don't even know how to begin describing this beer. All around one of the better beers I've had. Before today I didn't even know Silver City Brewing Company existed. Now I'm a huge fan and want to try more of their products! If you see this beer, buy it, try it, enjoy it. It's very much worth it.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Skyhand for a growler of this wonderful Scotch Ale.
I really can't begin to evaluate it...it's very complex, yet so balanced in it's flavors that it seems simple.
Toasted amber malts give way to a light smokiness...sweet caramel, brown sugar and somehow a hint of hops on the tail end...enough to cleanse the palette and leave a slight drying although there is the lingering wonderful sweetness of the amber malts tasting a lot like candy or caramel.
This is a delicious Scotch Ale...too delicious. I'm gonna finish the growler tonight by myself and that may be a sin...but sinfully indulgent and delicious.
Pray for me in the morning.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones 11/17/06

A: Pours a dark merlot like color with a cloudyness to it. One finger cream colored head that has decent retetion and leaves nice lacing.
S: Sugary sweet caramel malt notes dominate the nostrils. Almost cotton candy like sweet presence.
T/M: Many flavors burst on the palate---green apple, cotton candy, caramel, dark fruit. Pretty damn sweet this Wee Heavy is. Malt notes dominate the palate. Sugary aftertaste with a cotton candy like essence to it. Nice bold body to this fat bastard. Extra smooth on the palate--almost scary. Abv goes completely masked--amazing, but again, scary as a couple of these could leave you stumbling home.
D: Wonderful Scotch Ale. I was suprised this stayed on tap long enough for me to try it. Very glad the rest of Boston didn't go after this one! Cheers to Chris for putting this on.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Silver City's Fat Bastard (Scotch Ale) is best served at warmer cellar temperatures (50-55°F) from a small brandy snifter or thistle glass. This award-winning Strong Scotch Ale (Wee-Heavy) pours up with some authority along with a moderate carbonation that creates a low, short lived beige-light brownish colored head that sits proudly atop a deep auburn-russet body. The clarity is bright with surprisingly good head retention and even shows some alcohol legs. The incredibly rich caramel aroma showcases the abundant maltiness with some fruitiness reminiscent of a banana sundae topped with hot caramel & walnuts. In addition, there's a leafy earthiness and peat smokiness which emerges as the beer warms in hand along with an intermingly of whisky notes that adds to the overall complexity. The malt dominated flavor starts off slightly fruity (plum preserves, raisin pie, ripened fig) with a rich, caramel maltiness that shows lots of kettle carmelization and carries a touch of oily smokiness. The chewy, full-body shows both power and grace with a big, bittersweet finish that stops short of being syrupy and packs plenty of warmth. This is just the tipple to add some color to the cheeks during a long winter's night. Here's to one hedonistic Fat Bastard!

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Thanks to amatuerbeerguy for waiting to share this one!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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 bigone4
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 22oz bomber from my fiancé’s parents about a month ago and we finally got around to drinking it last night. Pours a dark ruby brown color. Very ruby red when back lit. Nice creamy tanish white colored head. No real lacing present on the pint. Smells sweet like caramel with strong malt tones. Hint of a maple syrupy/ port wine smell. Most certainly had the distinct malt scent of a scotch ale. Nice low carbonation slowly rising up the glass. Rather roasted strong malt sweetness on the tongue. Nice balance of the alcohol flavors. Surprisingly smooth for 9% ABV. It hides this fact very well. Great flavor that mixes nicely on the pallet. Nice unfolding of the malt flavors and nice mild finish. Very drinkable and extremely enjoyable with every aspect of this beer. It has an even better bouquet when allowed to come closer to room temperature. It really starts to unleash the entire true flavor and smells that are associated with a true quality Scotch Ale. Well made brew and I hope to be able to have another taste in the future.

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Photo of loren01
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a chocolate brown color, good sized head, no lacing observed
S: Sweet fruity nose, sweet as in slight mollasses scent as well. Slight alcohol scent in there too
T: Fruity tasting, possibly apple, pear, grape. Sweet mollasses like taste, alcohol is well hidden for being 9%
M: Smooth creamy, slightly dry finish
D: Awesome scotch ale, very flavorfull, would for sure have this again, what a treat!!

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fat Bastard holds the distinction of winning two consecutive GABF gold medals in the Scotch-style ale category. Sure, the GABF gives out medals like airline peanuts. But two golds in a row is pretty impressive, and clearly, Fat Bastard is deserving of high praise.

FB is clear ruby-merlot with sluggish CO2 and a complex smell reminiscent of rum-raisin and port wine. The rich, malty flavor is elegant and receives no intrusion from the 9.2% alcohol. Similarly, though peat malts define the finish quite nicely, they are not overstated and know when to back down.

This beer sits soundly in the winner’s category and makes a great finish to a long, celebratious evening. For best results, allow Fat Bastard to warm ‘till nearly at room temperature.

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Photo of growler
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much props to Warriorsoul for providing the Scotchy goodness...First had on tap at Redbones the day after Thanksgiving 2005, and was too lazy to review it then...

Pours brown with a thin tan head not too much going on with lacing....malty, sugary, smoky smell almost smells a bit like leather (not in a bad way)....Undescribably tasty, almost too good for words, sweet malty flavor with a nice smoky undercurrent, a little bit of heat from the alcohol, but it enhances the flavor instead of being a deterrent....Smooth creamy flavor goes down easy, a well balanced scotch for sure....Dammit why don't I live in the PNW....Could drink this baby all night except for the 9% ABV, but I could definitely slam down two after dinner...

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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 ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head fades slowly, with lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, with some peat, and light alcohol tints. Taste is very tight, with the noise's peaty malt dominant, and a lightly alcoholic close, which lingers warmly. Everything melds nicely together. Mouthfeel is tremendously smooth, and drinkability is excellent as well. Wouldn't mind having this regularly in the fridge.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a good looking .5" khaki head that steadily retreats back into the liquid, save for a slight layer on top and a ring around the glass. The beer is an awesome reddish chestnut brown in color. A little more lacing and head retention is all I could ask for.

smell: Plenty of malt on the nose gives dark fruity aromas of candied cherry, plum, peach, and other fruits. There is also a considerable peat presence. Hints of milk chocolate, toffee, and butterscotch are present...and maybe even a slight nuance of smoke that reminds me of alderwood. The aroma is pretty complex, while keeping with the scotch ale trait of being subtle, though there could be a little more depth to the malt character. There's a low, English type hop aroma. The ethanol is very well hidden, though it does prick the back of the nose a bit.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is right on the border between the upper reaches of the low range and the low side of the medium range. The body is medium, and slightly slick.

taste: Ahhh, maltiness. The flavor is pretty much completely malt...there is only a hint of hop flavor, and the light bitterness that cleans up the finish. All this malt brings with it delicious flavors of dried, dark tree fruit, caramelized sugars, and toffee. There are also some hints of flavorful hardwood smoke and peat. Alcohol unnoticeable on the tongue.

drinkability: An easy drinking scotch ale. Limited somewhat by the ABV, as I am feeling it after consuming about 2/5 of the bottle.

One of two .26 gallon swingtops I acquired in an awesome trade with waldowin. This has been cellared since early January, and I'll probably keep the other until fall.

12-12-06: The ethanol has practically disappeared from the nose. Seems to be pretty similar to my last bottle, though the malt may have opened up, and a little more smoke revealed due to the reduced sweetness. Big notes of dried, sugary fruits and a light bourbon note. One of the better aging experiences I've had. Kicking the aroma up to a 4.5.

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Fat Scotch Ale from Silver City Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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