Fat Woody Scotch Ale | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Fat Woody Scotch AleFat Woody Scotch Ale
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Fat Woody Scotch AleFat Woody Scotch Ale

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fat Woody is a limited batch of our renowned Fat Scotch Ale aged on American white oak. The bold, smokey malt profile of the ale intertwines with the smooth, vanilla-like character of the wood for next-level incredibleness.

HOPS: Nugget, Cascade

MALTS: NW Pale, Munich, Dark Wheat, Caramel Wheat, Carafa, Light Crystal

IBU: 25

Added by RoyalT on 04-17-2005

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Reviews by Asics:
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one was a very dark brown in color with a modest head that disappeared rather quickly as is typical of the style.

Smell – The nose here is just huge. The malts are strong and complex, covered in peat and very sugary. The sugars are like a combination of brown and powdered. There are also some overripe rotten fruit notes in there.

Taste – This is straight scotch like its Fat Bastard cousin. The extra oak aging imparts some sharp woody notes but it also served to break down the malts a bit much. This leaves a rather harsh alcohol flavor with lots and lots of sugars.

Mouthfeel – This one is a bit light in the mouth for its big flavors. It’s medium-bodied but no more. The alcohol is overly stingy as well.

Drinkability – This is a “sipper” for sure and will definitely please the Scottish “malt heads”.

Comments – The brewery said that this is their famous Fat Bastard aged six weeks in oak.

Update – I originally reviewed this with an 05 vintage and thought I’d compare it to a 2006. It is a lot smoother in the mouth and not as harsh with the booze, so I upped the Mouthfeel rating by half a point. Otherwise the original review pretty much speaks for itself. Nice rendition of the famous Fat Bastard.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of pwoods
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another big thanks to unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

22oz. Brown bomber poured into a little snifter.

A: Lighter murky brown with some ruby hues. Good head on the pour with a bit of retention. Decent lacing.

S: Lots of fruits. Juicy and sweet, plenty of bananas. Not a ton of the barrel in this one. Subtle hops.

T/M: Very odd flavors. Mich more wood in the flavor. I light the rich but smooth malts flavors. Lacking the peat that's sometimes in there but I don't think it needs it. Body is about full with smooth carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for the ABV. Tasty.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you skyhand for sharing this with me.
Pours a very dark amber....close to black...with a small head of tan bubbles that melt to a nice ring of tan lacing.
Aromas are bourbon, rum, raisins, dark chocolate and alcohol.
Taste is the aromas come to life....bourbon, raisins, dark chocolate and then intense vanilla....bourbon vanilla. Only a slight taste of alcohol.
Goes down very smoothly with a nice slippery coating mouthfeel.
This one can get you in trouble.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of hreb
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The new edition of Silver City's Fat Woody is an oak aged scotch ale. 9.2% abv. This 22oz bottle was served in a curved glass which accentuates its translucent brownness, with edges of orange amber. Moderate tan head. Aroma is boozy, malty, and strong. Flavor is warm and thick, with luscious toffee, fig, and raisins. This could have been an oak aged barleywine, with a kicker of English hops. Peated malt is mercifully subtle here. Setting aside any pretentions of being a Wee Heavy, this is just a good, malt-forward big ale which exemplifies oak aging. Very respectable.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Sedimenty reddish brown with a decent khaki head. Wispy retention.

Smell - Oak is pretty strong. Vanilla comes through. Cola aromas. Diacetyl. Caramel. Maybe closer to toffee.

Taste - Much more cola like flavors. Diacetyl is there up front. Woody bite in Te back with some sulfuric smoke. The finish is an odd mix of wood and smoke.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Big scotch ale, but I didn't really notice.

Overall - It's all over the place with its flavors. The wood is only interesting on the nose. The smoke hinders it in the aftertaste.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Tolnik
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jake65 brought this to a pretty epic weekend tasting at Ditmier's house... Thanks to Jake and Eric! Reviewed from paper notes.

Standard clear brown for a Wee Heavy... head is shallow and leaves no lacing.

big and malty on the nose.. caramel.. "smells brown".. only hints of wood.

flavor is pretty thick blend of caramel and bits of roasty malts.. quite a bit of fruity esters show that make me think plums.. some vanilla from the wood helps bring out that fruitiness.

body is fairly thick with a low carbonation lends toward a smooth mouthfeel.

This was the first beer of the night, and I was a bit underwhelmed... yet.. a big thanks goes out to Jake for a brewery that I've never had before.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter. Pours a dark red amber with little carbonation, just a thin line of foam around the glass edge. Caramel malt and faint oak aroma. Caramel malt and oak, mild dark fruits and esters. Finish is somewhat dry with a an abrupt light bitterness. What flavors are there are pleasant, but seem subdued. ABV covered well by the flavors though. Pleasant, but not outstanding.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks for this bottle. This had actually been something I had all but given up trying to track down as I really had no luck at all for a couple of years, and low and behold one shows up on my doorstep! Nice surprise indeed. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/06/2009.

Appearance 4 - Poured out a nice and hazy brown color. Medium head of light tan on top faded quickly and left behind only a touch of lace. Nice touch clinging to the sides as well.

Smell 4.5 - First thing I noticed was a really nice touch of toffee and vanilla coming at me. Very full. Lots of caramel and rich malts just coming through the air. Nice touch of oak as well as it warms, nicely done I have to admit.

Taste 4.5 - As I take my first sip it immediate starts to warm me. Rich maltiness just overcomes all else. Caramel and toffee, butterscotch just rippling throughout every vein. Super smooth. As it warms it really becomes like a very rich and very sweet syrup. Light notes of oak floating around as well. Complex and yet scarily smooth.

Feel 4.5 - Very nicely carbonated and really a very full body for the style. I was again very impressed with how smooth it was and how consistent from beginning to end. Very smooth.

Drinkability 4 - A bit strong I have to admit even for me. Its says 9% but I have a feeling it may be a touch bigger. But other then that really very drinkable. The bottle was a bit big towards the end, but still no problems at all.

Overall 4.35 - Very nicely done here. I was very happy with the result and the barrel aging I think really accented the flavor wonderfully. I am very happy to be able to cross this one off the list and would look forward to getting another any day!

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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at uber awhile back, entered from notes

a: served in a snifter, the beer is a clear, reddish amber in color with an off-white head that shows good coverage to start but soon falls back

s: big malty nose with brown sugar, toffee, and nuances of peat smoke layered with vanilla and oak, dark fruits - black fig and raisin

m: body medium-full with a lower level of carbonation, creamy and smooth

t: closely follows the lead of the nose with a rich, malty body of black dried fruits, dark sugar, toffee, and a hint of peat, complimented with smooth vanilla, a quick touch of roast

o: been years since I had the standard scotch, so no comparisons, but the oak does well here by me, a tasty scotch ale with a good barrel character

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of weeare138
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog for supplying both this and the Fat Woody for a side by side tasting...
Appears a slightly hazy, dark amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, light smoked peat, toffee, oak, roasted nuts, raisins, and cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. I think the Fat Bastard would've faired better if I hadn't had it next to the Fat Woody. This one was more rounded and certainly more complex.
Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-sweet of caramel with compliments of the oaky vanilla kicking in.
Well done brew.

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

Pours a transparent dark reddish brown color with a minimal tan head that rapidly dissipates leaving minimal spotty lacing and a rather flat tan cap.

Aromas begin with plenty of sweet caramel malts, honey, brown sugar and hints if vanilla. As it warms I get some slight oak and toffee but a boat load more of vanilla with underlying roasted notes.

The tastes being much like the Fat Scotch ale did. Lots of caramel malts with some light brown sugar and a touch of peat/roasted malts. As it warms the vanillas becomes more apparent as do the light woody oak flavors. Maple and butterscotch flavors emerge and join the vanilla further adding to the complexity added from the oak aging.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. I wish the body was a little bigger here for such a low carbonation level. It drinks a tad too light for the ABV. Finish is neither dry nor slick; somewhere in the middle. Sweet maple syrup and vanilla flavors linger quite nicely on the palate.

Overall this was very nice. A tad too light and easy to drink too fast considering the higher ABV here. Much better than the Fat Scotch ale (base beer from same brewery, before they age it in American white oak). That beer drank way too sweet and cloying where the oak aging has helped to soak up some of those residual sugars, drying out the beer to an acceptable and much more enjoyable level. Not the best scotch ale or wood aged beer I have had by a long shot, but worth a go for the reasonable 7-ish dollar price point combined with the tasty overall flavor profile.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance – two finger head atop a clear- deep red-brown body.

Aroma – caramel, sweet, light stone fruits (plums and apricots mostly)

Taste – caramel and dark malts, woody, a little boozy, oak tannin aftertaste

Mouthfeel – full and rich, somewhat smooth

Overall – a good beer and the barrel aging did well.

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4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm rating higher than average, and maybe this has something to do with aging my bottle more than a year. This was excellent post-cellared. Smooth mouthfeel was a highlight, and so was the bourbony oak-aged flavor. I haven't been disappointed by anything barrel-aged by Silver City.

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass at nearly room temperature.

Look - very dark, and ruby held up to the light; medium head with decent retention
Smell - inviting toffee and raisin tones, hints of the bourbon
Taste - sweetish with the flavors as above, maybe some slight peaty-ness
Feel - quite smooth. This was the biggest surprise for me for this beer
Overall - a very strong showing. Maybe it hit me at the right mood, but I rate this very highly.

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