DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2003
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ewwwww, not very good, glad i only paid 68 cents for this bottle, but at least its like its american counterparts @ 7.1% ABV in its attempt to get the user drunk enough that he/she wont taste this. The Fat Weasel poured a light amber color but was totally honey gold in the light with a thin foamy white head. Medium to active carbonation level. The aroma had hints of banana, malt, grains, cloves, honey and hoppiness. The taste is where it truly got revolting..completely unpleasant and hard to drink in mass quantities. A strange thinness leads way to a grapefruity, banana, clovey, heavy alcohol (dude its 7.1%...why the hell am i tasting alcohol???) and an astringent apricot syrupiness....very gross!!!! Aside from a moderate aroma and a good buzz, i dont recommend this to anyone. Very unnatural sweetnesses and bittering sourness....im confused!!!
msutequilaman (84) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much head when poured, but the texture was very creamy and with a little swirling, a head formed and lasted till the last swig. Golden color. Very well balanced. Nothing stood out but the result was satisfying.
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber in color with a white head. nothing special, malty nose with malts in aroma. not too sweet. Good deal at Trader joes for 3.99$
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden color medium body and medium head. Bananna/fruity aroma slightly hoppy. nothing special.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
chicken pocks scattered the pretty massive off-white head that seemed to shrink as I watched..glimmering bronz in color..aroma spilled with baked bananas and whipped cream or scrambled eggs with sugar?..Eggish I must admit..took me a few sips before I could get anything..too cold i think...egginess flows into the flavor also...in mysterious ways I must say...like a recently collapsed liquor flavored Soufflé...maybe a gran marnier Soufflé without such an orange presence...If 7.1% abv is accurate, then it is very tame..but I do taste an alcohol presence...
MrRain00 (37) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very average ale. I don’t know that I buy a 7.1 abv, It certainly didn’t taste like it. Anyway, it was very middle-of-the-road. Not bad for a Sunday night before work beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Absolutely horrible! I can’t even describe the aroma. I really tried drinking this thing, but I just couldn’t stomach the whole bottle. Some nice citrus in the aroma, but this incredible urine aroma was almost covering it up. The color was a very uninspiring gold. The flavor was a little malty, a little grapefruit taste, but mainly the very bad urine factor going on. I guess I could’ve gotten a bad bottle, but I’m in no hurry to try another one of these.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but not great. A farily well balanced & uninteresting amber. Doesn’t taste like 7% to me.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium gold color, large head. Medium bodied ale. A malty and hoppy ale, malts slightly sweet. Fairly aggressively hopped. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is a little bitter. Taste is a trifle thin, but still a nice beer.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 Latest update 1/24/07. Our local Trader Joes has been out of this for several weeks now; I’m starting to worry. I drank my last bottle a few days ago and I have to reiterate my respect for this brew. It’s an amazingly good buy and has quickly become one of my "staple" beers.
ORIGINAL RATING: I picked up a ’six’ of this on a whim at Trader Joe’s. I wasn’t expecting much for the price, but was pleasantly surprised when I took my first taste--this stuff ain’t bad! It’s fairly ’malty’ with not a lot of hoppiness, but even for people who prefer brews on the bitter side of the spectrum (like me), Fat Weasel Ale tastes pretty darned good. I’ll be a repeat customer for sure...SECOND SAMPLE: Grabbed another six while visiting in-laws in the Chicago area. I’m going to revise my ratings upward slightly because this batch tastes even better than the first ones I tried. My beer-drinking buddy next door was positively amazed at how good this stuff is after I handed him a bottle over the backyard fence...amazing beer for the $$$