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RATINGS: 728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
100% Wisconsin malt of six different varieties impart the natural toasted color to the bottle conditioned unfiltered ale. Clean hazelnut notes result from these carefully chosen barley malts. Hops from Slovenia, Bavaria and the Pacific Northwest give Fat Squirrel its backbone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a dark toasted amber color with a slight amount of white head. Thin aroma of roasted malt and citrus. Body is a bit thin, and the taste is very similar to the aroma. It was OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frisbe60 (14) - Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2005
From the bottle. Good aroma of lightly roasted malt. Clear amber color. Head is of average size bubbles with little lace. Flavor is slightly thin. Not as flavorful as I hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Carmel nut aroma, amberish colr small head slightly fruity carmel malt taste,little bitterness in back. highly charged carbonation the disapates quickly. Another fine drinkable beer in a style that has brought forth 4 or 5 good ones this year

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with marinaro500 and footbalm, thanks Joe and Eric!) Leave it to New Glarus to take a boring style and make a top notch offering that leads by example. This is a great brown ale. Sweet, deliciously malty, caramely, very toasty, slightly roasty in the finish, with just a hint of bitterness. The nose echoes the flavor, but is just a bit less sweet and perhaps more roasty. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Light brown color is bordering on dark amber, but wow, talk about perfect clarity for a beer this color, itís absolutely crystal clear. The light tan head is fairly fizzy and quickly dissipates to a ring, leaving no lacing behind. Not my favorite brown ale, but definitely in the upper echelon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Poured a rich amber hue with very little head or lacing and a fruity cherrylike aroma. Light bodied, malty with light bitterness, caramely. Clean short finish. Not as good as I thought it would be, no bottling info that I could see.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade with 1FastSTi. Clear copper pour, thin white head fleeting in duration. Aroma is of mild maltiness with an odd apple? smell. Pretty boring flavor, though nicely balanced. Palate is thin and lacking in depth. Overall a somewhat boring beer in a very boring style category. I will say that there was some oxidation in the finish, so possibly not the freshest sample?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Dark copper with a thin, slightly off-white head. Same theme is carried into the flavor, which is also complemented with a very light sour fruit note. Medium body and nice bubbly palate. A simple beer done quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 10, 2005
12oz. bottle. Malty aroma, redolent of toasted whole grain bread and mild, milky coffee with suggestions of hazelnut, light brown sugar and perhaps some faint maple. Light-medium copper-brown in color, very clear for being bottle conditioned, and with a slight, fine off-white head. Flavor is moderately sweet up front, some faint honey and caramel, becoming roastier in the middle, plenty of nuttiness to be found and by the finish some lightly bitter, lightly spicy hop flavors and cocoa are made apparent. Very gently earthy and smoky late. Smooth and somewhat thin on the palate with a medium body. Certainly very quaffable. Obtained via a Madison connection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
12 oz. bottle. a rich, dark brown in color with a smallish tan head. mild blend of roasted malt and some nut flavors. well balanced and easy drinking. definitely one of the best brown ales Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11610) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Bottle from Vinnyís bar at La Crosse airport. Dark brown color with a medium thin beige head. Thin sheets of lacing. Aroma of malt and walnuts. Medium body with a roasty character, lots of nutty and malty flavoring. The finish is clean and sweet with more malt and nut flavors. I like it!

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