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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
I found the label interesting. Whereas most often I see people talking about their super-hopped beers with the "malt backbone", the label talks first about the malts and then says that the hops provide a backbone. This is a wonderful beer, though not really what I think of as a brown. A deep copper color, with some lasting off-white head. Rather perfume-like aroma, mild but more effervescent as it warms. Excellent flavors, nutty, caramel, and loads of toasty qualities. A mild bitterness plus a nice warming quality really put me in an aura of enjoyment. I think this beer achieves, as well as any American bottle that Iíve tried, all the qualities that an excellent British cask bitter sets out to provide. This is more carbonated (not intrusively), but it has all the rounded malts and zings and zags in the right places. Simply elegant, and excellent. (My wife really loved it, too.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: clear, caramelly-brown color, with a nice, off-whitish head. Aroma: nice, soft, creamy, a little sweet, but speaks of little else. No, I speak too soon...in time, more flavor develops in this nose, give it time and the tell-tale nut appears, the aroma fleshes out, yeah, now, itís working...no diggety... Good hops right up front, and big, chocolatey malt immediately thereafter...good, substantial mouthfeel, this felt very nice on the palate, great prescence, very nice. So many browns are meek and mild in flavor and body, so few display much in the way of taste and body, and the Fat Squirrel is a step in a better direction. I could drink a few of these, I could...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle. Typical brown ale looking. Taste is nutty and malty. Typical brown ale flavor, just done a little better than usual. Slight burnt wood flavor on finish. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewess (43) - Iowa, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Light coffee in color with a small creamy head. Aroma is of hazelnuts and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is a bit roasty with enough of a nutty finish and a bit of chocolate as to not be cloying. Hop flavor and aroma is subdued , as it should be in a nut brown. The finish is clean and leaning to a bit of dryness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours a deep amber with a white head with minimal lacing. Aroma is fruity and nutty. Flavor is caramel with some roastiness. The hops are mild, but I think well balanced. Finishes clean, a very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2006 White creamy average-sized lasting head with good lacing. Browned amber clear body. Milk chocolate stands out in the aroma with some pilsener-like hops and a nice floral feel. Earthy and nutty light chocolate maltiness in the taste, with again some light and smooth bitter hops... probably Saaz. Green olive burp... probably from the spicy garlic chicken wings I had earlier. Nice brown.... smooth and soft. 2006 GTMW; Real Ale tent pour from firkin, cask conditioned and unfined. Hazy brownish copper. Soapy white head. Thin, flatish fruity brown ale. Some chocolate, nice and smooth. Cask beers are great because I can always picture myself slowly relaxing in the smooth character of their body. This is no exception, and a nice beer for a real ale tent. (7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Bottle. pours a clear brown with a nicelight tan head. aroma of chocolate cashews, or something similar. roasted malt flavor than finishes just like it starts. there is some spicyness to this, peppery and a touch of vanilla. not bad. a good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2004
Might want to re-rate this, but I am not very impresssed. Nice color, nice aromas of nuts and chocolate, but the palate seems a little flat and Iím not getting a lot of secondary flavors. Nice enough session beer and much nice than a New Castle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Coppery brown. Fruity sweet malt aroma. Sweet nutty malt flavor. Finish is long and nice. Very well-balanced and quite drinkable. Merest hint of chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Bottle pours dark amber (kinda light for a Brown Ale), small off-white fizzly head, with plenty of carbonation but with below average lacing.   Malty and slightly nutty on the nose.   WOW, flavor is rather nice on this one.   Slightly sweet, nutty, malty and easy to drink.   Finishes clean and crisp.   Good mouthfeel too!   Probably one of the better Brown Ales that I have had.   Thanks goes out to batkins for the trade!

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