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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Cloudy nutty brown with a big frothy head. Aroma of toasted malts and caramel with a hint of hoppyness. Bitter tingly opening with a strong taste of dark chocolate and hazelnuts. Mouthfeel is tingly and a bit thin on body, leaves your mouth dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2004 This was a nice ale. Had a smooth nutty taste. And just hoppy enough. Something I would buy again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2004
maybe I've had too many, but this beer smels like saw dust!!! Luckily it does not tast like saw dust. In fact, it is rather good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2006 January 2004: Bottled. Very clear light brown, little head. Light grainy aroma with just hints of hazelnuts. Earthy, moderately sweet flavors, thinnish finish. What to say? Not bad but probably won’t buy again. 6/3/6/3/12 3.0

October 2006, draught at Glarner Stube in New Glarus, WI: the nose is much more full, fruity-spicy cherry/hazelnut/chocolate notes with a touch of allspice, the mouthfeel rounder with lots of chocolate and light nutty oiliness, fat and juicy and very enjoyable. Rating used is for this sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Tasted at the brewery. Pours a deep amber brown with a nice head and some lace. The aroma nutty, malty, and sweet. The flavor initially comes in as sweet malt, then progresses into a very nice nut flavor. The palate is right for the flavor. Overall, I like this one and bought more for the hotel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 RERATE 12/26/03: I'm upping my rating after sampling another sixer of this. The taste is better this time around; more rounded and nuttier. ORIGINAL RATING: Orangish brown color & slightly cloudy. Medium head that laces nicely. Good initial maltiness & plenty of roasty flavors. Some hint of hazlenut in there but not as powerful as Berghoff's Winterfest Ale. Hops are on the light side but still make themselves known. Pretty decent depth. It would be very easy to put a lot of this stuff away in one sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6292) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Deep amber almost brown hue with small white head and some lace. The aroma hints of roasted malts, hazelnut, hayfield, light caramel, aromatic hops, and some citric tones. The taste starts sweet and dusty. A hit of twang and bitterness follows. The finish is dry wood and peanut. The mouthfeel is lively but thin. Good brown ale, very quaffable. I would like the malt to be stronger to counter the hop presence.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Very mild aroma. Slight malt, but I would expect more for a nut brown. Color is brown, but fairly light, also I would have expected the color to be a bit darker. Carb is good and a big head forms, but fades fairly quickly. Taste doesn't disappoint however. Nice malty sweetness, slight hops in the finish keep it from being overtly sweet. A nice dryness develops as you go that is like a slight woody taste. A great session beer, as a previous poster stated. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2262) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Sweet malty, chalky molasses aroma. Deep orange body with largish particles. Large, off-white head that is mostly lasting. Excellent frothy lace. Good, visible carbonation. At first impression, this is your every day Tom, Dick & Harry Brown Ale. However, there are subtle complexities that thrust it above the average entries in the category. Has a rich alcoholic haze that suggests it is more than the stated 5.5% ABV. A nuttiness emerges as it warms. This is a quality brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2003
And I though I was impressed with the Native Ale(brown) but this is a solid beer all around. Nice light syrup brown with a amber tone to its slightly hazy color, tall one inch cream colored head that recedes slowly to a thin skim always present and thin whispy web stings and patches. Aroma is dry and woodish, slightly sweet and roasty with a nice overlay of nuttyness, hazel and almond I make out pretty well but I believe there is more here then I'm cable of putting my nose to. But its a pretty nice whiffer either way you put it. Nice taster too, flavor is mild but stays long of a nice little roasty maltyness with some nutty factions of almond candybar and hazelnut. A super fine drying quality just keeps sitting there on your palate which is quite extraordinary. The dryness produces a nice little wood-like dryness with a small bready fluffyness thats really nice. Solid medium body, bold, nearly full in the middle, lightly creamy in a way near the finish along with all the nice little drying qualities, which I'm really digging about this beer. Subtle but flavorful with lots of things going for it. Another New Glarus winner! A session beer all the way!

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