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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Born of humble beginnings and of Scotch Heritage, Fat Scotch Ale quietly arrived one winter day at Silver City Brewery in 2001. Exceptionally smooth and malty, with a touch of peat character, Fat Scotch Ale legend quickly grew. Today, Fat Scotch Ale stands astride the brewing landscape a behemoth brew, uncompromising and an avoidable. Alcohol By Volume: 9.2% Hops: Nugget, Cascade Malts: NW Pale, Munich, Caramel, Peated, & Black IBUís: 30 2011 North American Beer Awards Bronze Medal Winner 2009 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner 2007 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner 2006 World Beer Cup Silver Medal Winner 2006 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner 2004 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner 2003 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner 2003 North American Beer Awards Gold Medal Winner 2002 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (1727) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chris, my PNW hookup! Brown, slightly reddish pour with a nice tan head. Roasty malt nose - smelling more sweet than the beer actually tastes. Malty and complex without being too sweet and cloying. Some bitterness on the finish as well. This might be my favorite example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LarryBeast (536) - - JAN 31, 2014
On tap at Brooklyn. Solid scotch ale with noticeable peat and liberal booziness. Malt-heavy, richly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1813) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Even, glassy red/black. Aroma is sweet, worty and alcoholic. Taste is a very suave, refined version of the aroma, with black cherry and bourbon notes. $6/22Oz

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Menofthesea (4) - - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 This. Beer. Is. Amazing. Poured from a 22oz bomber I snagged from Trader Joes in Bellingham into a Innis & Gunn thistle, it is a beautiful deep red/brown with a small off-white head. Looks similar to a cola or root beer. Aroma is full of malt sweetness, with toffee, caramel and brown sugar notes. A hint of smoke and slight spice and booziness, as well as sasparilla (maybe?) Taste follows the nose wonderfully with big, sweet malts dominating the palate. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar coming on all at once. The smokiness that appeared shy-ly on the nose is much more evident here, playing nice with smooth fruity characteristics of raisins and prunes. A slight bitterness is also present, and no hop flavor is detectable. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden, if I had to guess from a blind tasting I would put it around 6% but it is a whopping 9.2%. As it warms the raisin, prune and alcohol become a bit more prominent, as well as another flavor that is hard to discern. (Almost a sort of nuttiness) The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sticky with medium-low carbonation that compliments the flavor profile nicely. Overall, probably the best scotch ale Iíve ever had the pleasure of consuming. (And Iíve tried very many) It remains complex and flavorful in a style of beer where it is all too easy to become one dimensional. Definitely one of my favorites. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corpsuckle (101) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Scotch being one of my favorite styles and Silver City being a local brewery... I really hoped I'd love this one! Unfortunately I only liked it. Probably won't buy it again as there are so many other really good offerings of the style out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours dark brown, huge light tan head. Smell big smokey licorice and caramel, brown sugar. Taste big malty, lots of toffee and brown sugar on the finsh Big, robust Great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (754) - Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma malty, a touch of sourness and smoke. Taste initially quite sweet, almost a candy character, then mellows out to a more typical scotch ale maltiness with slight smoke. Palate slightly thick. Finish clean with slight hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ontbeertaster (2345) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2013
Bottle, pours a dark brown reddish, carmel taste, a light smokiness and overall refreshing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1349) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Wee Heavy lite! Super nice Scotch ale. Incredibly dark copper pour. Malt notes are a little sweet and a lot caramel. Picking up some vanilla perhaps too. Lingering sweetness. Robust ABV at 9.2%, but not boozy, just warm. Recommended! B+/A- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HKAndy (16) - JAPAN - JUN 9, 2013
Draught at Devil Craft Tokyo. Itís a great attempt at a scotch.really strong brown sugar. Sweet aroma. Just is too cloying compared to its rivals. Starts getting really annoying within the pint. First beer: half pinter.

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