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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 IBU’s: 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (411) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2014
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 Bottle (22oz): This is my current favorite Scotch Ale. Smooth and not to boozy.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone Update: Was rated 4.4 now 4.2. Update (4/11/2015) Was 4.2 now 4.1. Just adjusting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (436) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2014
On tap at Seattle Tap Room at SeaTac. Brown with ruby edges. Very thin tan head. Aroma is subtle - some sweet, but dark ripe fruit on the nose, sweet with a hint of tartness. Taste is sweet with a lot of the dark ripe fruit flavor coming forward along with toffee. Peat and smoke also present. Body is medium, mouthfeel is slick. Good scotch ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5816) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This looks like a cola. An earthy and malty aroma. That is tasted along with toffee, and soft fruit. A little whiskey. Moss and brown sugar. The earth is kind of lichen and mushrooms. Earth is the after taste but it is accompanied by brown sugar and lichen. I don’t love this style at all so my rating will reflect that. It did have a rich smooth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3925) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Shared tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a dark ruby red with a robust foamy tan head but no lacing. Nose is very malty with some ripe fruit. Medium in body. . Flavor is a very smooth and rich malt and there is vanilla, smoke or peat, and a hint of bourbon. Alcohol is well hidden. There is a little bitterness in the finish that works with the rich malts. This is quite a beer but almost overpowering. A sipper for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at Seattle Tap Room (Sea-Tac Airport)
Brown color, dark and clean, with small creamy head. Nutty beer, full bodied: good caramel component, with moderate sweetness; the aroma is too simple, the flavor quite nice; light fruity esters complete the picture in a pleasant way; correct bitterness. Could be mistaken for a Doppelbock as it’s very clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3434) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2014
924 yen, on tap for a half-pint at Bakujun. Dark red almost onyx pour with a thin filmy beige head. Fruity plum, rich sweet malt aroma. Smooth slick but med-light body. Sweet malty beer, berries, caramel, toffee flavor. Very drinkable. My overall impression is this is an incredibly smooth scotch ale, well put together with no hint of the ABV it is packing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2365) - 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 (611) - - 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 (1931) - 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 I’ve ever had the pleasure of consuming. (And I’ve 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

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