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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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What happens when Silver City brewers take a world class beer like Fat Scotch Ale and age it for over a month on American white oak? A completely unique and wonderful beer emerges. The slight peaty, intensely malty scotch ale and the complex vanilla character of the oak meld seamlessly over time to create, what we think is an exceptionally satisfying beer. Alcohol By Volume: 9.2% Hops: Nugget, Cascade Malts: NW Pale, Munich, Caramel, Peated, Black. IBUís: 25 2008 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner 2006 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 (Bottle, party downstairs at Falling Rock) clear copper, lasting creamy tan head. Nose of caramel, bit medicinal, funky, artificial cherry, and a used dish rag. Taste of artificial cherry, cereal grain, syrupy, wheat and rye. Well carbonated, syrupy body, cherry linger. Original rating: 6-3-5-3-12

Re-rate (22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) rich cherry brown pour with a ring of tan bubbles. Nose is dripping with caramel, oak, maple syrup, quite decadent. Taste of oak, a bit metallic, caramel, maple, and medium sweetness. Tingly carbonation, excellent linger. New Rating: 8-4-7-4-15.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9944) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 20, 2011
A: The pour is dark amber in color with a nice amount of carbonation and an off-white head. S: Fairly decent scotch ale aromas. Quite a bit of bread and toffee with some nice toasted malts and bread. A fair amount of vanilla along with mild smoke and oak notes. T: Things are pretty much the same flavor-wise. Sweet and malty with lots of toffee and caramel, toasted bread is there too. Perhaps a bit more vanilla than expected and some peat/smoke and oak flavors. M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation. O: Not really going to knock your socks off, but it was a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2093) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2011
Bomber shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Dark amber.
Aroma : Great wood and caramel. Great fruits.
Taste : Great sugar with nice caramel. Nice yeasty fruits. Nice wood too.
Overall : I really enjoyed this one. Not too heavy for a scotch ale. Nice balance between caramel and wood. Nice intentse caramel on the finish while being rather dry and not heavy. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Elegant oak adds complexity to this Wee Heavyís berry-laced caramel malts. This is not one of those over-the-top barrel-aging jobs; kudos to Silver City for being parsimonious.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brownish dark red.
-The caramel finish could be longer for my tastes.
-The body is quite lean for the style; this increases drinkability, but then again some looking for a rich Scotch-style Ale are not going to be completely satisfied with this one. This is drier than most Quebec examples...
-Hops add a touch of bitterness in the finish, but they barely succeed in making an appearance.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy amber with no head. Rich vinous and dark fruit aromas. Full bodied. Flavor starts oaky/vanilla, goes to sweet dark malt, and then thereís something like date/raisin/prune. A very little smoke towards the end. Finishes more sweet than dry, but far from sticky sweet. Oak at the end as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Thanks to hannont for the bottle. Pour is cola brown. Quite muddy looking. Fizzy tan head and no lace to speak of. Aroma is toffee, caramel, light Peat and nuts. Flavor is dry with plenty of residual bitterness. Sweet and malty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
manuchampions (1228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
22oz bottle from Bottlworks. Pours a cola reddish brown with tan head that reduces quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is woody caramel malt. Taste is underwhelming...the oaky woodiness combined with the caramel malt combines to form a flavour best described as egg-salad like. Crazy and weird and Iím fully aware Iím cutting against the grain of the high ratings this beer generally gets...but it ainít working for me. These two very dominant flavours just do not work together, they are in opposition. Maybe itís my general dislike of American Oak (hate it in Chardonnay as well). At least the finish is better, slightly boozy but more refined with lingering vanilla and sweet caramel...the woodiness is less apparent in the end which is merciful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Tap @ Parkway. Clear, root beer colored pour with a persistent short, white head. Fairly benign nose (woody as the ale warms) leads to a body that is very complex. A predominantly sweet, medium-heavy body with vanilla, caramel, almonds, chocolate and a well hidden ABV. The wood is subtle, as is the peat - which is how I like it. Finish is short and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Clear ruby brown color/ tan head. Vanilla, booze, toffee, mild peat smoke aromas. medium bodied. Sweet toffee vanilla caramel bourbon flavors with a touch of smoke---too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Amber pour with light white head and lace. Sweet caramel malt, toasted malt, and abv. Toasted sweet caramel malt, and brown sugar. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

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