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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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. IBUs: 25 2008 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner 2006 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2123) - Qubec 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 (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Elegant oak adds complexity to this Wee Heavys 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 (12959) - 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 theres 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 (1243) - 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 Im fully aware Im cutting against the grain of the high ratings this beer generally gets...but it aint working for me. These two very dominant flavours just do not work together, they are in opposition. Maybe its 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 (552) - 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 (6463) - 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 (5613) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle Thanks to Jake65. This was a very pleasant surprise. Pours out brownish amber topped with a very small head. Aroma was great lots of sweetness. Rich malts, wood, vanilla, caramel, and molasses. Taste was more of the sweetness. I love a good balanced sweet beer. Thanks again Jake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarinaMarket (233) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2010
The best beer I have ever had from Silver City Brewing. Definite variations between bottles, but man o man, most of them are fantastic! Great balance with a strong woody taste. So yeah, many brewers are jumping on the wood bandwagon, but I like most of them, and this one is no exception. Love the malts and vanilla, with a smack down of alcohol. I would love to try this on tap. Tasted from the bottle @ 58F.

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