Serve in Thistle


on tap


Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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. IBU’s: 25 2008 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner 2006 North American Beer Awards Silver Medal Winner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
bottle from a trade....did not take accurate notes on this one but thoughts are very similar to that of mike’s below me. very little barrel coming through in either the aroma or flavor. an abundance of dark fruit, caramel, and a little vanilla. average mouthfeel at best....surprised to see such high marks for this brew. hmmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6502) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle and served in a snifter: Murky reddish brown with a initial large fizzy head but fades to a small ring of bubbles and left little lace. The aroma has notes of rich toffee and vanilla malts, marzipan, faint woody smoke, herbal grassiness and some dark fruits. The taste is surprisingly muddled with some dark fruits upfront and a layer of discombobulated sweet malts. This Scotch Ale has neither the pungent kick in the arse of peat or iodine... nor the bite of smoky scotch whisky. It simply just lays flat against the palate, too much vanilla and caramel overtones... Perhaps I got a bad bottle or maybe it is just me tonight but I found this to be one highly overrated beer. Sorry Jon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HungTuna (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Smokey malts with hints of mossy earth, toffee, burnt vanilla cream, and a prolonged pungent finish. I thought Boundary Bay had the corner on Scotch Ale, but no longer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Dark brown with a tan head. Light oak, vanilla, and light sweet chocolate and faint smoked malt effects. Flavor has lots of oak, vanilla, a little chocolate, the oak works great with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brune body with a tan head. Sweet malty scotch notes with a woody character and some dried fruit. Lighter peat notes and a light etoh warming. Very malt driven and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (901) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing. Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with an off-white ring. Aroma of malt, wood, pine, herb, grass, dark fruits. Taste is herbal, with grass, wood, malt, and dark fruits. Lingering sharp wood flavors. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2009
22oz bomber courtesy of SirChugsAlot poured into a tulip. Pours a dark clear copper with a small off-white head that recedes very quickly to a small collar and leaves little lacing. Aroma is very sweet with both the caramel malts of the underlying scotch ale and tons of vanilla from the barrel. There is also plenty of dark fruits and the bourbon is there as well, maybe even some bananas. The taste is a slight step up from the aroma as it isn’t overly sweet. It does start with the dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness with some figs and raisins, but the finish really brings out the barrel - vanilla and booze. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with the barrel really softening the carbonation and overall mouthfeel. This is a great Scotch ale that the barrel has really mellowed out and made into an extremely smooth and tasty brew. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2009
Bottle, from bvc. Pours coke colored brown with a minimal head. Aroma is malt, fruit, scotch/whiskey, and some oak. Flavor is malt, smoke, scotch, fruit, and oak. Medium to light body. More carbonation would improve it, but it is tasty as it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3581) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
22 oz bottle. Brown with a quickly dying beige head. Nose is toffee, peat, spiced raisin, clove and cola. Spiky carb but finishes a bit flat and thin. Taste is scotch, grape, butterscotch and wood. Nice dry, grainy alcohol finish. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
again thanks to WeeHeavySD for bring a sample of this gem. Wow. great aroma. Very sweet. Dark brown color. Lightly smokey. Very good.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7  8  9 10 11

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50