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RATINGS: 107   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Beautiful and rich scotch-colored body with only a ring of head. As advertised, a soft oak-wood nose and also light malting mixing to present a sawdust sweetness. Rich-full body that undulates over the tongue and palate with heavy viscosity. Deep, rich, Golden Promise grains, a ripple of sch\otch whiskey and light barrel woodiness. I am not the biggest fan of oak flavors in beers or wine, yet here, it is tempered and adds just a pleasant rustic woodiness, not the full blown bomb of oak flavors. Mild peatiness integrated throughout the beer as it airs and a hint of scotch nuttiness. Complex and exceptionally palatable for such an immense beer. More oakiness does breath out of the beer towards the end of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours reddish brown with a frothy off-white head. Malty nose with some oak and cinnamon. Very tasty. Lots of vanilla and malt, sweet and a little nutty. Would never guess this is 9.2% abv. So thick and creamy it lingers like a milkshake. Excellent way to end the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
22oz from riversideAK - thanks, Alex! Very soft and inviting nose, a terrifically mellow bourbon aroma that is very welcome considering the harshness of all too many barrel-aged novelties. Not having had the base beer, I can sense that itís a well rounded Scotch with malts that arenít too treacly and enough peat and smoke to give it the character I dig. The wood lends a pleasant vanilla to the beer that makes it so smooth and silky. I am really enjoying this complex beer. Docked a couple ticks only because itís too thin in appearance and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2138) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Oh my, pitch and sparklinh and dense aqeous (as opposed to particulate) body, tea and cola flavors meld with the wood, an herby clean cool spearmint element to it as well. Delicious. Softened but kept safe from oxidation and obvious destruction. Very pretty Thanks Andrť!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2008
draft @ collins pub - can i get a hell yea?!? this was one tasty brew; ruby amber with soapy tan head; a slight haze to it; lots of sweet vanilla from the wood, but to the point of dominating the base brew; thick and creamy and just a delight to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2008 deep brown pour and wonderful aroma of oak, caramel and roasted malt flavor with the expected hint of alcohol/scotch that is expected with the ABV, nice palate that goes well with their dishes, nothing but wonderful things to say about this beer, only had it on tap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Bomber shared with after4ever. Pours lightly hazy reddish brown with a lacy off-white head. Light aroma of caramel with a sweet and soft oak influence. Full body, chewy, with minimal carbonation. The taste is sweet and nicely matches the nose, with the oak complimenting the malt to the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Thanks to hopdog for supplying both this and the Fat Woody for a side by side tasting... Appears a slightly hazy, dark amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of vanilla, caramel, light smoked peat, toffee, oak, roasted nuts, raisins, and cream. Taste is of the mentioned aromas. I think the Fat Bastard wouldíve faired better if I hadnít had it next to the Fat Woody. This one was more rounded and certainly more complex. Mouthfeel is smooth, semi-sweet of caramel with compliments of the oaky vanilla kicking in. Well done brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6089) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2007
22, foiled. Pours deep, nearly opaque mahogany with rubied highlights. Thick dark tan moussy, sudsy head. Dense sheets of lace. Thick plummy nose: vanilla, dark pitted tree fruit. Medium to thick body, light carb. Sweet fruit, vanilla, caramel, and brown bread on the mid palate. Oaky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
22oz bottles acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka. Tasted side by side with the Barrel Aged version so notes will reflect the side by side tasting. Both versions poured a medium mahogany with a small sized off white head. The BA version was cloudy with the regular version being clear. They both had an earthy, peaty and caramel aroma (stronger in the BA) with the BA also possesing the expected aromas of vanilla, wood, and also a smokiness. The overall aromas of the regular were on the softer and subtle side. They both shared tastes of nuts, caramel, and earthiness. The BA also had wood, vanilla, smoke, and citrus. Overall the BA was more complex and enjoyable.

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