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RATINGS: 734   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
100% Wisconsin malt of six different varieties impart the natural toasted color to the bottle conditioned unfiltered ale. Clean hazelnut notes result from these carefully chosen barley malts. Hops from Slovenia, Bavaria and the Pacific Northwest give Fat Squirrel its backbone.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Bottles "trucked" in from Wisconsin from a friend.

Nose of fresh sweet bread. Red amber body with a thin white head with light lacing. Initial taste is malts with hints of roasted nuts and a nice crisp, sharp hop taste - Amazing crispness for a brown ale. Nice balance of malts and hops. After taste is a nice subtle hazlenut.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Bottle. Chestnut colored with a small finely bubbled off white head. Smells like...well.. roasted nuts, of course. Sorry for not being more creative. Slight hop note in nose, but no fruitiness. Tastes so much like there is hazelnut extract in there somewhere, but there isnt. Amazing what quality toasted malts can do. Just a slight hint of fruitiness in the flavor. Slight sweetness doesnt linger past the dry roast finish. Good hop balance. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Nice nutty aroma. Decent brown color with an off-white head. Has a wonderful nutty flavor to it. Decent body and carbonation. Overall, this is a good ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle, amber in color, small head with minimal lacing, nice aroma of roasted malt, follows through in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Golden amber pour. Lively carbonation. Slight walnut/hop mix aroma. Smooth nutty flavor, but a burned/roasted nut finish grows. No real strong hop presence. Probably woudnt have again, but a good drinkable ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This beer offers an aroma that resembles roasted hazel nuts. It is a caramel brown color that has a decent head. This beer enters the mouth heavy yet smooth. It has a mild bitter nutty taste that lingers well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a dark toasted amber color with a slight amount of white head. Thin aroma of roasted malt and citrus. Body is a bit thin, and the taste is very similar to the aroma. It was OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frisbe60 (14) - Spring Green, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2005
From the bottle. Good aroma of lightly roasted malt. Clear amber color. Head is of average size bubbles with little lace. Flavor is slightly thin. Not as flavorful as I hoped.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Carmel nut aroma, amberish colr small head slightly fruity carmel malt taste,little bitterness in back. highly charged carbonation the disapates quickly. Another fine drinkable beer in a style that has brought forth 4 or 5 good ones this year

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3061) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with marinaro500 and footbalm, thanks Joe and Eric!) Leave it to New Glarus to take a boring style and make a top notch offering that leads by example. This is a great brown ale. Sweet, deliciously malty, caramely, very toasty, slightly roasty in the finish, with just a hint of bitterness. The nose echoes the flavor, but is just a bit less sweet and perhaps more roasty. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation. Light brown color is bordering on dark amber, but wow, talk about perfect clarity for a beer this color, its absolutely crystal clear. The light tan head is fairly fizzy and quickly dissipates to a ring, leaving no lacing behind. Not my favorite brown ale, but definitely in the upper echelon.


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