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RATINGS: 733   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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3.7
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2010 On tap at the Hotel Trempleau. Brown with a white head. Strong toasted nut aroma and flavor. Rich, sweet, and strong. Color is the darkest edge of amber to brown. UPDATE 11/29/10: In the bottle. color seems more of a reddish amber than I last remember. Strong nuttiness continues. A finishing mild bittering palate. Lots more sweetness to this. Almost a lactose sweetness. Big hazelnut at warming. Not a thick beer, but the huge sweetness deters you from wanting more than one.

3.6
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Pours a clear light brown with a small white head that quickly diminshes.The smell gives off a caramel sweet scent that is reminiscent of a candy bar. Flavor has a nutty aftertaste but in between there is a sweet caramel nut flavor. I don’t think I could think of a better name for this brew.

3.6
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Pours a deep clear amber w/ a frothy, sticky head. Aroma is nutty and chocolaty. Flavor is chocolate cookie with some earthy hops. Med. body. Clean ferment. Med-low bitterness.

3.6
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Sampled from a bottle. It pours to a thick white head that disapates fairly quickly to a rocky patchy slick. So-so lacing atop the brown body. The aroma has TONS of concentrated roasted hazelnut aroma. Light hint of burnt caramel. Perhaps a bit too roasted nuttiness for my tastes. It smells good but is overpowering. The flavor is different than I would have expected given the aroma. Lightly chocolatey, hugely nutty. Grilled sourdough bread. Dry roastiness. Not too shabby, but I’m still not a big brown ale fan. I’d have to say, however, that this is well done. Fairly complex. I definitely get the Bavarian hops in the flavor. The palate is smooth, creamy, a touch of dryness. Worth trying...

4
twindadplus2 (714) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Medium brown with a nice light brown head. Good nutty, malty aroma. Taste is Nutty, with caramel and roasted malts. Smooth, dry finish with just a hint of bitterness. A very good brown ale, right up there with Rogue’s Hazelnut Nectar but not quite as full bodied.

4
badgerjason (14) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 Great tasting brown. Not much head. Tastes great, pours great, smells great. My new favorite.

3.1
blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottlle shared with GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of jerc. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with an average white fizzy head. Very mild nutty malt aroma, couldn’t detect any hops. The words "Nut Brown" scared me off a little but this was quite pleasant -- it did indeed taste like a "Nut Brown" but a good one, which in my experience has been hard to find. Not great but a decent, enjoyable beer.

3.5
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours reddish-brown. Little head. Smells of caramel malt with a slight nutty smelll. Taste is of roast, chocolate, hazelnut. Best brown ale I’ve had.

3.9
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of jerc. Dark amber-brown colour, very nice looking. Aroma is nutty & roasty, with notes of coffee, toffee, and the faintest hint of soy sauce. Flavour is rasty as well, with some malt and chocolate, and a long, dry, nutty finish. Interesting stuff, really nice!

4.1
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
Alright, the good stuff in the evening’s tasting, thanks to Jerc for sharing some of these! Dark brown pour, big slightly off white head. Nice nutty root beer like aroma. Medium body, avoids the watery trap so many North American Browns fall in to. Solid malty brown ale malt taste with a good dose of nuttiness at the end (it really lingers). Excellent, one of the best browns I have ever had.


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