River Trent Brewing Co Fat Weasel Ale
We had hoped for a better beer when we picked up this whimsical bottle, and at 7.1% abv, we figured it would be a strong one too. However, the Fat Weasel was more like a Skinny Squirrel.
Aroma: Smells like malty apple juice, and is very light in scent. Some other light fruitiness as well. No discernible hoppiness.
Appearance: pale honey color with heavy, visible carbonation. Head was very light, and what little there was dissipated quickly.
Flavor: This is a rough tasting ale, some fruitiness on the palate, but almost no hops. Maybe my love of I.P.A.’s gives me a bias, but I find this similar to American lagers in hoppiness. The malts are almost cloying, as it it wasn’t completely fermented when it was bottled.
Mouthfeel: Excessively heavy. The fat weasel definitely stayed fat in the bottle.
Overall Impression: This fatty is really that. It is a fat ale without the hops to balance out the flavor properly. I can’t say it is a bad beer, because I can see where some beer lovers will enjoy this brew, but it just doesn’t happen to be one of my favorites. We think an actual weasel might brew a better beer.
(It was the name and the fat weasel in a Hawaiian style shirt that got our attention.)