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The Fat Cat (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Fat Cat - Honey MildExcellent1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESBExcellent1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurExcellent1
Crouch Vale - Yakima GoldExcellent1
Adnams - Tally-HoExcellent1
Milestone - HomewreckerGood1
Green Jack - Mahseer IPA (superseded by 5.8% version)Good1
Fat Cat - Fat Cat BitterGood1
Fat Cat - Stout CatGood1
Williams Brothers - KelpieGood1
Fat Cat - Honey CatGood1
Fat Cat - Top CatGood2
Fox - IPAGood1
Fat Cat - Meow MildGood1
Otter - BitterGood1
Hopstar - Smokey Joe's Black BeerGood2
Green Jack - Summer DreamGood1
Winter's - Storm ForceAcceptable1
Woodforde's - WherryAcceptable1
Tipple's - GingerAcceptable1
Oxfordshire Ales - FinestAcceptable1
Fat Cat - Marmalade CatAcceptable3
Spectrum - Dark FantasticAcceptable1
Iceni - Cranberry WheatAcceptable1
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Adnams - BroadsideNot Tried0
Timothy Taylor - LandlordNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Greene King - Abbot AleNot Tried0
Kelham Island - Pale RiderNot Tried0
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Old OriginalNot Tried0
Adnams - RegattaNot Tried0
Arran (formerly Isle of Arran) - BlondeNot Tried0
Coach House - Gingernut PremiumNot Tried0
Brains - SA Gold (now 4.3% see separate entry)Not Tried0
Adnams - Southwold BitterNot Tried0
Millstone - Old HeadbangerNot Tried0
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Summer ZingNot Tried0
Greene King - Ruddles CountyNot Tried0
Adnams - Old AleNot Tried0
Milton - NeroNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk
Picture 2. The Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk

Visits Details

01 Sep 2012 (Blair)
It's been a long old while since I've been here, still a great pub but still has the same problem for me; they have all those beers on and I can never choose one!
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50ExcellentBeautiful strong ale.
Fat Cat - Stout Cat4.60GoodDecent stout, just a little thin in the mouth.
Fox - IPA5.20GoodWas expecting more but drinkable IPA nonetheless.
18 Jul 2012 (HSB)
A friend's seventieth birthday celebration so we had the separate room to ourselves.
Crouch Vale - Yakima Gold4.20Excellent
Otter - Bitter3.60Good
Green Jack - Summer Dream4.00Good
Green Jack - Mahseer IPA (superseded by 5.8% version)5.00Good
Oxfordshire Ales - Finest4.50Acceptable
01 May 2009 (Blair)
Good to be back in here again, it has a great atmosphere and great beer to boot. 28 ales on but strangely it's very hard to actually choose one, the list isn't exactly inspired. Grabbed a table in the side room and sank a couple.
Fat Cat - Honey Mild3.60ExcellentI really enjoyed this. A rich and sweet mild with lots of chocolate and a little honey.
Fat Cat - Marmalade Cat5.50GoodNice fruity ESB. Went down well.
22 Nov 2008 (Blair)
Wow! This pub is fantastic. We counted 33 ales on the go when we were in. It was so difficult trying to choose what to go for. Great atmosphere and great locals. I can't wait to visit Norwich again, just to come here.
Fat Cat - Top Cat4.70ExcellentI really liked this. malty and fruity, exceptionally smooth. Top Cat indeed.
Adnams - Tally-Ho7.00ExcellentOver a year olf apparently. Very nice. Lots of rasins and brown sugar. A little tartness. Top stuff.
Spectrum - Dark Fantastic3.50AcceptableNot fantastic in my opinion, in fact fairly ordinary. Dark ad sweet. Not much else.
Greene King - Ruddles County4.30Not Tried???
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80Not Tried
Fat Cat - Fat Cat Bitter3.80Not Tried
Fat Cat - Stout Cat4.60Not Tried
Adnams - Old Ale4.10Not Tried
Milton - Nero5.00Not Tried
Fat Cat - Marmalade Cat5.50Not Tried
27 Jul 2007 (Ian)
We walked back towards our B&B and stopped off at the Fat Cat as the Jaipur IPA was supposed to be on. It wasn't raining, which was the first time I've been and it hasn't been pouring. There were lots of smokers outside which meant we still got a seat on a Friday night around 9pm
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90ExcellentGood, but colud be hoppier and a bit too cold. Mind you, I still had a pint and a half of it.
Williams Brothers - Kelpie4.40GoodBlack, lasting beige head. That is an arresting beer. Liquorice stout aroma. Good condition, distinctive spicyness on finish. It's a slightly sour, liquorice stout with a dry spicy finish. No real saltiness. Fine and definitely interesting.
26 Jul 2007 (Ian)
It is a bit of an odd pub. It can feel a bit transient. However, we sat chatting with a local couple who were very nice and also with the landlord. Good range of beer, but also with a very safe standard range of beers too. Still if I had this pub round the corner, I really wouldn't be complaining. Andrew and myself took some time here, drinking fairly slowly.
Hopstar - Smokey Joe's Black Beer5.20GoodBlack, thin beige head. Really quite a complex beer. Fennel, bitter choc, espresso coffee, quite sour and lactic in mouth, liquorice and this amazing lasting finish that doesn't stop. No real hop presence. Pretty intense.
Fat Cat - Honey Cat4.30GoodGold, lasting white head. Quite full in mouth. Little bit of sweetness from the honey. Good hop on end. Good use of English hops. Quite perfumed and fragrant. Very drinkable. I liked it a lot.
Fat Cat - Meow Mild4.30GoodDark ruby, disappearing beige head. Decent choc and damosn aroma, not a lot of condition, very good choc and blackberry/sweetish black cherry flavour in mouth. Smooth choc finish. Fine and the choc/fruit is good.
Milestone - Homewrecker4.90GoodIt was advertised the first night as Headbanger, but it changed on the second day to Homewrecker and that is what is on so it is good enough for me. Ruby colour, thin beige head. Good dark malts, like a strong dark mild, quite lively in mouth. Surprisingly good. Very choccy, a little one dimensional, doesn't drink 4.9%
Winter's - Storm Force5.30AcceptableHazy copper, disappearing beige head. Fruity strong bitter. Tangerine, orange fruits. Bit of tea. Really rather good veg/hop finish. Pretty good
Tipple's - Ginger3.80AcceptableDeep gold, thin white head. This has got a lot of ginger in it, a lot of stem ginger flavour on finish. Rest of beer is pretty light. It's fine and if you like ginger you're gonna like this.
Fat Cat - Marmalade Cat5.50AcceptableAmber, disappearing head. It's got quite a syrupy golden syrup flavour, bit of demerrara sugar. Decent hit of hop on finish. Quite full in mouth. A strongish golden bitter. I really like the hop on the finish.
Iceni - Cranberry Wheat4.10AcceptableOrangey/red colour with lasting thin pink/white head. Not a huge aroma. Some cranberry fruit in mouth. It's alright. Not much cereal. Some hop presence on finish. It's fine.
26 Jul 2007 (Andrew)
This pub has a massive range of beers. However, most were major regionals. Due to the smoaking ban most people were outside so we got a seat near the bar.
Fat Cat - Fat Cat Bitter3.80GoodPale orange gold. Good marmalade body with sharp earthy hops on the finish
Woodforde's - Wherry3.80AcceptableTired
Fat Cat - Top Cat4.70AcceptableRich sharp syrup with earthy hop and burnt sugar edge.
Fat Cat - Marmalade Cat5.50AcceptableDeep orange brown with good head. Overpowering burnt sugar with hint of whisky.
Hopstar - Smokey Joe's Black Beer5.20AcceptableSmells of milky coffee. Sweet sour bite with fenel, coffee and milk. Too cloyingly sour milk for me.
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Adnams - Broadside4.70Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ESB5.50Not Tried
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Greene King - Abbot Ale5.00Not Tried
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Not Tried
Everards (see entries against Joule's & Robinsons from now on) - Old Original5.20Not Tried
Adnams - Regatta4.30Not Tried
Winter's - Storm Force5.30Not Tried
Arran (formerly Isle of Arran) - Blonde5.00Not Tried
Coach House - Gingernut Premium5.00Not Tried
Tipple's - Ginger3.80Not Tried
Brains - SA Gold (now 4.3% see separate entry)4.70Not Tried
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70Not Tried
Fat Cat - Honey Cat4.30Not Tried
Fat Cat - Meow Mild4.30Not Tried
Iceni - Cranberry Wheat4.10Not Tried
Millstone - Old Headbanger4.80Not Tried
B&T (Banks & Taylor's) - Summer Zing4.60Not Tried

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About The Fat Cat

The pub sign. The Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4NA.

Long thin pub L-shaped pub. The central bar holds a number of hand-pulls with a large 'gravity' room behind it. CAMRA National Pub of the Year in 1998 and 2004.

We have visited this pub 17 times, seen 121 different beers and tried 36 of them.

Map location

Postcode: NR2 4NA