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Ommegang Inauguration Ale (Obamagang)



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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
The TTB won’t let us call the beer Obamagang on the keg label. So it will be known legally as Inauguration Ale 2009, but the tap handles will be more...um...direct. The style lies between a porter and stout, with a bit of Kriek and a touch of chocolate blended in. It will be on draft only, beginning with the inauguration - in limited areas including DC, NYC, Syracuse, Philly, Chicago and Boston. We will donate a percentage of sales to charities in the respective cities where the beer is sold, and we’ve asked our distributors to match our donations and pick the local charities. (Also please note that the beer is not an endorsement of Obama.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Dark chocolate brown body, light brown head, thick, good lacing S: Mostly chocolate, some toffee and caramel malt notes.. some hop bitterness is in there too.. didn’t notice any hints of alcohol in the nose. T: Not overly complex, but a nice balance of chocolate, caramel, toffee, piney hop bitterness... all of the flavors are not overwhelming and are soft and rounded M: Creamy, but not too heavy... smooth. O: Easy drinking dark belgian ale... nicely done, a shame that such an easy drinking beer will only be a one-off. [old review]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Bavarian Lodge. Pours a very dark brown with a light, thin tan head and some good lacing. The nose brings quite a bit of roast alongside some darker fruits, chocolate, and hints of coffee. The taste is really a nice combination of dry, roasted malt and a bit of semi-dark sweetened fruit. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and good carbonation. Drinks very well, and is a few of this style that I’ve had. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-19-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Sampled on draft at brewvival. Very dark brown pour with mahogany highlights and tan head. Sweet molasses nose with anise and brown sugar. Some cherry notes? Not as good as I had hoped, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2010
From notes. Tap at Birreria Paradiso Jan 08. Pours golden yellow, medium white head. Aroma of malt, white pepper. Taste is malty, slight bitter finish. Easy to drink. Changed names shortly after this, if I remember corrctly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Had this bottle a ways back but wanted to get my rating on here. A blend of stout, porter, and kreik. Shaved cocao and a bit or almond.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5698) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Milk chocolate and a strong chocolate syrup nose. Brown, thick, yellow head. Flavor is of chocolate covered cherries, but with the alcohol concealed. Dark chocolate finish. Much better than Chocolate Indulgence, which was a relative disappointment for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
draft at Brewvival. pours a hazy brown with hints of red and a dusty, beige head with slight lacing. aroma is very nice with roasted malts, black cherry, chocolate, almond, and hints of earth and sweet caramel. flavor is exactly what i’d expect from the porter+stout+kriek category with sweet, chocolate covered cherries, cocoa, a touch of hop bitterness, and light notes of coffee. palate is medium bodied, slightly drying, and highly carbonated with a bittersweet finish. overall, interesting and tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Dark pour with garnet hues. Brown head with drippy lace. Aroma. is roast, chocolate and cherry. Flavor is much of the same with notable hints of licorice and coffee. Finish is slightly dry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2010
BCTC 2009. Pours a hazy deep dark brown with a foamy head. Aroma is nutty chocolate, toast, roasted and burnt malts, a bit crackery and barley husk, hint of black cherry and pit, tannic with some sweetness, also earth and leather. Flavor is chalky cherry pit, tannic, leather earth dark roasted malts, toast, moderate caramel sweetness and some nuttiness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Pours an opaque dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, tart, dark cherries, alcohol, and some peppery notes. Flavor is chocolate, tart cherries, roast, caramel, and a bitter spicy finish.

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