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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 wonít 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 weíve 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/03/2009. Dark black body with a medium creamy tan had. Sweet roast, chocolate, and slight cherry aroma. Sweet roast and chocolate flavor with some dry bitterness. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Surprised to be able to find this on draft here finally at Cap Ale Innsbrook. Even more surprised to see that it has been apparently floating around for a while without me knowing about it. I need to get out more. In any case, pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights, slight head. Aroma is caramel and chocolate with some dark fruit. Flavor is quite a bit of cherry (didnít know it had the kriek added, makes sense), chocolate, and the faintest hint of roast, but without apparent roast bitterness. Faint spice on the finish. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (5688) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Location: Tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, 11/29/09

Overall Impression: The description of this one is quite good. Pours a dark color with a lasting brown head. Kind of a mesh of a stout and a porter with Belgian style components. Some chocolate, cherry, tartness. A nice beer overall, but not great. Didnít love it, but I enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Lots of chocolate flavors on the nose and tongue. Has a little more punch than a typical porter, but falls slightly short of a stout in my opinion, just as described. Medium bodied, easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Draft at Ommegang Dinner at Capital Ale House Midlothian on 11-4-2009. Really the only new one there of the 5 beers since I have a bottle already. Dark pour. Short beige head. Opaque, ruddy brown. Aroma is chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, tart fruit, and sweet malt. Taste is pure chocolate covered cherries along with sweet malts, caramel, light spice and tart fruit. Very tasty! Body is creamy with a medium-full palate. Light carbonation. Ends with more chocolate and cherries, spice, dusty yeast notes, tart fruit and sweet malts. Very nice. Glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
On tap at rattle n hum during beer week, ommegang night. Exactly as described... A blend of stout, porter, and kreik. Shaved cocao and a bit or almond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13231) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
(BCTC, draft) Medium tan head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, cherry, light funk. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy, light cherry. Smooth medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Tap at Harvest Fest. Pours deep brown with brown head. Aroma is chocolate and graham crackers. Medium bodied, and very smooth on the palate. Flavor is mostly chocolate with roasty coffee notes. Finishes sweet. I donít know about any kriek really being in there. Very good nevertheless. Shame this isnít sold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Chocolate with cherry notes both in flavor and aroma, nice dry finish, pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9984) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Draft notes from DRE. Pours blackish wih dark brown edges and off-khaki head. Nose is roasty dark malt, chocolate, cherry. Tastes dark malty, with a lof of cacao and dark choc syrup flavors, plus some spicy notes and a tart cherry/blackberry undercurrent. Complex and well balanced, this one was unique and enjoyable.

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