yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ommegang Inauguration Ale (Obamagang) is a hazy brown ale with a thin, dense brown sugar-colored head. The retention and lacing is very good. It smells like chocolate and coffee, a little leafy and sweet, like molasses. It’s medium bodied with a mineral texture. The finish is a little astringent. It tastes quite chocolaty and it’s well balanced with a pretty green hop bitterness. It’s a good, sturdy stout.
[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers’ Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy muddy brown with a light tan head. What a stout should look like. Nose was full of sensual cocoa with hints of holiday spice and, well, silky smooth chocolate. Nice, what I would call, belgian stout flavors...like, I get a bit of some banana-like yeast esters under those silky chocolatey goodness. The hops, and they’re there...are 100% balancing the chocolately malts...not non-existent like some cheap stouts and not overly hoppy like all the bullshit west coast stouts...just perfectly balanced. I dug it fo sho...though it was one only a few decent beers at the flour city brewers fest in rochester and I had been drinking piss before and after it....I still think it could stand pretty firmly on its own.
Lubiere (12573) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown stout with a thick creamy moka head. A pleasant aroma of cherries, chocolate, lightly sour, with a light funk, very classy. In mouth, a nice bitter choclate with light Brett notes, cherries, medium bodied. Tap at BCTC 2009
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at BCTC 2009: Near black pour with a tan film of head. Chocolaty aroma meshes with mild roast and a subtle hint of cherry juice. Nice velvety texture. Nondescript roast in the flavor. Some apparent dry cocoa and a hardly notable note of cherry juice. One dimensional and underwhelming.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is rich and chocolaty with hints of dark and tart cherries. Flavor is much the same. Chocolate covered cherries mixed with roasted malts and coffee. A bit thin for a stout and the aftertaste is very lightly tart. Glad I was able to try it.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap @ Johns Creek TacoMac. Dark brown pour, light brown head, purple lips. Aroma of freshly baked brownies. Very much like the Chocolate Endulgence. Hint of fruit. Flavor is of a nice roasted malt, slight coffee, hint of cherry. Thin textured, full flavored, medium bodied. To be honest, take a taste of this beer now while it is here. I don’t see it being around for long... hopefully like his term.
abcfan (891) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome brew. Tastes like a box of chocolate covered cherries. A must try.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: June 10, 2009
Source: Taco Mac, Old Milton
Appearance: black, fint tan head with frothy edges, bits of lace
Aroma: chocolate aroma with a light cherry tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of chocolate powder character, light sweetness helps to bring out the chocolate, just a hint of the cherry tartness in the finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
WVHouseofBeer (1011) - Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Ommegang brewery. Pours dark brown (not completely black), with nice tan head. Very heavy chocolate aroma, and tastes sweet and chocolatey with a hint of coffee. Medium bodied, a touch on the lighter side for the style. It was introduced to me as a porter when I had it, but its likeness to a stout is also very apparent as noted in the commercial description. This is a great unique beer thats definitely worth a try.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Aroma Thyme. Very similar to the Chocolate. A faint fruit essence. Pretty good balanced flavor with coffee and chocolate and drinkable but not worth what they were charging. $7 for like 10oz. Crazy.