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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2009
On draught at the Sugar Maple tavern in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a creamy beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of banana, cherries, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Taste is full bodied, very complex with flavors of toasted dark malt, yeast, a hint of banana and some cherry. Finish is quite smooth and creamy with a semi-sweet chocolate and hint of cherry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2009
Draft (The Bavarian Lodge-Lisle)-Pours a dark black with some ruby tints. Aroma of cherry, chocolate, and slight alcohol. Flavors of cherry, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. This full bodied stout was quite tasty and well balanced. Also appeared a little tangy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2009
I wanted to try this beer ever since I heard about it... but it just never happened. But I persevered, kept my eyes on the prize and exhausted all my available resources. I kept telling myself, Yes I Can. On tap at Sunset, semi-transparent black body that brown at the edges. Very floral and bouquet like nose with a little dust in the background. Stout? This drinks more like a dubbel with strong yeast and banana notes, some peat and light fruit. Finishes almost sour with dry bready flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2009
[1965-20090124] Tap. A little smoky beef and mild roasted cola in the aroma. Hazy, dark dark brown black body with a long-lasting creamy tan head and thick lacing. Banana roasted malt flavour has a generic fruit background and mildly bitter butter. Medium-full body. Good.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -- Barrack Obama

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2009
BEER WE CAN BELIEVE IN, ok that’s done. Good stout, taste could be a little more assertive? Good brew though i’d have again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 1, 2009
Mini growler from Half-Time. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a large tanned brown head. Light roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and a little bit of hops on the nose. Chocolate, but not overpowering or super sweet. Hint of stone fruit, sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol. Finishes lightly with a little bit of bitterness and a touch more sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a bit of a tan head. Some roasted malt and a good bit of chocolate in the aroma. The flavor is pretty straight forward porter with a bit of cherry sweetness at the finish. Not bad but nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Honestly, as a resident of DC and having been at our newest President’s historic inaugeration I was sorta pumped to try this. Pours a deep brown, nearly black with a slightly brown head. Aroma is slightly malty, but also some dark fruits and maybe a touch of coffee. Flavor is also malty, some chalky dark chocolate, some light caramel and a little bit of nuts. Flavor is only slightly thick but fairly clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2009
on tap at Tylers Tap Room in Durham, NC on 3/21/09. a dark pour with an average tan head. aromas of chocolate, slight coffee and a bit of fruit. nice full body with roasted malts taking force up front. a good amount of bitterness on the back rounded out with some deep chocolate and a bit of cherry. solid beer from Ommegang... really glad I got to try this one before it vanished forever....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2130) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Dark brown / black with a brown heaad. Taste is like a chocolate cherry cordial dissolved into a porter. Easy drinking with a light, sour, slightly cloying aftertaste. A success . $6/pint

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