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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Draft at Capone’s: Poured a dark brown/black with a nice tan head. The aroma was dark fruits, bitter chocolate and coffee. The flavor was strong coffee, caramel and roasted chocolate. Overall, another beer worth drinking from Ommegang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
thanks for weeheavysd for sharing, a mild stout brewedin honor of the obongo inauguration. nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Had this from a growler at The Bruery thanks to WeeHeavySD, thanks man. Kind of a dark muddy brown color. A little bit bitter, like dark chocolate, very smokey aroma. Glad to have to tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Growler shared by WeeHeavySD at the Bruery (stopped by en route to the airport). Pours a murky brown with a small, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and a touch of smoke. Taste is chocolate with smoke and some sweet cherry syrup, wood and dark fruits. Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Thanks Jon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Growler sample thanks to weeheavysd. Beautiful brown color. Earthy tastes of leather, peat and smoke. Roasted malt and coffee in the background. Very tasty stuff indeed! Thanks Jon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Tap at GL. I’m glad I got to try this one before its gone. Pour is a muddy brown/black with frothy tan head. Aromas of smoke, peat, roasted malts, and coffee. Flavor is very smoky and coffee up front, and then finishes with caramel and roasty goodness. A very interesting brew that is well worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Growler via trade with The Beer Exchange, thanks dude. Pours black with a big stable tan head. Nose is full of sweet dark fruits and weirdly big almost bitter chocolate/coffee. Taste is sweet and rich and full of flavor with some nice cherries and chocolate and coffee. Nice brew from the boys of Cooperstown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Draft at capones. Pours a maroon brown body with a tan head. Dark coco, dark chocolate, dark fruits...wait did i say dark? Some light dark roast, chocolate truffle with fruit and some cherries. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Draft @ Capone’s. Darker brown color with a sweet and fruity aroma - a good amount of cherries, raisins, and brown sugar. Flavor has some mild chocolate and sugar, sour cherries, medium roast and assorted sweet flavors. This tastes like a really sweet & cherry infused dubbel with a bit of sweet stout. I dig this one - it may be a gimmick beer, but it still turned out pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Served on draft at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Glad to see this still available in a liberal-leaning town 6 weeks after the inauguration. A fitting tribute to what was a transformational moment for millions. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a large ran head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Taste is dark roasted malts, toffee, bitter hops, prunes, raisin and a faint herbal note. Full bodied with a sticky texture.

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