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Ommegang Inauguration Ale (Obamagang)

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.)


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2009
chocolate flavors with a subtle musty, yeasty character, some smokey elements as well. interesting blend of flavors. the kriek is there if you’re looking for it. one to sip and savor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1684) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Draft taste sample at Big Z (in plastic). Dark brown/black with lasting thick tan head. Chocolaty yeasty aroma with hints of fruit. Rich chocolaty body, creamy texture, milld nutty bitterness and a hint of dry cherry fruitiness. Very very tasty and and surprisingly rich. We can only hope the Obama presidency is as well-crafted as this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Draft goblet at Lunar Brewing. Yep, first time visiting this brewpub I had a guest beer. Figured this is a one-shot deal, and the bartender said yes, they’ve only got a 5-gallon keg of this. Round, deep stout color, a creamy tan head that peeps above the rim of the glass. Had to sniff several times to get the scent of this: Belgian malt plus a little schawrzbier smoothness, all quite mild. First taste impression is of light coffee, but like a fata morgana, I find it hard to say what else I taste. Just really smooth, low alcohol heat. Now a bit of coriander, but no kriek sourness. Some other possible spices, like fennel or grains of paradise, but them maybe that’s from yeast. Notes of mocha now. Best description I can grasp is a Belgian stout with Guinness essence added. Some banana ester toward the end. Really complex and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
Draught. At Cole’s Rare Beer Fest, January 2009. Poured near-black, with a creamy and lasting tan head. Funky aroma, with licorice, cherry, blackstrap molasses and herbal bitterness - fairly dry, too. The taste followed - but stronger alcohol than you’d expect from 6.2% and the fruit and sweet malt tasted almost burnt. Average body, a little acidity on the palate to go with the dry yeastiness, decent carbonation, and a long, bitter, almost carbonized linger - very solid, more oomph than the Chocolate Indulgence.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
2009-01-24. Very dark brown-black body with a modest tan head. Sweetish aroma dark fruity notes, mild roasty touches, lightly dusty. (7+) Flavour is on the sweet side with just a touch of dry roast, sweet fruity notes and a light bitterness in the finish. (7+) Smooth medium bodied palate with pleasant carbonation. Solid overall, little bit quirky in the middle but quite enjoyable. Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo

Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed.

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility -- a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long, no longer apply.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6401) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 26, 2009
Coles – Rare Beer Festival
Appearance: quiet dark with brownish hints. Fine creamy head of beige shade. 3+.
Nose: Alcoholic wheat aromas, followed by brown hint, hint of bubble gum. 7-
Flavor/Palate : Frontal bubble gum , peanuts. Organic feel , lightly hopped with straight alcohol follow up. Blend of wheat and brown malts , roasted hints. Decently blended.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
Enjoyed on-tap at Coles. Creamy, fuller mouth porter-stout with kriek. Complex. The taste delivers what I didn’t get in the aroma. Dark colour, of course.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Growler from Big Z - pours a turbid dark brown, with a very thin ring of lace - the aroma is semi-smoky, with a bit of chocolate, a subtle cherry tartness, nuts, doughy character, a few bitter herbs, twiggy qualities - the flavor is initially sweet, with notes of chocolate, but a semi-herbal bitterness, smoke, leafy tobacco bitterness, and light peaty character come behind that - a little bit of acidity late, which must be from the kriek they blended in, because a cherry flavor is pretty apparent at that point - a little bit woody in the finish - this is an interesting and hard to pin down beer, which I guess is appropriate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Draft @ Cole’s. A brownish black, tan head. Nose is chocolate, cherries, some woodiness (probably from the yeast). Nice rich malt, unami (almost BBQ-esque). Flavor is cherry, woody malt, slightly astringent cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
Tap at Coles, dark brownish pour, with beige foam. nose is sweet but nice roastyness, a little fruit. flavor is choc, and some cherry tart flavor, really smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer.


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