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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2009
On tap at Blue Dog Chalfont. Dark brown color with a tall beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and hops. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and hints of cherry. A porter-stout hybrid in consistency. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Draft at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Deep brown with a beige head. Roasty aroma with fruity sweetness. The flavor has some cherry like fruity sweetness up front, chocolate, and some roastiness in the finish. Well balanced, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3754) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
On tap at Lunar Brewing, Villa Park, Il. A dark brown pour using a snifter,with a little mahogany in the color. The head was off white and foamy, with dense, clinging lace. Roasted malt, very mild sweetness as dark fruit and a touch of yeastiness. The flavor added just a hint of cocoa and hop bitterness. No dominant notes, just a pleasant, balanced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Tap at Hop Devil. Minor peanuty, wheaty nose, a very light touch of wintery hops. Some evergreen in the flavor accents what is mostly a peanut-brittley flavor, with maybe just a touch of kriek, but I probably would not have noticed that had I not read the description. Easy drinking but very indistinct and just kind of dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2009
On tap at Coles in Buffalo NY. Pours a deep brown with light red hues. Aroma reminds me of some fruit forward red wines. Tart cherries, kriek funkiness aroma. Taste is sour & tart cherry, chocolate, roasted malts. Pretty smooth drinking & enjoyable. Definite signs of Belgian yeastiness & character

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2015 Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans, and light cherry. Taste of roast, light smoke, chocolate, and a touch of cherry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Draft into tulip. Pours black, with a big, pillowy brown head that lasted. Aroma is round and roasty, smooth cocoa, dry, bit of cherry under there but not very prominent. Flavor is dutch cocoa, dry and slightly bitter, alongside a bit of a sharp cherry note; almost sour cherry, but it’s hard to pull the cherry note out from the roasty dryness and the yeast. Fairly sharp bitterness at the back of the palate near the finish - dry, seems like the slightly tart sour note and the roasty bitterness meld with a dry hoppy note and maybe a bit of yeast and end up dominating the palate. A lot going on right before the finish. Finish is roasty, bit dry, with just the barest hint of residual cherry. Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, fluffy, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of chocolate, cherries, roasting, and Belgian yeast. Poured black with a slight caramel/amber hue and a huge, dense brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of chocolate, toffee, cherry, Belgian yeast, light wood, slight tar, slight caramel, and cardboard. Medium to full body. Tingly, then sticky, dry texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, chocolate and yeast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Massive head, probably because the beer just came to the bar. Aroma is toasty with some cherry notes. Flavor is chocolate and cocoa with some Belgian yeastiness. Pretty dry finish.

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