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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%
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 13/20
Travlr (15912) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 21, 2010
From notes. Tap at Birreria Paradiso Jan 08. Pours golden yellow, medium white head. Aroma of malt, white pepper. Taste is malty, slight bitter finish. Easy to drink. Changed names shortly after this, if I remember corrctly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12119) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2009
(BCTC, draft) Medium tan head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, cherry, light funk. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy, light cherry. Smooth medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11160) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Obamagang
Date: June 10, 2009
Mode: Draft
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
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10513) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2009
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deeper brown color with red edges and an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, yeast, and some cherries. Tastes of chocolate, roast, cherries, caramel, and fruity. Lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9541) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Dark brown-black beer with a thin sticky white head. Aroma is lightly spicy with a soft estery nose. Lots of sweet plums and dates backing that up. There is a bit of soft cocoa and even a little bit of smokiness. Soft sweet maltiness with a lovely richness and a soft fruitiness. Sweet but not at all cloying. Light roastiness with a fairly spicy and estery yeastiness. Light bubble gum and cloves with a little bit of licorice as well. It’s sort of a mix between a stout and a dubbel, and a very tasty one at that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Draft notes from DRE. Pours blackish wih dark brown edges and off-khaki head. Nose is roasty dark malt, chocolate, cherry. Tastes dark malty, with a lof of cacao and dark choc syrup flavors, plus some spicy notes and a tart cherry/blackberry undercurrent. Complex and well balanced, this one was unique and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8485) - 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.

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