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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
We brewed our 2009 version of our Scotch Ale and will be tapping on ObamaNight (Jan 20, 08) as InaugurAle. We have slightly altered the recipe from last year, marginally increasing the amount of peated malt and using the traditional ingredient of roasted barley (just a wee bit)... we removed a dark caramel malt and replaced with a special malt that should also contribute well to the overall character. As always, we use plenty of Scotlandís finest Golden Promise as well as our Wisconsin base malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (12729) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted malt sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. A solid sweet brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2010
It is not that often you run into a really good malt-centric American brewed ale and when you do, itís a treat to be sure. The color here is a nice amber, maybe slightly darker than amber w/ only a small head. The nose is deep and complex. Thereís a hint of smoke, a bit of roasted coffee, a bit of caramel and some toffee. Nothing really takes the lead; itís just a nice mix, gentle but complex. The flavor is similarly subdued w/ toasty notes coming out more and more, a good deal of sweetness and just a touch of hops to balance. The palate is thick but not too heavy and the finish is a bit sugary in a way that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. I am not normally a big fan of beers labeled as Scotch ales but this one is really something, a well done brew by one of the better Wisconsin brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing Amber brown with a small White froth. Aroma is very earthy malty sweet caramel some peat and spicy notes. Very soft sweet and a touch boozy. Flavor starts with a soft sweet candy note, some caramel and toffee. Picks up some peat and wood character before a soft bitter and slightly dry finish. Medium body and a moderate crisp carbonation. A decent Scottish ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Gift from bro. Pours a robust reddish brown with practically no head. Nose isnít very intense, but is sweet and smoky with some sour maltiness. Slightly sour at first which fades into sweet scotch and finishes with warm malt. Palate is medium to full bodied (and surprisingly so) but could be a little smoother. Not the best scotch ale Iíve had, but still quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Taster @ Brixieís. Pours slightly hazy brown. Not a ton of aroma, caramel, slight hops. Sweet and the alcohol and flavor is actually a touch harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Notes from 11/27/2010 12 oz. bottle from Woodmanís Madison Ar: Toasted hazelnut, smoke. A touch of pine resin. Ap: Cloudy orange-brown, 1" pillowy head. Leaves nice 1/4" fluff. Great lace. T: Not as much malt sweetness as a typical scotch ale, nice hop bittering on the finish. P: Medium-thick, sticky body, high carbonation. O: A bit different from the other scotch ales Iíve had, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2844) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On tap at Tyranena, pours a dark clear amber with a nice head and lacing, aroma is of malt and a hint of schoth, the taste is of sweet malt with scotch and a hint of chocolate, very balanaced and good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rubbishystuff (2149) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Nice stuff. Caramely and a tiny bit peaty. Pretty drinkable for the strength. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a fluted glass at Goose the Market in Indy. Deep brown at the edges faded to grapefruit at the center, and the thin tan head quickly faded though never quit disappeared. A bit of lacing lingered as I drank this down, pausing frequently to savor its long, pleasing finish of peat, whisky, and alcohol burn. Lighter in body and flavor than many in this style, this was one of my favorite Scotch ales, although that might reflect my indifference to the style as much as this beerís excellence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
12oz btl. Pours a deep copper with a thin white head. Nice malty aroma of caramel and almost a hint of coffee. Some dark fruit notes as well. Nice smooth caramel and toffee maltiness with some raisin and the slightest hint of alcohol. Very drinkable and warming ale for a cold winter evening.

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