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RATINGS: 144   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2016 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenter2000 (69) - , Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2010
sharp but smooth. A bit blan but a nice dry malty beverage. Something good in the evenings. Not a night ender, but no more than two beers at a time. It is a beutiful golden brown that looks best in a small glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2010
bottle from bocky drank on 2/9/10. auburn colored pour with an off white head. a small amount of lacy foam is left behind on the glass. it smells quite woody and damp... also, burned sugary caramel, earthy richness, toasted nuttiness, spicy prickly hops and an umami note. the palate is dry throughout which is a plus. the flavor is the same as the aroma mixed with a slight spicy finish and nice woody caramel aftertaste. actually, awesome aftertaste. it is a safe scotch. not bad just not tops. it is not as rich or sweet as itís counterparts but with itís easy drinkability and prickly carbonation it is very easy to put away. in fact, i would drink a lot of this if i could buy it. 7/3/7/4/14/3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle: Brownish copper in color with a whispy sand colored head. Nose is rich with malts, caramel, and peat. Lightly earthy. Flavor is malty, again more peat. Sort of woody and smokey too. Just a faint vinous fruity element.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
12 oz bottle courtesy of Todd. Pours a dark, yet clear coppery amber with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of candied malt and light smoke. Taste of candied malt, caramel and smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Bottle at nimbleprop DC tasting, 6 March 2010. Amber colour. Sweetish, malty. Caramel and a touch of smoke plus a little soft, dried fruit. Smooth but firm mouthfeel. Not too sticky. Decent but unspectacular. A little more body and depth than the Summit Scotch ale sampled immediately before. Good to see us Brits donít have a monopoly on embarrassingly crap beer names based on sexual abuse of farm animals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Nice amber body that is slightly hazy. Wonderfully inviting aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Smooth, oily texture with a nice punch of carbonation. The flavor is as good as the aroma. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar give way at the end for a earthy, peat finish. The fairly high ABV is not evident. Delicious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a nice copper/amber color with a medium creamy beige head.Wonderful caramel malt aromas that are backed by deep roasted malt aromas and a hint of peat in the background. Flavor is of roasted dark caramel malts that fades into a slight earthy/hop bite. Nice tingle on the tongue thats goes to a sweet malt finish.Very good brew!

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