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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenter2000 (52) - , 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 (3115) - Boise, 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 (2482) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
monkeychugg55 (990) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Pours a mahogany with a small white head. Lots of peat and caramel in the aroma, with some faint maple syrup. The flavor is similar. Not a usual scotch ale thanks to the "special malt", but I think itís too sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Bottle. Pouts to a nice chestnut colored body with a nice coating off-white head. The aroma is caramel and light peated malt with a dash of corn silage. The flavor is sweet caramel, rich but not over-powering peat smoked malt, and the Golden Promise is nice. Kind of like a good Maris Otter. Clean mouth feel with a lingering deep malty flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12636) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Hazy dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light cherry, peat. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.

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