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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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 Scotland’s finest Golden Promise as well as our Wisconsin base malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Thanks, bro! Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany color with a medium off-white soapy head which fades quickly to a simple ring. Aroma is toasted caramel malts and light cocoa. Taste is much the same. All the caramel and toastiness of the malts is there, without being overly sweet and thick which are the reasons I generally dislike this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2009
ON tap last night at the Malt House: Poures a bright cloudy amber colour with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is sweet in itself. Taste is semi smokey but very rich and pretty damn sweet. Toffee all the way through. It’s a very filling and super rich beer which I want to enjoy more but I can’t get beyond the sweetness. Taste buds extra sensitive last night perhaps?"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
twindadplus2 (591) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Clear light brown color with a thin, tan head. Light sweet malt aroma with a peaty herbal touch. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate and heather notes. Medium bodied with a nice smoky finish make this a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours a ruddy brown color with medium white head. Aroma is of caramel, light peat malt and floral hop aromas. Taste is chocolate, rich caramel, mild peat, and light floral hops. Light alcohol finish but nothing overwhelming or unfitting for the style. Lightly carbonated and well balanced. Another solid brew from Rob.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4395) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber-brown color with a head that quickly fades down to an oily rim. The taste is very malt centered and chocolaty, with very nice specialty malt nuances. Really quite an exceptional Scotch Ale, as it remains pretty drinkable and balanced, not overly thick and cloying like some versions. Bitter hop balance melds perfectly with the thick chocolate malt tones. A great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Mother in Law. Good roasty aroma with the sweet malt. Amber body with decent head. The rosted toast made this for me, balaced out the sweetness of the malt. Good Brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois: This pours a clear chestnut body with a skimpy yellowish beige head that vanishes completely before the drinking is over. No lace. The aroma has some woody dry malt with a hint of orchard fruit and a light peat smokiness. The flavor is much the same, having an added tough of dried toffee and an earthy bitterness. The finish is dry and woody. Pretty decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Red pour with creamy eggshell white head. Roasty aroma with some wood, smoke, a bit of earth. Flavor is earthy and smokey, a light sweetness which is cut down by the smokiness. Not as rich as most scotch ales but has good carbonation. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Ruby brown translucent pour w/ a nice thick well laced tan head. Pal was pretty avg. Aroma is roasty some raw wheat nice caramels and lightly sweet. First taste had a hint of smoke then a well roasted sweet malt almost syruppy wheat is clearly present reminded me of peat from an isley scotch for a bit. A very good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks motortoddhead! - pours a hazy amber with a small off white head...aroma is roasty, peaty...there is also some cocoa and a bit of smoke...flavour is pretty bold right off the bat, peat and fruit, burnt wood bitterness, roasted grain...kicked up a notch with some aggressive alcohol, very tasty...

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