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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 Scotlandís finest Golden Promise as well as our Wisconsin base malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2744) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
6 pack from Binnyís Glen Ellyn, IL. Distributed a few to friends, but saved some for home. Always enjoy what Rob makes, along with the whole Tyranena scene, so I feel a little biased. Poured a hazy, brownish amber to my trusty, gold rimmed, 1/2 pint glass. The head was a nice, light tan foam that left curtainy ribbons of lacing as the liquid decreased. The aroma was malty, roasty, a hint of earthy peat, and touches of caramel and toffee. The flavor was these notes, plus a complimentary dose of hop bitterness and subtle sweetness. Lively carbonation was present, along with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. I guess that the flushed feeling in my face meant that the warming alcohol was working. A bit lighter than I expected for a Scotch, and maybe closer to Scottish, but very flavorful!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1166) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Furley from TBS. Thanks! Brown pour with a little bit of amber in it. White head. Average looking. The smell (and taste) is extremely nutty for a scotch ale. Not that itís a bad thing, but I get a strong hazelnut taste especially. Really goes down like a quality brown ale. Very sweet, some caramel in the taste too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
12 oz bottle from Princetonís. Caramel color with a thin wispy white head that quickly fades. Aroma is slightly malty and nutty. Flavor is sweet, caramel and malty. Finish malty and tangy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Thank You MOTORTODDHEAD, man this beer is a homerrun. Nice taste of nuttyness, and sweet toffee notes. Caramel and malt backbone. This is very smooth and carbination is low. Silky mouthfeel. Nice amber color. This is a freaking awsome beer. Must have more. Thanks Todd

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Clear, medium amber with thin white head. Aroma of butter brickle, malt and a bit of sour coffee and melon or maybe zucchini. A nice, rather light blend of sour, sweet and bitter. A bit watery with a dry finish. One of the more easy drinking scotch ales I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3473) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2009
12oz bottle 12/10/09 (Binnyís Willowbrook)-Pours dark amber light brown with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee, vanilla, slight nut, and slight hops. Taste of malt, sweetness, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and slight chocolate. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and easy to dring at 7.7% ABV. Another good brew from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Amber with good, creamy off-white head / Nose of spun sugar, malt, and toast / Medium body, very sweet and syrupy, with some hop dryness on the good finish / Flavors of spun sugar, toast, violets, almonds, and honey / A little overly sweet, thick, and cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
12 oz bottle from the Binnys singles rack (Orland Park, IL). Glad to grab this. Pours a lightly hazed copper pour, lighter twlight edges, a moderate offwhite tannish head that sticks decent, stays a decent size surprisingly, laces ok. Aromas are suitable, caramel and toffee malts dominant, biscuit and light peat, vanilla, a nutty edge, and some ice cream waffle cone smell. Initial is medium bodied, packing on some good sweetness, caramel, toffee, vanilla, biscuits, some peat, a faint spice, a touch of waffle cone, nuts, a touch of brown sugar, a bit of candied dark fruit faintly in the backend. Light bitterness, faint even. Malt forward for sure, packing good sweeter flavors, smooth and quite drinkable. Some toastiness, but largely sweet forward, but still nice, smooth, not dominant cloying. Quite nice, really a surprising ABV.

   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. Itís a very filling and super rich beer which I want to enjoy more but I canít get beyond the sweetness. Taste buds extra sensitive last night perhaps?"

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