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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Pour is a nice dark gold amber with a thin white head..Nose is chewy caramel, spice, chocolate, sweet tea...Taste is Toffee, plum, butterscotch candys, peat..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (666) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottled 11/15/11. Poured 8/26/13. Close to 2 years old. Beautiful dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is heavy on the malt; roast malts and coffee are most prominent with subtle hints of cocoa and dark fruits to follow; some molasses and wood also. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, roast malt with some elevated floral flavors as well; finish is roast malt and touch of peat. This has to be under 20 IBUs. Wow is this drinkable. There is no discernible alcohol. Some very light lacing. Medium-low carbonation. Mouth feel is oily and chewy. With the flavor and the mouth feel together, it seems like at any moment this ale could magically turn into whipped honey. This is a major win. I would be interested in comparing this to a fresh bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Deep walnut pour, very small fizzy head. Nose and flavor hold distinct caramel, molasses, bits of fig and date, candied almond, and hints of marzipan. Slightly light on the palate, but a good end of the night sipper. Solidly made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlbeer (840) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy amber pour with off white head. Smells malty. Tastes very malty with slight bitter finish. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Rated in April 2012 (Backlog) - Amber in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of peat, malt and toffee. Taste is of brown sugar, woody hops, peat and smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2013
This a nice BIG Malt Bomb of a brew. If you love a double bock like Salvator, or a beer like Three Floyds Robert the Bruce, Scottish Ale, your gonna love this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ssmooney28 (2) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
I'm not one to make a professionally written review, so I'll keep this simple. I admit I bought this initially because of the name, but I've always been a Scotch Ale fan. This is one of the best, richest beers I've ever had. Great mouthfeel and a fantastic taste across the board. Rich, chocolately and a nice caramel finish, this beer is going to be a staple in my fridge for the foreseeable future. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. Orange-brown with a white head. Aroma is caramel, toffee and peat malt. Flavor is peat malt, toffee and caramel. Fairly sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - APR 4, 2013
Pours a medium amber with some lacy white head. Aroma is malty with lots of caramel. Not too much roasted notes though. Taste is sweet with a crisp bitter finish. Overall very balanced and can’t really taste the alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer after a hard night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1507) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
A rich mahogany brown color with a small head. Nose is malty and sweet with hints of chocolate. Taste is full of malt and chocolate, with the alcohol well hidden. Carbonation is soft and texture is heavy. Finish is sweet and malty. Nice scotch ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10

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