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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 Scotland’s finest Golden Promise as well as our Wisconsin base malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2014
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of biscuit, malts and toast. Taste is malty and biscuits. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Rated on 4-18-2011 at JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House in Fort Wayne, IN. This draft beer pours a small smooth ivory head with a lengthy retention, transparent copper body, very little carbonation observed, and a generous amount of lacing. The aroma is toffee, roasted malt and dark fruits. The taste is roasted malt, semi-sweet and dark fruits. The mouthfeel is lightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has an enjoyable flavor as it is not abusive in any way. It is worth trying and a beer I would definitely drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1140) - CROATIA - APR 7, 2014
Pour (Happy Gnome Beer Dinner) amber with a white head, slightly sweet taste of toffee, malt, and caramel, light bitter at the end, good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illiniphil (141) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Color is an orangey amber with a very thin off white head. Minimal carbonation. Flavors of dark malts, biscuity, slight peat and dark fruits. Very good scotch ale that really is at its best when served at the proper temp. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7411) - Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good; a transparent deep amberish orange with foamy off-white head. Smells solid; semi-sweet and malty with a bit of roast as well. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
From bottle. Dark copper color. Aroma is malty with notes like coffee. Flavor is caramel and fairly dry. Little to no hoppiness. This beer is understated and gets better toward the bottom of the glass. Delicious. I could drink this every day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Backlog bottle thanks to so many good ratebeerians. The look is clear, malts, and amber in color. The smell is malts, strong, sweet, and caramel. The taste is caramel, sweet, malts, and ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2684) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Clear light brown pour with an orange hue, thin off white head and light sticky lacing ... aroma is of light caramel and roasted malts .... taste is of roasted and caramel malts, biscuity malts, little sweet and sugary .... mouthfeel is flat finish is malty with a light bitter bite .... simple and decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2401) - 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 (674) - 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.

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