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RATINGS: 144   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2012
amber pour with a cream head. nose is peat, smoke, moss, caramel, and toffee. great on the palate, sticky caramel, peat, smoke, nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (5369) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
12 ounce bottle pours an amber color, aromas of caramel, sweet malt, light peat, some light fruit and some floral esthers. Flavors follow suit, blended nicely. Solid beer would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Bottle from Liz. Pours dark amber with a slight beige head. Aromas of heavily roasted malt and some floral hop. Full bodied. Flavor is roasted malt, lightly smoky, almost peaty, with floral hop. It’s almost sweet, not too bitter. Somehow it all comes together in an amazing taste treat. Very, very, tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2535) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours a very unclear orangey brown with fine under-surface bubbles and a fine small ring of a head around the edges. I mean almost no head - it is amazing the many small bubbles under the surface do not get to the surface. Also amazing is that there is some nice lacing as you get down in the glass. Aroma has subtly sweet caramel, dark fruit and earthy straw. Taste is of sweet earthy fruits, heavy malts and some alcohol. Quite thick. Finishes somewhat short and somewhat sweet. Not a big fan. Also not sure if I had an older bottle?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nsanders (1002) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Brownish orange with a thin tan head, looks thick and syrupy. Smells like sweet caramel, molasses and slight alcohol (less so than somd other scotch ales though). Taste is mostly sweet. Heavy bodied. I liked this as compared to other scotch ales, but scotch ales are not one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle thanks to mar. Pours with a very small tan head, low carbonation over a copper hued body. Aromas are sweet, vanillia, molasses, brown sugar, clean, malty. Flavors are of cereal grainy, malty, caramel, light melanoidin, low smoke. Clean yeast wise. Low carbonation. Fuller body with a bit of a sweet finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a typically carbonated transparent dark golden brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was musty. The mildly vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish caramel hop aftertaste. The creamy flavor contained notes of Vienna malt mild nut root beer chocolate caramel and hops. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 7, 2012
bottle - Pours lightly hazy amber with a one finger light tan head. It smells of caramel and toffee malt. There’s a rich, sweet flavor of caramel malt with gentle roast character and a medium body. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2012
Pours caramel-amber, orange on the edges, with a thin beige head. Nose is caramel-apple and smoky peaty malt. Taste is a full round sweet with a fair balancing bitter. Palate is heavier, very low carb, and a long smoky finish. Decent strength to my surprise, nice and mellow, smooth. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2012
Thanks phishpond. A deep copper colored brew with a a wispy thin yellowish khaki head. A nose of hay and toffee. There is also some dusty old library book. This is a sticky thick bodied brew with lots of sweetness. There is also some toffee and a hint of pears. There was also a note of nutmeg. This is a smooth drinker even with the big body. A nicely made beer.

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