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RATINGS: 134   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 Scotlandís finest Golden Promise as well as our Wisconsin base malt.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FirkinA (6) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2011 does not count
Unlike itís degenerate human counterpart, this beer is not to be avoided. Pouring a little cloudy this beer has a beautiful amber, hazelnut color and an off-white, mild head. The aroma is molasses, caramel, coffee and earth... yep a little funky moss in there. The flavor starts off with strong malt and toast but quickly switches over to a lingering, almost campari bitterness. Overall, this beer is one I wouldnít regret waking up next to... in a barn... covered in hay.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wedgie9 (2083) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Tasted on 2/6/11 from a 12oz bottle at Lush West Town. Pours clear orange-amber with an average white head that recedes to a thin collar of lace. The nose is some hay malt, light smoke, rye bread, and just a hint of banana. The flavor is similar with some light bitterness up front, light smokiness, rye bread, and some grass and hay. The body is medium, but quite weighty on the back of my tongue, average carbonation and a long, heavy finish that has some light smoke and rye bread.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (1520) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2011
I really enjoyed this beer. Amber-brown pour, tan head. Malty thick aroma with a very balancing flavor. Malty yet not too sweet. Pretty smooth and mellow.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (751) - Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle pours mildly cloudy amber-brown with medium off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma malts and caramel. Taste caramel, malts, roast. Finish slightly bitter hops. medium palate with a little fizz and alcohol on the tongue. Alcohol slightly apparent. A bit lacking in flavor and I would have liked a little more sweetness. OK beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to awiseman01) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours dark murky brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is hot peppery yeast, alcohol and toasted malts. Flavor is light roast, toffee, brown sugar and creamy caramel. Nice stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle. Darker malts and earth swirling with alcohol in the nose. Light brown pour with subtle red tones intermixed, but not highlights. Head is tan. Taste is dry and surprisingly bitter, smoke and peat notes are strong with roast and some nice subtle burned barley / black patent. Light wood. Full body but doesnít have the expected waves or depth. An enjoyable brew with plenty of character, and an interesting take on the style; doesnít have the sweet, rich malt-forwardness or fruity notes. More like a cigar distilled into a glass.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Pours a copper red with a small light tan head. Nose is malt and maple syrup. Extremely creamy on the palate- very pleasing taste of malt, caramel and maple syrup. Slightly sweet on the finish like a dopplebock. Pairs well with light snacks and Irish stew. Go figure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber-copper colored body with a finger-width, foamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is sweeter and toasty caramel, a touch of cocoa, a very light pine, a hint of smoke, and some earth. Flavor is similar. Toasty, medium sweet caramels with some toffees and a light cocoa. A light earth, hint of pine, and a touch of smoke. Finishes very smooth and dry with a light, earthy and smokey bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, very smooth body with a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a nice scotch ale. Smooth and tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1376) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Dark Honey not much of a head, arom as of nuts and coffee, medium sweet, transient and clean, creamy palate,

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
12 oz bottle (Thanks to Mike or Brian, canít remember which one). Minimal head on the pour, just a minor amount of the light bubbling kind. Tan-brown in color and a semi-translucent body. The aroma consisted of mostly roasted grains, malted cookies, caramel, light smoke, and very minor citrus hop in the background. Some lighter carbonation on the body, but a medium creamy body as well. This one turned out to slightly fuller flavored then expected. Mostly consisting of malts, light citrus hop only make their presence known in the linger. Notes of toasted grains, creamy caramel/butterscotch, and lightly smoked malted grains. They did a nice job with the malts, but overall it wasnít necessarily my thing. I still liked it though.


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