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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5156) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1392) - 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,

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14471) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle at DC local tasting. Clear dark golden color, little head or lacing. Aroma of caramel. taste has a bit of butterscotch. Not bad..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6576) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2010
12/17/10. Bottle shared by fata2683 - thanks, Keith! Nice creamy chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Nice sweet caramel flavor with lots of chocolate and more. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Deep and sweet, little no head. Bitter and then sweet, alcohol is front and present. Good, nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (11475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted malt sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. A solid sweet brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3204) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2010
It is not that often you run into a really good malt-centric American brewed ale and when you do, itís a treat to be sure. The color here is a nice amber, maybe slightly darker than amber w/ only a small head. The nose is deep and complex. Thereís a hint of smoke, a bit of roasted coffee, a bit of caramel and some toffee. Nothing really takes the lead; itís just a nice mix, gentle but complex. The flavor is similarly subdued w/ toasty notes coming out more and more, a good deal of sweetness and just a touch of hops to balance. The palate is thick but not too heavy and the finish is a bit sugary in a way that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. I am not normally a big fan of beers labeled as Scotch ales but this one is really something, a well done brew by one of the better Wisconsin brewers.

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