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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FirkinA (6) - Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Unlike it’s 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 wouldn’t regret waking up next to... in a barn... covered in hay.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilloc1204 (5) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2014 does not count
This is a really good beer. Hard to find any flaws. Drink ability puts it over he edge for me. I want more!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"intriguing sweet aroma. complex and unique. no smoke in the nose, but it’s there in the flavor. smooth feel.toffee sweet flavor. very nice ale...barreled version next up."

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2346) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4269) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (598) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illiniphil (131) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5826) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (398) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4150) - Frisco, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2372) - 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


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