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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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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3.2
chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Bottle at nimbleprop DC tasting, 6 March 2010. Amber colour. Sweetish, malty. Caramel and a touch of smoke plus a little soft, dried fruit. Smooth but firm mouthfeel. Not too sticky. Decent but unspectacular. A little more body and depth than the Summit Scotch ale sampled immediately before. Good to see us Brits don’t have a monopoly on embarrassingly crap beer names based on sexual abuse of farm animals.

3.8
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Nice amber body that is slightly hazy. Wonderfully inviting aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Smooth, oily texture with a nice punch of carbonation. The flavor is as good as the aroma. Sweet caramel and burnt sugar give way at the end for a earthy, peat finish. The fairly high ABV is not evident. Delicious brew.

4.1
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a nice copper/amber color with a medium creamy beige head.Wonderful caramel malt aromas that are backed by deep roasted malt aromas and a hint of peat in the background. Flavor is of roasted dark caramel malts that fades into a slight earthy/hop bite. Nice tingle on the tongue thats goes to a sweet malt finish.Very good brew!

2.8
monkeychugg55 (1109) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Pours a mahogany with a small white head. Lots of peat and caramel in the aroma, with some faint maple syrup. The flavor is similar. Not a usual scotch ale thanks to the "special malt", but I think it’s too sweet. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2011 Bottle. Pouts to a nice chestnut colored body with a nice coating off-white head. The aroma is caramel and light peated malt with a dash of corn silage. The flavor is sweet caramel, rich but not over-powering peat smoked malt, and the Golden Promise is nice. Kind of like a good Maris Otter. Clean mouth feel with a lingering deep malty flavor.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Hazy dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, light cherry, peat. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.

3.1
nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2010
12oz bottle, transparent copper with a milky white head. Smokier aroma, peaty, sweet, caramel. Finish is a little thin. Caramel flavors, rum, crystal malts. A little harsh.

3.5
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a brown color with a fizzy brown colored head. Sweet caramel malts, smoke and some grain in the aroma. The taste is of earthy peat, light smoke, burnt caramel, some cocoa and nut. A nice thick and coating mouthfeel with light carbonation. A tad sweet, but that hides the alcohol almost completely. Nice beer.

3.6
tmoreau (4631) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2010
6 pack from Binny’s Glen Ellyn, IL. Distributed a few to friends, but saved some for home. Always enjoy what Rob makes, along with the whole Tyranena scene, so I feel a little biased. Poured a hazy, brownish amber to my trusty, gold rimmed, 1/2 pint glass. The head was a nice, light tan foam that left curtainy ribbons of lacing as the liquid decreased. The aroma was malty, roasty, a hint of earthy peat, and touches of caramel and toffee. The flavor was these notes, plus a complimentary dose of hop bitterness and subtle sweetness. Lively carbonation was present, along with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. I guess that the flushed feeling in my face meant that the warming alcohol was working. A bit lighter than I expected for a Scotch, and maybe closer to Scottish, but very flavorful!

3.6
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Furley from TBS. Thanks! Brown pour with a little bit of amber in it. White head. Average looking. The smell (and taste) is extremely nutty for a scotch ale. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I get a strong hazelnut taste especially. Really goes down like a quality brown ale. Very sweet, some caramel in the taste too.


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