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RATINGS: 145   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 Scotlands finest Golden Promise as well as our Wisconsin base malt.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jamesonpatz (32) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Nonic glass. Brew smells funky, carmely, and sweet. The aromas definitely inform you this is going to be a malty beast. Beers warm, dark copper color is inviting, but it didnt render much of a head at all when I poured it into my glass. Only a thin layer of fine, off-white bubbles floated up to the surface, but they did remain there throughout the entire drink. Beer has a blast of flavor right on the attack of the sip. Some spiciness hits you on the tip of the tongue, then the rich malty flavors fill your mouth. The finish is where that unusual funkiness set in. Its a boozy finish as well, which has a nice chest-warming effect. Body of the brew is very, very rich. The fine carbonation provides the beer with its delightful smoothness. I very much enjoyed this brew. Im not yet well-versed in Scotch ales, but the funky characteristics (I dont mean this in a negative manner) in this brew caught me by surprise, which sets this Scotch ale apart from all the other ones Ive tasted previously. This is a yummy beer. "Never turn your back on your beer."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. The aroma is roasted malt with some toffee sugariness, and some raisin / fig notes. It pours a lightly hazy caramel color, dark, with a thin, white ring that disappears by mid glass leaving an oily looking surface with no lace. The flavor is a medium / medium-high sweet with a medium bitter. Its smooth with a light fizz and a medium malty body. Notes of raisin, fig, toffee, and chocolate are most present, and it finishes sweet and smooth with notes of nuts and caramel and just a light roasted coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is reminiscent of bakers chocolate with nuts and caramel as well as an interesting mineral water late that cleans everything up leaving just a light roasty aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy caramel color with very little off white head. Nose is some roast and caramel. Taste is caramel with a little scotch. Some lasting bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilloc1204 (16) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2014
This is a really good beer. Hard to find any flaws. Drink ability puts it over he edge for me. I want more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"intriguing sweet aroma. complex and unique. no smoke in the nose, but its there in the flavor. smooth feel.toffee sweet flavor. very nice ale...barreled version next up."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (4090) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (5112) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
Rated on 4-18-2011 at JK ODonnells 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1691) - Minnesota, USA - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illiniphil (148) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (8734) - 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.

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