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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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3.7
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Creamy, redish-orange with a roasted smoke fruit flavor, and it was surprisingly full bodied. A very smooth and drinkable scotch ale, and a nice non-hoppy beer that still had tons of character.

4.1
Newk (299) - - DEC 9, 2011
poured from bottle into a tulip. Dark copper colored with no real head to it Rich and pungent aromas of malts, coffee, liqueur, and some hot caramel as well full bodied with a rich feel. Almost feels like a stout, but still a scotch ale. The feel is really good along with flavors of roasted malts, coffee, and caramel Does have a stout quality to it, but that’s not really a negative. The feel is really good and the aromas are really good as well. This is a quality scotch ale and shows no booziness that they sometimes can do

3.4
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a nice clear deep amber with thin white head. aroma is very malty and sweet. Taste is much the same. Very tasty, but not a whole lot of complexity.

3.9
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Fresh 12 oz. Bottle - Pours an amber/reddish with some tan lacing sticking to the sides. Looks very unassuming. Aroma is maltiness, toffee, and HUGE caramel - not really much else, but it smells great. Taste is huge caramel maltiness, toffee, some bready overtones, some sweetness on the finish - virtually no bitterness whatsoever. Perhaps a tiny little bit of heat on the very, very end - but all and all - the ABV is hidden very well. Sweet, malty beers are one of my least favorites - but this beer manages to be a huge malt bomb without being anywhere near cloying and the lighter body makes it dangerously drinkable. Highly recommended.

4.1
86Moose (62) - - NOV 20, 2011
Aroma of roasted coffee. Orange to brown clear appearance. thin white head. Medium sweet Full body. Long finish. Very good beer.

3.9
mrjaxson (607) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Another sign that winter is nearly upon us: the return of Sheep Shagger. Was very happy to find this today as I had missed it the past few years. A huge earthy, veggie scent as it pours to a deep copper color with a medium head and light carbonation. A balanced, sweet taste and a hint of smokiness and bitterness on the finish. Worth finding.

3.6
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
12oz bottle. Really not that bad. I had the BA version a while back and it was really below par which leads me to believe there was something wrong with that bottle. Nose and taste are similar with peet malt, smoke and very little hoppiness. Where it falls short is not having enough of those things. In other words it is pretty thin. Not up to snuff with Old Chub or Alesmith Wee Heavy but still decent.

3
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
pours brown with amber highlights, small off white head, a touch of lace. very airy nose, perhaps a trasce of malt. falvor is smokey, peaty malty, perhjaps a hint of fruitiness. medium bodied, light bitter finish. roasty enough but not hoppy enough for my palate.

3.6
phaleslu (10456) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
12 oz. bottle shared by either BBB63 or stevemastny at the Pre-DLD event at Flossmoor Station. Thanks guys! Pours a deep amber color with some reddish tints and a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, faint smoky and peaty notes, dates, plums, and mild spices. Flavor of sweet and roasty malts, a little more smoke and peat, and the same dark fruits as in the nose. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a whole lot of maltiness to the mouthfeel. Interesting Scotch ale.

3.6
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle and served in Bells Tulip: Pours a nice mahogany hue with a small but lasting frothy off-white head, spotty lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, slightly iodine peat and smoke, roast, and noticeable Golden Promise malts along with a tab of fruity plummy esters and some Fuggles like hop notes. The taste is rather malty with a kick of smoke, hint of medicinal notes and fruity undertones. A very light handed hop bitterness toward the finish. Not has forceful as most American Wee Heavy versions but still a solid quaffable brew. The mouth feel is smooth and slightly warming, a touch metallic and herbal as well. Solid and good nose but nothing great, lacks some depth of palate.


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