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RATINGS: 144   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Poured into a tulip. Wonderful dark amber with very little head. Dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Nice malty smell. I get a little biscuit too. Taste is mostly malt with a little caramel and a clean finish. Well carbonated. Very easy to drink. It would be no problem to sit and work through a few of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (322) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 5, 2016
Bottle. Quite malty aroma. Color is brown like strong tea with an off white head that quickly dissipates. Nice malty flavor. Full bodied. Overall, a fine example of a Scotch Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1555) - Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2016
Dark copper, short creamy head. Light peat, more of a caramel sweet bready aroma. Lil spice. Dark fruit subtle. Rich malt, caramel, spice ,toffee, fruit, raison bread, maybe a bit of banana. Smooth sweet, spice, some citrus. nice finish. Got this on sale 6$ well worth that! Pretty nice scotch ale maybe one of the better Ive ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, toffee, dark fruit, & some spice; Flavor of sweet malt, toffee/caramel, some molasses, and dark fruit; Dry finish; Pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1375) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Bottle. Amber color, smallish tan head with not much retention and no lacing. Nose is caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, candied orange. Mouth is creamy, medium sweet, lots of toffee, nutty malt, toasted pumpernickel, maple sugar. Blackhawks and Rangers getting ready to drop the puck at the Garden. Make no mistake... I live in Chicago, but I aint from here. Im from the 216 (22 years removed) and a grew up a Rangers fan watching WOR on cable). LGR!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itzjerm (2453) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2016 Solid grain aroma. Solid grain flavor. Very impressive solid scotch ale. Very thick on the tongue. Malty sweet. Balanced with a bit over sweetness. Toasty. On draft at the brewery. Rerate in bottle. Not much of a head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (12341) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a clear copper orange with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is peat, caramel, wood. Medium mouth, rich malt, caramel, peat, raisin, light booze, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Golden brown pour with a beige head. Aroma is toffee, malt, toast. Taste is toffee, a little smoke, toasty, an enjoyable beer. Nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Draft at the weary traveler in madison. Caramel and slightly smokey malts dominate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bagalagalaga (160) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2015
About as malty as you can get, if you are tired of IPAs this will swing you back toward the malty side big time. Very earthy, and only slightly sweet, and quite smooth. I think it was the least expensive Scotch Ale at the store I went too but it could very well be the best.

   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."

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