travita (3504) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell is smoke, malts, roastiness, coffee, and meaty. The look is brown color to black with a tan colored head. Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate, and roastiness.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Name: Scratch 15
Date: January 10, 2009
Source: Tasting, HMoG
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: dry dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich dry roasted flavor, lots of earthy bitterness rolls out of the roasted and dark chocolate
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Date: July 01, 2010
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: black, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, touch of roasted
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice touch of coffee, light caramel sweetness, long roasted finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is of fresh coffee, with some great roasted notes. pours black with a very tan head that doesn’t stay for too long, but still hangs around the edges of the glass leaving some lacing. flavor is great big roastiness with a balance of crystal malt and a nice touch of hops. medium bodied for a stout, and very easy drinking.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dark black color with a tan head. Almost no carbonation. The aroma was roasted malts and espresso. The flavor was coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a subtle hop aftertaste. Overall, a slightly above average stout.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head. The flavor is dry, and has a lot of coffee ground flavor.
The body was a bit thin and the stale coffee flavor wasn’t too good.
ChainGangGuy (4239) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aw, crap!! I turn my back for five minute FIVE MINUTES and Tröegs sneaks like ten Scratch beers past me. This injustice will not stand!
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, somewhat murky body lacking any head formation. Hmm. Curiouser and curiouser.
Smell: Malty nose of dark chocolate and dark caramel with some background notes of roasted malt and charred oats. Small hint of prunes.
Taste: Chocolaty, dark caramel maltiness with a pinch of brown sugar and added microwave oatmeal sweetness. Very faint fruitiness. Well, it doesn’t exactly bowl you over with espresso character and I can think of a few non-coffee stouts that came across far more coffee-ish. Earthy, spicy hops with a medium-low bitterness. Earthy, chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. A bit chewy.
Drinkability: Alright, now what about the rest of these Scratch releases? It’s like missing a couple mid-season episodes of your favorite show, nothing is going to make sense from here on out. I’m ruined! no no no
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz. bottle, courtesy of mar) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, sausage, marshmallow, and fennel. Flavor of roasted malt, light burnt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan head on a black body. The head fades away to a nice thin lace
Great aromas of coffee and chocolate fill the nose. Flavors mimic the nose and there is a little sweetness there as well as great mouthfeel
Thanks again Santa wanted to try this one and weren’t disappointed. I would gladly drink more. Way to go Tröegs
mar (4483) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to daknole. black pour with a thin cream head. nose of smoke, some oatmeal and some roasted malts. nice on the palate with a smokey flavor with an oatmeal finish. clean finish with a nice smokey aftertaste. maybe all the smoke i was getting was espresso?
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells roasty and sweet. Tastes roasty and sweet with some chocolate hints as the beer warms. Rich, textured malt profile.