Tröegs Scratch 102
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Another debut in our Scratch Beer series, this hearty brew takes its inspiration from the strong, malty ales originally produced in Scotland. In the early 19th century, Scotch whiskey drinkers were well aware of the quality of malt produced in Scotland, and the burgeoning whiskey market presented an abundance of barley. In turn, brewers decided to brew ales with very high malt bills, thus yielding the strong, malty, and sweet flavors that have become hallmarks of the style. By the mid-19th century, Edinburgh was acknowledged as one of the foremost brewing cities in the world, a fact that any Scotsman would be honored to flaunt. Just ask anyone of Scottish descent, and they’ll proudly tell you this: “If it’s not Scottish, it’s CRAP!”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2266) - - SEP 23, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-4-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a lightly hazed mahogany-brown color with a huge cream colored fizzy head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave some lighter streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell –The aroma is big and fruity with tons of cherry, plum, and raisin. Along with the big dark fruit showing is a good deal of caramel sweetness and some brown bread. Rounding out these aromas are a decently strong note of an alcohol booziness as well as some more woody and smoky aromas. Taste – The taste begins with a good deal of sweet caramel and toffee as well as lots of the darker fruits that were detected in the nose. These flavors mix with a bit of a more brown bread flavor to create a base for the brew. As the flavor advances, a light nut like flavor comes to the tongue as well as more sweet flavors of molasses and brown sugar. Toward the end a little bit of smoke and an alcohol taste comes to the tongue leaving a sweet, warming, fruity, and sugary taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The nice creamy body and moderate to lower carbonation really help with the big sweet flavors of the brew, and in conjunction with the alcohol, end up making a nice slower sipper as a wee heavy should be. Overall – A rather tasty brew with lots of fruity and sugary sweetness. A rather tasty sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nejhleader (1451) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Has a strong sweet molasses aroma, I thought the taste was similar strong molasses, some raisen. After taste was a bit biter with some alcohol presence. Nice that they brewed a scotch ale though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Served on-tap at the brewery.
A - Pours deep dark brown with a one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing at all, leaving spotty trails of lace down the glass. Looks pretty dead after only a short period of time.
S - Smells of dark chocolate, cherries, toffee, raisins, caramel, dark roasted malt and a bit of booze. This one has a lot going on, every time I smell it I get something new.
T - Starts off with some cherry tartness quickly giving way to the darker side of things. Hints of dark chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malt and some raisins round things out. Finish is kinda sweet with some mild heat, lingering long after the finish.
M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slick feel with a bit of booze burn at the end of each sip, leaving the palate dried for quite awhile.
O - I enjoyed this one. You don’t see this style every day so I am happy to give it a try. It packs a ton of flavor into a moderately sized package. Definitely worth a shot if you are into this type of beer.

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