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Tröegs Scratch 16



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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Scratch #16-2008 combines the bitterness of two aroma hops, the lush sweetness of honey and malt and an earthly yeast taste creating a Winter Warmer designed to ward off the coldest days. The dark, rich amber color comes from a combination of molasses and crystal malts; the Thames Valley brings a distinct earthly flavor; white the blend of hops creates fruity (Amarillo) and piney (Cluster) bitterness. The Winter Warmer ends with a slight warming sensation from the elevated alcohol content. Enjoy this one throughout the winter months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
12 oz bottle thanks to machfive55. Pours a red-brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is toasted malts, light hops, and some nutty notes. The flavor is nice; initial Amarillo hops, caramel, light toasted malts, light fruit and nuts. Easygoing but full flavored. Overall, a nice brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
machfive55 is the Troegs man! A bit of an odd beer. Light amber pour. Malt, cider, roast, and some plastic aroma leads to an odd flavor that seems to be some type of artificial something. The hops don’t meld well. The malt bill is ok. I didn’t have much fun with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2009
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 12oz bottle courtesy of CrazyMacHarris99 poured into a tulip. Pours a clear copper with a small cream-colored head that recedes to a big, bubbly collar and leaves decent lacing. The aroma is musty with some earthy hops and a caramel malt sweetness. It’s pretty tame but not too bad in the nose. The taste is fairly light with a bit of hop bitterness up front. There is some caramel malt and sugary sweetness with a hint of chocolate as well. There is a bitterness that lingers in the finish but without the hop flavors I was expecting. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with average carbonation and fairly dry in the finish. This is a pretty nondescript winter warmer that has a tame mix of hops and caramel malts without bringing anything too interesting to the table. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a mahogany amber brown body with a thin tan head. Sweet chewy malt aroma with a hint of apple. Light earth and pine. Molasses roasty coffee hints a light note of honey. Finish is dry and very english like. It’s slightly reminiscent of a sammy smith brew but i cant put my finger on which one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Thanks to Dim for sending this want along. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass it produced a quickly lasting white head that trailed of to a ring of lace around the glass. The color of the body though is a beautiful maroon color The aromas are interesting malty- citrus kind of strange for a winter warmer but interesting. The flavor is a bitter hoppiness the more I drink this I am thinking it is a winter IPA more than a traditional winter warmer. This brew is medium in the mouth not much carbonation. I’d drink it again but not one of my favorite in the scratch series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle thanks to machfive55. Dark red-orange with a finger of light tan head that leaves light crunchy lacing. Weak aroma but some grassy herbal hops and some caramel. Flavor is more caramel, some more floral English hops, some spicy sweetness and nutty molasses. Not that nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Reddish color with a mildly hoppy aroma, some caramel and sugar sweetness enter the nose but are rather weak. Flavor has some heavy burnt caramel malts, sugar, and floral hops. Not terrible, but whats the point of this one?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2009
I discovered Troeg’s Scratch 4( now Flying Muffdiver), so I don’t want to catch any crap over this review. Anyhow, it pours brown with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, mild funk, and mild peppery florals. Tastes malty, hoppy, soapy, woth some pine, rock sugar, and vegetal flavors. Earthy and a bit odd at the finish. John and Chris, please stop this madness and make Scratch 4 year round!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle at EBF- they told me it was their winter warmer strong ale. Ugh- pretty damn bad. Pours a dull brownish with a thinning head. Aroma is light fusels and strange esters- lightly fruity and lots of herbal almost vegetal dms. Flavor is nutty, and lightly sweet with a slickness, ok caramel, weird fruitiness grassy and herbal with tons more dms. This was one of the worst scratch beers I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2009
This one was pretty damn nasty. Simply put this one smelt and tasted like vegtables. Yuck.

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