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Tröegs Scratch 19

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Consider Scratch #19; originally designed as an enhanced take on Scratch #15 with a slightly higher ABV, our brewers went to town to deliver a brew slightly more akin to our fabled Scratch #5, the Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed for The Flying Mouflan Experience. For Scratch #19, we teamed up with St. Thomas Roasters of Linglestown to create a special blend of espresso beans. They added Kenyan beans to the mix because of a strong citrus flavor that compliments the hops. Creating en environment akin a French press, the beans are combined with whole flower hops in the hopback, and the hot wort passes through the vessel on the way to fermentation giving Scratch #19 a lush coffee espresso nose and hints of coffee flavor. There is a silky quality to the mouthfeel and a citrus hop finsh coming from the Kenyan beans and hops.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
taylor714 (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2011 does not count
Appearance of this beer had a finger of light chocolate colored head and a deep dark brown color that didn’t let any light through. Aroma is just WOW! Lots of coffee, chocolate on the nose. Some toasted notes come through along with a hint of alcohol. Absolutely outstanding taste. Initial light sweetness with the coffee just booming through. A nice citrus note comes though mid palate. Underlying chocolate and roasted malts also play in the mix. The beer finishes with a light hoppy bitterness. Good Palate. Not as creamy as I was expected, but the carbonation was excellent. On the lower end of things, which is how I prefer my big stouts. Coats the mouth well and leaves a lingering coffee note. Easy to drink. The alcohol is hidden well. While not a beer I could drink a whole growler of, it is one which I could easily drink 2 or 3 pints of. Overall a phenomenal beer. I’m hoping that they can brew this up again and bottle some. I’m sure a few years of age would do WONDERS to this beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours deep black with nose of dark malt, chocoff, some nuts, licorice. Fairly dense palate, with dark malt and a semi-sweet dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and a smooth finish. A souped up 15, indeed, and isn’t this the one that became Javahead?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2009
handbottle. medium sized tan head on a black body. nose is mild malted milk ball candies, toast, light petroleum/plastic notes, maybe some sort of vanilla ice cream but to be honest it seems very stale, dried, and old, as strange as that sounds for something like ice cream. silky texture, medium body. parched milk chocolate and roast up front, more petroleum and plastic in the finish, along with the faintest bit of heat. tastes like whoppers candy - malted milk balls + stale chocolate. nice texture, smooth carbonation, but unfortunately there’s little to get excited about flavor-wise. stale milk and soured licorice are the major flaws.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Shared at BCTC 2009 thanks to Axilla. Pours a deep almost black with a medium deep tan head that laced. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, nuts, vanilla and coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2009
From growler. Solid. Nice balanced flavors of rich malts and some bitter roasted malts. A little coffee and dark cocoa. Some alcohol but hidden well. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5409) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
[BCTC 09] Poured an opaque black color, with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of burnt wood, roasted malts, strong coffee, vanilla bean, and a bit of coffee. Taste of more strong coffee, roasted malts, light smoke, dark chocolate, and light alcohol in the finish. Thanks John!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (747) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Pours black with tan head. Very strong oat,booze and wet cardboard aromas in nose. Very slick on tongue. More flavors of oat with coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Growler at CDC release. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a foamy head. Aroma is nutty toffee, roasted barley, chocolate malts, a slight fruitienss. Flavor is more coffee and sharp roasted barley get s abit dirty and earthy, smooth oatmeal though- cream and a smooth finish. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Growler at CDC release party. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast y dry slightly astringent coffee. Bitter espresso and a lighter etoh warming but well masked. Good stout.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3824) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle @ the Cuvee de Castleton release. Was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. Perhaps should have been served colder, may give this another chance in the future.


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