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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Scratch 27 begins a new fold in the Scratch series. For the next several batches individual Troegs brewers will create recipes of their choice. First up, The Ticeman had a hankering for a sweet stout, so the Troegs brothers and all the brewers met with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Company engineers to eat ridiculous amounts of cocoa nibs and chocolates over a few pints of beer. This collaboration resulted in the delivery of a special blend of cocoa nibs that were added during the boiling process. In addition to the nibs, lactose was added at the end of the boil to give a little sweetness in the body. The addition of Galena and Simcoe hops lends a subtle fruity balance. After primary fermentation, the beer was aged for three weeks on a blend of cocoa nibs and Ugandan vanilla beans. Dubbed Cocaoabunga, this unfiltered beer has a pleasant cocoa aroma, a subtle sweetness in the mouthfeel, a full-bodied flavor, and hints of vanilla. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2011
bottle pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is bitter cocoa, very oaky vanilla and wood elements. Flavor is roasty and dry with big green hop notes and sweet vanilla and dark cocoa in the finish. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2011
12 oz bottle-thanks jtclockwork for sharing-pours a dissipating light brown head and black color. Aroma is roasty/chocolate, dark malt, some earthy. Taste is roasty/chocolate/lactose/vanilla-dark mlat, earthy/spice hops. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Tasted on 5/26/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me in a trade, tasted from my new Lost Abbey stem given to me as an anniversary gift from Jane. Pours almost black, opaque dark brown with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to a thick collar of lace, leaving some lacing along the inside of the glass. The nose is many different types of chocolate with cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, mocha, and milk and dark chocolate along with hints of vanilla and lightly burnt and smokey roasted notes. The flavor is once again, dominated by lightly sweet chocolate, ranging from milk chocolate syrup to lightly bitter dark chocolate, along with some light vanilla and lightly smokey roasted malt. The body is medium with slightly more lively than average carbonation and a very long chocolate, vanilla, and lightly bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Scratch 41, draft. Medium tan head with dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some chocolate syrup, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some roast, light vanilla. Soft medium body, fairly smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2011
16oz pour at Churchkey. Pours a lightly watery, nearly opaque deep brown with a thin white head. Nose is sweet, chocolate, vanilla, malty, crackers. Flavors of cocoa powder, vanilla extract, coffee, malty, toasted bread. Full bodied, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
Wow I was pleasantly surprised to meet up with Deuane and his wife yesterday. He was nice enough to share this one with me. Poured the bottle into some red wine glasses and was greeted with a slight tan colored head that dissipated fast. The body of the brew was black in color. First putting the brew to my nose I got a ton of coco nibs with a hint of vanilla but when it sat for a while the vanilla stepped up and became dominate. Flavor wise I got some what the same it was a nice bitter chocolate to start off then it morphed into a vanilla bomb. The carbonation was a tad light for me and the mouthfeel was a little thin But.. I went from drinking a Kate to this brew so my palette could have been compromised. I really liked the brew when it started off, Once it warmed there was to much vanilla for me. I say drink this one on the cold side. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
12 oz bottle shared at jcwattsruggers. Poured a deep dark brown with lighter brown edges and a smaller head. Aroma of chocolate cake batter along with brownies. Flavor isn’t quite as chocolatey as the aroma but chocolate is definitely there along with fruit, vanilla dark toast. Medium bodied that has fizzy carbonation and a medium duration aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Reviewed from notes. This is a really nice beer. After trying the sampler as the brewery, I decided to grab a case of this. I wish they were a bit closer and I could grab a case of every Scratch beer they put out--they’re always quite tasty and make very nice extras as well. Pours a nice brown color with a pretty good head and some nice retention. Nose brings forward some nice, sweet and creamy malt as well as a very nice chocolate presence. The taste brings a good dose of chocolate and the creaminess of the mouthfeel really enhances all the flavors. A bit of sweetness. Just a really nice drinkable brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-24-2010

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle shared at John’s tasting. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of milk chocolate, vanilla and chocolate malt. Taste of roasted chocolate malt, vanilla bean and creamy milk chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
12oz bottle. Dark pour, with a good amount of carbonation for a stout. Slight oily lacing, a little spotty and runny. The aroma has a good bit of coco in there along with some vanilla. The flavor is chocolaty with a good malt backing. Not too sweet with a nice bitter finish.

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