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Tröegs Scratch 27



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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Thanks to FooFaa for giving me a bottle of this last night. Pours a very dark chestnut brown color that appears almost black in the glass with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source. Almost completely opaque with a two finger mocha colored head that has good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind. Roasted malt aroma with a lot of silky sweet chocolate character as well some lactic cream, hazelnut, toffee, biscuit and coffee bean in the nose. Medium bodied and slightly more roasted than the aroma suggested. Lots of roasted malt up front with hints of espresso/coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. This is countered mid-palate by a smooth lactic cream and silky chocolate presence mid-palate. Hints of toffee, hazelnut and caramel compliment the chocolate and roasted coffee bean flavor. Very well balanced with a well masked ABV, making this beer very quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Thanks to stakem for the chance to drink this. 3.5 A: Pitch black color. Only about 1/2 a finger of creamy tan head that falls fairly quickly, but leaves a decent amount of lacing. 4.5 S: Lots of sweet chocolate, but balanced well with roastiness. At first the lactose isn’t perceived, but then suddently that sourish sweetness manifests in the background. 4.0 T: Sweet, but the lactose is subtle. Rather, taste is very chocolate-ty without being super thick like ST Choklat. Roastiness is there, but second fiddle to the chocolate. 4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Usually I scoff at lighter bodied stouts, but this one drinks pretty well. Good moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth. 4.0 D: Love Troegs and this doesn’t disappoint. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-18-2010 02:00:56

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
A- Dark Brown-nearly black body. Pours with a two finger or so foamy cocoa head. Head eventually fades completely except for a thin collar and small traces of lacing left behind in the glass. S- The dominating presence of the nose is that of roasted malt. Powdery cocoa and milk lie in the background. T- Flavor is mild upfront and offers a lot of classic milk stout characteristics- much like drinking chocolate malt. The finish is what is different than most for the style-a moderate roasted malt bitterness comes through and lingers on for quite awhile-it overshadows the initial flavor. M- Low to medium carbonation and a light to moderate weight smooth creamy body. D- This is a good milk stout overall and somewhat unique for the style with the addition of roasted malt-which is interesting but could be a bit more subtle. Still, overall a great brew by Troegs and a great interpretation of the style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-27-2010 01:25:41

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Dark pour-black with a creamy tan head. Attractive aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, and vanilla. Chocolate flavor with vanilla, some roasted malts and a touch of hops bitter at the end. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8398) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12 ounce bottle thanks to Adam. Pours a wonderful black hue with a very large beige head. A sweet nose of roasted malts, chocolates, cocoa, some pine hops. The flavor is rich and tasty; dark fruits, rich cocoa and milky chocolate, smooth and almost smoky at times. Lovely. A thick creamy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Dave. Pour is deep brown with a tan head. I’m going to have to agree and say this one smells just like a tootsie pop. Flavor shows dark chocolate, vanilla, and light roast. Overall body is moderate to full, and might as well be liquid fudge. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2010
(12oz bottle courtesy of markwise). Pours hazy dark brown with tan head. Aroma is like a tootsie roll. Taste is bitter with some sweetness. Medium bodied with creamy texture. A really nice beer and I feel lucky to have tried this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk9 (183) - Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to Swalden28) Sweet caramel along with roasted flavors. Dark brown color. Sweet milk chocolate, actually liquid melted milk chocolate. Very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Thanks to Kiel for this bottle. Pours a deep mahogany that settles in pretty close to black in the glass underneath a small beige head that clings to the sides and leaves streaks of lacing. The aroma is like a malted milk ball but with the chocolate taking on a bit more of a cocoa powder character. The lactose is definitely in there as well as some roasted malts. The taste is much more chocolately than the aroma and it’s a much richer chocolate flavor with hints of lactose underneath. Very sweet for a stout. The mouthfeel is very creamy, smooth and velvety, with good carbonation and sweet. Not a lot of roasty character. If you’re a fan of sweet chocolate stouts, this will be very enjoyable. It’s fairly one-dimensional in the taste but it’s executed well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to dashirey on BA. Pours a darkest brown color with a small but well-formed light tan head and good lacing. Huge, rich chocolate on the aroma, like a quality chocolate bar. Some coffeeish roast as well, along with vanilla beans. The flavor is also big on rich milk chocolate, without being too sweet. Vanilla is big here again, and a little cocoa bitterness balances the sweetness. Coffee, roast, and caramel in the background. Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium body (not too heavy) and soft carbonation. An awesome offering from my hometown brewery. Hope this beer gets brewed again.

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