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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Draft. Black pour tan head. Aroma could be more indicative of flavor, some chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is rich chocolate, vanilla sugar and light roasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 Fresh 12 oz. bottle. Pours an extremely dark mahogany color, almost black. A medium-sized, frothy head of mocha colored foam shows good retention. Sticky swaths of lacing look like mountains on the horizon. The nose is certainly chocolaty, featuring the sweet, dark variety most prominently, with a good amount of complimentary vanilla and some mocha roast. There’s a surprising level of earthy, slightly green hoppiness that works beautifully in balancing the sweet cocoa. The flavor is delicious, again very well put together, focusing on dark cocoa, but also featuring green hops, sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, and even some cinnamon spice on the finish. The body is medium in stature, smooth, and moderately carbonated, with a slightly drying finish. Damn good stuff. If Dieu du Ciel Aphrodisiaque/Aphrodite had a little sister, this would be it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2010
tasting on 3/6/10... dark pour with small tan head... sweet malt and licorice aromas... light to medium body with more sweetness, chocolate and light nuts... roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Bottled. Poured translucent coppery-brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma was just decadent.. sweet lightly-roasted chocolates, vanilla beans, and a touch of honey at the core.. the chocolate fought with the vanilla for dominance, but I think the vanilla won.. like cake in a glass. The flavor found the same kind of stuff.. semi-sweet chocolates and vanilla beans at the core with milk chocolate sweetness laced throughout.. oaky tartness, vanilla, and dry-roasted, sweeter chocolates on the finish. Medium-bodied and somehow dry despite the sweetness on the palate.. moderate carbonation.. very tasty, but I wish I could’ve pulled in some of the Simcoe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Opaque dark brown pour with a light tan head. Chocolaty aroma. Very sweet flavor. Chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, piney hops, cocoa, lactose, and slight roasted malt. Poured brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, dense, tan/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, lactose, slight roasted malt, and some cola. Medium body. Slightly tingly, slick, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate, coffee, and lactose finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Bottle courtesy of brainlair. Lactose sour and chalky nose, some chocolate and cola. Taste is lightly sweet, lots of lactose, chocolate, caramel and some dark fruits. Body is very soft with light, gentle carbonation. Decent, but the chalkiness is a bit of a detractor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Deep brownish black pour, with a bit of creamy head. Mild aroma, smelling mostly of sour lactose, with a tiny bit of sweetness. Tastes sweet and roasty wit lots of chocolate, and a bit of a milky lactic taste. Feels a little thin and watery in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2010
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, earthy, and some roast. Tastes of chocolate (lot more than in the aromas), roasty, and some caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Malty chocolate sweetness, vanilla, and milk shake tones, lactose and a chocolate sweetener. A mild roast y tone with a sweeter almost as if served on nitro vanilla tone. Very nice.

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