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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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1612) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2010
A: Pours a very deep charcoal black hue. Nice tall tan head that. Dies quickly but leaves a nice collar which is made up of rather large bubbles. Huge chunks of lace left behind. S: Nice aromas here. Nice roasted malt, raw cacao, cream, and a touch of brown sugar. T: Not the flavor I expected here, but that’s not a bad thing. Light roast up front. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, and then boom sweetness. Sweet vanilla, light cream with a sweet Hershey’s Chocolate syrup flavor. I like the the bitter sweet thing they have going here. M: Medium in body, smooth, slick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottles pours a deeper brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, light roast and a milkshake. Flavor or chocolate milkshake, milk chocolate and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola with a small light brown head. Aroma of baking chocolate, cocoa, and light vanilla. Taste of baking chocolate, cocoa and a hint of vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Opaque black with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, light roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla beans, toffee, and light smoke. Taste of dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, roast, smoke, and vanilla beans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A nice velvet body, A nice sweet dark chocolate aroma, the taste is similar sweet chocolate with a darker chocolate slight roast aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a puffy tan head. Smells like a chocolate malted with a shot of coffee. Creamy medium body with a tingle. Taste is cocoa, caramel, vanilla and prune. Finishes with coffee and lime zest. Nicely structured chocolate goodness without being too sweet. I can see this making it into the regular lineup.

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