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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some nice ruby red highlights and a thin tan head. S: The nose is highly chocolatey with some nice roast malt character. Not a lot going on, but quite nice. T: This beer really lives up to its name: there’s tons of sweet, milk chocolate along with some additional milk on top of that. There’s a light roastiness, but the chocolate is really front and center. M: The beer is smooth on the tongue with a medium body, but perhaps a bit thin on the body. D: This was a fantastic beer. While it was sweet, it was not in the sugary, syrupy sense. A real easy drinking sweet stout.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13316) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Swalden28) Pours a dark brown body with medium beige head. Aroma of nuts, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, caramel, dates, vanilla, and roasted malt.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11602) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010

Date: March 06, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: HMOG
Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of nutty character
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice caramel sweetness, light nuttyness, just a touch of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Live rate during Sharks/Hawks game. Pours burnt umber w 2f oth. Nose is roasty toasty dark patent malt, raisins,hops, dark choc, rauch, coffee. Tastes sweet, extremely dark caco nibby and dark chocy, with a rich palate, tons of malt, and a finishing dryness that belies the initlal sweetness, and a lot of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010
355mL courtesy of TheEpeeist. Poured a near pitch black with a small, beige head that left very nice lacing on the snifter. Nose at very is buttery bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, sweet dark fruits. Taste is bitter, lots of Kola nut, milk chocolate, slight vanilla, a little bit chalky in the body. Pretty ashy and roasty for a sweet stout. The finish shows that the beer is quite thin overall but has a buttery, pretty oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2011
12 oz. bottle, and damn if I can’t remember the origin. Sorry, but thanks, whoever bonused this to me. Pours a dark, opaque coffee brown with a small tan head that dissipates quickly into a thin, uneven film and ring with light lace. Aroma shows some oxidation instantly, along with notes of toasted sugar, roasted malts, milk chocolate, lactose, vanilla, and cocoa powder. Flavor of roasted malts, toasted sugar, molasses, cocoa powder, earth, and bittersweet dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a sweet, slightly roasty mouthfeel. Wonder if this would have been even better when fresher. Pretty nice.

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