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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 18/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This one is over a year old now yet I remember the day it was released like it was yesterday. Bottle poured into a pint glass. A - Pours pitch black with a creamy one finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving light lacing down the glass. S - Smells of dulled chocolate, lactic sweetness, dark roasted malts, vanilla, and some toffee. Pretty sweet but not too over the top. Silky smooth even after a year plus in the bottle. The chocolate seems to have dulled out a bit but there is still plenty there. T - Flavors are very similar to the nose, with a bit more chocolate coming thru. The sweetness is strong but it never really overpowers the pallet, allowing you to taste all the supporting flavors. It is silky smooth on the pallet with some lingering sweet roast in the finish. Even after a year in the bottle this remains one of the best scratch beers I have ever had. I just wish I would have picked up a case of this when I had the chance. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice soft, velvety, feel with plenty of lingering sweet roast in the finish. O - One of my all time favorite scratch beers. The cask version of this remains the best cask beer I have ever had. I really wish I would have been reviewing back then. Even after a year now this one remains very highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1602) - 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a medium tan head. Malty nose with chocolate and a hint of fruit. Chocolate syrup flavor without being too sweet moving to an equally roasty and sweet finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Pours opaque dark brown with a small sea foam beige head. Nice nose of sweet cocoa, light coffee, faint coffee. Fairly lingering on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. Style says sweet stout, tasted like what a good RIS should taste like. Great nose similar to KBS, but without the bourbon, nice full mouthfeel, roasty, delicious

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8403) - 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
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 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.

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