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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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For Scratch #44, we were determined to break our mold of recipe formulation by taking a homebrewed beer and scaling it upward to make a Scratch beer.

Scratch #44, a Belgian-Style Quad, is based on the winning recipe by Team America from the semi-annual Troegs Metal Brewer competition; truly one of the funniest brewery events we hold. For Metal Brewer we divide all our co-workers into teams and ask the teams to brew a beer using a secret ingredient – this year was dried fruit – and develop a marketing presentation for the beer. As an added incentive, the winning team got a Scratch Beer made in their honor, which you have the pleasure to enjoy.

Scratch #44 comprises of a complex variety of malts featuring Special B and CaraBelge that gives this beer a rich red hue and thick caramelized sweetness. Once this uber-high gravity wort made it to the kettle, we added a combination of Magnum hops for bittering, and Saaz hops for an herbal contrast to the caramel malts, along with Demararra sugar. For a unique twist on this style, we used a combination of Saaz whole-leaf hops, and more than 40 pounds of Zante currants in the hopback.

We pitched Westmalle yeast for a complimenting spicy balance and after a long fermentation, we give you Scratch #44—an interesting spin to a style that’s been enjoyed for centuries.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2013
In short: An oxidized fruity dark ale. Meh.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed with some age on it, over one year, can’t remember where it comes from.
The look: Cloudy rusty-ruby body topped by a small beige head.
In long: The somewhat discreet nose has the expected typical dark fruits esters along with some oxidation. Taste is oxidized, raisins, cardboard soaked in prune juice, some caramel, purple jelly beans, a clove-like spiciness no hops presence. Medium body and medium carbonation. At least it didn’t feel too sweet and the alcohol was not apparent at all, other than that I don’t have many good words for this beer. Long cardboardy after-taste. I usually find it is the right moment to drink a true Belgian Quad when it is between one year of two years after bottling date, but this Scratch 44 felt tired and over the hill. Kind of sad but I see it never got good ratings in the first place, even when fresh, this is just a lame American Quad attempt. I’m convinced Tröegs made this Scratch 44 just to piss me off, and don’t call me paranoid, you’d be paranoid too if all brewers in North-America were in business to make you waste your time on ratebeer just so your don’t undercover the truth about how all breweries are owned by the Tylenol people.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2615) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike. The beer is a light orange / brown hue with minimal head. The aroma brings brown sugar, malt, spice, Belgian yeast, fruit. The flavor brings fruit, booze and a bit of Belgian yeast. Decent, but lacking oomph and/or aggressive flavor. A bit bland. Apples are prominent throughout. Medium to light bodied with fairly low carbonation. Overall, this was OK. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-19-2011

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Thanks to Ballofruit for this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a moderate brown color with a nice khaki-colored head and a bit of spotty lacing. The nose carries a bit of Belgian yeast and fruit plus some dark malt and a bit of toast. Flavor is along the same lines. Mellow flavors throughout. Medium body and a smooth finish. Boom.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2804) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Chestnut brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of raisin, Belgian spice, caramel, and fig. Excellent lacing with dark fruit, fig, raisin, and caramel flavor. Minimal hint of alcohol. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7153) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Bottled. Poured a lovely shade of deep garnet with a short, but easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of currants upfront, with aged caramel, raisins, and figs beneath.. earth and crusty bread accented. definitely Westmalle yeast in there.. I enjoyed it, but it was just a bit too currant-forward. The flavor found a lot of currants as well, but the rest of the components stood up better.. figs, molasses, caramel, and chewy bread backed it up.. cloves, cinnamon, and earth tied it together.. finished spicy over sweet currants and raisins. Medium-bodied, sweet, and spicy on the palate.. moderate-plus carbonation.. again just a little too much fruit for me, but it was really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5755) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Big thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of malt, with a lot of toffee and brown sugar notes. The alcohol is well hidden, but there is a little bit of dark fruit hidden behind the malt notes in the aroma. The flavor is also very malty. I get a lot of toffee and Belgian yeast notes, as well as some brown sugar and raisins. The alcohol is more present in the flavor than it is in the aroma, but it is not overpowering. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
orangesol (875) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served on-tap at Troegs into a goblet. A - Pours dark brown, with reddish highlights, with a small film of off white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving light lacing down the glass. S - Smells of the usual Belgian yeast, candied sugar, clove, currants, ripe banana, dark fruits like figs and raisins, and some light alcohol burn. It has plenty of fruit up front with some lingering spice toward the end. T - This one packs a wallop. Tons of spice, candied sugar, and strong alcohol burn make up the core of this beer. Some dark fruits, Belgian yeast, and currants offer as much contrast as they can. The finish is a mix of sweetness and booze, lingering for a short amount of time. This was an OK quad, but something is missing, just not sure what that is. Not the best but far from the worst. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A whole bunch of sweet heat, both in the feel and the finish. Toward the end of the glass I had a pretty hard time finishing it. O - Well this was just OK. It really didn’t blow me away in any way. The flavors were good but it never really fully came together. The past few scratches have been a bit of a letdown...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6021) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2011
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, color of TAB cola with an aroma of fruitcake, flavor is sweet caramel, raisins, light malt, thinner finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2011
On tap at Alewife, Balmer. Fairly light brown pour with a healthy bit of carbonation and a nice layer of foam. Quite a bright and fruity aroma, and not the heavy fruit that one often expects with a quad. No, it’s youthful and floral for the most part, with a heavy sweetness underpinning things. Mouthfeel is a bit thin perhaps. But the flavors are fairly satisfying, with a slick and sweet candy malt core and a nice balance between intense yeast and those bright hops again. Interesting take.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Pours a nice dark brown color. Dates and grapes are present in both the aroma and taste. I like the sweet taste with some soureness. Mmm


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