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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raisins, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, and bread. Flavor of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, yeast, and cocoa.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Tap. Murky ruby brown, thin off-white head. Candy, plums, brown sugar and slight prunes in the aroma. Sweetish, dark grapes, reduced brown sugar, and a dark fruit toffee finish. Lighter to medium body and bubbly carbonation.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy rusty ruby amber with a small beige head. Aroma of dates, brown sugar, caramel malt and yeast. Taste of dark brown sugar, dates, caramel and yeast. One of the better ones from the Scratch series.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of yeast, malt, cherry, fruit, currants, candi sugar, and some dark ripe fruit. Poured amber in color with a tiny off-white head around the edges only. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, slight caramel, slight brown sugar, currants, slight medicine, rye, slight pepper, and slight yeast. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, brown sugar, currant, malt, rye, slight yeast finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Pouring from their table during the festival at BCTC. Pours a ruby amber with a thin beiged white head. Sweet fruit, plums and caramel. Light hop notes, crisp malt, big and sweet. Malt and toast, warm booze notes, toast and malt before a lingering bitterness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
12 oz bottle. Hazy brown with bubbly froth. Nose is brown sugar, bubblegum, wood and raisin. Medium body with a sharp tang. Taste is caramel, bitter orange peel, burnt sugar and nutmeg. Coming together nicely since the release. I’d give it another year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty yeasty aroma with spicy hints. Sweetish malty spicy yeasty flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2011
bottle pours hazy dark reddish brown, almost purple with a medium tan head. Aroma is big brown sugar, some fruity esters and toffee. Flavor is very sweet upfront with lots of candied brown sugar and caramel malts giving way to peppery hops and fruity esters that end with a prickly carbonation and a touch of booze, but the good kind. Really well done quad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2011
I completely forgot who tossed this bottle my way, so if you read this I am sorry for forgetting but am appreciative. Rich, vibrant mahogany in color with a minute off-white head resting atop. Some bright ruby highlights appear too. Aroma is rich with dark fruit, caramel, a hint of grapefruit-like citrus, and candy sugar. Sweet candy sugar comes to the forefront in the flavor. Caramel, some spiciness, figs, raisins, with a warming alcohol presence. Medium body and pretty soft carbonation. Drinks like a 10% quad should.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3464) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to orangesol. Cloudy dark orangish cola brown in color with a small light tan head. The aroma has Belgian yeast, caramel, candi sugar, and dark fruit - fig and plum. Pretty nice flavor, with caramel, brown sugar, a rye-like spiced note, yeast, prune, fig, date, and alcohol. Medium-full bodied and a bit on the boozier side, with lower carbonation level. Pretty tasty beer, but not really a standout for a BSDA/Quad.


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