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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1272) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2011
12oz bottle received as an extra in trade with Slentz. Thanks! Pours a brown color with an off white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, a little yeasty. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, sugar-y, Belgian yeast. A decent quad, but like most US quads, it’s just not as complex as it’s Belgian counterparts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Slightly hazy orange-brown pour. Maple syrup and cherry on the nose. Sugary syrupy sweetness with some cherry notes and tons of alcohol. Very little carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2011
20110617 12oz bottle from Capones. Deep mahogany with small, wispy white head. Aroma is very spicy, immediately conjuring a craving for banana bread, toasted, and coated with tart quince paste. There’s a countering fruitiness throughout that verges on sweetness, but more jammy than sweet with a tannic astringency that adds nice depth. Some welcome earthy bitterness to finish. Big and boozy, vinous, and straight to the head like a big zinfandel. No idea what to expect this this beer, but this wasn’t it. Gladly, it’s a pleasant surprise. A quad though? Maybe not quite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a translucent chestnut color, topped with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is on the sweet side, with notes of dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and mild grapefruit. Caramel hits the palate first; dark fruit, pepper and citrus gradually build. Yeast and brown sugar are more evident towards the finish and cling to the palate for a while. Alcohol comes through a bit in the finish. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
355mL. Poured a clear amber with a small, tan head. Red apple nose with esters, cinnamon, and pretty nice apple pie. Taste is spicy, earthy, rye, fairly bitter and malt forward. Belgian character is pretty evident. Not bad, though Quadrupel was the very last thing on my mind while I was drinking it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Brown pour. Dates, toffee, brown sugar aroma. Flavor is sweet, dates, brown sugar, toffee. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21675) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94, thanks! Murky brown color, tan head. Aroma of prunes, plums, raisins. Taste is dark fruits, semi-sweet, great mouthfeel, good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Sweet toffee nose with a touch doughy yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, moderately bitter with peppery yeast, spices, toffee and dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle from the unknown beer man. Pours turbid ruby red; great deep ruby shade, with 1-finger off-white head that goes away quickly and provides little lace. Nose is very fruity, with currant, heavy caramel malt and melanoids, dank yeast esters, resiny peppery hops. There’s a lot going on in this nose. Tastes rich, very earthy, sour mashy tart currant, with Belgian rock sugary yeast, some spice. Medium to dense palate, very complex, and stays tart. Finishes tart, fruity, and hoppy, sort of like a cross between Mad Elf and a Trappist ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle thanks to ole boy Rich! Pours dark red to brown wig some off-white head. Nose is sugars, dried fruits, spices and phenolics. Taste is sweet but full on phenolics and and light bitterness. Lots of malt complexity. Medium bodied. Great Belgian.

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