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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2477) - USA - MAY 21, 2011
Troeg’s throwaways are better than most breweries’ releases. I wish other breweries would imitate their fascinating Scratch series. This had a mellow, malty flavor with dark bread and brown sugar - also a touch of acidity. The aroma has floral notes. The ABV is surprisingly high. A very fine Belgian brown ale. Thanks to Adrian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11579) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a mahogany color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, some earthiness, caramel, and some yeasty breadiness. Tastes of dark fruits, the same earthiness, caramel, and bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle. Fruit and yeast aroma. Amber/brown body with very little head, nice lacing. Flavor begins sweet and citrusy, balanced with hops and yeast. The dried fruit is dominate yet the hops help to keep this beer crisp. The alcohol content is hidden well. Overall a unique, refreshing quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
watery medium brown, not much of a head... the nose is caramel with dark fruits, ok... very water mouthfeel with a boring taste, too spicy and herbal, not a fan

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
This is a fairly aggressive beer, like made elf, without the cherries. Very complex with nice raison and caramel notes. Has a sweet, almost cloying palate that detracts slightly from the beer. Very good, to be consumed in moderation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is caramel and dark fruit. Flavor is caramel, currants, and raisins. Very nice quad, especially for an American brewery. I wish they would make this a part of their permanent collection of beers.

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