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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17520) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13233) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Brown pour. Dates, toffee, brown sugar aroma. Flavor is sweet, dates, brown sugar, toffee. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, 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 14/20
DocLock (8054) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7181) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - 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.

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