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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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21638) - 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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3558) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2474) - 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 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 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.

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