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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Scratch #61-2012 is brewer Jeff Campbell’s recreation of his wedding beer. When Jeff first homebrewed this barrel-aged imperial stout he shared some bottles with the brewing team and it was immediately tagged for a future Scratch beer. Scratch #61 was aged on oak chips for three weeks following fermentation adding a bourbon-esque note. Dominated by rich toffee, toasted coconut and vanilla flavors with enough hops to cut through the sweetness this 9.1% ABV and 42 IBU brew is incredibly drinkable with minimal alcohol burn. On tap at the brewery only.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2266) - - JUN 11, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-18-12 Served in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a deep black color with a light tannish head. The head faded giving a moderate amount of lacing. Smell – The aroma is big on roasty notes and oak. There is some chocolate in the nose with some sweetness of vanilla and caramel present as well. Taste – A nice deep roasty flavor meets the tongue. It has a nice oaky flavor mixed in with the dark roasted flavors. Toward the middle the chocolate detected in the nose comes into play. It starts out more bitter but sweetens some as tastes of vanilla and toffee develop. Toward the end some burnt-char flavor comes into play mixing with the sweeter-roasty flavors quite well. Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and the carbonation is low. A very good body and carbonation allow the beer to mellow on the tongue and allows all the flavors to soak into the tongue. Overall – A very good drinking tasty stout and one to try if you get the chance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - APR 22, 2012
On tap at Zeno’s. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is surprisingly tame for an RIS: some roastiness and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, oak, vanilla and a little bourbon. Long dry oak finish. Solid but unspectacular RIS. Too dry for my tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
Served on-tap at the brewery. A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass. S - Smells of lots of dark roast, oak and some light chocolaty sweetness. The oak is strong throughout. A touch of booze creeps in as it warms up. T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast quickly giving way to lots of dry oak tannins, light chocolatey sweetness and some lightly charred wood. The booze is hidden well, only noticeable once it has come to room temperature. The finish is a mix of dark roast and dry oak, lingering on the pallet long after consumption. M - Big bodied with plenty of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. The oak is strong throughout, combining with plenty of dark roast to linger on the pallet long after consumption. O - This one was pretty good but it really isn’t anything special. The booze is hidden well but the oak is a little too strong for my liking. Yet another winner from the scratch series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
Dark brown with tannish thick head. The oak aging comes through in both the aroma and taste. 9.1 ABV, but it tasted stronger than that. A good bitter hops/malt balance.

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