Followers of our Scratch Beer series may remember last year’s Cocoa Porter, Scratch #54. It was a rousing success, so we decided to return to the original recipe but give it a bit of a tweak. When we brewed it last year, we utilized approximately one pound of cocoa powder per barrel. This time around, we amped up the recipe to include a whopping THREE POUNDS per barrel! Now I don’t claim to be a mathematician, but I think that works out to be three times the cocoa powder we used last time. So if you like your beer with some intense chocolately goodness, then Scratch #85 was brewed especially for you.
orangesol (562) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Playing a bit of catch up on this one. Reviewed from notes.
Was lucky to get a pour from a growler of this one, it was gone crazy fast!
A - Pours deep brown, bordering on black with a small half finger tall off white head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of straight up cocoa powder and very little else. Maybe a touch of vanilla? Thats about it really.
T - Starts off with a HUGE cocoa powder taste / feel that is strong from start to finish. The chocolatey sweetness can only do so much, the powdery feel leaves the palate dry after each sip.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. The powdery feel is just so over the top, it really makes it hard to consume a lot of this in one sitting.
O - I liked this one, it is just a little too heavy on the cocoa powder. Maybe twice as much would have worked just as well. Oh well, better luck next year for this one.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at 5 lamps. Pours like dark coca cola with thick lasting tan head. Aroma is chocolate, some hints of leather and malt. Taste is overwhelmingly chocolate. Medium body. Great chocolate porter.
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