For our most recent Scratch offering, we let our inventive nature shine. An ambitious undertaking by any stretch of the imagination, Scratch #88 served as the “guinea pig” for John Trogner’s latest experiment: The Infüz-O-Matic 5000, an apparatus poised to alter the landscape of our Scratch Beer series forever. By design, we constructed this prototype to extract the essence of a variety of ingredients and infuse bold flavors directly into our beer. For Scratch #88, we circulated the Chocolate Stout in The Infüz-O-Matic 5000 for more than 150 hours through four circulation units filled with more than 100lbs. of cocoa nibs, 50lbs. of cocoa powder, thirty vanilla beans, and copious amounts of Cascade hops. Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, Scratch #88 will entice you and your sweetheart to visit our Tasting Room and share this delectable treat. Come taste for yourself and savor the flavor!
orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours deep brown with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of an abundant amount of bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla beans, a touch of spice and plenty of dark roasted barley. Based on how much cocoa and vanilla they added to this one the nose is pretty spot on.
T - Starts off with a big bittersweet chocolate kick that lasts through the finish. Some vanilla, dark roast, lactic sweetness and some light chalkiness round things out but the chocolate dominates from start to finish. Very little, if any, booze is present in this one.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet, chalky feel from all that cocoa lasts throughout. It could use a bit more body, it goes a little thin toward the end of the glass.
O - This is one chocolate heavy stout. Compared to #27 and #41 it falls short but on its own it is pretty good. I wish they had bottled this one, I would love to see how it develops once some of that cocoa powder taste / feel dies down a bit. Get it while you can.
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