Tröegs Scratch 96
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Scratch #96 is the second release in our Scratch Beer series to utilize an experimental hop variety in its recipe. We brewed this robust porter exclusively with a new hop known only by the numeric sequence “06300.” The prominent earthy attributes of this unique hop work nicely with the darker malts used to create this latest Scratch creation. The result is a smooth, mellow mouthfeel with an intriguing minty finish ensconced in plenty of roasted malt splendor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Cask, dry-hopped with Chinook. Medium tan head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, light earthy, chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some chocolate, light earthy, grapefruit. Soft light-medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Very nice porter. Bread smell with some mild caramelized sugar. Mouthfeel is a touch pasty but dry. Finish is roasted coffee. Overall solid flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (7642) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 On cask at Pony bar HK with Linh and Ken. Pours a deep brown body with off white lacing. Aroma is sweet roast, some fruit, wine barrel and malt. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of sweet fruity roast, light sour wine, and a decent malt bill. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nejhleader (1460) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2013
not too shabby. Has a nice bit of a roasty malt flavor some smoke, hops maybe mellowed it out a little bit, a smooth body with a bit of a bitter/roast aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Served on-tap at the Brewery. A - Pours deep, dark brown bordering on black with a nice half finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of dark roasted malt, smoke, a bit of toffee and caramel, vanilla, chocolate, day old coffee and a dash of herbal hops. Decent enough nose with nothing really standing out from the crowd. T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malt and lots of smoke slowly giving way to hints of old coffee, dash of vanilla and toffee sweetness and a nice light herbal hop bite. Finish is very dark with plenty of roast and smokiness, lingering on the palate long after the finish. Much smokier than I though it was going to be. M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Very roasty and smokey feel from start to finish. I think the feel is the best part of this one. Kind of a cross between dead reckoning porter and its smoked porter cousin. O - Not really sure what kind of porter they were going for here so I am just adding it as an American Porter. Anyway, it is a decent enough porter but I have come to expect more from these. It’s worth a shot but don’t be expecting anything world class here.

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