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Tröegs / Church Brew Works / Devil’s Backbone Scratch 97
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Earlier in May, Tröegs hosted fellow 2012 GABF winners to brew a special collaborative beer for Philly Beer Week to commemorate each brewery’s success at the festival. Brewers Matt Moninger of The Church (Large Brewpub of the Year) and Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone (Small Brewpub of the Year) joined our own Andrew Dickson, Tim Mayhew, and Matt Hobbs to brew a session-strength Black Rye IPA using peppercorns, three varieties of rye malt, and plenty of American hops. Hand-crafted by three decorated breweries with a combined weight of six gold, three silver, and six bronze GABF medals (in 2012 alone!), Scratch #97 has enough precious metal linked to it to make even Michael Phelps tremble in his speedo… or at the very least prompt Mr. T to exclaim, “I pity the fool who don’t try this Scratch Beer!”

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21447) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark brown color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of burnt coffee grounds. Taste is roasty coffee, bright pine, cocoa. Nice example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Draft at Devils Backbone. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy rye, earthy and herbal hops, mild pepper. The taste is earth, caramel, rye, dry fruits, pine and resin hops. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, well balanced. Three awesome breweries combine to make one awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown color, with amber edges and an off white head. Rye breadiness, chocolate, roasty, and floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Draft at Capone’s. Poured nitrogenated-looking old hay color, with off white head. Nose was subdued malt, hops, and resin. Tastes hoppy, floral, with notes of smooth malt, black pepper, and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4oz sample at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a cola brown with some creamy, off white head. Nose is sweet, lemon, dried orange peel, bread, cracker, orange pulp. Flavor is malty, sweet, orange, pine, lemon. Dry, spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (5761) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap at Barcade. Muddy pour, muddy taste, a little dankness in there but a lot of malt, cocoa, pepper, and lots of roast. Smooth at first, but a little astringent in finish. Just alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4045) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Sampled on draft at whole foods in short pump. Clearish dark brown pour with some tan head. Big rye character in both the nose and flavor. Some chocolate notes, but they don’t play particularly well with the rye. As with many rye beers, I didn’t particularly care for this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3737) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
On tap at Church Brew. Pours a dark murky brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of lots of citrus hops, grassy and garlicky hops, and roasted malt. Flavor starts out more roasted with charred and chocolate malts and finishes with a big bitter hoppy finish. Some peppery notes in the flavor too. A very tasty black IPA! 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods. Pours a very deep brown black, nice head. Aroma is strongly of piney hops. Flavor is a match. Light peppery note and a bit of chocolate, but really dominated by the pine hops. Body rather light. Not bad, wish it had a bit more oomph on the malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours deep brown with a thick tan head...nice retention. Aroma has burnt notes and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is burnt and bitter with light peppery notes...very bitter...slightly chalky. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a burnt/wheaty/spicy dry finish that lingers with roasty burnt notes.

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