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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Pours dark murky brown with a big creamy beige head. Aroma brings iced tea leaves and weed. Flavor is delicious sweet teal leaves and light earthy hop bitterness, so pleasant on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11781) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21427) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Nice black IPA. Color was nice and dark, a bit opaque. Scent was citrus and earthy notes. Flavor was nicely bitter with some roasty characteristics. finished super dry. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11551) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Troegs Scratch 97. Serving: Draft at MacDowell Brew Kitchen. It pours solid black with a small tan head. The nose has a nice bit of roast, chocolate, earth, and a touch of rye. Medium bodied on the tongue with notes of pine, earth, roasted malt, and chocolate. I was guessing porter or stout before I saw this was a black IPA. Very drinkable and tasty.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Cola brown color with minimal off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bread, and hops. Roasted malt and chocolate flavor with some citrus and a quick hop bite. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1451) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
lots of black ipas floating around these days. It was really nice, the tastes are really seperated, at first you are hit with a bit of a roasty ipa taste then the black part kicks in with toasted malts, bit of a spice and i guess what would be the rye. Interesting brew.

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