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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The flavor of Scratch #138 originates in the Abbey Ale yeast strain, which produces a distinctive fruity character similar to raisins, figs, dates, and prunes. As the flavor develops, the dark fruit character endures, adding traces of toffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark rum as well as subtle spices, roasted nuts, and toasted grains. The addition of Belgian Candi sugar and cane sugar boosts the ale’s sweetness, while Tradition hops offer a faint floral hop note that ties everything together.

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3.7
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - OCT 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-21-14- Served on tap in a chalice glass Appearance – The beer is served a hazy mahogany brown color with some ruby highlights and a one finger head of tan foam floating atop the brew. The head fades very quickly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is mainly of a roasted and bready smell with some aromas of darker fruits of fig and raisin. Some lighter yeasty smells as well as some spice of coriander and clove are there as well. A moderate amount of a candied sugar and some brown sugar mix with the rest, overall creating a rather roasty and moderately sweet Belgian brown smell. Taste – The taste is drier then I would have anticipated from the nose. It begins with a moderately strong roasted malt flavor with some other darker fruit flavors of a raisin and fig which were detected in the nose. The sweeter dark fruit flavors, while rather light upfront, fade as the taste advances and are replaced by some lighter fruit flavors of an apple nature as well as some candied sugar and brown sugar tastes, all which help maintain a light sweetness in the flavor profile. Right after the initial taste, some yeast flavors come to the tongue and bring with them some spice of clove and pepper. All while the yeast comes to the tongue and the sweet flavors transition, some light hop flavors also come to the tongue. The hop are mainly of an herbal nature, but contain some grassy flavors as well. Some toasted bread and light char tastes come to the tongue at the very end of the flavor profile and when mixed with the rest of the flavors and a tiny bit of an alcohol burn, they leave one with a rather roasted and drier Belgian spiced brown ale flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather nice for the Belgian style and drier tastes of the brew, making for a crisp and rather easy drinking Belgian Brown ale even while at 8.3 % abv. (which it hides rather well). Overall – A rather decently crisp and drier Belgian Brown ale. A nice easy drinker although I am not sure I would choose this as the next Troegs mainstay.

3.5
ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On tap @ SL Liquors. Pours a hazy mahogany brown color with some ruby highlights and a one finger tan foamy head. Aroma has tons of fruity yeast up front with hints of caramel and toffee sweetness and some doughy malt. Taste is a bit more balanced than the aroma with dark fruity yeast front and center from start to finish, along with caramel, toffee and bready malt. Finish is pretty sweet, lingering long after the finish. Medium body with higher carbonation.

3.6
Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On tap at the Knick. Mild sweet nose, caramel and apple. Mild hop character. Coppery amber clear with thin head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Sweet with caramel, light apple and some other fruity character. Mild bitter finish with warming. Clean sweet after.

3.5
nearbeer (5707) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap at Alewife. Mostly clear copper with a disappearing head. Nose is toffee, citrus, clove. Taste is raisin, toffee, merlot and a touch of lemon juice. Some wooden cork on the long finish. Medium body has low- medium carbonation and a drying finish.

4
AndyW68 (1649) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2014
I dont know why this is getting low ratings. This was a good beer. Clear brown red pour. Has that belgian malty yeasty taste and smell. Subtly caramel. Very nice.

3
DocLock (11214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Draft ar Craft. Pours hazy brown with nose of earthy vienna malts, brown sugar, mild nuts, and an uninspiring flavor that matches the nose. Not all scratches are good scratches.

3.1
epeter85 (54) - - JUN 4, 2014
On tap, small creamy head, copper appearance. Malt and raisin, dark fruit with a slight after taste. Very nice finisher. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
closey22 (2131) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Deep amber with lasting rimming beige head; aroma is malty with hints of vanilla; Flava malty grainy; feels medium with some fizz; finishes tangy and sweet and sticky.

3.9
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Pours deep translucent amber with a beige head. Aroma and flavor are both signature of the style, dark fruits and Belgian candi sugar smooth as hell for an ABV of 8.3.

3.6
DiarmaidBHK (6168) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Draft at craft ale house. Pours brown with a half inch of khaki foam. Has some solid sweetness on the nose. It tastes mainly on dates and raisins which is nice. Finishes clean. Solid example of style.


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