LilBeerDoctor (4236) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of toasted and sweet malts. Flavor is rather earthy and malty initially, with a salty, sort of like a hearty chicken soup, finish. An interesting beer but I didn’t get much hops from this.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of toffee, molasses, citrus notes, sweet, semi-earthy malt. Flavor of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. Bitter finish. Tasty. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2009
This is pretty good stuff. I like the style. My first crack at one of the scratch series. Finished a 6 of this over Xmas. Pretty hoppy I think, but flavorful and easy going down. This is a disjointed review. I apologize. egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Poured a clear chestnut brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, toffee, toasted notes, nuts, and pine. Taste of caramel malts, nuts, tannic graininess, tobacco, pine, and some gritty yeast. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, brown sugar, pecans, slight citrus, sweet malts, and some toasting. Cluster hops really come through in the scent. Poured deep orange/deep amber in color with a small, creamy, dense, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, brown sugar, resin, toasted malts, light nuts, and slight dough. Medium body. Tingly texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, brown sugar and hops finish lingers and is a bit dry.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2008
This is a very hoppy winter warmer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Aggressive hops mix with some spicy yeast notes and lots of sweet, bready malts. A perfect sessionable brew for the winter. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle pours a deep chestnut brown with deep amber notes and a medium bubbly off white head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, pecans, pine, caramel, grapefruit, molasses, toasted malt, honey and malty sweet notes. Flavor of brown sugar, molasses, honey, toasted malt, almonds, pine and grapefruit that lingers a bit on the tongue. This one is a little sweet yet earthy up front but then quickly goes dry with a bitterness that lingers. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear maple brown with a frothy beige head. Nose is orange, brown sugar and faint spice. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is orange, toffee, grapefruit with light mulled cider sweetness. Lingering bitter finish but aside from the hops not much spicing. adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours a beautiful clear, mahogany amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bitter grapefruit, tangy tangerine nectar and hops. Taste is bitter with a strong grapefruit presence. Very hoppy and tangy. One of the better ones from the Scratch series.