brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a lot of brown and it is very cloudy/opaque.
S: Smells sort of dusty. Lots of gingerbread sort aromas with a nice spiciness. Some toasted bread, brown sugar, and a bit of toffee. Mild dark fruits are in there somewhere.
T: The flavor is just off-putting. Really astringent and drying with an almost peppery flavor. Plenty of spices, cardboard, and a bit of the same dusty character that was present on the nose.
M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.
O: This one has not held the test of time, unfortunately. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orange color, almost brown, with a smaller sized of white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of earthiness, caramel, toffee, toasty, and somewhat nutty. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty, doughy, and pine. A little fruitiness in the tastes as well. Sammy (12600) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2009
A wonderful little gift from Mike, in Buffalo. A style I do like, an old ale, this was a cross between that and a winter warmer and an ESB. Wonderfully tamed hops and barley, with a fruitiness. Marvellous drinkability.Pours dark fruity brown with a minor white head. Fruitiness in aroma. ABove average mouthfeel.
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
machfive55 is the Troegs man! A bit of an odd beer. Light amber pour. Malt, cider, roast, and some plastic aroma leads to an odd flavor that seems to be some type of artificial something. The hops don’t meld well. The malt bill is ok. I didn’t have much fun with this one. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2009
I discovered Troeg’s Scratch 4( now Flying Muffdiver), so I don’t want to catch any crap over this review. Anyhow, it pours brown with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, mild funk, and mild peppery florals. Tastes malty, hoppy, soapy, woth some pine, rock sugar, and vegetal flavors. Earthy and a bit odd at the finish. John and Chris, please stop this madness and make Scratch 4 year round!
sebletitje (10282) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2009
courtesy of markwise.
Pours dark brown.
Aroma lots of malts, caramel, some sweet sugar hops
Taste, caramel, malts, some fruits, and light hoppy bitter finish.
douglas88 (9570) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2009
12 oz bottle thanks to machfive55. Pours a red-brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is toasted malts, light hops, and some nutty notes. The flavor is nice; initial Amarillo hops, caramel, light toasted malts, light fruit and nuts. Easygoing but full flavored. Overall, a nice brew. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2009
Courtesy of markwise. The pour is clear copper with thin off white head. The aroma has notes of prunes, dirty figs, dried cherries, some brighter fruit notes, brown sugar and a decent alcohol sense. The taste is smooth and understated with malts, floral hops and shriveled dark fruitiness. blankboy (7780) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle at ’Cole’s Rare Beer Fest’, Buffalo, NY. Pours a clear amber-brown with a small diminishing off-white head. Mild malty aroma, a bit toasty, along with light pine hops. Flavour, also mild, is malty along with light hops, some alcohol and a hint of spices. Starts earthy and finishes dry. Medium to full bodied. Good, not great. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Thanks to Rich for the bottle! Poured ruddy, medium brown with a short-ish cap of beige head.. clear with a cool color in the light. The aroma picked up sweet toffee, sourdough bread, and increasing molasses topped by earthy and herbal hoppage.. lots of rich sweetness stood out and was almost candy-like. The flavor was very much centered around the molasses, with a little toffee and cereal down there as well.. bitterness was light and earthy, likely degraded from where it began.. candied molasses and maple syrup on the warm, lightly spicy finish (picked up a little nutmeg and cardamom). Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. tasty and intriguing components in here, but it didn’t flow all that well.