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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Consider Scratch #19; originally designed as an enhanced take on Scratch #15 with a slightly higher ABV, our brewers went to town to deliver a brew slightly more akin to our fabled Scratch #5, the Imperial Oatmeal Stout brewed for The Flying Mouflan Experience. For Scratch #19, we teamed up with St. Thomas Roasters of Linglestown to create a special blend of espresso beans. They added Kenyan beans to the mix because of a strong citrus flavor that compliments the hops. Creating en environment akin a French press, the beans are combined with whole flower hops in the hopback, and the hot wort passes through the vessel on the way to fermentation giving Scratch #19 a lush coffee espresso nose and hints of coffee flavor. There is a silky quality to the mouthfeel and a citrus hop finsh coming from the Kenyan beans and hops.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10260) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours deep black with nose of dark malt, chocoff, some nuts, licorice. Fairly dense palate, with dark malt and a semi-sweet dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and a smooth finish. A souped up 15, indeed, and isn’t this the one that became Javahead?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2009
handbottle. medium sized tan head on a black body. nose is mild malted milk ball candies, toast, light petroleum/plastic notes, maybe some sort of vanilla ice cream but to be honest it seems very stale, dried, and old, as strange as that sounds for something like ice cream. silky texture, medium body. parched milk chocolate and roast up front, more petroleum and plastic in the finish, along with the faintest bit of heat. tastes like whoppers candy - malted milk balls + stale chocolate. nice texture, smooth carbonation, but unfortunately there’s little to get excited about flavor-wise. stale milk and soured licorice are the major flaws.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Thanks to Rich for the bad-ass growler! Poured rich, deep brown with burnt umber highlights and a luxurious cap of tan head.. sticky lacing as it descended. The aroma was the first indication I was about to enjoy a fine coffee stout (I didn’t read the description first).. well-roasted, slightly sour espresso backed by cacao nibs and a dry earthy impression.. sweet vanilla and cocoa powder on the back of the nose as well as some warmth. The flavor was a huge espresso bomb as I hoped for.. well-roasted with nutty and earthy character in there.. the coffee gave some bitterness at the edges that was complemented by citrusy husk and floral notes.. sweeter coffee and chocolate notes with earth and citrus bitterness on the long finish. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. oily and bitter overall, with a challenging and enjoyable flow across the palate. Excellent brew that I’d gladly drink more of (thankfully I have almost 1/2 gallon in the fridge!).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (7127) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle @ the Cuvee de Castleton release. Was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. Perhaps should have been served colder, may give this another chance in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (6479) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
1 L handbottle, from axilla. Pours a black body with some brown edges and a small wispy brown head. The nose is big heavy roast and coffee with a nice chocolate note and a bit of hoppiness. BIg coffee and roasty flavor, but not burnt or acrid, it’s just right. Great balanced between the malt, coffee, and hops. Just a light alcohol kick on the back end for being 9.5%. Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with nice light soft fizzy carbonation, a little oily, but very quaffable. This was a definate improvement over the Scratch 15, lots more coffee and a heftier mouthfeel most of all. Wouldn’t mind at all if this made the jump to their regular line-up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6268) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
[BCTC 09] Poured an opaque black color, with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of burnt wood, roasted malts, strong coffee, vanilla bean, and a bit of coffee. Taste of more strong coffee, roasted malts, light smoke, dark chocolate, and light alcohol in the finish. Thanks John!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Sampled during Deliriumfest’s Graduation tasting in Maplewood, MN and shared by beerloco. From a 64-oz growler pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of apple, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of toasted dark malt, apple cider, chocolate a hint of coffee and some light citrus hops. Finish is smooth with some alcohol warmth and a lingering toasted dark malt, apple and bittersweet chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Growler at CDC release party. Pours a black body with a tan head. Roast y dry slightly astringent coffee. Bitter espresso and a lighter etoh warming but well masked. Good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Growler at CDC release. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a foamy head. Aroma is nutty toffee, roasted barley, chocolate malts, a slight fruitienss. Flavor is more coffee and sharp roasted barley get s abit dirty and earthy, smooth oatmeal though- cream and a smooth finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Growler: Aroma of coffee, sugar, slight roasted malts, slight dark ripe fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Poured very very dark brown/black in color with a tan head that lasted around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, and sugar. Medium body. Lightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Sweet coffee and sugar finish. 9.5%ABV is well hidden.

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