Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, molasses, some caramel, raisins, some figs. Tastes sweet and malty with a rich velvety mouthfeel. Excellent balance of roastiness to sweetness. DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Beer pack from one of my loyal patrons. Good nose with a rich toasted, almost sweet aroma. Big roasted barley taste with a smooth finish. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Hopdog. Thank you, sir. Toasty, roasty malt aroma that leans toward fresh baked dark bread rather than chocolate or sweet coffee. The body is mostly black though it pours brown and holds a lasting thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. First sip is black roasted coffee, dry toasted malt and grains. There are suggestions of dark fruit, but they are fleeting. This is mostly black roasted coffee and burnt/toasted malt. And I love it. Has an intense burnt bitterness in the finish. It’s a touch thin for a robust porter, which the abv leans to, but thicker than any brown porter I can think of. Very nice and underrated in my opinion. LinusStick (3458) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
This was a very delicious and different porter. Aroma was nice. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger tan head. Taste ws great. Dark chocolate, coffee and a wierd vinous element I’ve never had in a porter. Made it a lot more interesting and complex. Dark roasted malt and ash in the aftertaste. Nice suprise! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottled. Opened with a huge "pfft" and poured clear iced tea brown.. waaaay too much head rose above the liquid (we’re talkin’ a 10-1 ratio here!). The aroma was quite enjoyable.. toasted semi-sweet chocolate and nutty notes with dry, maybe-a-touch-stale coffee grounds around.. drier overall and dusty. The flavor was along the same lines.. chalky, roasty darker chocolate and coffee grounds with a touch of dark fruit on the stale-ish finish.. OK, but nothing great going on here. About medium-bodied and chalky on the palate.. carbonation was out of control.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2008
5-19-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to risser09 lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Semi thick red brown with a yellowish beige head and very thin lacing. Smell is sage and roasted smokiness. Flavor is roasted malt and muted hops - not wildly bitter or crisp. Nice, unique and it works together fairly well.
Bottle from risser09 in trade. Thanks man! Pours dark reddish brown with a medium lived tan head that leaves lacing. Smell is fresh and piney and hoppy actually rather than roasty, but nice and a slight hint of coffee beans. Taste is like a hoppy pale ale with a slight hint of coffee perhaps. Interesting take on porter, and not what I expected, but still pretty decent. More like a rich pale ale than a porter. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottling No. 2-2007johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
2/12/2008: Tröegs Scratch 2 (Porter) has a chesnut brown color with a pillowy tan head. This beer smells like ground coffee beans with a large dose of earthy hops. It also has touches of chocolate and citrus hops. The flavor is quite roasty and a lot like black coffee with undertones of some chocolate. Some roasty bitterness creeps in toward the finish and really works well with the other flavors. Each sip seems to reveal new flavors and additional complexity. This is a nicely crafted robust porter that has a medium-light to medium body (I would have preferred more body). This is a pretty good porter, and reminds me of a beer I made last Winter!
12 fl. oz. bottle (5.9% ABV) from hopdog. Thanks again Steve! I appreciate it. Rating #38 for this beer...
Poured black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. More chocolate flavors than anything. franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a creamy head that dies quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells of roasted nuts, minimal caramel and coffee with a minor amount of hops. Tastes of floral hops, toasty malt and coffee. Everything is pretty mild. Full in the mouth with lively carbonation. Bitter finish. A good but not great porter offering from Troegs.