Cletus (6368) - 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. 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. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Light chocolate and caramel aroma, ruby brown in color with a nice, rocky off-white head. Very creamy. Lots of chocolate in the flavor, mild roast, and some sweet cherries. I am enjoying…Thanks docster! JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2007
This is part of the Scratch series and is the porter which debuted in June. It can only be purchased at the brewery. It starts with a nice chestnut-laden caramel soaked flavor with a decent garden-like hoppy aspect (55 IBUs). This has that nutty-hoppy fusion present in other Troegs beers. It starts off as rather dry but is an easy to drink porter. It is not as dark and silky as other porters but has some chocolate malt flavors which are pretty pleasing. The aftertaste has a coppery coffee feel. This one doesn’t seem very sweet compared to, say, Anchor Porter. Nothing over the top here but damn tasty IMHO! Scratch 3 will be a Triple so time to hit Harrisburg again! johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Poured black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. More chocolate flavors than anything.
shigadeyo (3818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Bottling No. 2-2007DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 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...
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. Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2009
Poured watery black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Light chocolate and caramel flavor. Easy drinker. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Pours a solid brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to the light. Large creamy/bubbly off-white head made this difficult to pour. This beer is over carbonated. Smells of citrus hops, some chocolate and some roast. Taste follows the smell. Nice subtle malty roasty taste with some hops mixed in and a lingering chocolate in the aftertaste. Medium body, thin mouthfeel. This isn’t a bad brew, and were it not over carbonated it would have been a tasty almost sessionable brew. I suppose I should have tried this one fresher too. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Lightly sweet aroma. Smells hoppy with hints of pine and resin, as well as coffee and chocolate malt notes. Very interesting juxtaposition between the hops and malts. Poured medium-brown with a hint of ruby and a medium-sized tan head that lasted throughout. Good lacing. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Tastes of piney and citrusy hops in the front, and chocolate, coffee, and slightly toasted malts in the back end. Light to medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Dry malty chocolate/coffee finish. Overall, a different Porter, but I appreciate the hops.