RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
At Tröegs Brewery we love beers that tell a story and beers with surprise endings. Dubbed TBB, Scratch #34 is brewer Tim Mayhew’s take on his favorite beer style.

Scratch #34 packs a malty aroma suggesting raisins with hints of chocolate and caramel. On your taste buds, the raisin flavor continues along with traces of dark rum and subtle spice provided by the Westmalle yeast. It finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

The story behind TBB gets to the foundation of the Scratch Series – experiment, educate, have fun and beware of pitfalls. We chose to bottle condition TBB as Tim wanted a near-champagne carbonation for this beer. However, yeast does what it does, and in this case, it crapped out before finishing. Even after Tim spent one evening reinvigorating the yeast (that means he shook the hell out of 180 cases of beer for 30 seconds each), the beer still would not finish and a decision had to be made.

Always innovating, Tim and the brewers dumped as many bottles as possible into a wood barrel, and we will await the surprise ending. For now, enjoy Scratch #34 on draft and stay tuned for the complete story.

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orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Served on tap in the Troegs tasting room into a goblet.
A - Pours a dark brown with hints of red. A one finger head dissipates quickly leaving a light lacing on the glass.
S - Rich roasty, caramel, malts with hints of dark fruits and cherry. Hints of herbal hops and belgian yeast hide in the background. Very complex nose to say the least.
T - Sweet caramel malt with a dash of spices from the yeast and a biting, herbal, note from the hops. Similar taste to the nose, with hints of dark fruits and cherries. The alcohol seems to muddle the flavors a bit but they are still there.
M - Lightly carbonated with medium-heavy body and flavor with a dry finish thanks to all the wheat/yeast. The alcohol adds a warming sensation to the pallet.
D - A very enjoyable beer with a lot going on for it. A welcome addition to the scratch beer lineup.

RGDave (115) - Lebanon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2011
On tap at the brewery, Harrisburg, PA. Clean lines. Beer pours golden with a hefty head, and a malty overtone. Mouthfeel is very heady, very lively, almost too much for my taste, but consistent with what the brewer was looking for. Medium body with some spice, then a bitter finish that trails off to clean. Worth trying at the brewery!

kkearn (1221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Draft, at Belgium comes to West Chester Jan2011. Pours a translucent chestnut-amber, topped with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet candi aroma, with hints of caramel, yeast and a little pepper. Flavor is less sweet than the aroma, caramel hits the palate first and is soon joined by yeast, white pepper,dark fruit and cocoa. Some woody notes come through towards the finish, and hand out on the palate along with spice and white pepper. Enjoyable beer, I’m glad they were able to salvage it.

Sammy (12846) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
A sweet Belgian brown, some calling a dubbel. Pours brown bodied, and very little white head left after 5 minutes. Above average mouthfeel that is creamy and suitably undercarbonated.Malted, a little hops, yeast is not recognized as a major taste. Well balanced though on the mildly sweet side, I file this under the style. Nicely drinkable. Alcohol well hidden. Thanks Michael Pollack.

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Thanks to adamharbaugh for this one as an extra. Pours a translucent red-amber with a white head. Nose is belgian yeast- green bananas, esters, and white and brown sugar. Flavor is similar- dry, nutty tobacco at first, giving way to sugar and banana, leaving with yeast and banana. There’s some dry cocoa in there, too. Sweet brown ale. Medium-bodied and much improved as it warmed.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
On tap at the brewery last weekend. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a muddy brown color with a tan head. Slight lace rings. The nose is a light amount of dark fruits and an off astringency--almost earthy and bitter, bordering on metallic. The taste is the same and there really isn’t much dark fruit or caramel character to hold the off flavors back. Metallic might be too far, but it’s certainly a bit astringent. Had a hard time describing it. Feel is a bit light for the style. I wasn’t a big fan of this, I’m sad to say. Perhaps the first Scratch beer I have not enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 11-03-2010

egajdzis (6776) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Lightly hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts, spices, and alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with light roast, some cocoa, and more alcohol in the finish.

KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Malt, subtle raisin aroma. Amber brown body with medium head. A distinct maltiness balanced with belgian yeast, raisin flavor. Slight hop bitterness with a hint of roasted chocolate. Well balanced, an interesting belgian/brown ale

nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 Growler thanks to StormKing47 on BA. Pours a nice clear reddish amber color with a large off-white head and good lacing. Nice subtle Belgian aroma with caramel malts and nice fruity esters. The flavor is nice with caramel malt, slightly sweet, maybe some candi sugar, banana and apple esters as well as some red berries. Medium-bodied with great soft carbonation and a nice smooth finish. Solid stuff from my hometown boys. A pleasure to tick.

biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Draft at the brewery last weekend. No bottles available, I guess due to the story in the caption. Clear, deep amber in color. Definitely had the usual belgian character there. Good stuff.

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