RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Scratch #57 is brewed with two cocoa powder varieties and two kinds of berries to create a tart twist on a classic German style. Unfiltered and carbonated to a near-champagne finish, the beer is 7.9% ABV.

Fermented in our open-top fermentation room, the yeast gives hints of pepper and clove designed to complement the fruit flavors.

The cocoa powders add bitterness and some mouthfeel; the boysenberries and raspberries provide a tart, dry finish and the vanilla yields a subtle, sweet finish to the beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiiruBierBeer (1026) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2015
Nice caramelly malt smell. Malty taste but there is something a bit off about this, maybe some mineral or pool water. Medium body with medium carbonation and slight foam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUN 11, 2014
Transfered from BA review on 2-21-12 - Served in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served an mahogany/dark amber color with a nice slightly off white head. The head had some persistence, but eventually gave way to some decent lacing. Smell – The smell is of some cocoa with a nice sweetness of caramel and some good bready malt. There are sweeter fruit aromas that are present as well; aromas of banana and berries are most prevalent, but some other lighter dark fruit aromas are present as well. Taste – There is a nice biscuit base that is present throughout the taste. In the beginning the fruity flavors that were detected in the nose are quite heavy. Banana and berries are strong, mixing with the biscuit and some yeasty flavors quite well. More towards the middle the taste transitions from some of the berry and banana to more cocoa. The berry and banana are never lost though, and in the end there is this rather satisfying cocoa fruit and malt flavor left on the tongue. Quite nice. Mouthfeel – The thickness of the body was a bit above average and the carbonation level was rather average. It was fitting for the nice complex characteristics of the brew. Overall – This was a nice beer. While some of the flavors and aromas many not seem to complement each other on paper before you experience the beer , once you give it a try you notice they go together quite nicely. If you get a chance give it a try. This is one I would go to again and again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4178) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
12 oz bottle from TheEpeeist, another he found me in my favorite style. Nose is berries, chocolate, and yeast with only a slight bit of cloves but lacking in any banana esters. Very lightly hazy amber with a medium, lightly lacing beige head. Flavor is berries, cocoa, and a bit of bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pineypower (3250) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a strange, birch beer color with a small white head. Aroma is of dried fruits, caramel, sweet syrup and light rubbing alcohol. Taste is of stale bubblegum, sweet fruits, fig, rotted berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Decent. Huge chocolate aroma. Pours amber brown with a fluuffy white head. Medium body, with a sweet caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
on tap at the brewery’s tasting room pours dark amber, silkey white head on top, good retention. Nose is light, slight clove, and roast. Taste is nutty, banana, light spice, and cocoa on the finish. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dmac (6042) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2012
12 oz bottle thanks to Jimmie. Poured a dark ornagey brown body with an average sized tight foamy off white head with loads of floaties. Aroma is flat out bad, it’s sort of like the end of a cherry Tootsie Pop right as the Tootsie Roll center is revealed but far more medicinal. Throw in some rotted black bananas and uncooked dough. The body is fizzy from carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and an aftertaste that lasts far to long for the flavor of this beer. Flavor is similar to the aroma with that medicinal cherry Tootsie Pop along with some seltzer and seedless rye bread. This was an abomination, just bad all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottled. Poured hazy medium amber with an inch or so of uniform, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up a whole lot of cocoa and a whole lot of banana, with chocolate-covered raspberries and sweet nutty notes accenting.. very interesting. The flavor found nutty notes, cocoa, vanilla, and a bit of tart wheat at the core.. chocolate-covered berries emanate outward, along with dry wheat and cocoa powder.. more berries, chocolate, and tart wheat on the dry finish. Medium-bodied with hefty carbonation on the palate.. dry as mentioned.. good feel and flow.. this was interesting, and I’d gladly have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10480) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours turbid rusty ruby coppery with 2-finger khaki head. Nose is earthy brown sugary vanilla, berries, definite cacao. Tastes of berries, earthy brown sugary caramel malt, berry, and a slightly fruity and sweet finish with a high level of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (6909) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2012
On tap at brewery, poured a dark brown with a red tint. Crazy lacing, small head.Aromas of lavender, bannana, dark cocoa, cloves, shampoo. Taste is hershey bar rust with a little malt and fruity notes hidden. Overall it tasted like a choc tootsie pop. Not bad.

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