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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2012
On tap at the brewery poured brown, with an awesome chocolatey aroma, the beer tasted of chocolated and caramel, but finishes slightly on the sour side. Heatly alcohol level but no burn in the palate, this is a very drinkable beer, very tastey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Muddy amber. Smell is like fruity vanilla from heaven. Tastes wheat, caramelly, and has some dark fruits too. Sticks to my mind, not to my tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23576) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft at Churchkey, courtesy of staff - thanks! Murky dark amber color, massive tan head, decent lacing. Aroma of fruity and earthy bubblegum. Taste has lots of mixed fruits and vanilla. Interesting.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Tap at ckbb. Reddish brown pour with a medium white head. Nail polish, bubblegum, and bandaid abound. Uber sweet and fruity behind it all. Really nasty stuff. Lingering and offensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bth122 (1546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Botttle, poured a mostly clear dark copper color, decent head that dissipated. Aroma was indeed cocoa and some cherries. Taste is med-lite sweetness. Taste starts off with some cherry followed quickly by cocoa taste. Med body, ave carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsmerig (1554) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Pours a deep brown with thick tan head. Aroma is cocoa and cherry. The cocoa comes across as a bit musty until you stick with it for a bit. Taste comes across as chalky and musty mixed with a tart cherry flavor. Its interesting, but a bit too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2012 Served on-tap at the brewery. A - Pours dark amber orange, with a touch of ruby red around the edges, with a nice one and a half finger tall khaki colored head leaving light webs of lace down the glass. S - Smells a little dull initially, pretty sure it was too cold, but once it warmed up a bit I noticed hints of sweet berries, chocolate, dark fruits, bready wheat, and some light spice. T - Starts off with a nice berry twang quickly giving way to hints of dark fruits, wheat, vanilla and some nice chocolatey sweetness. As it warms up in the glass it really develops and changes. The berries begin to take a back seat to the sweetness but they don’t go very far. Finish is a bit sweet, growing a little watery toward the end of the glass. M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, creamy feel initially growing a bit watery over the course of the glass. Not as chewy as I though it would be, the additions really helped to mask it well. O - I really liked this one. The berries and chocolate work really well with the wizen base. I like how it developed over the course of the glass, it really kept me interested. Certainly not your typical wizen but still a welcome break from the norm.

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