Tröegs / Church Brew Works / Devil’s Backbone Scratch 97

Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Earlier in May, Tröegs hosted fellow 2012 GABF winners to brew a special collaborative beer for Philly Beer Week to commemorate each brewery’s success at the festival. Brewers Matt Moninger of The Church (Large Brewpub of the Year) and Jason Oliver of Devils Backbone (Small Brewpub of the Year) joined our own Andrew Dickson, Tim Mayhew, and Matt Hobbs to brew a session-strength Black Rye IPA using peppercorns, three varieties of rye malt, and plenty of American hops. Hand-crafted by three decorated breweries with a combined weight of six gold, three silver, and six bronze GABF medals (in 2012 alone!), Scratch #97 has enough precious metal linked to it to make even Michael Phelps tremble in his speedo… or at the very least prompt Mr. T to exclaim, “I pity the fool who don’t try this Scratch Beer!”

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Sampled on draft at whole foods in short pump. Clearish dark brown pour with some tan head. Big rye character in both the nose and flavor. Some chocolate notes, but they don’t play particularly well with the rye. As with many rye beers, I didn’t particularly care for this

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Growler from Whole Foods. Pours a very deep brown black, nice head. Aroma is strongly of piney hops. Flavor is a match. Light peppery note and a bit of chocolate, but really dominated by the pine hops. Body rather light. Not bad, wish it had a bit more oomph on the malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13492) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Draft at Devils Backbone. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy rye, earthy and herbal hops, mild pepper. The taste is earth, caramel, rye, dry fruits, pine and resin hops. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness, well balanced. Three awesome breweries combine to make one awesome beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1542) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
lots of black ipas floating around these days. It was really nice, the tastes are really seperated, at first you are hit with a bit of a roasty ipa taste then the black part kicks in with toasted malts, bit of a spice and i guess what would be the rye. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pras (597) - Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Nice black IPA. Color was nice and dark, a bit opaque. Scent was citrus and earthy notes. Flavor was nicely bitter with some roasty characteristics. finished super dry. Very refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3887) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2013
On tap at Church Brew. Pours a dark murky brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of lots of citrus hops, grassy and garlicky hops, and roasted malt. Flavor starts out more roasted with charred and chocolate malts and finishes with a big bitter hoppy finish. Some peppery notes in the flavor too. A very tasty black IPA! 8/4/8/4/14 (3.8/5)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft at the pour house. Pours pitch black with a medium sized white head. The aroma has light pine and some roasted malt. The taste has a nice mix of sweet chocolate, big bitterness, light pine cone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
jdavidh (164) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Poured a jet black. Flavor was charcoal, earthy, lots of sharp bitterness without much complexity. Not a fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3709) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Pours deep brown with a thick tan head...nice retention. Aroma has burnt notes and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is burnt and bitter with light peppery notes...very bitter...slightly chalky. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a burnt/wheaty/spicy dry finish that lingers with roasty burnt notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (6959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap at Barcade. Muddy pour, muddy taste, a little dankness in there but a lot of malt, cocoa, pepper, and lots of roast. Smooth at first, but a little astringent in finish. Just alright.

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