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

 
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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
Travlr (24262) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark brown color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of burnt coffee grounds. Taste is roasty coffee, bright pine, cocoa. Nice example of the style.

3.9
Drake (13637) - 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.

3.8
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2013
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a dark brown color, with amber edges and an off white head. Rye breadiness, chocolate, roasty, and floral.

3.5
DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Draft at Capone’s. Poured nitrogenated-looking old hay color, with off white head. Nose was subdued malt, hops, and resin. Tastes hoppy, floral, with notes of smooth malt, black pepper, and a smooth finish.

3.4
nimbleprop (8278) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4oz sample at Max’s Hop Fest 2013. Pours a cola brown with some creamy, off white head. Nose is sweet, lemon, dried orange peel, bread, cracker, orange pulp. Flavor is malty, sweet, orange, pine, lemon. Dry, spicy finish.

3.1
PhillyCraft (7074) - 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.

3.1
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

3.8
LilBeerDoctor (3903) - 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)

3.5
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.

3.7
alobar (3754) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Cola brown color with minimal off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bread, and hops. Roasted malt and chocolate flavor with some citrus and a quick hop bite. Very nice.


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