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Scratch Beer 2 - 2007 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fish113d on 06-20-2007)
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Reviews by Jredner:
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toasty, roasty malt aroma that leans toward fresh baked dark bread rather than chocolate or sweet coffee. The body is mostly black though it pours brown and holds a lasting thumb thick, bubbly, tan head. First sip is black roasted coffee, dry toasted malt and grains. There are suggestions of dark fruit, but they are fleeting. This is mostly black roasted coffee and burnt/toasted malt. And I love it. Has an intense burnt bitterness in the finish. It’s a touch thin for a robust porter, which the abv leans to, but thicker than any brown porter I can think of. Very nice and underrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 01:09:50 | More by Jredner
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-15-2011 02:29:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is incredibly light for a porter. Seems like a dark amber color with a big khaki head and a lot of carbonation.

S: Very fruity, almost like cherries. I get a strange woody note out of the nose. Still some roasted malt there, which is one of the few indications of this being a porter. Also seems to be a bit of cough syrup.

T: The cherries and cough syrup are picked up right away on the palate. That woodiness is there again, which I can't quite figure out. Maybe some grapes, too, and a mild roasted malt character.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Eh, sort of what you would expect from a 3-4 year old porter. Hopefully not too many people are really holding on to these anymore.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 19:36:50 | More by womencantsail
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South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi!

Scores reflect how the beer is drinking NOW, and not when released.

Massive carbonation, huge 2 finger head, clear chestnut brown. Lots of lace. Somewhat weird nose, punchy and nutty. Highly carbonated brew with some nice sweet black bread malt and nuts, dry, possibly something weird going on here... okay, clearly old, pleasant finish with lingering sweetness and roasty malt. Still palatable, interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:45:30 | More by kkipple
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is explosively carbonated; a reasonable pour yields me five-fingers of lightly browned, dark tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a dark brown / concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red-plum color when held up to the light. The aroma smells a touch musty, with the beginnings of a phenolic, almost Brettanomyces like influence. Touches of acetone, and an light note of artificial fruitiness are also found here in the nose. A touch of fruity, vegetal roast grain notes as well as some nutty toasted malt aromas and a smooth browned malt character. The fruitiness also reminds me of tart berries and perhaps even some pomegranate like notes. Definitely an interesting nose on this beer, I am not quite sure what to think of it.

Up front this beer is lightly sweet tasting with a touch of roastiness to balance things out. Browned bread crust flavors and a nice toasted grain character are also found before some fake fruitiness and acetone notes kick in. The finish has a bit of bitter, burnt vegetal notes as well as a hop bitterness. There is also a touch of lightly roasted coffee character in the finish. The "off" flavors are not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as they were in the nose, but still do influence the character of this brew. The body is light, though not quite watery, and has likely been reduced by the infection that has taken hold (the excess carbonation had to come from somewhere), but is still retains a nice quaffable quality.

This has definitely turned south and clearly some low grade infection has taken hold here. The beer is not undrinkable yet, but I would definitely recommend drinking all you have on hand at this point. If this had not been infected it would have easily been able to stand up to the two years of bottle age. I am ranking this one at the average, as it is clearly past its best by date, but if rated as is I would put it at a 2.9 (3/2.5/3/3/3)

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 16:55:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

A: Pours a nice nutty brown hue with a nice tall creamy mocha colored head. Great retention and tons of lace. Lovely in the glass.

S: Lots of roast character up front. Hints of bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, and hazelnuts.

T: Rosty goodness in the bottle. Lower ABV with age usually results in a mess. This one is still tasty as hell. Tons of roasted malt up front. Burnt toast with coffee, mmm what a breakfast. Nice dark chocolate makes an appearence in the middle with a touch of dark fruit. The finish is hopped nicely. Hints of citrus and green grass mix with a touch of smokey malt to round things out.

M: Medium in body, smooth, perfect carbonation.

D: I really enjoyed this one. Another scratch offering by Troegs another great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 18:16:42 | More by tpd975
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a clear copper brown color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy ecru head. Nice lace left on the inside of the glass with each sip. Smells of roasted and toasted grains, sweet toffee. Tastes of rich caramel malt, with a hint of cocoa powder. Moderate carbonation. A really nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 03:25:53 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one from Hophead101, cheers Greg! Review based on notes:

Pours a brown tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Coffee grounds, a bit of cocoa, & some tobacco-like hops

T: Toasty malt & caramel up front, plus much coffee & dryness. Toffee, cocoa, & more coffee as this warms. Finishes dry with leafy hops & more coffee

MF: Light bodied with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinks alright, a bit one dimensional as porters go. I guess they can't all be gems from Troegs...

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 18:03:33 | More by russpowell
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours chestnut brown, with some ruby highlights. Tan head holds together for a few minutes. Some nice patches of lace.

Soft milk chocolate aroma, with a bit of caramel. Perhaps a bit of floral hops in the background. Fairly simple.

Lots of milk chocolate, with a hint of roasty malt. Pretty well balanced.

A bit thin in the mouth. Pretty simple. Not bad, but could use more body.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 15:27:13 | More by Bierguy5
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep russet color. Much read present. Small only slightly off white had fades into a drowsy lace and ring. No depth and light easily penetrates.

Nice roasty aromas with dark chocolate and hints of caramel. A bit of smoke in the back very light in character. Very malty and unmalted barley even.

Like the 3 would represent this is just an average porter (which 98% are as it seems to almost be a dying breed). Light roast, chocolate malt, barley, drying on the finish. Hints of black tea and a hint of raisin.

Mouth is very dry and slightly acrid. Not a beer I'd really drink many of however this beer was bottled in '07.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:46:18 | More by mcallister
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid brown with beautiful ruby highlights when held to the light. Large creamy/bubbly off-white head made this difficult to pour. This beer is over carbonated. Smells of citrus hops, some chocolate and some roast. Taste follows the smell. Nice subtle malty roasty taste with some hops mixed in and a lingering chocolate in the aftertaste. Medium body, thin mouthfeel. This isn't a bad brew, and were it not over carbonated it would have been a tasty almost sessionable brew. I suppose I should have tried this one fresher too.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 02:29:22 | More by johnnnniee
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from risser09 in trade. Thanks man! Pours dark reddish brown with a medium lived tan head that leaves lacing. Smell is fresh and piney and hoppy actually rather than roasty, but nice and a slight hint of coffee beans. Taste is like a hoppy pale ale with a slight hint of coffee perhaps. Interesting take on porter, and not what I expected, but still pretty decent. More like a rich pale ale than a porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:15:53 | More by JDV
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with 3 fingers of big billowing khaki tan head, good retention and nice lacing. Smells of citrus, toasted malt, caramel, a touch of nuts, and floral hops. Tastes of lemon, grapes, and honey up front with caramel and roasted malt in the backbone along with a hint of milk chocolate. Finish is very crisp with floral hops. Medium in body with lots of carbonation, good feel with lots of sweetness and a good bitter finish. A little weak for a porter, but still good to drink and another tasty brew from Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 01:49:41 | More by HopDerek
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a bright brown color with a huge fluffy off white head. Looks good! Color seems a little light to me for a porter, looks more like a brown ale.

Aroma is mellow, but pleasant. Some breads, biscuits, nuts, and a bit of pine like hops.

Taste is quite dry. Some nutty and spicy flavors from the roasted malts. And a clean crisp bitterness on the finish that is somewhat mineral like.

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit prickly up front, but the finish is a little lean feeling.

Drinkability is pretty good. A solid but unspectacular porter. But the dry quality seems to detract a little from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:35:16 | More by flexabull
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to davide169 for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, too much carbonation, nice one-finger head when it settled down, lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, not much of anything else. The taste is malty, slight bitterness, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, a little disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 02:23:05 | More by Wasatch
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red color with a moderate tan head that left some nice lacing. The smell was of caramel malts and some floral hop sweetness and some slight alcohol. This one isn't fresh and seems a little hot for a porter. The taste is a good bit of hops and alcohol with some sweet and roasted malts. This one is all over the place but I can't tell if any of this was intended since this was brewed last year. It is still a great brew but I would have liked to tried it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 02:07:48 | More by CrazyMacHarris99


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid inch of sand colored tan head has nice retention and leaves a bit of lace. Body is almost black but shows hints of root beer brown when held to light. Nose is a mash up of raw wheat and soured hops with a bit of a mineral woodsy feel. Enters the mouth with that same almost odd mixture of dark wheat which is a bit rasty and teamed up with some malt tones. Minerals and hops create raw bitter feel that is even and quite unique. The beer becomes more creamy smooth and even on the mouthfeel as it warms. A slight bitter sour is left on the tongue. The alchol is hidden well but I would guess it to be around 6.5%.(Later found out it was much lower) Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:31:45 | More by SPLITGRIN
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby brown with a medium tan head

S-Nutty with some caramel, roasted malt and floral hop notes.

T-A bit thin and more carbonated than I would expect. A nice roasty character with a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. This is certainly an American take on a porter and I like it.

M-A bit thinner than I would like but the nice background bitterness help support this. A decent feel.

D-A nice solid offering. A bit unusual but in a "lets take this beer in a different direction" way. A nice beer to continue the Scratch series with.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2008 12:11:43 | More by Deuane
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into pint glass on 1/21/08. Pulled one of these out of the back of the fridge... forgot I had any left!

A - Poured a very dark brown with some subtle ruby hues and a stocky, light brown head that quickly diminished to some patchy foam, but left some decent lacing on the glass. Fair amount of carbonation.

S - Nice mix of earthy hops, bitter chocolate, some dark fruit with a roasted maltiness reminiscent of coffee. It's nice to smell a bit of hops in a porter!

T - Earthy hops up front, followed by a warm surge of malty bitter sweetness. Finishes up with a nice bitter, roasted coffee bite.

M - Quite carbonated for a porter. Lots of prickle on the tongue. Not quite as robust as some other porters I've had. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin and a little less creamy than expected. Still, this is a medium-bodied brew that's pretty thick. Finish is bitter and slightly metallic.

D - I could probably drink a few of these in one setting, mostly because of the thinner body and hoppiness. It's nice to see a porter with a ballsy hop profile. While not as thick and creamy as your average porter, the addition of the hops really balances out the roasted and chocolate flavors, making this brew quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 01:01:22 | More by ffejherb
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4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from ClockworksOrange as an extra in a trade. Scratch #2 in my quest to drink the first 5 Tröegs Scratch brews. Drank from my Black Butte ping glass while watching Duke vs. Clemson.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber brownish with a massive two finger creamy light tan head that looks like it’ll never recede. It never really does and leaves a half finger cap and collar with enough lace for two beers.
Smell- Not the biggest nose in the world but decent. Nicely roasted malt base that is very Porter like; and that is where the similarities end in the nose. Like Dead Reckoning, this Porter has a very fruity head that has light cherry characteristics. Very yeasty as well with a bubblegum like sweetness.
Taste- Damn, this is good! Starts with a nice lightly kilned malt base that has a soft sweetness about it. A light yeast tone is present as well that has an almost fennel like quality about it. Crisp with a bit of light berry that mingles around in the background somewhere. There is a flavor in the beer that I can’t pick out. It’s somewhere in the vicinity of fennel or celery. I know that sounds weird but it’s great, I really love this beer a lot. Super tasty!
Mouthfeel- A tad thin but not bad for a Porter. Crisp, light carbonation.
Drinkability- I have no idea what that different taste is that is in this brew. It’s freaking awesome though whatever it is. It’s very, very unique and I’m loving the hell out of it. I like this Porter more than Dead Reckoning, by a lot. Big thanks to ClockworksOrange for the opportunity to try this wonderful brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 01:26:07 | More by younger35
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Scratch Beer 2 - 2007 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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