Scratch Beer 2 - 2007 - Tröegs Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jredner:
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
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. Its 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.
10-28-2007 01:09:50 | More by Jredner
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3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
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...
02-05-2009 18:03:33 | More by russpowell
4.1/5 rDev +13.9%
12oz bottle into my Mad Elf snifter.
Pours a dark brown with some deep amber highlights around the edges. Nice frothy, tan head that left some fantastic lacing down the glass. Aroma is a beautiful floral hop bonanza with maybe a tad of maltiness in the background.
Taste is prominant piney hops into a roasty mellow maltiness that finishes with a wash of citrus across the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palatte.
In my opinion, this was a very nice go at a hopped up American Porter from Troegs and is quite drinkable. The hoppiness (especially that floral aroma) was etremely surprising but in a good way. Definitely worth a try if you can come across it.
11-08-2007 17:39:13 | More by Kegatron
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
A 12 oz bottle.
A: The porter is a deep ruby red, so much so that it looks black. The head atop the murky depths measured near a 1/4 a finger and does not lace.
S: The aroma is roasted chocolate, grainy with a burst of citrus hops near the end of the nose.
T: The porter has a hop presence that I never really noticed earlier. The bitterness is not as delicious or powerful as the Dead Reckoning, but it still manages to stand out within the murkiness of the porter. The latter stages of the beer reveal the porter side, roasted with some choclate flavors and a slight tartness. I can see the resemblance between this and the Dead Reckoning and I appreciate this more because of it.
M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on the hops, providing a bitter kick that nicely matches against the darker malts.
D: This is much more of a traditional porter than Dead Reckoning and it wins points because of that. The darker flavors do not disappoint and the hops serve as an added bonus.
11-12-2007 01:44:37 | More by akorsak
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-23-2008 21:31:45 | More by SPLITGRIN
1.25/5 rDev -65.3%
My last scratch beer.I love porters,lets see how it tastes.Poured into a tulip style glass.
Very thin body,it was clearer then cola when I poured it into my glass.Nice off white head,nice lacing left behind.
I smell vegetables,really I do.
The first of the tastes is a vegetable taste.Its really nasty.There is a chocolate and tobacco taste there as well.Im not looking forward to drinking this.Mabey the taste I see thats bad it the smokieness?
The mouthfeel is very thin and not pleasing at all.
I will not re buying this beer again if this is how it tastes.
09-24-2007 15:53:28 | More by MmmIPA
3.3/5 rDev -8.3%
The Tröegs Scratch series is an awesome concept, and I'll be sure to seek out these beers as I can get them. That said, I feel lucky to have gotten this bottle of #2 before it disappeared, but because of my love of porters, it's killing me that I only have 1. Here it goes.
APPEARANCE: Pours into a new Sam Adams glass a barely transparent dark brown with ruby highlights. The head is light tan and one finger high. It holds strong in the Sam Adams glass and after a long while becomes a full surface coating with a large collar and significant lacing.
SMELL: Whoa, hops! Completely unexpected. They are pungent and spicy with a hint of citrus and pretty much dominate the nose of this beer. Vague caramelly and roasty notes come through, but you've really got to search.
TASTE: Hops dominate again and really don't want to let up. The hop flavors are all across the board from floral to citrus to spicy and hit you full force from the beginning. They last through to the very end, and only then does any standard porter flavor come out. It seems like a nice enough porter with some caramel notes and bitter black malt, but the hops really just get in the way.
MOUTHFEEL: It's a tad thin for my liking, but it's close. The carbonation level is acceptably appropriate.
DRINKABILITY: Despite being waaay out of style, it's a nice beer nonetheless. Just not really a porter. It goes down easy enough and is an enjoyable drinker.
Ok, it's a disappointment. But that said, I think I still wish I had another bottle. If you can still find it, get it. It's tasty, but it just doesn't taste like a porter.
11-21-2007 03:29:02 | More by jmalex
4.47/5 rDev +24.2%
What could I say about this other then I was intrigued, not even knowing what kind of style I was in for really made it even that much better. I was thrilled to be able to give this one a whirl. Poured a very dark brown, nearly opaque with the slightest red hue available around the sides and the bottom. A deep thick off white head formed on top and left behind copious amounts of lace. Their was definitely some carbonation that could be view through the thick brownish haze. Smell was full of hops which got me really happy but there was a complex back of malts and sugars which still kept me guessing as to which style it would fall into. The flavor was wonderful. Deep rich caramel and malts were mixed with a huge floral hop punch. This one had teeth for sure. There was a great resin like finish too it and a huge dry lip puckering bitterness about it. A really complex mix of flavors that I had some trouble nailing down completely. But it started off with the earthy grains and walloped you with some deep hops, very nice. A medium to almost full bodied feel really filled you up, but the nice carbonation gave it enough life to keep it from getting overwhelmed. Overall I am still not really sure what style this one is, however If I had to guess I would say a Strong ale, which leans towards the hoppy side, an India Brown Ale, or as a last resort, a way too fresh Barley Wine, however there was not nearly enough ABV present for the latter. But I have to say this was very nice indeed and something that really was very nice. I look forward to trying some of the other Scratches, the mystery of not knowing what it is only adds to it, and this one was definitely top notch, Get it if you can!
11-03-2007 14:07:38 | More by mikesgroove
3.43/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
01-25-2009 15:27:13 | More by Bierguy5
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Pours a nice deep brown colour with a foamy, chunky beige head that looks a bit different than the norm for a porter but still nice nonetheless. Good amount of residue left on the glass from said head as well.
The aroma is a mix of a touch of caramel sweetness, a bunch of roasted, almost toasted malt, some cocoa and a hint of coffee as well. There's also a fair amount of floral or even grassy hop aroma here. Interesting for a porter, but again, nice nonetheless.
The flavour basically hits on the key aspects of the aroma: roasted and toasted malt becomes more noticeable than any caramel sweetness, cocoa and coffee flavours are intertwined at a fair clip, but the hops are boosted up a bit, adding a complexity that is not the norm for a porter but brings a nice new dimension to it. The floral notes mixed with more earthy rugged malt flavours was unexpected but worthwhile. Mouthfeel is a medium to full bodied brew with a bit more carbonation than most porters.
This is a nice beer overall. I wasn't completely sold on the hoppy porter thing at first but subsequent tastes got me into it a bit more and now I can say I am definitely clamoring for some more.
07-08-2007 01:47:48 | More by SixpointJMH
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a dark brown with a ruby hue and a creamy head that dies quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells of roasted nuts, minimal caramel and coffee with a minor amount of hops. Tastes of floral hops, toasty malt and coffee. Everything is pretty mild. Full in the mouth with lively carbonation. Bitter finish. A good but not great porter offering from Troegs.
08-28-2007 06:41:40 | More by franksnbeans
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
A million thanks to froggyfrog for hooking me up with this beer. This beer is quite different than anything I have had before. I have experienced other hoppy Porters but this is a easy drinking refreshing hoppy dark color beer. It is simply a strange and very tasty mix. There is no doubt this is a style bender and there will be arguments over what to "properly" call it buy the point is its quite good. I was expecting something along the lines of Gonzo Imperial Porter and it is in that same league but quite different. This is not a Baltic Porter and does not have the same big body that one had but is does showcase great hop flavors.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark crimson copper color with a big tan head a noteworthy lacing. The head fades to a frothy cap that lasts the duration of the beer. Very nice.
Smell: roasted grains, toasted caramel, toffee, and then a blast of citrus comes through my nose as well.
Taste: The flavors starts with a roasty slight burnt porter flavor. Dark grains, burnt caramel and toffee but parallel to these flavors it a new dimension for a porter, it has a hop attribute that is not overwhelming but is certainly bold. Then it finishes with a strong bitterness that is part coffee bitterness and part citrus rind bitterness. The aftertaste is long lasting and astringent.
Mouthfeel: It is a light body porter that comes across as just a bit more than I would hope but the carbonation and the hops make up for some of that and overall it works well because the light feel adds to the easy drinking nature of this beer.
Drinkability: This is a cross between styles for me. It almost like some Black and Tans that I have made on my own, and I think it works well. I would consider it very easy drinking.
Hope this is helpful.
08-28-2007 19:02:08 | More by Phatz
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours a rich chestnut brown with a creamy tan head that recedes. Mild lacing on the glass.
Aroma is roasty with some caramel and light coffee tones and a rather pronounced floral hop smell.
Tasty floral hops upfront leading into a nice roasted malt flavor with some light caramel and coffee tones. Medium bitterness midway through with a lingering hop flavor at the finish.
Body seems a tad thin, decent carbonation.
Overall, quite a tasty brew and quite hoppy for a porter. Easy to consume and will definitely quench your thirst for hops. I would have liked to have seen the roasted malts come through just a bit more.
07-24-2007 03:52:37 | More by MaltyGoodness
2.65/5 rDev -26.4%
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.
01-27-2011 19:36:50 | More by womencantsail
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-02-2008 22:35:16 | More by flexabull
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
Now this is a different take on porters.
Scratch 2 pours a dark, deep mahogany color with a big tan head. Really nice lacing remains and a cap cover the top until the end.
Aroma has some toasted nuts, toasted grains, caramel, and citrus hops. And some more hops, with a little bit of hops to go along with them. Love the character the hops add to the smell. Everything else is week compared to the hops, though.
Solid flavor with this one. Hoppy porter, indeed. Toasted grains and nuttiness flow smoothly into the citrus hops. Nice kick of bitterness in the finish. Tasty, but different porter.
The mouthfeel is a little thin for a porter, imo. Good carbonation. Very easy to drink and not overly filling like others of the same style. Nice take on porter.
09-06-2007 22:27:43 | More by Imstillthegman
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
11-15-2008 02:29:22 | More by johnnnniee
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
01-31-2008 12:11:43 | More by Deuane
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
A: Dark brown, coke-like appearance with tan head that recedes into a thin ring.
S: Sweet, chocolate malt, with an unusually strong hop presence, for a porter yet not for a Troegs.
T: Nice initial hop punch at first, followed by a sweet, roasted malt flavor. Hops cut the sweetness nicely.
M: Slightly carbonated with a dry finish. Not sweet as expected.
D: Very good beer. Typical porter flavor, with a Troegs hop-kick. I like this less sweet take on a porter. Allows for better drinkability IMO.
07-23-2007 01:04:09 | More by guinnessfan
3.2/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
01-18-2009 20:46:18 | More by mcallister
3.85/5 rDev +6.9%
A clear, chestnut/ruby color fills my glass. It is topped by a medium sized, creamy, light tan head.
Aromas of malt and roast are present, balanced by herbal and grass scents. Floral and fruit are present as well, and it smells sweeter as it warms.
Bitter moreso than sweet. Roast notes and coffee flavors combine with hop bitterness to accomplish that. Hop character reflects the aroma. More grassy in finish, with some spice/pepper as well.
Light to medium bodied. Medium + carbonation, could easily turn down without hurting the beer. Dry.
Overall, very tasty. I didn't know the style when I reviewed, and pegged it as a "tuned up" brown ale. I could drink a few of these.
10-25-2007 13:25:35 | More by
Scratch Beer 2 - 2007 from Tröegs Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.