Scratch Beer 4 - 2007 - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
So, in one of the previous BA magazines there was an article about if you have a previous negative opinion on a beer style, try it again several times and reevaluate it. So here it goes. Barleywines have been my least favorite beer style for quite a time so here I am, revisiting the style. Aroma is big on fruits, strawberry and raspberry. My wife said it smelled like strawberry shortcake. I tend to agree. Taste is probably the best tasting barleywine I've ever had. Normally I find them sicklying sweet. This one is dry, fruity and has a pretty big hop presence in the finish. Pretty tasty stuff. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a dry finish. For the style, I find it exceptionally drinkable.
03-03-2008 01:14:47 | More by hwwty4
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz single, No BS the 3rd the bif
consumed during Giants-Packers (2nd quarter)
appearance: poured into a bells tulip glass not knowing at the time if this was the oatmeal stout or the barleywine of the scratch series...as it turns out the murky mahogany-garnet body was that of a barleywine. a creamy beige cap tops this one off. lovely
smell: nice and floral, raspberry, plum and other dark fruits, caramel malts, raisins and figs...not too potent but very nice
taste: this barleywine drinks pretty easy...the hops are fresh and floral with extremely minimal bitterness compared to others of the style, smooth caramel malts, raisins, brown sugar, plum and other dark fruit. Solid but tame
mouthfeel: smooth and creamy
drinkability: very nice for the style
01-21-2008 00:29:48 | More by dirtylou
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Received this brew from phnphilly in a trade. Brew #4 in my quest to drink the first five Tröegs Scratch beers. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a dark and hazy brown/red/orange/yellow color with a nice one finger dirty white head. The head recedes fairly slowly leaving a spotty cap and fairly thick collar. Lots of thick, luxurious lacing is left behind for my eye to enjoy.
Smell- Oh wow this is fantastic. By far the freshest fruity Barleywine Ive ever taken a whiff of. Absolutely busting from the seams with nicest strawberry nose you could possibly imagine. Pineapple, grapefruit and mango make an appearance adding even more fruit deliciousness. A small amount of sweet toffee malt and bubblegum hide in the shadows waiting to be tasted.
Taste- Ridiculously balanced from the start with a very sweet buttery caramel/toffee kick. The malt is huge and right on for a Barleywine. The hops are truly the best part of this brew though. Like the nose its really fruity and really American. Raisins and figs add a dark, rich fruitiness while orange and grapefruit contribute the awesome citrus. Finishes with an oak like aftertaste and more raisins.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a oily feel and nice vibrant carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a very nice Barleywine that I really enjoyed. I read one of the reviews and he said that it reminded him of Oaked Arrogant Bastard and I think that is a very fair assessment. It seems more like a Strong Ale/IPA with a bit more malt to hold it all up. Whatever it is, its good and big thanks to phnphilly!
01-20-2008 04:24:27 | More by younger35
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured a deep murky amber hue with a half finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a sweet caramel, dark fruit and a peppery hop.
The taste was superbly complex and consisted of a sweet malt, raisins, oranges and figs. There was a punchy hop spice toward the finish.
The mouthfeel was full and chewy.
Overall an excellent barleywine and a unique drinking experience. Thanks to DIM for this gem.
01-18-2008 01:22:50 | More by plaid75
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
Only about 3 left of a case of this one so I figured I better review it soon.
Pours a cloudy dark brown slightly amber color. A nice head cascades up to a nice 1-2 inch head that then slowly drops to a thin cap. Some lacing slides quickly back to the surface of the beer.
First smell was a smack of caramel malt that is quickly followed by some grapefruit hops. The hops smell slides to piney as you breath in more.
Taste matches the smell nicely and manages to have a nice balance of malt and hop. Many barleywines come off as way to sweet to me but this is one of the few that achieves some balance. Don't get me wrong, the malt is still the primary flavor.
Mouthfeel is big and chewy. As expected another top notch beer by the Troegs brothers. The scratch series has been awesome and I was glad to hear that it is going to continue. I look forward to trying every one of them. Too bad for you if you didn't get some of this very limited release. If you haven't had it yet, I doubt that you will be able to get it now.
01-09-2008 01:18:52 | More by beermanbrian
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Obtained in trade from WeisGuy.
This beer has the looks, a slight chill haze and a quite nice light brown colored head with remarkable staying power.
Sweet and quite heavy with the C type hops. Big citrus aroma giant grapefruit and strong orange and lemon scents. Bit of eucalyptus and licorice in this. Lastly faint melon and a fairly strong black pepper on the alcohol fumes.
Taste starts out a little sweet with a strong grapefruit and oak taste. Unexpected butter flavor mixes with toffee candy taste. Tasty and a near flavor clone of Oaked Arrogant Bastard.
Mouthfeel is good and comparable with a milkshake.
Nice drinkable beer that I would describe as a thicker version of Oaked Arrogant Bastard. A beer I will try again if I ever see another bottle.
01-04-2008 03:01:08 | More by Zorro
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to my boy younger35 for this special brew.
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a rich and dark ruby color with a full one finger khaki colored head that dies down to a thin layer of different sized bubbles. Solid stickiness all over the sides of the glass. First whiff is fresh pine and evergreen with an earthy hop aroma underneath. Subtle dark fruits in the nose as well, but overall, a nice hoppy smell for a barleywine. Big licorice flavor up front with a pine background. A smokey citrus taste with a caramel malt sweetness find its way on the tongue too. Very complex blend between hops and malt with this one, I like it. Not the mouthfeel I had expected. A sharp carbonation with a rough texture, not what I was hoping for. Some alcohol is present, but does not distract from the overall enjoyment. Definitely one of the best barleywines I've had. Troeg's needs to make this a regular.
01-02-2008 00:42:19 | More by BeerTruth
3.55/5 rDev -16.9%
Pours a dark ruby and amber color, cloudy, with a decent size butter cream colored head that fades with a little lacing. Aroma is big on the citrusy hops, a little tropical fruit, citrus candy, bubble gum as well. A hint of caramel maltiness backs up the hoppiness. Taste follows with a big dose of citrusy hops, some sugary sweetness up front as well before a fairly good crush of slightly peppery bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium in body, slightly thinner than what I like in a barleywine, a crsip pepperiness from the hops tingles the tongue before the dry bitter finish. A good beer, very dark ipa like, somewhat of a crossover between styles. I am eager to age my other bottle and let the hops die down a bit to see what develops. Thanks Dan for the opportunity.
12-14-2007 03:43:49 | More by hoppymeal
3.4/5 rDev -20.4%
Pours a dark amber with a massive dark amber head of dense foam that slowly melts to very sticky and thick lace.
Aromas are almost lager like but with anise and citrus peel bitterness.
Flavor is caramel, anise (I have no idea where that comes from), and then lots of citrus peel (grapefruit mostly) bitter hops finishing with an alcohol burn as you swallow.
Aftertaste is slightly turpentine and grapefruit with lots of alcohol presence.
11-25-2007 23:51:52 | More by IntriqKen
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
A 12 oz bottle from one of the last cases of Scratch 4 sold (thanks to ksak for taking the boys on a brewery trip to grab the case).
A: The barleywine is a deep red brew, looking like brown creekwater with some brighter red notes at the base of the glass. The head has left a small band of slow-drying lace around the mouth of the glass.
S: The nose is a delicious blend of citrusy and piney hops. The nose only faintly betrays the malty presence. This is a hop lovers dream.
T: The beer reveals an immense depth of flavor from the very first sip. Thick malts pile on dry, slightly tart malt flavors, including green grape and grape nuts. The maltiness is strong enough to take on a Belgian-like flavor, with dark alefruits buoying the grains. Interspersed with the malts is a ginormous hop bill. Citrus notes abound, thick grapefruit and pineapple, sticky pine (not citrus but it is there), bitter orange peel, all swirl together to create one hell of a taste. The finish nicely mixes the hops and malt, leaving a thick taste long after the sip is gone.
M: The hops, oh how the hops tickle me! The bitterness betrays hints of the alcohol, but not so much that it diminishes the enjoyment. To quote Yo Gabba Gabba, that was awesome!
D: This is the best of the Scratch series to date, it may even be the best beer in the Tröegs stable. I really look forward to revisiting this beer regularly as I work my way through the case.
11-22-2007 01:53:58 | More by akorsak
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
12oz. bottle poured into a snifter on 11/17/07. No date on bottle.
A - Very dark body with tones of plum and dark brown/chestnut. Almost has the appearance of a cola, minus all of the carbonation. Extremely thin tan head with mild carbonation. Virtually no head retention or lacing.
S - There's a lot going on with this one! First whiff reveals earthy and piney hops, sweet chocolate malt and raisins. Subsequent smells bring out some additional sticky hops similar to Nugget Nectar. Hop profile definitely smells like a Troegs. Just a tinge of alcohol in the nose as the liquid warms.
T - Man, this is a complex brew! It's extremely hoppy, but very well balanced by the malt. Earthy and resiny hops prevail, with traces of raisins and currants, dried fruit and maybe even some bitter chocolate. The overload of flavors hides the high alcohol content.
M - Medium to full body that's surprisingly creamy at first, but quickly turns bitter and a bit prickly as it coats the tastebuds. Definitely not as harsh as other barleywines I've had. Hops linger in the finish and stick with you for a while.
D - Good sipping beer that will warm you up. It's got a wonderful flavor, but I wouldn't recommend drinking more than two of these in one sitting. My wife and I shared a growler when it was first released, and by the end, it was like drinking liquid sandpaper. Still, this is a truly delicious, top-notch brew!
11-17-2007 21:25:01 | More by ffejherb
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip - Served at cellar temperature
Appearance: Removal of the cap results in a distinct pop. The beer pours a slightly cloudy brown with flat red highlights. The tan head gains over two inches of height as is reluctant to fall.
Smell: Floral and grapefruity hops are the core of the aroma. Cedar, malt, fresh apple and spruce.
Taste: Juicy hops and bitterness. Both the malt and hops are tackling each other in an attempt to make it into the end zone. Plenty of fresh and floral flavors of lemon peel, bitter hops, mint and peppercorn. Malt flavors are plum and cherry. Great balance in this brew. Quite complex too.
Mouthfeel: Bop bitterness, malt profile, alcohol burn, complex flavors; this beer has it all. It still maintains a fairly medium body and has a nice sweetness to it. Bitter and dry finish also accompany an alcohol burn that provides a warming belt.
Drinkability: Very nice. Multifaceted and complex. Would be a great beer after a few years also. Fun to drink and explore, not to mention its enjoyable. Nicely done.
11-06-2007 01:30:33 | More by Risser09
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
A: A deep ruby burgundy color with a nice thick off reddish off white head. Nice glass lacing.
S: I didn't expect this from a PA barleywine, but I got a fruity floral smell up front with loads of pine hops and lots of sweet malt caramel type smells. This is a very hoppy Barleywine, you can tell.
T: Very balanced, very hoppy. The hops bitter flavor of citrus and pine carries throughout with the sweet caramel toffee even a little coffee flavor with fruit flavors of dark cherry and raisins. Very complex, but very well balanced. Boy this beer is good.
M: Medium to heavy body with a nice but noticable alcohol feel. It really lingers in your mouth.
D: Medium to high but far from a session beer. I really enjoyed my one and I probably would have enjoyed 2, but I wonder after that if they would have been as good, maybe yes, maybe no. Anyway, I would have loved to find out but I only had one bottle.
Overall another great beer from the guys in Harrisburg, like I expect anything else from them. They seem to be on the cutting edge and they do a great job at it. I am definitely going to look to buy more of this and maybe even cellar a bottle or two.
Cheers Trogners, nice job.
10-30-2007 14:56:43 | More by Kadonny
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Lucky to find this in MD.
A- poured a deep amber in color with a thick off-white head.
S- Hoppy and sweet at the same time, quite floral for a barleywine.
T- Powerful, lot of hops flavor, but balanced with the residual malt and alcohol.
M- Smooth, the bubbles weren't overpowering.
D- Only the high alcohol content would cause me not to drink more of this.
10-21-2007 21:46:03 | More by cichief
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
Huge thanks to phnphilly for hookin me up with this beer.
Appearance: Pours an opaque red brown, with a thick creamy tan head. The head fades to a 1cm cap that last for a long time then fades to a solid cap for the duration of the beer. The walls of my glass are lined with lacing.
Smell: Earthy caramel and toffee malts sweet and toasted with a big sprinkling of lively beautiful bitter hops. Citrus and pine with just a touch of booze poking through.
Taste: Dark toasted caramel and pine. It has a rich sweet ripe dark fruit with toffee and an earthy wood that keeps the beer grounded and balanced because the swallow coats the palate again with citrus pokes and prods. The The woody earth bread base on which the very vibrant bitter hops build make this beer truly a masterpiece. The alcohol plays a roll in the flavor but certainly does not overwhelm.
Mouthfeel: It is pleasantly sharp with bitter acidity and warm alcohol but beer never becomes cloying. It has a big sugary element and a big bitterness but in the end it all works well together.
Drinkability: I really can't wait to give this beer some time in the cellar but I am glad I had the chance to have a few pints fresh first. This is simply brilliant!
Hope this is helpful.
10-20-2007 05:05:04 | More by Phatz
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
Big thanks to DIM for this bottle via trade.
a - pours a deep brown with maroon highlights around the edges, one-finger khaki head with retention around the edges, little lacing
s - big orange aroma along with tropical fruit and lemon, slight maltiness, hints of alcohol - very intense and fruity overall
t - sweet orange and citrus up front, some grapefruit, mid-palate has a nice maltiness mixed in with the hops, some dark bread, finish is intensely bitter with little malt, nice alcohol accents letting you know this is a barleywine, citrus notes linger long after swallowing adding some sweetness to the bitterness, very complex
m - medium-bodied, coats the mouth very well, moderate carbonation, finish is quite bitter but the dryness is cut by the citric sweetness, warming from the alcohol
d - this is definitely a sipper barleywine, while the alcohol is not overwhelming in the taste, you can definitely feel the warming effect, pretty good for a big barleywine
One of the best American Barleywines I've had - has everything I like about the style. Very aggressive with the hops, but it still has enough maltiness to balance out the bitterness. Too bad this is just a one-off brew from Troeg's.
10-20-2007 00:35:34 | More by WeisGuy
4.1/5 rDev -4%
thanks to DIM for this via trade!
A - dark brown, almost black, with a dark red glow when held up to a light. light tan small head that quickly fades.
S - strong citric hop notes with a dry vinous underlying malt note.
T - like the aroma, this one leads off with a strong citric hops note. Not so strong on the citric as to be oily / grapefruit, rather an intruigingly strong narrow view into the taste. Dry dark malts balance out the brew nicely.
M - full bodied, mildly carbonated, dry finish.
D - highly hopped, nicely approachable perfectly finished. This drinks so nice so young it's incredible.
buy this - yeah!
10-15-2007 20:45:46 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
Received a bottle from froggyfrog. Much appreciated.
Poured a dark brown with a hint of reddishness when held to the light. Kind of murky looking. One and a half finger head, dense and nearly creamy. Faded fairly quickly to a thin dusting with a good ring.
Smelled strongly of hops. Pineapple, to be specific. A bit of a dark, malty sweetness to the aroma, as well.
At first taste, a pineapple flavor hit me, along with the richness of the malt. Not overly sweet, and a strong, yet not overpowering bitterness. Hints of caramel and coffee hidden in there, as well. The piney flavor goes away until you set it down for a few minutes, and is right back up front when you pick it up again. Both the alcohol taste, and feel were negligible, surprising for a big one like this.
Despite the bitterness, it was smooth in the mouth with a medium body.
This is a very solid beer, and I am thoroughly impressed by their efforts. I like it a lot, and could drink these all day, would my body let me. Another great beer from them, and hopefully this one can reappear in the future.
10-13-2007 10:19:27 | More by imasickboy
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
12 oz bottle poured into my Stoudt's Seidel.
A: Dark brown color, with a slight amber hue, topped off by a thick, tan, creamy head. Retention is good, however the lacing is not as noticible.
S: Awesome citrus hoppy profile, stronger than most barleywine styles. Nugget nectar with a little sweet malt.
T: Nugget nectar meets Weyerbacher Insanity, minus some of the booze. Hoppy, malty, goodness. The good citrusy hops, too.
M: Smooth and creamy, slightly thick. Not too boozy, however the alcohol appears as the beer warms.
D: Extremely high considering the ABV. Hidden alcohol taste, hoppy and malty. What more could you ask for ?
10-10-2007 03:22:55 | More by guinnessfan
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle just purchased from the brewery. For $35/case, it's an absolute steal. It was poured into a tulip glass at 46 degrees.
A- One and a half finger head goes down to a coating quickly. Very dark, coffee looking color. Cascading lacing throughout.
S- Hops,plums,citrus, and alcohol. Piney, coffee, and some hints of chocolate are flying around. Also, smells sugary.
T- Wow, a serious hoppy barleywine. Chocolate and roasted nuts, but can definitely taste some piney hops in the background. Lots going on here with nothing standing to far out. Very well-balanced and delicious. Alcohol does come on at finish.
M- Thick but carbonated. Chewable and a little numbing from the alcohol. Again, nice.
D- This needs to be a regular offering fom Troegs. Absolutely amazing. I think the alcohol will definitely sneak up on you because the hops kind of gives this beer a different feel. I got one case and wished now I had gotten more. Maybe the best Barley I have ever experienced.
Cheers You Queers,
10-06-2007 23:47:04 | More by shertz
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
Reviewed from a growler fresh form the brewery on 10/1.
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown with a thick tannish head that left fantastic lacing. Aroma is pure hops up your nose with a faint hint of sweetness and alcohol buried in the back somewhere.
The taste is unreal. Strong, pungent hops and citrus that melds nicely into a powerfully chewey but still silky smooth malt backbone. The hops linger with a little bitterness the whole way through. Drinkability is off the charts for a nearly 10% Barleywine and fondly reminded me of a slightly beefier version of some of the West Coast Double IPAs I've had.
Troegs has outdone themselves with this Scratch releases. I'd love to see them attempt to get this guy out as a limited edition every year. Big thumbs up!
10-05-2007 16:57:34 | More by Kegatron
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
thanks very much to tenderbranson69 for sharing this w/ me.
Poured cool into a snifter.
A - The color of mahogany w/ a thin tan head that clings well as lace.
S - Very much as described -like Nugget Nectar's crazy aroma this goes a little further w/ a scent that is both floral/citric w/ vibrant, bold energy and acidity that wants to jump up your nostrils. A hint of booze in the malty afterscent, but the focus is big dose of hop joy.
M - Plenty of citric acidity from a great blend of hops. Nice blend of sweetness and warmth for good measure. The carbonation is ample and pleasing.
T - A nicely faceted American Barleywine flavor w/ piney/citrus blend of flavor at the initial sip. The taste is sharp at first and slightly jagged w/ a bite that mellows, it hangs in the back of the throat. The malty, semi-sweet and grainy taste helps keep the hops from tasting overly bitter. The taste of orange-like citrus in the hops keeps you coming back w/ sunny flavors. A bit of alcohol in the middle lingers but the whole flavor is even and it lingers until the bittersweet finish. I like the way the malt shadows the hops and anchors this ale so well.
D - This is an insanely drinkable barleywine, much like Nugget Nectar has a bouquet and balance, this scratch beer follows suit. The relationship w/ Nugget Nectar is a plus here, so much hop freshness in the flavor and a great balance for such a big ale. Another excellent offering from the brothers Trogner.
10-05-2007 05:11:08 | More by Slatetank
4.68/5 rDev +9.6%
I got a few samples on tap at the Brewery while picking up a few cases.
A- Interesting--swirls around in the glass like a dark amber lava lamp--there is a lot going on here! Nice frothy cream colored head.
S- WHOA! Good morning HOPS! Wonderful hop bouquet that smacks you right in the olfactory! Glade Air Fresheners or Yankee Candle Co. should take notice!
T- Again with the big ole citrus smackdown---and then the malt comes in and sooths things out a bit--but the hops never really leave you.
M-- Big and chewy--this is not a brew for the faint of heart--as the case sticker states--like pushing Nugget Nectar off a cliff--more like Nugget Nectar pumped up on steroids!
D-- Are you kidding? This is a big hoppy beer that I could drink all day--or at least till I lost control of my senses. This is by far the best of the Scratch beers yet.
10-02-2007 14:29:38 | More by Deuane
4.75/5 rDev +11.2%
I got the first two cases on 9/28 (release date)
a: Much darker than most barleywines, a very deep brown with some ruby hilights when held up to the light.
s: Wow! Almost too hoppy. A citric punch in the face. A bit of sweet alcohol is barely perceptible. Incredible.
t: The sticker slapped on the generic case this comes in says that the Troegs brothers describe the taste as, " pushing Nugget Nectar off the side of a cliff". At "100ish" ibu's that sounds about right to me. The well balanced sweet malt start has about half a second to shine before being shoved aside by a perfectly obnoxious hop assault. I haven't had such a great first impression of a beer in a long time. A standing ovation (if I could) for Troegs.
m: Excellent, coats your mouth with sticky wonderful hoppy goodness. Lingers for a long time.
d: I want more but my taste buds hurt.
09-30-2007 13:00:21 | More by DIM
4.1/5 rDev -4%
Poured chilled into my tulip glass, it pours a thick, dark mahogony color with very little chance for light to get through. A nice frothy, dense 1 cm head forms at the top, with nice cling to the glass as it slowly begins to dissipate.
Aroma is responsive; meaning I can smell my brew a few feet away. At first, it hits my sinuses a lot like Nugget Nectar with lots of hops on the nose. Down deep I notice some chocolate maltiness and some possible caramel undertones. However, like any true Troegs brew, hops are the main "course on the menu".
Sipping reveals a bitey choclate maltiness flavor along with some hops coming in to swoop the sweetness away. A very thick, full-bodied brew also. The finish is fairly nice with a mild bitter hoppiness flavor left on my palate. A bit of alcohol also comes in to dry it out just a bit, but rather smooth considering the ABV.
Bitey at first, full-bodied, but then nice and smooth finish best describes the feel.
Overall drinkability? Very nice. I have 4 in the fridge for my college football evening, and I'm sure I'll be left feeling wonderful. Nicely crafted. Reminds me a lot of Rogue Old Crustacean Barleywine...very american and OH SO GOOD!
09-29-2007 22:56:24 | More by Fish113d
Scratch Beer 4 - 2007 from Tröegs Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.