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Scratch Beer 16 - 2008 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 16 - 2008Scratch Beer 16 - 2008

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Scratch #16-2008 combines the bitterness of two aroma hops, the lush sweetness of honey and malt and an earthly yeast taste creating a Winter Warmer designed to ward off the coldest days. The dark, rich amber color comes from a combination of molasses and crystal malts; the Thames Valley brings a distinct earthly flavor; white the blend of hops creates fruity (Amarillo) and piney (Cluster) bitterness. The Winter Warmer ends with a slight warming sensation from the elevated alcohol content. Enjoy this one throughout the winter months.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 12-13-2008)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Clear rust-red, head to the edges of the glass. Smells sweet malt and slightly punchy with a definite Christmas note. Fruitcake!
Flavor is metallic and tinny, with a Dubbel-ish malt profile, slight spice still, cloves? Hmm. Not bad, but surely could be better. Has age hurt this, or was it not that good to begin with? Hard to say.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 00:12:55 | More by kkipple
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1.88/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to the Central PA crew.

A: pours a reddish orange somewhat cloudy, no head, lifeless appearance

S: nose features sprucey and spicey notes, sweet malts and molasses come in

T: the taste is very herbal, reminds me of echinichea tea... not a good thing in beer. Not enjoyable.

MF: medium carbonation, medium body

O: this is a another disaster beer that is perhaps past its peak. At this point, there are minimal redeeming qualities of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:44:47 | More by homebrew311
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2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

The Scratch Beer Dash continues... This leg pours a hazy russet-sienna topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises ginger, light chlorine (I swear, my mind immediately went to a freshly-cleaned pool), nutmeg, light caramel, lavender, and fake strawberry. Some weird combinations goin' on in my 'strils here... The taste holds notes of clove, ginger, brown sugar, black pepper, and a heap of wet cardboard. Wow, oxidation has marred this one big time! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, time has not been kind to this bottle, a clear victim of oxidation. Shame, really...

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 04:32:18 | More by TMoney2591
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North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber, verging on an ice tea brown color; the head is rather dark and vigorous and holds together, leaving a nice pattern of lace behind

Smell: Burnt caramel, vanilla and holiday spice cake

Taste: Although the aromatic elements appear, up front, the beer quickly shifts in a bitter, medicinal direction that dominates by mid-palate; the oxidation effect has not been kind here and the finish is watery, though the medicinal flavors linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Time has not been kind to this beer, but it is hard to tell exactly how good this might have been in its heyday

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 15:08:50 | More by brentk56
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2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again, Greg!

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a lot of brown and it is very cloudy/opaque.

S: Smells sort of dusty. Lots of gingerbread sort aromas with a nice spiciness. Some toasted bread, brown sugar, and a bit of toffee. Mild dark fruits are in there somewhere.

T: The flavor is just off-putting. Really astringent and drying with an almost peppery flavor. Plenty of spices, cardboard, and a bit of the same dusty character that was present on the nose.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This one has not held the test of time, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 07:05:03 | More by womencantsail
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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is wild I found this bottle im dad's fridge, so about year+ old, seems to have held up great!

Pours copper/chestnut with 2 fingers of rocky khaki colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread & grains

T: Caramel, herbal hop bitterness & some metallic hops, plus brown sugar & grainyness up front. Toffee, dryness & grainyness are all there as this warms along with some herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with caramel sweetness, some grainyness & a touch of brown bread

MF: Failrly chewy, low but noticeable carbonation

Drinks really easy, I am shocked considering it's no so high ABV & the age on it. This little suprise will make me look for some Scratch Series while I'm here in NC,,,

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 03:28:34 | More by russpowell
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3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Alwayse willing to try a scratch beer.

Pours a cloudy brown with no head. Just a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is very caramel-ish and what smells like a little belgian-e. Smells pretty delish.

Taste is dissapointing. Very light on flavor compared to the aroma. Tastes like a brown gone bad. Some sort of spice or spices in there I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is very thin. It tastes and smells like it should be much thicker. Light carb too. Needs more.

Overall I won't be wanting this one any more. Not very good. I'll probably drink a little more then dump the rest. It's not really bad, I just don't want to waste calories on a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 02:57:03 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date; sampled 4/14/09. Brewed to 16.1 Plato with pilsner, crystal and Munich malts, molasses, Thames Valley yeast, and hopped to 85 IBUs (higher than the Scratch IPA) with warrior, cluster and amarillo. It pours a crystal-clear, deep blood-red hue, with lots of carbonation and a half-inch tan cap. Fairly nondescript aroma consists of fruity esters, light hops and a kiss of alcohol. The first sips provide nearly harsh alcohol and a firm bitterness. A blend of crystal malts contribute a pleasing sweet and caramel note, and piney/floral/citric hops emerge later atop a full, fairly dry body that leaves a long bitter finish. The beer is still quite raw, and is harsher at colder temperatures, but will probably mellow nicely with a year in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 21:11:27 | More by mmmbeer
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3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice amberish brown with a nice tall creamy head. Pretty good retention with some spotty lace.

S: Malty sweet aromas with notes of spice.

T: Bready up front, biscuit like. The middle has a nice brown sugar and summer fruit sweetness. Spice takes over and the finish is fairly bitter.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Okay. The bitteness is not real pleasant. It is kind of a combination of hop and raw spice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 20:46:36 | More by tpd975
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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to heliosphan for sending this in our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark, ruby tinted brown. Creamy, khaki colored, 1/2 finger head that sports good retention and lots of lace.

S: Caramel with toasty grain. Spicy and fruity hops. Aromas of citrus and cut grass.

T: Slightly metallic at first, then caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, and fruity/grassy hops take over.

M: Dry, toasted malt blended with sweet caramel and spicy hops. Relatively creamy.

D: Overall, this was better than I expected. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 20:04:58 | More by GbVDave
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red with an off white inch thick head.

S: Some teriyaki and a bit of caramel sweetness

T: A hint of holiday spices and then teriyaki followed by some sweetness

M: Rather full bodied but there is a bit of an astringent quality

D: This one went down quickly and it wouldnt be a problem to finish more but it is not my favorite

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 22:56:24 | More by mikey711
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2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Another beer courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks Topher!

Poured into my NB Goblet, it is a clear mahogany colour with a 1 finger head of off white foam. Good lacing ensues.

After swirling the beer, I get a good spicy nose with a lot of fresh baked cinnamon roll notes and caramel malt sweetness. These 2 are pretty strong and overwhelm anything else I could get out of the smell.

Taking a few sips and...the nice spicy smell doesn't show up much in the taste at all. Weird.
It is mostly hoppy and bitter with just a touch of the goodies from the nose about mid palate. The finish returns to the bitterness, all be it a little on the milder side than in the intial taste. And this is with some decent aging on it so the hops have had some time to calm down..

Medium light bodied with lightish carbonation, this has a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It's in the right range with the abv for the style and it's hidden well but the overall flavours of the beer don't work for me. I'm glad I got a chance to try it, as always, but this isn't one I'd actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 14:49:33 | More by Bitterbill
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Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from mikereaser courtesy of the Local BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, nuts, some fruit and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character but not a lot of sweetness. There are flavors of caramel, nuts, spices and dark fruits. There's a good hops presence for the style but it doesn't seem to balance things out much. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there are several better winter warmers out there, while it's not terrible, I can see why this one was scratched.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 04:04:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

dark, amber copper. clear. 2-finger, tan head w amber hue, fades to thin but constant, foamy and creamy layer. very good lacing.

aroma: sweet caramel maltiness with fruity (cherry?) undertones. very mild hopping, both grassy/earthy with just a touch of citrus. very faint nutmeg, anise or licorice note in the back.

taste: malty and caramelized sweetness meet lighter esters and mild to moderate bitterness from the grassy hop, with light resins and seemingly coffee-like note in the finish. some phenols and spice, almost fusel, not too distracting at first, but starts to get slightly annoying as it warms up.

light to medium body, smooth at first, with phenols and astringency cutting through in the middle. moderate carbonation is prickly upfront.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 15:31:23 | More by tai4ji2x
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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. Then nose is malty, very slight spice, and tons of caramel. The taste is malty, bitter, slightly spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a different to me WW, nice but not what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 00:26:36 | More by Wasatch
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks, mikereaser!

The pour looks surprisingly black at first, but is more of a red when held to light. Small head dissipates quickly. Doesn't leave much lacing.

Hoppier aroma than I expected. Floral hoppy bitter scent, along with a fruity character as well. Some nice herbal spice. I'm pretty intrigued by the aroma.

The piney hops aren't nearly as flavorful as the nose led me to believe. The malts meet the hops head-on and balance them out pretty nicely. Some spice follows. Big herbal and grassy hop finish.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Very smooth and easy drinker. There's a nice creaminess to the texture. Interesting beer, much like the 10 and 13 were. Hopefully I'll have the chance to try some more of these Scratch Beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 03:48:08 | More by Gyle41386
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from a BIF.

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger light tan head that was creamy and didn't last long. A dark mahogany color with reddish hues. There are some carbonation bubbles arising to the top. The clarity of the beer is clear with a touch of opaque.

Nose: A nice maltiness, with some molasses like sweetness. There is some citrus, floral, cinnamon, and some wood that followed.

Taste: A good malt flavor with some caramel, toast, citrus, floral, cinnamon, allspice, and some wood.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This winter warmer is lack in the flavor department. It doesn't remind me a a cold winter night by the fire on Christmas Eve. It is just an okay winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 21:25:57 | More by colts9016
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, bonus from trade.

Interesting beer, at first you don't pick up on the warming sensation, but by mid to lower pint...the warmth pops out a bit in the cheeks.

Looking at it as a tasty beer, it shines right through in that respect. Highly quaffable, QUITE easy to drink. Could be partly the age on it. I'd drink this again if I could.

Pretty neat concept of Troegs going back to the homebrewing beginnings of making it up as you go along.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 18:45:31 | More by Dubbercody
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Troegs Brewery

A- a dark blood red color with amber highlites. Clear and light on the carbonation. head is about 2 fingers and quite fullfy and tints of red dye coat it.

S- a malty base with hints of caramel. I almost smell a faint cherry or other small candied fruit come out.

T- english malt comes out first. some earhty rye or grassy hop flavor as well. Rounds out with some light caramel hints. No cherry or candied fruit...hmm interesting.

M- chewy and hoppy. Feels like im eating a hop dipped in english malt.

D- a filling beer. Goes down amooth at first but gets heavier as you go.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:44:10 | More by Dodo2step
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Dodo2step

A- Dark ruby amber with a nice dark tan head that clings to the glass as the liquid disappears.
S- Deliciously inviting with dark roasted malts with a hint of the english base malt that they use at Troegs. Some earthy, grassy hop aroma that is very pleasant.
T- Dark malty sweetness, but not overpowering. The hops do a great job of blancing this one out.
M- Boldy rich and flavorful.
D- Very nice. Although this is called a winter warmer, I could drink this as a darker session beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 16:31:40 | More by skeeordye11
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this; 12 oz bottle served into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep mahogany with a tan, off-white head. The head is pretty fluffy at first, but retreats into a thinner coating atop the beer.

S- Smells spicy at first, followed by an intense caramel malt backbone. It's inviting.

T- Malty! Biscuity and caramel flavors dominate the forefront with the spiciness creeping just behind. A slight citrus twang enters the palate unexpectedly.

M- Very warm and soothing. It caresses the tongue and lathers it with a malty, spicy elixir.

D- In all honestly this is sessionable. It's relatively thick, but sticking to this for a few beers would not be arguable. If I liked fruitcake, I'd say this beer would accompany it perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 05:09:32 | More by ajr24
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3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of CrazyMacHarris99 poured into a tulip.

Pours a clear copper with a small cream-colored head that recedes to a big, bubbly collar and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is musty with some earthy hops and a caramel malt sweetness. It's pretty tame but not too bad in the nose.

The taste is fairly light with a bit of hop bitterness up front. There is some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of chocolate as well. There is a bitterness that lingers in the finish but without the hop flavors I was expecting.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with average carbonation and fairly dry in the finish.

This is a pretty nondescript winter warmer that has a tame mix of hops and caramel malts without bringing anything too interesting to the table. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 03:27:52 | More by gford217
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Scratch Beer 16 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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