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Scratch Beer 41 - 2011 (Cacaoabunga Redux) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A redux of Scratch 27 this brew is a chocolate stout with 50 pounds of roasted cacao nibs and a healthy dose of vanilla beans, Simcoe and Galena hops, giving it a described "blast of bittersweet chocolate and a rich finish". This is another collaboration with Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 02-12-2011)
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OStrungT

California

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a nice mild roasted malt aroma. Some caramel amd molasses. I can also detect some figs. I also get a milk chocolate aroma.

This beer tastes like cocoa powder. I taste some caramel malt as well, but the dominate flavoe is chocolate. Mild though, and not cloying.

This beer is smooth. It is low in carbontion, fitting the style nicely. It leaves a chocolate aftertaste on the way down.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes good, its mild, and it isnt too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. Thanks to Sbaldwin for the chance to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 19:35:02 | More by OStrungT
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Exitmusic00 and I decided to crack open the 3 random Scratch beers tonight we received in our first box from the tasting partners bif a couple months back. Thanks to our senders??

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice two finger mocha head that dissipates into a thin cap with some spots of lacing left behind.

S- Initially, it has a nice aroma of rich milk and dark chocolate, coffee beans and red cherry but then a soy sauce and bitter and earthy aroma of grass and dirt emerge.

T- Old coffee grounds, some grassy bitterness, roasted malt, soy sauce and a hint of dark chocolate. Odd with a slightly tart/bitter taste. Reminds me of old coffee that was left out for a few hours.

M- Low carbonation and body. A thin watery mouthfeel that finishes with some roasted malt.

O- Age has simply not helped this beer, which isn't a surprise. Very thin and watered down stout. Maybe it tasted better when fresh, but I will never know.

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12-07-2011 04:54:54 | More by iadler
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stakem for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Scratch batch "Stout - 41."

Pours a thin black with even thinner off-white head. Nose is perfumed with chocolate and the suggestion of a rich, chocolate liqueur. Palate is medium bodied and biting on the front palate. Maybe because of the hops? Flick on the tip of the tongue and then wide open dusty, whole bean cocoa and coffees all over the board - earthy and velvety. Great flavors here! Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe it's just too cold.

Notes: Wasn't expecting this awesome of a beer. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:43:58 | More by SFLpunk
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

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

The Scratch Beer Dash keeps on truckin'. This leg was tasted side-by-side with the original Cocaoabunga to see how they measured up against each other. This younger version pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by over a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises rich dark chocolate powder, dark greens, roasted malts, mocha, and light buttery toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chocolate is more earthy, the bitterness is amped slightly, and some graham crackers are thrown in for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a slightly richer, more bitter, and a bit spicier version o the original Cocaoabunga. I'd say it's a slight improvement.

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09-06-2011 05:36:18 | More by TMoney2591
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grover37

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey in May 2011. In a snifter. From notes.

Appearance (4): Jet black. Half an inch of light brown head reduces to a thick ring with a thin layer of bubbles dispersed over the top. Some lacing at the top.

Smell (4.5) Straight up cocoa powder. Nesquik, very unique. A bit of sweet chocolate, vanilla is also there but hidden by the cocoa a bit.

Taste (4): Cocoa powder and vanilla up front. A dry middle with more cocoa and vanilla. Slightly sweet and chocolate syrup finish with a lingering vanilla extract flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Creamy. Medium to full body with medium to high carbonation, especially for the style. Drying with lingering cocoa and vanilla on the top of the mouth.

Overall (4): A bit one-dimensional (or two: cocoa and vanilla). Surprisingly dry. Vanilla adds to the complexity while meshing well with the chocolate. A lot like Nesquik which is just OK, not the best drink ever. Nahem said it best: "It's like Hershey's took a shit in your mouth." I'm sure he meant that in the nicest way possible (for someone taking a shit in your mouth).

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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This beer pours a dark dark brown with a tan head. The smell is chocolate and roasty malt. There is also a little bit of vanilla there as well. The taste is slightly coffee with the roasted malt and chocolate. The mouthfeel is well carbed and fairly dry. This is an excellent stout

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afksports

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WRRAAA!!!! Motherf*ck YEAAA this is a BEER! WOO!

Boom! What I wanted.

Cannot be denied! WOOOO!

Beautiful black body, tan head, lace on the glass, chocolate and cocoa on the nose. BANG. ZIP. ZAO! Roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and whatever hops there were have faded with some age. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, but who cares. ZOWEE! PING! KAPOP!

Cacaoabunga Redux, Troegs Scratch #41 American Stout KAPOW at 6.6% abv KABLAM!

This is superhero status in my book. Screw an A- on BeerAdvocate. A baby, A A A!

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Wait, did I forget about the vanilla in this sh*t? HOLY COW THERE IT IS. BANG BAP BOOM!

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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an impossible black hue that looks nearly still until a thin mocha foam appears as the last ounce leaves the bottle. Good retention considering how small the head is, plus random smatterings of lace. What a color...

Smell -- Definitive cocoa sweetness, reminiscent of a chocolate malt (milkshake), plus roasted-bordering-acrid malt, and a dark fruit note that resembles mostly dark and sweet cherries. Also a mild earthy hop presence. Very impressive.

Taste -- Dark roast malt is more prominent in the taste than the nose, with their competing characteristics giving a nice balance to the beer. There's also a very intriguing dark fruit character, almost a sweet cherry-meets-blueberry sweetness. Mild earthy hop bittering keeps the malt sweetness in check. Lingering flavors of charred malt and dark chocolate.

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Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The stout Is dark, a wholesome black color that betrays nothing else. A tan head, more like coffee and cream, is thin and wispy.

S: Chocolate aromas are strong but not dominant. Instead they are sweet and smooth, well at home amongst the darker malts. A few stray vanilla strands liventhe nose up.

T: Vanilla and chcolate together, a winning team. The vanilla beans are rich, lush and sugary. They are paired with abundant chocolate, semi-sweet as compared to the vanilla. Spices follow, probably not intentional but a pleasant side effect. In total, the ale tastes light, not a heavy winter's stout. The dark roasted aspects of the stout are lost amongst the cacao and vanilla.

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Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 00:58:18 | More by akorsak
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a jet black with deep ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Slight, tan head that stands up.

Aromas of dark cocoa, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate covered orange peel.

Flavors of rich dark bittersweet chocolate, some of that chocolate covered orange peel you get on the nose. Some vanilla and dark roasted malts, and hints of dark roast coffee. Finish is medium, with bittersweet cocoa lingering.

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womencantsail

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one. I liked Scratch 27 a lot, so hoping this one is just as good.

A: The pour is almost black with a creamy off-white head.

S: Big time chocolate on the nose with a little bit of a peanut butter smell to it. Plenty of coffee and a nice roasted character to it. Just a hint of vanilla in there. Really enjoyable and solid overall.

T: The chocolate and vanilla flavors and very pronounced here. A nice creaminess and richness. Mild coffee and a little bit of roasted malt character. Just a hint of earthy hops.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: Maybe even better than Scratch 27. This was damn good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 06:32:05 | More by womencantsail
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

The pour was fantastic. Huge tan head rises up above an entirely black body. Wonderful retention leaves it several inches high and deposits tons of side glass web like lace. The smooth vanilla and cocoa aroma melds wonderfully with hints of coffee and a touch of molasses. Very complex here. As i take a sip the huge full bodied feel comes in waves over the tongue and settles down with a wonderful coating feeling of sweet chocolate and vanilla. As this fades though a very nice bite of hops comes in and seals the deal. Super sessionable, it was far more complex then the ABV would suggest,

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jsvt

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into snifter.

Dark black brown with 1/2" light rings on edge. Not consistent body.

Chicolate, bitter bitter chocolate, Anise, Rootbeer, malted milk ball (Whoppers) oreo cookie on nose with sweet pumpernickel.

The chocolate was enticing, great dessert beer!

The Sheriff of Nibbingham.

A nibula of nib flavor!

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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in Unibroue tulip.

A: pours just a few shades short of black. Big frothy mocha colored head. Retention is not bad. Lacing is minimal.

S: Aroma is of cocoa powder. Some roasted malt. Just a hint of coffee in the background. Mostly chocolate. Scent is subdued.

T: Sweet milk chocolate right off the bat. Dose of Hershey's syrup. Nice roasty flavors. No discernable hop flavor. Hints of cola. Just a little bit of vanilla bean. Not a lot of complexity, but very good. Straight forward and to the point.

M: Soft, creamy feel. Moderate to low carbonation. Could stand to be a little more viscous.

O: This is tasty and easy to drink. I wouldn't necessarily desire another, but it's something I could see myself revisiting often. I would love to see this break into the Troeg's lineup on a seasonal basis. Don't go to the ends of the Earth to track this down, but don't pass on it if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

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Khazadum

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice creamy froth appears in my pint glass! Did a good washing before I grabbed this bad boy to warm up a bit, by the way. Tons of retention, nice emulsive top with middle-aged mom cellulitis appearance from top down. Lacing is pretty decent. Little sporadic here and there, but otherwise good. Everything sits above this inky darkness... soy style, with the amber crimson hues at the base and edges.

S- Caramel for sure. Bit of brown sugar. Nice nutty sweet characteristic. Kind of earthen swing on the back end of it. Totally solid malt bill with just a bit of roast going on as well. I feel like there might be a hop power on the last flutes of air to flow into my nostrils.. something sharp, but I disregard that as a fleeting hallucination.

T- First impressions are kicking! We have at once a nutty and sweet combination. It has this brown sugar and molasses power with possible milk chocolate resemblances. Mmmm, cocoa powder chocolate as well! A milky sweetness that reminds me of lactose sugars. Middle presence is mostly caramel covered brown sugar and the finish is mild.

It has an almost non-existent hop presence, but it does show up for a brief chat at the last hurrah of the tasting segment. Gives me a little kick in the shins of bitterness. This was followed by a slap on the back of the hand from a roasted, folgers coffee-like flavor, and then there was no one left for me to converse with. Generally a sweet, flash-fire of a party with no one to help clean anything up.

M- Full bodied, very crisp, almost bitter, on the beginning but that doesn't detract from anything. I feel the carbonation that fades ever so quickly generates the buzz for all the interesting sweet variations on brown sugar. Little bit sticky, but nothing too noticeable.


D- I really like this beer. It is truly tasty. I don't know if I'm super biased after what I just finished drinking not too long ago, but this has rekindled my love of beer as quickly as Mamma destroyed it. Very easy to drink, no alcohol complaints at all. Probably very session-able if I had to give it a guess, 6%. I really wanted to say it was a brown ale, but something is giving me a kick that the roasted character needs addressing. Perhaps just a plain old American Stout? No... no way... I'll stick to Brown Ale for now.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:54:43 | More by Khazadum
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Scratch Beer 41 - 2011 (Cacaoabunga Redux) from Tröegs Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.