Scratchin' Hippo | Adelbert's Brewery

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Adelbert's Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named to commemorate a night when the Naivasha House in Kenya was shaking so strongly Del thought it was an earthquake. It turned out to be a hippo from lake Naivasha scratching itself against the house. Scratchin’ Hippo is a complex malty beer low bitterness, with an earthy character approximately 6.8% ABV. Goes well with hearty rich foods like steak, roasts or beef stew.

Added by BgThang on 01-04-2012

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of salcedo
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.
L: Hazy reddish brown.
Thick tan colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving a lingering layer of foam at the top of the glass.
S: Caramel and toasted grain
T: Rich and malty taste.
Ends dry, with a nice toasted grain flavor.
F: Medium body.
Carbonation is present without being overwhelming.
O: Tastes much lighter than it looks, but full of flavor. This beer would be great with lunch or at the end of the work day, just before dinner.

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4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 2/18/2014
Meduim- light tan head. A light earthy brown color that seems to be darker brown around the edges
Mild malt, cocoa, light alcohol scent
Both mild and heavily roasted malt presence, fruit, light mouthfeel and a familiar Belgian style coriander finish.
This beer has a light mouthfeel, is very rich in flavor yet very drinkable. I also enjoyed how it is very roasted and malty and yet still has traditional Belgian qualities which make it a complex and refreshing beer considering it’s a heavily malted beer.

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4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Batch No 025. Bottled on 7/31/15.
A: Pours a clear dark amber hue with 2 inch light tan head with excellent retention. Backlighting produces a nice dark honey color. Very nice...especially for style.
S: Toasted cracker grain, lightly sweet caramel malt, white pepper, earthy spice yeast, brown sugar, and a hint of clove and mint.
T: Brown sugar, cola, white pepper, clove, mint, delicately sweet caramel malt, cherry, soft cocoa, earthy spice, and a hint of wood smoke.
M: Light-medium body. Delicately sweet. Soft spice. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate. Rustic. Mild tickle of effervescence.
D: Exceptional for style. What a treat from Adelbert's! This is lovely on its own, but would pair very well with heavier fare.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of BgThang
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a begian bier de garde, and smells fruity and malty like one. the head is fairly dense.
Mouthfeel is a little sharp due to the mild to heavy carbonation but I can see this beer aging well.
lucky enough to snag a bottle at a local shop.

going to revisit this one in a year or two

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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Dark copper, light white head, dissapated quickly, leaving some lace.
S Strong malty, fruity flavors with some alcohol hints
T Lots of malts, fruits, nutty, pecan, some spice, orange, maybe banana in there somewhere, some alcohol hints
M Velvety mouthfeel with mild carbonation, good feeling drink, leaving a malty aftertaste
O Enjoyable beer, loved the flavor, backstory and the love and dedication that seems to have gone into this brew. Had from bomber in a Deep Ellum Cherry Double Brown Stout large snifter. Bottled: 12/13/12 Batch: 011 Bottle: 1801

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Photo of Domvan
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of roblowther
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged, the way God intended! VERY assertive "pop" of the cork, this beer wants to be drunk. I know how it feels. It is hazy copper with a big head that settles into a rocky, sticky off white. It smells of bananas, brown sugar, hay, and vanilla. The taste is wood, leather, biscuity and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly and sticky and I know there's a joke in there somewhere. Overall, its a very good beer. Good flavor, not quite as "refreshing" as I tend to imagine when I think of this style but more interesting at the same time. This hippo can scratch me any time. That is what the kids are calling it these days, right?

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4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Myotus
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle (bottled on 05Jun15) into a tulip. Beer was allowed to warm to 45°F before rating the aroma and taste.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 35 seconds. Copper in color with a peach tint (pretty combination). The rising bubbles are in high quantities. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of oak, coffee from roasted malts, caramelized malts, and sour yeast are up front. Hints of figs, spicy hops, and sweet chocolate lie beneath.
TASTE: Strong flavors of coffee combine with mild flavors of caramelized malts, coffee, and sweet chocolate to create the initial taste. Immediately after and as the intial flavors persist, mild oak and sour yeast flavors entangle with hints of figs and spicy hops. This tasted way different than what my nose would of thought. I love it.
FEEL: Full-bodied and mildly carbonated. This is so creamy and smooth, it's glorious. Like seriously. Wow. Unfortunately, the finish is moderately dry, but I could be worse.
NOTE: I see this is much lower by other people. Not too sure why. My experience was legit.

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4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're a fan on Belgian's, especially Duval's, this is for you! Its got nice almond-caramel notes. But it still has that signature Belgian bitterness. Adelbert's Brewery maybe a young brewery, but it sure as hell knows what its doing. I'd definitely buy a six pack if they sold them at my local store.

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4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spicy like your grandma's lazy Susan. It's pretty too, with it's perfect little bubbles and dark honey color. Very appetizing. Big malty candy bar smell blends well with lazy Susan effect. I haven't a clue what spices; they all seem to form one coherent spice profile. Bubbly going down, and no residual stickiness. Impressive. I'll buy more.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep hazy brown with reddish/amber hues toward the outer area of the ale, its topped off with a thick white, bubbly head that sticks around for some time. It’s got thick lacing too! The aroma is dry, very fruity, apples, grape and berries come through very well. Mildly tart, it is medium bodied, some spices do come through cleanly, phenolic alcohol tastes pretty good and is accompanied by mild bready flavors. Some fruit flavors do come through, there is a mild hop flavor in the aftertaste, but it is barely detectable. This is a very good beer and it goes down very smooth.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Big malty aroma with some spice and dark fruit. Taste has sweet malt and dark fruit upfront backed by spice and a light earthy bitterness. Medium to full body. Finishes sweet and malty with dark fruit and light spice flavors lingering.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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