Scratch Brewing Company

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Scratch Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #6,070
4.19 | pDev: 6.68%
Sep 24, 2022
May 01, 2017
Bottle-conditioned sour ale brewed without hops. Bittered and flavored with sage, basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, and lavender from our garden and fermented with our wild house mixed culture.
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bought a bottle of this beer at my favorite beer shop in Dallas.

Poured into a tumbler while visiting my sister. Clear dark brown color with fast effervescent head and little lacing. Very herbal smell and taste. Warm, comforting herbs and a tangy toasted sourdough flavor. This beer also has a crisp refreshing floral component as well. Enjoy beers from Scratch.
Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pitch brown opaque body with a considerable tan head that slowly dies down. Smell and taste are the same: sour and acidic tootsie roll with a bevy of botanicals, especially wet leaves, wood root, flowers with hardy stems, and garden spices, all rounded out by a wild sourness that is artful. An immensely creative beer in a style that is not common, very impressed. Feel is sour and even more so wild, thinner side for the style, herbs textures are felt but want a little more there, great base for everything to work of off though. Scratch at its best: off the wall yet well made
Aug 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Crimson color, spicy nose that gives way to earthy spices and some cinnamon that I initially mistook for chocolate! A touch of funk, with healthy carbonation that works well. A fairly unique beer!
Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by locoformavs from Colorado

Feb 11, 2019
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Open Bottle - Tinley Park, IL

Mumm's body looks much like cola. It's dark brown throughout with some highlight leaning toward garnet. Fizzy with bubbles rushing to the surface from everywhere. The foam sets it apart a bit, two fingers in height and mocha in color. It's silky and smooth though crackles down after a couple minutes a a faint ring that only remains because of all the effervescence.

The nose is extremely interesting and very cozy. At first whiff it comes across as a mulled wine. The sage, rosemary, and lemon thyme all come through equally with a very Winter-esque aroma. There are some brown bread undercurrents with a soft tartness almost reminiscent of traditional kvass with some date-like sweetness. It's softly floral on the backend but I wouldn't guess lavender as the label states. There's a soft allspice quality as well. This stuff smells excellent.

The flavor is much like the nose. The body is driven by a soft brown bread quality while the house culture brings about a touch of acidity, some minerality, and earthiness. The rosemary, sage, and lemon thyme all join together to make for that mulled character I mentioned above along with sweet raw oak. The backend is slightly floral while that date-like sweetness rounds this one out. Again, it's reminiscent of mulled wine to an extent.

The body seems to fit well. It's on the lighter side of the spectrum with a rather snappy carbonation. It's bright and vibrant and that soft acidity boosts those aspects. It's crisp and refreshing, especially considering the components. It's an easy one to put away and especially comfortable on a cold winter night like tonight.

Mumm is a really fun, interesting beer from Scratch, again. The amount of flavor packed into this little 4.2% beverage is staggering. All the added spices are even handed and expertly done. Really enjoyable stuff, right here.
Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by loganburgh from Michigan

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 12, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 05, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Jun 17, 2018
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Deep brown with some ruby tint when held up to the light. Nice thick tan head.

Smell: Bacon, strangely enough! Herbs and spices that remind me of a meat marinade with an unusual umami undercurrent.

Taste: Sour candy, with a little herb and spice background. So sour it actually made my lips pucker up.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, heavy carbonation.

Overall: An interesting experiment that I don’t think I would do again.
May 26, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
another cool sour from these guys brewed without hops. this one is spiked with all kinds of herbs and such, things like lemon thyme and basil and lavender and sage, aged in red wine barrels. its dark in color, brown ale looking with some crimson edges and a short but stout creamy sandstone colored head. it smells quite piquant, highly floral, woody, earthy, and rich, very complex with all these botanicals, a little perfumy maybe, but none of them jump out in front of the others, there is some good balance here. the flavor is unique, i find myself reminded though that maybe i dont love the scratch house wild culture, more acidic than funky and sort of weird to me, like composty and odd, it works better in some than others, and it does work here. i get the lavender and the rosemary for sure, a neat freshness in a beer so dark and malty and mature. strong red fruit from the wine too, currants and prunes to me, sarsaparilla or root beer or something, some chocolate, and a very autumnal vibe overall. sour but still drinkable, really well carbonated too, faint vinegar at the end. so cool to have this one show up for sale in colorado, these guys remain one of my very favorites!

edit: some cellar time has done a lot for this, no more acidic now, but seemingly more complex, the yeast has tamed in its oddness a bit, more subtly wild to me now, the malt has taken on some leather and tobacco qualities, and the herbs have stayed fresh and forward, curiously delicate and floral for a darker beer. carbonation also seems ramped up which is nice. i am raising some scores here, this is truly unique and special beer in this little bottle, better now than when it was first packaged. downright awesome and one of a kind beer! also sort of shocking how low the alcohol is, this is flavored and textured like something in the 8% abv range!
Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by fosters9 from New York

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 07, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by tykechandler from Kentucky

Feb 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by oline73 from Maryland

Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 4.28 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 28, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by HopBelT from Belgium

Sep 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, hint of cinnamon, hint of liquor, wood, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, hint of cinnamon, hint of liquor, wood, yeast, strong bacterial funk, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, weak appearance, but great aroma, body, blend, and complexity.
Jun 14, 2017
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