Scratch Beer 5 - 2007 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 5 - 2007Scratch Beer 5 - 2007

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Enjoy this as a token of our appreciation. With the demise of Tröegs Oatmeal Stout, this long-forgotten recipe serves as an inspiration and a heartfelt thanks to our faithful stout fans. What’s special here? We start with a seductive malty sweetness, combine it with hints of chocolate and roasted flavors and round out the texture and taste with a healthy helping of oats. A three-hop blend brings perfect balance to the sweet malt adding a dry finish to this big beer.

Added by BeerBeing on 10-28-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 87 | Ratings: 95
Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike for this one.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head.

S: Very oxidized. Almost sherry- or port-like. Big dark fruits and a bit of booze. Some dark chocolate and a lot of roasted malts. Not too much roast or oatmeal character.

T: Lightly roasty with a lot of dark chocolate and some noticeable alcohol--almost like a chocolate liqueur. Some dark fruit flavors like prunes and plums. A little bit of cardboard oxidation.

M: Medium to full in body with a low to medium carbonation. Really heavy on the tongue.

O: Some good things to it, but some negative ones as well. And, too boozy.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2007; Pours black brown with a light khaki brown head.

Nose is all purple plums with hints of fruited coffee.

Mouthfeel is full and bold with an elegant carbonation and a nice balance.

Flavors are complex plum, sweet milk chocolate that turns to dark bitter chocolate with a coffee/espresso undertones. There is a hop quality to this beer that I normally would not like in a stout that just really works here and with this one. Creamy, malty, lightly sweet and complex makes this a nice stout to drink with food or sip with a whiskey or cigar.

Nice. And, a decent example that a 2007 brew in a small bottle may last nicely to May 2011 if and when stored decently. This one may even have some more time although sooner or later the creamy sweet character may be lost. However, not yet!

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Photo of kkipple
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Attractive brown-red brew with a smidgen of head. Big nose, sweet and slick, some minor roast, cocoa. Massively slick beer, sweet and tastes "old". Slides down the throat and leaves a sweet-cocoa-coffee finish for a while. Nothing weird or interesting here, just a big, well-aged Imperial oatmeal stout. I like it. Nothing wrong after 3 years. If you have some, you're in luck!

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Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to dashirey.

Pours dark brown, but light in color for the style, with a little bit of tan foam sitting on top that fades to swirls.

Aroma is lots of sherry-like oxidation. Roast and chocolate as well.

Flavor is nice and chocolatey. Pretty subtle for an RIS. Some dark fruits and sherry-like oxidation. Like a toned-down, aged Kate the Great almost.

Medium-light bodied for the style, but very smooth. Low carbonation.

Very enjoyable aged imperial stout. Drinkable.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.54/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nickd717. Thanks Nick.

A: Pours a dark, translucent mahogany body (like caramel swirled into chocolate). Actually quite a beautiful color, though not particularly unique. I enjoyed looking at it. The carbonation was light and fine, leaving milky swirls on top of the brew in a matter of seconds. No lace.

S: Anise, sherry oxidation, dark fruit, anise, chocolate, and possibly molasses? Something interesting going on here for sure.

T: Substantially less complex than the aroma. Anise, sherry oxidation with a hint of wet cardboard, and some chocolate. It's still decent, but nothing I'd trade for or gush over at this point. Definitely on its way downhill.

M: Under medium bodied; it's not very viscous. Very smooth, with fine carbonation.

D: Eh. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about, either.

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from DIM, in a recent BIF, thank you. Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger foamy creamy tan head that has good retention. The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The head left some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A rich solvent aroma, with notes of oatmeal, caramel, toffee, yeast, bread crust, and molasses. There are also hints of floral bouquet, phenols, and oak in the background.

Taste: A nicely roasted malt, with toffee, dried cherries, caramels, solvents, yeast, bread crust, molasses, and phenols. There are notes of floral, fruity esters, oak, oatmeal, and oak.

The mouth feel is coating, chewy, and slightly flat.

Overall: The body of the beer is thick, the finish is medium full. This is a good beer lots of flavor, the alcohol is more pronounced, and the oatmeal helps tame the beast. This beer need to be refined and it would be 5.0 beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dyan for giving me this bottle... because he fucking felt like it? Awesome! Thanks dude! Though the white "wax" is a little suspect....

Pours black into my ithaca tulip, a tight, medium-tan foam of about a half finger fades quickly. A little dotted lace, but somewhat dead-looking despite the attempted wax-preservation.

Wow, smells pretty awesome. Rich roast with some oxidation creeping in just a bit around the edges. Well integrated coffee beans and licorice in moderation.... the oxidation actually became a bit more apparent on subsequent pours but is still at a tolerable level.

The taste is much of the same, a little bit of a brassy/metallic oxidation presence detracting from what is really a great roasty, silky smooth oatmeal stout. A little bit of a caramel/cola sweetness. Low carbonation, medium-full bodied and a nice sipper. Alcohol is well integrated, and I really like this abv point, just below double digits - not too strong.

It's hard for me to comment for sure, but my thinking is that as good as this is now, it might've seen slightly better days at some point. I think it'll hold together for a little longer though. Thanks again, Dyan!

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Photo of heliosphann
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of NFLMVP. Thanks Steve! Poured in an oversized tulip and split with my buddy Daive (Infestaxion).

A: Dark, muddy brown. Very little head. Not that impressive looking at all. Decent lacing.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruit, earthy hops, caramel, vanilla and some strong alcohol presence. Doesn't scream Oatmeal Stout at all. Hmmm...

T: Alcohol is surprisingly dominant. Almost Sherry like with lots of dark fruits, cherries, etc... Sweet malts and some very slight hints of chocolate and roastiness. A lot of the flavors seemed buried by alcohol. Once again, not even remotely like a traditional Oatmeal Stout.

M: Light bodied. A little syrupy. Not much carbonation at all.

D: The almost 10% ABV is in full effect here. I thought it would have calmed down with a few years of age on it. I found the 6oz I had to be plenty, this one is a sipper, whatever it is...

Very interesting beer. Other reviews seem to be all over the place with this one as well. Not sure what it was, but I'm pretty sure it's not an Oatmeal Stout Should probably be classified as a Strong Ale.

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Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber brown color with reddish chestnut brown edges when held to a light source and a huge foamy beige head with excellent retention leaving chunks of lacing here and there on it's way down.

Sweet alcohol aroma with a lot of dark fruit notes and an underlying roasted chocolate malt backbone. Hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee and oatmeal.

Medium bodied that is slightly watered down. Pretty hoppy up front with a lot of oatmeal flavor followed by by a smooth roasted maltiness with hints of chocolate, caramel, oatmeal, burnt toast, coffee, toffee and a sweet yet dry hop finish.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown nearing black with crimson highlights whn held to the light. A frothy, light tan head slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich cocoa, cappuccino, cooked oats, caramel, black cherries, and plums.
Taste is of the aromas with caramel, cocoa nib, and ripe fruit coming to the forefront. A touch of Angelfood cake, espresso, oiley hops, raisins, and ripe figs are found in the flavors. Perhaps a touch of oxidized, cardboard is noticed due to the cellar aging but it's welcomed in such a style.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, chewy, spritzy on the finish, with a slick oiliness found in the finish. Warming alcohol is certainly noticed in this one. Not a bad thing but be prepared.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a cola color with a small, diminishing head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was sweet malt, nuts, dark fruits and light cocoa.

Taste was sweet and malty, caramel, lightly spicy and bitter. Well balanced and pretty tasty.

Easy drinking. Hard to believe this is 9.90%.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's see how this one is holding up after a year plus.

A-Deep dark brown/black with a medium tan head that reduces to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace.

S-Cocoa powder, dark fruits and cherry. Nice backing roasted malt in support.

T-Bitter dark chocolate, with balancing sweet caramel malt and some drying cocoa powder in the finish. A bit of earthiness in the end.

M-Medium-heavy bodied, rich and quite smooth. Good lingering flavours.

D-This one was hot when fresh but with a year plus under it's belt it has aged nicely. A roasted chocolate dream of a stout.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. Appears a dark brown, almost black color with about a finger of rich tan foam. Smells of dark fruits such as cherries, plums and figs, as well as caramel malt and cocoa. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, and a nice grassy hop presence. Full bodied, creamy and satisfying with medium carbonation. If you can track one of these down, by all means, do it and enjoy.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in the 100% Satisfaction BIF from great trader PSYCOHOPS, thanks!

Served cool in a Boston Lager glass.

Pours very thick with a orange-tinted dark brown color, slightly hazy, forming a nice tan head.

Aroma of spicy noble hops evident, along with a big hit of chocolate and notable maltiness.

Taste is very malty, like a strong Scotch ale, but with evident hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet, with plenty of bitter hop bite.

Drinkability is good if you take it slow. Not quite a sipping beer, but it is sweet with a lot of body. Named an imperial oatmeal stout, but it seems more like an Americanized Scotch ale to me (but what do I know). Definitely recommended.

I wish I lived down the road from Tröegs--getting a stash of every Scratch batch would definitely be habit-forming!

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Photo of nlmartin
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was sitting in my cellar. I know someone sent it in a BIF but I dont know who. Big thanks to the sender. The beer was lightly chilled and served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a brownish coloration with ruby highlights. The head is fluffy lightly creamed coffee color. The head quickly resolves to thin foam. Thick pancake batter lacing remains on my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer isnt 100% what I expect. The beers aroma is fruity cherries, hints of sherry, a flash of cocoa, suggestions of caramel. The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma but as a spicey notation. Very nice.

Taste: The beer taste good but isnt what I am expecting. The beer has very light roasted tones, a bit of cocoa supports a sherry wine flavor, bits of berries and cherries, the alcohol is noticeable but not really distracting.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body. A rather alcohol charged mouthfeel. Normally that wouldnt be a problem for me. This beer was a sipper from the start and is quickly turning into a chore to drink. Half way there and the beer is room temp no signs of improvement heading my way.

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one as a bonus in a trade with MuenchenerKindl. thanks tom!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 30/09.

pours deep dark brown, neither black nor opaque, with a thin layer of very fine light brown head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. dark and bakers chocolate. coffee. light alcohol. rich caramel. multi-grain bread and biscuit. just a hint of roast. bit of dark fruit.

taste is good. bittersweet and dark chocolate. espresso and coffee. light roast. rich caramel and dark fruit. lightly sweet. bit of alcohol, but nowhere near the almost 10%.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth medium-low carbonation level. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. great balance. time has mellowed this one quite nicely, bringing out some nice malty and fruity complexity. good stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle.

Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red, some dark brown highlights away from the light, thin tan head forms, drops to a thin ring around the glass, drops a whole lot of lace spots, decent retention, a little light for a stout. Smell is nice, very sweet, caramel, cherries, very fruity, fusel alcohol, sherry, no oats, no stout, I'm confused. Taste is similar, lots of alcohol, sherry, fruit, caramel and brown sugar, lots of sweetness, vanilla, icing sugar, sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, smooth but the alcohol is a little forward. Not a whole lot of stout character, so I'm a little confused on the style. Still a decent beer though, thanks Russ!

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours somewhat thick into a pint glass, dark brown black opaque with a nice fluffy light tan head that stays around for a bit till receding to a thick film. Lacing is plentiful, leaving rings around the glass. The aroma has nice notes of dark fruits and dark malts. In taste, molasses notes, chocolates, dark fruits, some spiciness and a nice hop profile. The mouth is velvety smooth, between medium and full bodied, lovely. I'm trying to figure out why they've never turned this into a production beer, because I think its fantastic. Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

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Photo of marcpal
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you for this one Akorsak a while back. Wanted to shelve this one for a while but this is about as long as I'm gong to wait.

12oz bottle poured into DFH snifter.
Bottle Graphics: 8/10. Love the scratch style.

A: The beer poured a very dark brown, borderline black with a white filmy head of pond scum. It looks thick if that makes sense and starting to look some shade of red to me when held up to the light.

S: I detect a good amount here- not mindblowing, but really nice. The chocolate seems to prevail and does not nearly let you know the amount of hops and oats that come through in the taste and flavors.

T: Sweet and decadent. The oats really do a tremendous bonus to the extent of the flavors. On the hops, there are oats. On the sugar, you feel the oats. In the aftertaste, you get the oats. The chocolate is a little high for my liking but all in balance like a quality brewed drink. The word bittersweet sums it up really well. The dark fruit presence is more there when it was chilled, not so much as it warmed.

M: Creamy milkshake smooth, like a wonderful pudding. Carbonation is barely noticeable. Full bodied as it sure should be. It does come off somewhat boozy, in a really really good way.

D: Adequate. Filling, tidy and rounded out. Magically delicious to sip on watching the playoffs on a cold January night.

Having had a few of the new Milk Stouts from River Horse, I was enticed to give this one a try and the two of them are both great in their own way.

Another hit from Troegs house- makes me even want to try out number 15 again.
Thanks Adam.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours is very dark brown, just short of black, surprisingly strong head of light tan head. Decent retention especially for the strength, very inviting. Great start.

A bit of a hoppy edge is a pleasant surprise in the nose, but doesn't make up for the light roastiness. Wish there was...more. cocoa powder, roasty, dark fruit - more of all of it.

Flavor makes up for aroma and then some. Really terrific. Still a touch light on roastiness, but there's enough to make up for it. Bittersweet chocolate notable, light lingering bitterness, pleasant residual sweetness - far from cloying. I'd drink this any day. No alcohol heat or flavor noted; perhaps the age is helping a lot here as I haven't had good experiences with high ABV oatmeal stouts before.

Full mouthfeel, and as a high ABV sipper I appreciate its full nature, but as something so tasty I want to down it fast. Carbonation is low and there is little to slow me down.

Should definitely be available yearly, if not year-round. Hope I get to try this again, and soon.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bunch of Troegs scratch beers from Akorsak this summer. Nice guy who I enjoyed meeting, and he gave me some damn tasty brews. I've been sitting on this one for awhile waiting for a time when I was really in the mood for it. It's snowing and there's some good football on TV, so now is the time.

Interesting colored body. At first I thought it was a dark brown, but looking at it more closely I see that it is a dark, dark red. Three fingers of light brown head sit on top of the beer for a long time. Thick and rocky, leaves a bunch of thick, sticky lacing.

There isn't a huge aroma here. When I first opened the bottle I got a blast of chocolate and sweetness from the oats, but now I struggle with it. The odor is a little astringent, reminding me of lint. Strange.

First up is a comes the nice chocolately malts that are rich and sweet. The oats add some pretty good sweetness to this one that plays off of the chocolate nicely. Even though this beer was brewed last year I still notice the hops in here. I love everything the Troegners do with hops, and this is no exception. Some dark fruit notes come through as this beer warms; slight rasiny notes are noticeable. Finishes with some warming from the alcohol, but just a touch.

The mouthfeel on this one is just fantastic. Medium to full body with fairly low carbonation (that works really well). Really smooth, velvety in fact. A little creamy. One of the best mouthfeels I've found anywhere. Probably THE best in a stout.

At almost 10% ABV this one is really drinkable. It's really too bad I only have one of them.

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Photo of jmalex
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd been saving this for quite awhile. So with the announcement of the next Scratch series stout, I'll drink the previous one.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a strange, murky, dark brown, and certainly not black. A loose-bubbled, tab head forms on top and immediately falls to a large collar with some scattered patches of foam.

SMELL: The aroma isn't terribly intense. Some roastiness with a lot of cocoa and a slight nuttiness. That's about all I get even after letting it warm for awhile.

TASTE: Ah, there we go. An awesome malty sweetness hits you up front. It's incredibly silky and luxurious across the palate with a significant dose of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. The finish has a lot of that lingering sweetness but a balancing hop bitterness comes in and cuts through the sweet leaving you wanting another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth as silk as an oatmeal stout should be. The carbonation is medium and sharp, and that's right where I like it.

DRINKABILITY: Very nice. Any heat from the alcohol has dropped out considerably leaving a really smooth beer. Too bad this is the last one I have.

The Scratch series doesn't disappoint. I can't wait to pick up the new Scratch stout, Scratch #15.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle I received from a kind person who I have forgotten their name. Blac-brown, no head. It smells like candy malts and cocoa puffs cereal. The taste is oatmeal but the alcohol doesn't work for me. I prefer oatmeal stouts to be more around 5-6% not 10. Oh well, this was still a good beer from a good brewery.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with ruby highlights. Nice color with a tight tan head, slowly fading to a ring around the glass. It leaves some pretty impressive lacing as well. Smell isn't so much in line with an Oatmeal Stout but by the time you get here it doesn't matter much. Lots of sweetness but not much roast character at all. Black cherry and other dark fruits seem most present. Digging deeper, I get a light caramel and chocolate. Also a hop presence and a hint of booze. Interestingly, the taste brings forth some roast character. A little heat again here but it seems well suited for this brew. This is some sort of hybrid beer, not quite Oatmeal Stout as I mentioned earlier. So we have some dark fruit, caramel, toffee, chocolate, oatmeal, piney hops, and a peppery flavor. Great stuff. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A little heat but nothing to complain about for such a big brew. Overall, I have to say this isn't an Oatmeal Stout, while I was quite impressed all the same. Reminds me of a cross with a Barleywine or something. A unique Strong Ale, perhaps? Regardless, I enjoyed this one greatly. Had a few chances to try this brew and currently can't recall who sent me the bottles.

Going on a limb, thanks to akorsak, Muenchenerkindl, and? Or maybe just these two...

or maybe neither?

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of akorsak poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with a small, dense tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a collar and a bit of swirl on top. The lacing is sporadic. The smell is slightly bitter roasted malts and oatmeal with a strong sweet dark fruit aroma as well. The taste starts with a bitter chocolate and roasted malt kick that gives way to the smooth oatmeal flavor. There is only a hint of fruit in the taste and the roasted notes leave a lingering bitterness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium but a little on the thin side for the style with moderate carbonation. This is my third Scratch Beer (after 4 and 12) and the least impressive of the three. A good beer but nothing memorable.

Thanks again to Adam for hooking me up with the Scratch Beers.

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Scratch Beer 5 - 2007 from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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