Scratch Beer 15 - 2008 | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 15 - 2008Scratch Beer 15 - 2008

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 11-07-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 101
Photo of orangesol
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

* First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past. *

The beer that would become Java Head. Again, big thanks to Deuane for providing me with yet another old Scratch Beer tick. Shared this one with spoolinvw earlier tonight.

A - Pours deep dark brown, bordering on black, with a small film of tan head leaving very little, if any, lace down the glass.

S - Smells of very little coffee - it is all but gone now - smoke, dark roast and quite a bit of oxidation. The second I smelled this beer I knew this beer was going to be a chore to finish.

T - Starts off with some dark roast and light smokeyness quickly giving way to a ton of oxidation - both cardboard and sherry like - that never really goes away, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Medium-Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Thin feel with plenty of oxidation.

O - This one has taken the proverbial fall off of a giant cliff, never to be seen again. We ended up drain pouring about half the bottle, I didn't want to but it was that bad. I actually feel bad that I am adding this rating as it will be the lowest it has ever received. If you still have one of these now is the time, I hope it is better for you than it was for me.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from dashirey back in Nov 2010, lets see how this one held up...pours dark brown with a modest cap of mocha colored head.

Roast and chocolate are both really big here. Light dusting of dark fruit and cocoa powder. Not much oxidation for a 3 year old beer!

Taste is still delicious, surprisingly. Little bit of cardboard has crept in and all traces of hops are long gone, but the malt base is quite solid. Lots of roast for an oaty stout and the sweetness cant quite keep up. Kind of dusty and mineraly on the finish while the mouthfeel is not smooth and creamy like the best of the style. I have no doubt this one was better fresh, but still quite fun to drink.

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Photo of dimenhetfield
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. After a few years in the bottle this beer really as seemed to mature quite a bit. The aroma isn't quite like your typical stout. It has malty licorice qualities about it. The flavor definitely has that chocolate oat twist but with an almost boozy feel. Sort of hard to put my finger on it at the moment, but I like it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from Imstillthegman courtesy of the BA Vets 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 dark brown color, with a very thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of coffee and chocolate along with roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste very malty and creamy with flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate that dominate the whole way through. There's a little bit of smokiness in the background along with a faint but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is semi-sweet.

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

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this beer is a very poundable stout that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of kkipple
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

'Nother Oatmeal stout from Troegs, this one normal ABV and sane. Nice nose with cocoa-roast and smoove, looks a muddy brown-red with a low head. Grainy-raw now in the aroma, thick. Tastes... odd. Metallic oats with lots of dry, earthy chocolate and tastes dirty. Not totally a miss, but there are hints of sourness here and it sort of bounces around in your throat. Hmmmm.... Bold flavor, to be sure. Not totally sure what to make of this. Would have liked to try it fresh. Jangly, to be sure.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temperature.

Poured into a tulip glass. Big, black body with a decently sized tan head. Light lacing left behind.

Coffee, chocolate and a slight metallic tinge on the nose. Almost appears to have some port/fruit notes as well. Maybe a sign of oxidation? Slight wood presence as well.

Chocolate, caramel and well roasted malts in the taste. Again there are these slightly odd fruit notes in the background that I can't put my finger on. Chocolates are sweet, but the finish is slightly bitter with coffee. Somewhat acidic and dry. Interesting.

The mouthfeel is on the bitter side, slightly dry. Creamy from the oatmeal yet still prickly from somewhat low carbonation.

Drinkability is still pretty good for this stout. I never got to try it fresh, but this cellared version is still drinking quite well. A little acidic and dry at times, but the flavor is interesting and keeps my hand coming back to the glass. Would only want a bottle of this.

Overall, it was cool to get a chance to try this beer. It's currently drinking pretty well, but I feel that it has already started to go downhill somewhat. If you still have bottles I suggest you open them soon. Still a tasty treat from Troegs and a fun series.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade, so thanks is in order for the opportunity to try this one. Poured into a snifter, revealing opaque dark body with a slight light crema head. Some lacing. Smells like licorice and roasted malts with some earthy undertones.

Tastes not very sweet at all, but with some noticeable lactose character. Very earthy flavors from the roasted malt and oatmeal and a slight metallic tinge. Mouthfeel is decently smooth, but still somewhat grainy from the heavy dark malt presence. Medium to heavy-bodied. Decently drinkable.

Overall, it's one of the better straight-up oatmeal stouts I've had. Glad I could try it.

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Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was either an extra from RThomas436 or mday, I cant recall.

Poured from a brown bottle into a pub glass. A semi hard pour creates about an inch of brown foam, receding to leave a solid cap of retention across the surface. Lace consists of thin even coating streaks. Color is black, no light penetration except for a very mild maroon highlight at the edge of the glass..

Aroma contains a good amount of chocolate with roasty grains and oats. Quite a bit of chocolate actually with a touch of sweetness and toffee as well as vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.

Taste is delicious, filled with cereal grain roasty chocolate flavors as well as some mild sweet grains and malt backbone. Little snip its of vanilla, mild coffee, as well as a nutty flavor. Oats are not as forward in taste as they were in aroma. Mouthfeel is sharp with mild carbonation bite and a slick lightly creamed coating across the tongue.
Finishing a bit more bitter with roasty chocolate grains and a lightly smokey finish.

A delicious brew, that even 2 years old is fresh-like tasting. Very good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this was an extra from HopDerek - trying to work through a backlog of stout. Served in my Half Acre pint glass.

A - A finger of light mocha foam that dissipates to a thick cap. Some solid lacing. Black body with a hint of brown at the bottom of the glass.

S - Dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and molasses. Very sweet and not particularly roasty at all. Alcohol is well-hidden. Maybe the tiniest bit of roast coffee in the periphery.

T - Taste is mild cocoa with a touch of oatmeal. There's a bit of burnt coffee flavor in the background. Sweet caramel finish. Not bad, but not particularly interesting.

M - Very smooth, albeit a bit thin even for 6%. You can feel the oatmeal influence. Carbonation is slightly too tingly. More porter-like.

D - I was able to down the 12oz bottle in record time. I can see why the made an amped up version for Scratch 19, as this is a kind a boring - albeit reasonably well-crafted - beer. Still holding up quite well after 2+ years.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights and and a sparse tan head. No lacing with this one.

Light aroma of sweet chocolate malts, toffee, and dark ripe fruit.

The taste follows the lead of the aroma with chocolate malts, dark ripe fruit, coffee, chocolate milk, and toffee. Finishes clean.

Thinner bodied, dry, and lightly carbonated.

A very easy-drinking Oatmeal Stout from Troegs and definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter...

A: Pours a pitch black body with a nice two finger mocha head that falls to a thin ring around the edge, slightly frothy with pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt, vanilla, faint roasted coffee, turbinado sugar and faint molasses. Very nice aroma overall, smells and looks like an imp stout so far.

T: Much lighter than the nose...expected a heavier mouthfeel and flavor. Very roasted, slight coffee, bittersweet chocolate, faint caramel with a hint of hops on the finish. Pretty crisp.

M: Medium body, slightly watery for an oat stout. Pretty crisp.

D: Smooth and drinkable for an oat stout. Very nice overall!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly an opaque black, looks more like an Imperial than an Oatmeal Stout as far as color goes, but there is a much less viscous texture that is evident as I pour. Coarse dark bubbles the flee quickly are the only hints of head that this beer produces. There is no lacing left behind either.

S: Roasted malts as well as some nutty notes. Even over a year after this was bottled, I can make out the aromas of grassy hops. There is also some caramelized sugar and vanilla in there as well.

T: Pointed and sharp malty flavors are the dominant character up front. The nicely roasted malts really do give this beer a very desirable taste characteristic of my favorite oatmeal stouts. The oats come in later, as the vanilla notes creep in from off stage and pull some of the attention their way, adding depth and character to this beer that follows through to the finish.

M/D: An almost over-carbonated front end gives way to an almost entirely smooth finish. Very interesting. The texture is medium thickness. Overall, one oatmeal stout that finds itself close to the top of my list of oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of Beejay
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to krisandajt for this beauty. A truly awesome extra!!!

A: Poured a murky brown, in the glass it is a dark black with a creamy tan head.

S: Sweet molasis, and chocolate come up right away. Very sweet smell to it, I like to think that I can pick up on the oatmeal. Just the smallest hint of roasted grains in the very back.. Nice!

T: Just delicious. Roasty, sweet, and smooth. A very well rounded stout. Not too sweet, not too roasty, but a wonderful blend of both.

M: Good carbonation, smooth, and creamy. Luscious. Very nice.

D: A very nice beer all around. Only problem is that there aren't anymore of them left. :) A very nice beer to celebrate bottling my RIS that has been fermenting since early September.

Once again huge thanks to krisandajt!!!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Inky black with a thin khaki colored head. Head is about one finger thick after a gentle pour and quickly fades to a thin foamy ring. Very little lacing left behind.

S - A roasted malt aroma without much else going on. A little bit of nuttiness as it warms. Faint hint of vanilla.

T - Smooth roasted malt with hints of coffee and vanilla. A little on the nutty side. Not any real trace of hops in this one. Roastiness becomes even stronger as the beer warms.

M/D - A little on the thin side. Easy drinking. No noticeable alcohol. LIght bitterness.

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Photo of nkersten
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle... Thanks Heath! Dark brown, not quite black opaque brew, with a small 1/4 inch head that sticks to the outside of the glass throughout.

S - Some roast notes, but overall nothing special. Maybe even a slight bit of alcohol.

T- More roasted malt taste then smell. Some hop bitterness but not a much.

M - Medium carbonation, and the great silky mouthfeel that is expected from an oatmeal stout. A bit on the watery side, but over it is fitting for the style.

D - Drinkability is good. No part of this beer is offensive, but at the same time it isn't the most exciting oatmeal stout I have ever had. If I had another i would probably open it next, but instead I move on to something with a bit more hop flavor.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Mauerhan. Thanks Topher!

A small hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a near pitch black with 3 fingers of tan foam and some decent lacing. A very nice looking brew.

Taking a few whiffs, there's a ton of chocolate sweetness hitting my nosebuds with a lighter but also there amount of coffee that offs up a bit of bitterness.

The taste seems to reverse the roles...the coffee is more assertive than the chocolate but both are working nicely together. I can't seem to pull out any oatmeal tastes so if it's there, it is well hidden. Pretty good overall taste.

It's on the low end of medium bodied and the carbonation is on the light side. A pretty smooth mouthfeel here.

Drinkability? The low carbo has me almost gulping this brew down...not what I want to do but it *is* an easy drinker. Good stuff.

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Photo of mcallister
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brooding dark nearly black colored with a tan head that fades into quite the topper.

Roasty chocolaty nose that really is enticing. A soft caramel with hints of dark fruit with a very nice blueberry hint. A great aroma and very enticing.

Rich roasty chocalaty with a fabulous creamy mouthfeel. Again great depth of black fruits lead by blackberries and fresh black cherry and currant. Mouth again is just amazing. Another great brew by Troegs. Time to expand the everyday selection more and more.

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Photo of maximum12
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerisheaven for putting this in a box for ballast during a springtime trade. I'm almost out of Brian-provided beer (thought I'm still holding that one, you know which one I'm talking about...). Troegs has been good to me, so optimistic popping the top on this baby.

Jack Black with almost no "pop" Nose is dominated by light coffee notes & vague maltish sweetness.

Scratch #15 boasts coffee, sweet malts, & an oatmeal-based smooothness on the lips & throat. Richer than a standard oatmeal.

Very good brew; a good cut above most oatmeal stouts in nailing the style, but nothing to raise it into the top tiers. Nice.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An extra received in a trade with FooFaa. Thanks. Consumed on 9/16/2009 and poured into a snifter. A hard pour yields a one inch light brown head which exhibits good retention.

The nose is oatmeal and coffee with some dark chocolate. There's a slight roasted character, as well as notes of maple. All these notes are well balanced.

The flavor is astringent coffee with dark chocolate. Oatmeal is present, but to a lesser extent than was noticeable in the nose. The dominant flavor is coffee, which seems odd for an oatmeal stout. Some sweetness is evident, and the finish is bitter coffee with some roast.

The beer is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Why would a brewery put so much coffee in an oatmeal stout that it drowns out the oatmeal?

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for this one!

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours very thick for an oatmeal stout. Only a thin layer of tan head produced. Good retention around the outside of the glass only. Not very much lace left. Color is basically black.

Aroma: Wow, I think this has to be one of the best oatmeal stouts I have smelt. Rich coffee, cocoa, oats, dark fruits, very malty with some fresh grassy hops. It seems as if there is a little heat here, but I am loving it. Everything mixes so well.

Taste: A lot of roasted malts with a big coffee flavor. A decent amount of oat. Cocoa/chocolate. Grass/earthy hops. Dark dried fruits. A very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Rich, smooth, creamy. A decent amount of carbonation and a pretty full body. Ends with a roasted malt/coffee flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this has to be one of my favorite oatmeal stouts to date. It has a lot of flavor and is pretty drinkable. I really like that this one is so thick. I would easily drink more if I had some!

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Photo of AltBock
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a plain white label with a big gray "S" and the number series and brewed year at the top. Scratch 15 was brewed in late 2008. Served in a Southern Tier pint glass.

I really couldn't believe how black Scratch 15 really was. I guess I was caught off guard with the color. It was as black as the night sky with no sign of highlights. If there were highlights, that usually means that light could shine through the beer and that wasn't happening with this beer. Topping this beer off was a great looking 3/4 of an inch mocha colored head of foam. This head of foam had nowhere so it stuck around for a while. When the head of foam actually did recede, it left behind a few streaks of lace around the glass.

The aroma was roasted first with dark roasted malts, a subtle whiff of roasted oats, a pinch of dark chocolate, and huge amount of roasted coffee beans. You'd think an Oatmeal Stout would have more oats than coffee in it, but not Troegs version. Right after the roasted coffee beans, the aroma then finishes up the scent of french vanilla. I don't know where that came from, but it made for a nice little surprise.

The aroma was things to come. The taste was thick with dark roasted flavors. The strongest of the flavors was the roasted coffee beans. This Oatmeal Stout sure loved the coffee! In fact, this strong coffee taste did a build up and then toward the end of the taste, it let through dark roasted malts, a hint of roasted oats, and a touch of dark chocolate.

This was a medium bodied beer with a decent level of carbonation and a thick roasted aftertaste. This roasted aftertaste contained a little roasted malts and oats, a touch of dark chocolate, and more than enough roasted coffee beans.

Please Troegs! Do not Scratch this beer! Sure it had a big taste of coffee and just a subtle taste of oats in it, but I really enjoyed this one. This beer was so good that I wish it wasn't a one time thing, so far.

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Photo of koopa
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra during an in person trade with MrChopin at one of Capone's Canadian Breakfast Stout Tappings. Thanks for the great extra!

12oz bottle actually doesn't have a bottling number printed on it like the other scratch series brews I've had.

Appearance: Dark brown body with a gorgeously lush beige 2 finger foamy crown that shows some retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Nice deep malt notes, a touch of oatmeal, and a slightly earthy note and a dose of chicory.

Taste: Wow this one surprised me as the complexity of the nose really simplifies in the flavor because those ingredients come together seamlessly.

Mouthfeel: Lush but not too heavy!

Drinkability: Super drinkabile for the style

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Photo of mynie
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours great for an oatmeal, fabulous for a year old oatmeal. Big opaque black with a nice brown head.

Smells very, very good for an old oatmeal. The roughness of a usual oatmeal is subdued, replace with strong nodes of chocolate and peat. Very nice.

Tastes as it smells. Normally oatmeals are pleasantly rough. This maintains the nice fieriness but gets rid of most pain--like sitting by a fireplace without getting burned. This makes way for heavier nodes of vanilla and chocolate.

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Photo of steadydose
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that I got as an extra in a trade.

Poured into a tulip, and a nice dark khaki head rises to the top. The beers body is super dark brown/black that shows a little amber tint when held up to the light.

I don't get too much in the aroma, except a little chocolate and coffee.

Beer tastes good though, again taste follows the aroma with chocolate and coffee, followed by a slight dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, soft and creamy.

This brew is absolutely drinkable, pretty easy to drink. Good for what it is, I guess I just prefer imperial stouts.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

A: As noted in my earlier growler review, the stout is a dark coffee color, black with syrupy brown at the edges of the glass. The bottle conjured up a finger of head that left thin patches of lace at the uppermost mouth of my glass.

S: Cocoa powder stands out, along with a creamy oatmeal presence that further softens the chocolate. Coffee and cream swirl together but aren't as dominant.

T: The coffee stands out much more in the taste, especially when I let a sip sit for a few seconds. Roasted java isn't particularly bitter but it does pair nicely with the lactic smoothness of the oatmeal. Chocolate and cocoa powder add a full richness, supported by some vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate. The formula was re-jiggered to create Scratch 19, but the more I sip on this the more the subtle flavor really sits well.

M: The mouth is rich, full of chocolate and cream flavors. A very pleasant stout.

D: This beer isn't the behemoth that Scratch 19. Luckily it remains a very strong oatmeal stout that offers just enough coffee to keep me interested.

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Scratch Beer 15 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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