Scratch Beer 15 - 2008 (Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 15 - 2008 (Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout)Scratch Beer 15 - 2008 (Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout)

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #15-2008 is our first collaborative beer in the Scratch series. We teamed up with St. Thomas Roasters of Linglestown to create a Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout.

The double in the name refers to the espresso (not the alcohol). Scratch #15’s espresso blend is a medium city-type roast featuring beans from three continents. St. Thomas Roasters roasted and ground the beans; we used them in our hopback. At the end of the boil the hot wort passed through the espresso beans to give a lush coffee espresso nose and hints of coffee flavor.

Chocolate, roasted and caramel malt flavors stand out, while the addition of oats gives Scratch #15 a full, round mouth feel. Galena and Ken Goldings hops are added to balance the overall flavor and not drive up the bitterness. The head retention diminishes quickly because of the oils from the espresso beans.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by coldmeat23:
Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Special thanks to sholland119 for this one!

Pours black. I can't even get light penetration around the edges. Two-finger creamy coffee-tan colored head of foam. Great retantion and great lacing, to boot.

Sweet maltiness and maple notes hit me first. Nice undertone of big espresso/coffee notes. Slight hints of dark fruits. Nice big chocolate presence. Hints of caramel and vanilla. Very slight hops notes, deep down inside.
One of the better smelling coffee brews that I've had. Smells like a good cup from a specialty coffee shop.

Ooooh, that's some fine espresso tasting brew in my glass. Nice undertones of bittersweet chocolate. Light malty sweetness. Slight caramel notes. Hint of smoke.

Feels nice and smooth. No real bitterness here, despite all of the sharp flavors involved in this brew. I'm sure that all of the smoothness is due to the oatmeal. What a wonderful grain!
Good solid medium body. Nice level of carbonation.
Slightly too thin for a stout, though, IMO.

This is one that I'd love to see them put into regular, year-round, production. I would love to have this on a regular basis.
Flavors are great. Nice level of smoothness. Good balance. On top of that, it's a relatively low 6%ABV. I could do this as a session beer, no problem.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Troegs- Scratch 15 (Oatmeal Stout)

A- Deep dark brown almost black with a big thick tan head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
S- Dry cocoa powder, dark roast coffee bean, and maple oatmeal.
T- Thick cocoa powder dusted oatmeal with a dose of black unsweetened coffee.
M- Creamy smooth with a slight vanilla sweetened dry finish.

Overall- A very good Oatmeal Stout! 1 of the better 1's out there but being a scratch it'll be limited. Find this and buy it up.

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Photo of nkersten
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a firm, steadily trickling pour, I filled a standard American "pint" glass to the brim with brown-black liquid and superbly creamy dark tan foam. It initially looked almost like a pint of Guinness but surprisingly, the head didn't hold quite as well as I'd have liked it to. It did leave nice spotches and spots of lace behind though.

The aroma was softly roasty and nutty, with a chicory edge.

It's really quite a remarkably nutty beer, and it reminds me of hazelnut coffee, or perhaps coffee and chicory and peanuts. It's quite vanilla-like, and creamy tasting, not much like one might expect from such a dark colored brew. And I don't really find any hoppy notes or fruitiness, just vanilla and roastiness and nuttiness. Additionally, there's only a very subtle hint of dark malt acidity to it, despite its depth of character. And it's rich, but not overdone, with a superb balance. It starts fairly sweet and bready, almost with a hint of honey or brown sugar, and then it dries across the middle and into the finish, slowly vanishing amidst soft roastiness with just a drop of sugar left behind to remind you how sweet it once was!

Quite nice. It's soft and sweetish, yet full of flavor. It's very drinkable given one, although it may become a bit cloying throughout a second.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from one bif or another

appearance: poured into an imperial pint, garnet tinted mahogany body, big creamy chocolate head

smell: served next to some oatmeal (times are tough, ay?), aroma has a nice bit of oats, roasty chocolate

taste: flavor is a bit flat unfortunately - a roasty oaty mash-up with touches of chocolate and minimal hops

mouthfeel: creamy but flat

drinkability: ok

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of MiScusi
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- this beer pours black with a really nice generous tan head.

S- Roasty, a tad sweet. I might be inclined to think this is a sweet stout.

T- Roasted barley, a little sweetness, and some coffee flavor. It's not loaded with coffee but you can tell some of that roastiness that's in there is not just from the barley but also from coffee beans.

M/D- Not too thick, not too thin. Very good consistency to make it easy to drink. I drank this beer fast, which is a big compliment to it.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Troegs Tap Room on 11/14/08. Served in a pint glass.

Pours an extremely dark brown with some mud tinged ruby highlights coming out in the top and bottom of the body. A 1/2 finger or so of burnt mocha colored head sits on top, retaining around the edges with some thin wisps in the center. This flares up well, leaving some spotty lacing and brown oils down the sides of the glass. The aroma is mmm... chock-full of dark roasted coffee and espresso notes that really stand out. Some balance comes courtesty of underlying sweet chocolate and oatmeal character and I'm also picking up just right amount of coffee ground astringency in the back.

The taste is dark roasted coffee bitterness, zippy espresso, and once again, just the right amount of astringency that reminds you that your dealing with a good bit of coffee but never becomes souring. This gives way to backbone of chocolate and caramel malts with a silky feel from the oatmeal. Finishes with a dry lingering bitterness that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied that a nice, sharp carbonation that accentuates the bitter qualities and jumps along the palette.

Very solid Coffee Stout from Troegs with a rich nose and great drinkibility that really made it stand out for me. I'm looking foward to visiting this via bottle soon to see how it compares, as I was very pleased with the draught version.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of masterchiefMD
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz bottle into selins grove glass.

A= poured very dark dark brown not quite black with thin head (almost looks like hot coco)

S= smells like coffee oatmeal...seriously

T= heavily roasted malts and coffee beans

M= medium carbonation not very heavy. once again heavily roasted malts and coffee almost burnt, but good

D= If malt and coffee benas is your thing you will love this! 12 oz at a time is about all I can do.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of philbe311
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One fingers worth of creamy rich tan head off of a textbook pour... Almost black, but not quite, really more of a dark dark mahogany color... The tiniest bit of slight sneaks in at the top of the glass...

S - A tad weaker than I would have expected... Coffee... Roasted Malt... Chocolate... Maple Syrup... Tree bark...

T - Coffee... Baker's chocolate... Rich roasted malts... Caramel... Slight nuttiness... Crust... The faintest hint of spicy BBQ sauce... A unique mix of flavor that is well balanced and nothing in particular dominates...

M - Medium to full bodied... Very rich and creamy... Slight carbonation... A slight smokiness appears as part of the aftertaste...

D - A solid stout all the way around... Very approachable... Nothing spectacular, but better than average in all categories... I could enjoy a few of these in a sitting, though I'm not sure this leapfrogs any of my favorite stouts...

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Photo of Beejay
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Dodo2step
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

P- Troegs Brewery

A- Pours a dark midmight black color. A lot of head in this. It wont stop rising. A nut brown color to the head. A gorgeous lacing around and all the way down my glas in the inside.

S- lots of coffee/espresso and chocolate. They are the dominant but it also has hints of dark candied fruit. Very aromatic as coffee though.

T- espresso beans and coffee flavor. Very malty in that area and some chocolate rounds it out very nicely.

M- creamy and juicy. Like having a cup of coffee. It lingers in the mouth for a bit but tastes phenomenal.

D- a great brew from troegs and goes down smooth, creamy and silky. I could pound these back all day long.

When i went down today they had sold out of their 190 cases they had made to last for the week. It was flying off the shelves. It might not be around too much longer but a great brew!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz received from jac5084... thanks a bunch josh... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

more of a deep brown than black.. descent enough head that sticks around for a while with blotchy lace.

The nose is a chocolaty maltiness to it... a little touch of sweetness to the lite roasty coffee flavors.. pretty nice..

the flavor is also very pleasant.. roasty again.. with more of a caramel sweetness ... not as much coffee as many stouts I've had lately.. and in this case, it's a welcome compliment... very very drinkable.. and I almost never say that about smaller stouts because I rarely get the urge to drink them... that said, this has alot of character and really comes together nicely.

Thanks again Josh.. I really appreciate this one.

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Photo of jmalex
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was one of the lucky few at the brewery on release day who got to purchase some of this sought-after beer. The response was so great that it seems Tröegs will eventually bring this one back.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a very dark brown with a light tan head. The cap starts out small and drops quickly to a thick, foamy collar with a scattering of bubbles across the surface.

SMELL: The most prominent thing is definitely the coffee, but it's subdued enough to allow other aromas through. Decadent, dark chocolate and sweet caramels form the base of the stout with an astringent bitterness from the coffee and black malt lurking in the background.

TASTE: A lot of the sweet dessert flavors from the aroma are backed off quite a bit in the taste. The coffee is still dominant but it's much more pronounced without a backing sweetness behind it. The finish brings a sort of bitterness, again likely from a combination of the coffee, black malt, and some light hoppiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Oddly thin but with a smooth silky texture. The carbonation is really low which isn't too far off but still could be higher.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good, especially for a stout. I especially love drinking this one with my eggs and bacon.

A succuss for Tröegs but with room for improvement as well. I guess with the recent news of its rerelease, we'll get to see if any tweaking has made the beer even better.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another gem of a beer from the Troegs lineup. This one I thank Dr Jay for sending my way yesterday. Served at a nice and comfy fifty degrees this one was decanted into a pint glass and consumed on 12/21/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich dark brown color, nearly black with a nearly opaque consistency. A nice tan head of maybe an inch and a half rose up and settled down nicely into a thin pillow across the top with rich side glass lacing.

The aroma was loaded down with chocolate and coffee. Very rich with some nice underlying notes of molasses and sweet sugar like smells. Maybe a touch of hops, but mostly coffee man. The taste was wonderful, Rich coffee notes, sweet brewed coffee, with hints of milk chocolate and touches of light vanilla sprinkled n throughout. Smooth and very creamy profile with a rich flavor that was really nice on the finish. Long lasting taste of chocolate took me home on this one. Easy to drink and I could have had another on without an issue.

Overall, what can I say, this one was top notch, really a very wel done little stout, and something that made my afternoon.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: mocha froth head over a deep brown ale, black at any distance, average retention

s: charred barley nose, dry cocoa, dry leafy hops, mineral

m: lively medium carbonation and a medium body

t: roast-dominant from the start, like a slurry of pure dark cocoa and burnt barley water, very dry and earthy, charred astringency builds, burnt toast, any combination of burnt, charred, or scorched grain you care to find, hops in good presence but with an indistinct, mineral type flavor, moderate bitterness

d: very much so; a clean, not-so-heavy stout, but that makes for an easy drink

bottle from leftmindedrighty via a long awaited LiF victory, 2008 bottle

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 errantnight
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks leftmindedrighty!

Pours a deep brown, pretty clear from what I can see around the edges, only a bit of head, but it's pretty tenacious all the way down.

Nose is a subtle but nuanced. Nice roasted flavors with a bit of fresh coffee. A bit of refrigerator.

Taste is a big wave of milk chocolate up front, roast is pushed to the sides, finishes a tad sweet with moderate bitterness, mild carbonation gives a bit of lift on the back end. A bit of the trademark oatmeal silkiness but it's a bit thin. As it warms a bit of brown sugar comes out.

Very easy to drink, very nice to drink, but it's a just a bit sweet, and could use a bit of ironing out on the body to push this from something good that I'd drink again to something excellent that I'd seek out again.

Thanks again for the opportunity, Aaron!

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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 RedBrewer83
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 weeare138
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a dark chestnut brown with a hazy red cloud when held to the light. The small, tan head slowly fades into a mild collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla cream, coffee, brown sugar, and toffee.
Taste is of the brown sugar, cocoa, coffee, toffee, vanilla and a large presence of doughy bread.
Mouthfeel is meidum bodied, slick, oily, with a semi-dry finish.

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Scratch Beer 15 - 2008 (Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 101 ratings