Scratch Beer 16 - 2008 (Winter Warmer) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 16 - 2008 (Winter Warmer)Scratch Beer 16 - 2008 (Winter Warmer)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #16-2008 combines the bitterness of two aroma hops, the lush sweetness of honey and malt and an earthly yeast taste creating a Winter Warmer designed to ward off the coldest days. The dark, rich amber color comes from a combination of molasses and crystal malts; the Thames Valley brings a distinct earthly flavor; white the blend of hops creates fruity (Amarillo) and piney (Cluster) bitterness. The Winter Warmer ends with a slight warming sensation from the elevated alcohol content. Enjoy this one throughout the winter months.

Added by akorsak on 12-13-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Clear rust-red, head to the edges of the glass. Smells sweet malt and slightly punchy with a definite Christmas note. Fruitcake!
Flavor is metallic and tinny, with a Dubbel-ish malt profile, slight spice still, cloves? Hmm. Not bad, but surely could be better. Has age hurt this, or was it not that good to begin with? Hard to say.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this at Brass Rail during my recent visit. This is my first shot at a Scratch beer and it's pretty good. At $2.95/12 oz, I'd say it was reasonably priced. Tasting it "blind" I thought it was somewhat like a brown ale with a bit more hop bite to it. It showed ruby brown in the glass, not too much head which went to a ring around the top. There was a nice malty nose and a faint hint of spice in the initial sip. Pretty tasty stuff.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Troegs- Scratch 16 (Winer Warmer)

A- Deep ruby brown with a quick dissipating head. No lacing.
S- Spicy and sweet. Molasses dominates with hints of licorice.
T- Sweet slightly bitter licorice, caramel, and molasses malt. Slight earthy hop touch. Light dry chocolate powder dusts this 1.
M- Thick bitter malt with dry bitter nutmeg/ pecan.

Overall- Spicey and malty. A little to much bitterness for a Winter Warmer but another good Scratch beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful little gift from Mike, in Buffalo. A style I do like, an old ale, this was a cross between that and a winter warmer and hmm amarillo. Wonderfully tamed hops and barley, with a fruitiness. Marvellous drinkability.Pours dark fruity brown with a minor white head. Fruitiness in aroma. Above average mouthfeel, hmm honeyish.

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Photo of mikey711
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red with an off white inch thick head.

S: Some teriyaki and a bit of caramel sweetness

T: A hint of holiday spices and then teriyaki followed by some sweetness

M: Rather full bodied but there is a bit of an astringent quality

D: This one went down quickly and it wouldnt be a problem to finish more but it is not my favorite

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Alwayse willing to try a scratch beer.

Pours a cloudy brown with no head. Just a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is very caramel-ish and what smells like a little belgian-e. Smells pretty delish.

Taste is dissapointing. Very light on flavor compared to the aroma. Tastes like a brown gone bad. Some sort of spice or spices in there I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is very thin. It tastes and smells like it should be much thicker. Light carb too. Needs more.

Overall I won't be wanting this one any more. Not very good. I'll probably drink a little more then dump the rest. It's not really bad, I just don't want to waste calories on a beer like this.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is wild I found this bottle im dad's fridge, so about year+ old, seems to have held up great!

Pours copper/chestnut with 2 fingers of rocky khaki colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Brown bread & grains

T: Caramel, herbal hop bitterness & some metallic hops, plus brown sugar & grainyness up front. Toffee, dryness & grainyness are all there as this warms along with some herbal hops as this warms. Finishes with caramel sweetness, some grainyness & a touch of brown bread

MF: Failrly chewy, low but noticeable carbonation

Drinks really easy, I am shocked considering it's no so high ABV & the age on it. This little suprise will make me look for some Scratch Series while I'm here in NC,,,

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 12/18/08.

Pours a clear dark amber with a thin head of light tan colored foam. Retains with some thin wisps that do flare up when swirled, leaving some nice swathes of lace behind. The aroma is quite warm and toasty smelling with smoky molasses, caramel, light roasted notes, and some floral and just slightly spicy hops in the back.

The taste is rich with molasses and caramel sweetness up front that then works it's way into some darker notes of roasted malts and bread before ending with a nice lingering hop bite in the back that finishes things with a lively feel. The mouthfeel is medium body that's got a bit of a thicker overall feel to it, yet the carbonation is still relatively smooth and helps things go down pretty easily.

Nice take on an American style Winter Warmer here with that smoldering molasses character and a hop profile that really popped on draft being the highlights. It was nice to see that despite the thicker flavors and body, this still remained nicely drinkable. I enjoyed 2 pints during this sitting and probably could have gone for another. Kudos to Troegs for another solid Scratch entry.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A growler freshly filled at the brewery.

A: The Warmer is a tawny port color, black from a distance. Up close, ruby red highlights are accentuated by the flashing Christmas lights that are behind the glass. The head is an off-white eggnog color.

S: The aroma is dominated by hops (they are subtle, to be fair). Herbal, medicinal bitternes stands up against a biscuity, burnt sugar base.

T: The ale is has a lot going on. The biscuity malts and thick molasses muddy up the body, building up complexity without adding too much heft. The sweetness of the molasses is evident, I wouldn't chalk up blackstrap as being the type. Mid-sip the malts run headlong into the hops and the result is quite nice. The hop bitterness is medicinal with a grassy finish. The hops see away the beer and the finish is molasses and hops.

M: The taste is rich but the ale isn't heavy. The hop profile works nicely.

D: This is better than I was expecting. The molasses is a bold flavor to introduce and I'm surprised at how well it worked with the hops.

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Photo of philbe311
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers of slight tan fluffy head... Medium brown in color with a distinctive red hue to it... Lots of slow paced carbonation... Solid head retention... Coats glass exceptionally well...

S - Very grainy... Crystal hops... Floral aroma... Malt... Slight caramel scent... Faint spiciness... Definitely not as sweet as expected...

T - Strong spiciness... Strong earthy notes... Minor malty backbone... Hops balance out the palette...

M - Medium bodied... Slight creaminess... A tad on the dry side... Mild carbonation at start... A minor bitterness permeates...

D - Respectable, but far from my favorite Troegs Scratch series brew... Looks like a winter warmer, but seems to stray from the style in terms of scent and taste... Solid and slightly complex brew even if for a unique interpretation of the style...

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Troegs Brewery

A- a dark blood red color with amber highlites. Clear and light on the carbonation. head is about 2 fingers and quite fullfy and tints of red dye coat it.

S- a malty base with hints of caramel. I almost smell a faint cherry or other small candied fruit come out.

T- english malt comes out first. some earhty rye or grassy hop flavor as well. Rounds out with some light caramel hints. No cherry or candied fruit...hmm interesting.

M- chewy and hoppy. Feels like im eating a hop dipped in english malt.

D- a filling beer. Goes down amooth at first but gets heavier as you go.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to the kind BA that was nice enough to send me some of this beer. I did not bother to look up the style on this one as I thought it would make it a bit more fun. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/31/2008.

the pour was decent with a nice orange amber color, very clear with a small head of maybe an inch that crept up the sides gradually but settled down to leave a bare top.

Rich notes of caramel and a light hop bight on this one, intresting combination. As it warms some nice notes of light spice and cinnamon are starting to show now. Smooth, mellow beer. Light taste of grain and bready malts, hints of a light nuttiness to it and a nice light, earthy hop bite. Very much akin to a nice india brown ale, but with a little touch of anise in it. Nice medium carbonation and easy drinkability made for a smooth and sessionable little ale.

Overall not bad, not sure of the style choice here as this was not really a winter warmed for me, but never the less, this was a solid little beer that I was glad I was able to try.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to heliosphan for sending this in our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark, ruby tinted brown. Creamy, khaki colored, 1/2 finger head that sports good retention and lots of lace.

S: Caramel with toasty grain. Spicy and fruity hops. Aromas of citrus and cut grass.

T: Slightly metallic at first, then caramel, toasted malt, chocolate, and fruity/grassy hops take over.

M: Dry, toasted malt blended with sweet caramel and spicy hops. Relatively creamy.

D: Overall, this was better than I expected. Nice!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from mikereaser courtesy of the Local 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 coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, nuts, some fruit and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character but not a lot of sweetness. There are flavors of caramel, nuts, spices and dark fruits. There's a good hops presence for the style but it doesn't seem to balance things out much. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

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

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there are several better winter warmers out there, while it's not terrible, I can see why this one was scratched.

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 28/09.

pours crystal clear red-brown, showing great ruby and garnet when held to the light. a small ring of fine tan bubbles clings to the edges of the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. touch of alcohol. woody and earthy, with just a touch of smoke. bit of dark fruit.

taste is nice. medium-low bitterness level. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. alcohol. bit of dark fruit. caramel and toffee. earthy and a bit smokey.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper orange color, almost brown, with a smaller sized of white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aromas of earthiness, caramel, toffee, toasty, and somewhat nutty. Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty, doughy, and pine. A little fruitiness in the tastes as well.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.35/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a stemless globe.

Thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

The Scratch Beer Dash continues... This leg pours a hazy russet-sienna topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises ginger, light chlorine (I swear, my mind immediately went to a freshly-cleaned pool), nutmeg, light caramel, lavender, and fake strawberry. Some weird combinations goin' on in my 'strils here... The taste holds notes of clove, ginger, brown sugar, black pepper, and a heap of wet cardboard. Wow, oxidation has marred this one big time! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, time has not been kind to this bottle, a clear victim of oxidation. Shame, really...

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Photo of womencantsail
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks again, Greg!

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a lot of brown and it is very cloudy/opaque.

S: Smells sort of dusty. Lots of gingerbread sort aromas with a nice spiciness. Some toasted bread, brown sugar, and a bit of toffee. Mild dark fruits are in there somewhere.

T: The flavor is just off-putting. Really astringent and drying with an almost peppery flavor. Plenty of spices, cardboard, and a bit of the same dusty character that was present on the nose.

M: Medium in body with a low to medium carbonation.

O: This one has not held the test of time, unfortunately.

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Photo of Khazadum
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of bort11
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler pint glass. Finger width of tan head has a slow recede. A film of lace caps the surface. Spots of lace stick to the glass. Color is a orange/red amber with a good clarity.

Smell has a green wood aroma, like fresh cut spruce. There is a mellow malt character in the back. Taste is more of a the green spruce. Very inviting and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is a warm medium body. Pretty mellow and drinkable.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery tasting room.

A-Clear dark copper with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin ring and left some decent lace.

S-Initially, not much other than a bit of sweetness. As it warmed notes of molasses and sweet caramel came through along with spicy citrus hop notes. A bit of earthy mustiness in the background.

T-Sweet malt with a healthy dose of dark molasses. Hops create a dynamic spicy, citrusy, earhty complex. A nice combination that reminds me of a gingerbread cookie.

M-Medium body that becomes more and more luscious as it warms. For a "low" abv winter warmer this one seems "thicker" than it really is.

D-Nice stuff...especially if you let it sit and warm up a bit. I like it, an ipa with molasses!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric for grabbing me a bottle of this at the brewery yesterday

A: In my Sam Smith pint glass, the Troegs winter warmer sits a crystal clear ruby red with a big, frothy tan head that recedes to a thin disk rather quickly, leaving some patchy lace. Solid

S: Not your average winter warmer, this. Delicate dark roasted caramel malts with a mild nuttiness. Mild milk chocolate in the back. There's also a rather strange metallic character that I don't know what to make of it.

T: Opens up with some mild caramel flavors before a rather huge leafy hoppiness kicks in, earthy and mildly spicy in character. This is quite unexpected. Once my palate gets used to it, I'm able to pick out a rather wonderful chocolate with berries hiding in the back. Rather slick on the palate with a hoppy, bitter finish. For a beer that's only 6.3%, the alcohol is strangely noticeable too.

M: Slick on the palate with decent carbonation, medium in body with a finish that's unusual in it's level of bitterness for the style

D: Glad I got to try it, not sure I would buy a case of it, though

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Photo of Pamola
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was an extra from JeffV. Danke, Jeff. I appreciate the continued generosity.

A: This did pour fairly boringly. Not much of anything for a head, but then I looked at the color. Beautiful cherry color twinged a slight brown. Unlike most winter warmers I've ever seen.

S: This could be a doppelbock for all I know. The aroma is nothing like the clovey, spicy, cloying warmers I'm used to. Biting piny hoppiness as well. With an aroma like this, although confusing and directionless, I am more than interested in trying the brew and seeing if it can fit in any category whatsoever.

T: Huh. Much more like a hoppy brown ale. Ensure whether to call it american or english, but I really don't taste much for distinctive spiciness or external "warmers." It is pretty good though. Great winter brew with a pleasant malt profile and a surprising (not for troegs, for the style) amount of hoppiness that keeps it drinkable and fresh-tasting

M: Not the best part of this brew. Little empty up front and watery through the end. It does stick on the palate a little though. A slight amount of coating that lasts up to a minute or so.

D: Heck, I would love to drink more of these. plenty more. I'd reclassify it as an american brown and drink them all winter just fine.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up at Capone's in Philly.

Pours a crystal clear red, some orange in the edges, thin slightly off white head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring and very thin layer, some big bubbles form on top, some nice lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, very fresh smelling, some caramel and brown sugar, very floral, toasty, vanilla, raisins, very fragrant, some strawberry and cherry, not too bad. Taste is very malty, some biscuit, caramel, floral, some dark fruit, brown sugar, lightly spicy, not a whole lot of flavour, but pretty decent. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable, nice amount of sweetness. A well put together and drinkable winter warmer.

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Scratch Beer 16 - 2008 (Winter Warmer) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 57 ratings