Scratch Beer 27 - 2010 (Cocaoabunga) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 27 - 2010 (Cocaoabunga)Scratch Beer 27 - 2010 (Cocaoabunga)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #27-2010 begins a new fold in the Scratch series. For the next several batches individual Troegs brewers will create recipes of their choice. First up, The Ticeman had a hankering for a sweet stout, so the Troegs brothers and all the brewers met with Scharffen Berger Chocolate Company engineers to eat ridiculous amounts of cocoa nibs and chocolates over a few pints of beer. This collaboration resulted in the delivery of a special blend of cocoa nibs that were added during the boiling process. In addition to the nibs, lactose was added at the end of the boil to give a little sweetness in the body. The addition of Galena and Simcoe hops lends a subtle fruity balance. After primary fermentation, the beer was aged for three weeks on a blend of cocoa nibs and Ugandan vanilla beans. Dubbed Cocaoabunga, this unfiltered beer has a pleasant cocoa aroma, a subtle sweetness in the mouthfeel, a full-bodied flavor, and hints of vanilla. Enjoy!

Added by akorsak on 02-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 101
Reviews by juhl31:
Photo of juhl31
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

let me just say i never realized that it was a sweet stout until i checked on here. i am glad it is, because it sure tastes like one

-black with a brown head. not much to mention for any of the head characteristics

-has a sweet chocolate smell to it. actually smells a lot like maui coconut porter. can stretch to find some roast in there too

-tastes like liquid candy as my friend adam would say. subtle chocolate, vanilla, small roast in the finish, a donut type bread taste to it as well. might have to just say it tastes like a chocolate glazed donut

-medium in body for a stout. a bit mouth coaty. some carb towards the end

-pretty good beer. don't think i would reach for it too much, but pretty solid for what it is

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark red to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is roasted malt with some chocolate. The flavor is dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and some smoke. The smoke was unexpected since I didn't get it in the flavor, but complimented the other flavors nicely. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass poured from a firkin at the brewery release. I also had this beer on tap while there. While I preferred the cask version, I will try and note the minor differences in this review. Pours with a nice finger and a half of head (less than a half finger on tap), good clingy lacing. An aroma of chocolate and vanilla with hints of the roasted malt. Slight chocolate flavors up front followed by a hint of vanilla, the malt flavor follows but more of a caramel malt flavor than the burnt malt flavor of some stouts. About halfway through the glass as the beer warms I'm picking up much more chocolate flavor (not quite as much on tap). Drinkability is great for the style, with a rather light mouth feel for a stout, very smooth (a slight bit more carbonation on tap). Most Stouts I only want one of at a time, but I could drink two or three of these with no problem. If this were a full time production beer it would be a staple in my refrigerator. Another great beer from Troegs.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Bwig218
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of prdstmnky
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*review from notes Feb '10*

Been really looking forward to this beer, 12oz bottle from a fresh case purchased at the Brewery. Pours a very dark shade of brown with a finger of light tan head that fades to a thin cap. A nice nose consisting of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts. Taste follows suit, sweet chocolate and vanilla are most noticeable, some bitter chocolate and coffee are present but definitely take a back seat to the sweet cocoa characteristics. Its medium bodied with an average amt of carbonation, smooth in the tongue, kinda wanted it to have a bit more creamy texture but that is really splitting hairs.

This is a really nice stout, certainly one of (if not) my favorite scratch beers to date. Glad I was able to grab a full case, though it wont last nearly long enough (and it didn't).

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Photo of Stigs
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at Fatheads, talked to a Troegs rep who said this was the first time a Scratch beer has been distributed this side of the state...12oz pour into a mini-snifter

A - black, almost pitch black beer holds up a very small amount of dark tan, loose and bubbly lace...falls quickly to just a ring around the glass. about standard here.

S - once warmed, lets off a nose of dark milk chocolate, not like that typically found in Chocolate Stouts, but more like chocolate milk you made as a kid and used too much syrups. balances the sweetend a bit with some bittering hops and coffee.

T - impressive right off the bat. good strong chocolate flavors, freshly roasted cocoa beans and chocolate syrup, but the nice balance from the nose continues in the taste. the lactose sugars actually add another dimension to the bottom end of this, distracting some attention away from the chocolate. very subtle notes of coffee, vanilla, oak are hidden until the beer warms to room temp. very nice.

M - medium bodied and pretty slick, carbonation is just a touch high...nicely silky but a bit off on the carbonation. not bad though.

D - very was enough, but one of the finest Chocolate Stouts I've had to date. nicely done Troegs.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Heavy pour yields a .5 finger fine chocolate head with poor retention. Little carbonation but that's ok for its style. Beer is a shade away from opaque black. Held up to the light, it reveals a deep, mysterious amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick.

S: Stale chocolate, cocoa, lactose is noticeably present as is a murky brewer's licquorice. Nose is unique and quite sharp.

T: Opens cocoa, milk chocolate sweetness, lactose sourness. Transition in the middle to a nice, pleasant, and subtle milk chocolate with a bit of booze. Finish is dry, stale, and chocolatey. What makes this one unique is that although the chocolate and lactose are both present, they're distinctly separate and it works here.

M: Light to medium bodied, coarse at the start but smooths out rapidly as it lingers on the palate. Dangerously drinkable. Finish is perfection. Dry and lactose aftertaste lingers just long enough for me to contemplate it.

D: Scratch beers are apparently beers that never made it into production from Troegs. In the case of Cocaoabunga... Why the hell not?!?!? This is an exceptional beer and its shoulders above the competition in its style in my opinion. Absolutely a pleasure to have and definitely worth seeking out. This one really blew my mind.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade via StormKing47. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a rich and thick black with about an inch of tan colored head. Retention is ok and some small spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Solid mix of roasted chocolate, sweet milk sugar, and a hint of coffee. There is a hint of smokiness, as well.

T: I can taste the chocolate right off the bat! The nose led me to think that the roasted chocolate malts would be followed by a sweet finish, but I'm not getting as much sweetness as I've experienced before in a Milk Stout. I'm getting more of a smoky finish. Not bad, but not the sweet finish I was hoping for.

M: Very creamy and smooth, like a cold glass of chocolate milk! Just what I expected!

D: This went down very smoothly. Another enjoyable beer from Troegs. I'm looking forward to trying the next 3 scratch beers I have waiting in the fridge!

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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to beerisheaven for this one. Always happy to see a Scratch release.

Scratch 27 pours a moderate mahogany brown color. It's nowhere close to opaque, and has a slight burgundy tint when held to light. There's not much to discuss when it comes to head. It barely had an off-white, surface covering. Needless to say, it dispated quickly, and left very little lace in its wake.

The nose is definitely on the weaker end of the spectrum. It would benefit greatly with more strength. What is here is malty and sweet smelling. It's a nice mix of chocolate and caramel malts. The chocolate variety is a little cocoa-esque. A hint of coffee is noted, but it's very light and subtle. A little yeast is noted on the tail. I'm not getting any alcohol. That's about it. Due to the lack of strength, it's very average.

The flavor is better. How much? I haven't decided yet. It's interesting. It tastes like caramel malts overpower the chocolate here. Not by much, but it's true. It does have a nice cocoa flavor. I anticipated it being a little sweeter than it is. It's really not that sweet. Coffee is a little stronger in flavor. It complements the malty flavors nicely. There's a hint of brown sugar and yeast on the tail. Alcohol is buried for all intents and purposes. I'm not getting any. Finishes with cocoa and brown sugar flavors. At the end of the day, it's easily above average.

Scratch 27 has a light body, and feels quite thin. More body would definitely be a good thing. I understand that this isn't a big beer, but it's still a stout. Carbonation is mid-range, but it still doesn't feel very smooth. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's alright, but I'm not loving it by any stretch. It goes down easy enough, but could use more pizzazz.

Tröegs Brewing generally does an impressive job with the Scratch series. Scratch 27 is alright, but isn't one of the better releases I've had. It's just a little too ho-hum. It needs something to really ratchet up the flavor. More hops? That might be the ticket. It's worth a try, but I'd suggest sticking with a single bottle. Glad I had the chance to check it out nonetheless. Thanks, Brian.

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Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to dashirey.

Pours a darkest brown color with a small but well-formed light tan head and good lacing.

Huge, rich chocolate on the aroma, like a quality chocolate bar. Some coffeeish roast as well, along with vanilla beans.

The flavor is also big on rich milk chocolate, without being too sweet. Vanilla is big here again, and a little cocoa bitterness balances the sweetness. Coffee, roast, and caramel in the background.

Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium body (not too heavy) and soft carbonation.

An awesome offering from my hometown brewery. Hope this beer gets brewed again.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask @ the Tröegs Brewing Company on 2/11/10 during the release party for this latest Scratch offering. Gravity fed firkin into a pint glass. The is a review of cask offering #1, having been laid down on cocoa nibs and vanilla beans, plus dry-hopped with Simcoe.

Pours a deep brown (a bit of red is coming through the body as I hold this up to the light) with a finger of frothy mocha colored head. This stays robust for a while, coating the sides of the glass with rich foam. The first thing that actually greets my nose is some fresh floral hops but this rapidly gives way to what basically smells just like a chocolate bar up thee ole' nose. A milky and sugary sweetness is quick to smooth this out, as does a good bit of silky vanilla character. Smells pretty damn delicious to me.

Bitter chocolate is strong in the taste but is cut oh so very nicely, not so much by the lactose that is present, but mostly from those vanilla beans. Luckily, roast and earthy hops aren't ignored, lingering for a good bit with a steady dry bitterness. This finishes with a smack of vanilla that lingers on the lips. The mouthfeel is medium but so very mellow and easy feeling from the cask conditioning. Maybe just a bit of a prickle to it but the creaminess of this just moves effortlessly in the mouth.

I had this side by side with the regular cask offering and very much preferred this version. The extra vanilla bean flavoring just really made this, adding a smooth sweetness to the profile that perfectly balanced the chocolate and worked flawlessly with the cask feel. I'm looking forward to getting into a bottle of this again very soon.

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Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a half-inch of tan head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is full of chocolate goodness. Layers of bittersweet and milk chocolate. There are also hints of coffee and roasted malt. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor as well. More of a raw cocoa element rather than a more refined version of chocolate. Just slightly sweet overall with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. The body is just a tick above medium with good carbonation. An especially nice example of a chocolate infused stout.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, my last of this edition.

A: The stout is dark, a syrupy chocolate color with both black and brown tints. A half finger of head erupted on the pour but quickly dissapated.

S: Milk chocolate stands out against chocolate malts and caramel, very sweet and inviting. Lactic sweetness, milkiness, pairs incredibly well with the chocolate. Still good two plus years in.

T: The milk chocolate and lactic sweetness are apparent in the first sip, a syrupy sweet lode of dark flavors. Chocolate malts, more burnt and roasted, follows and becomes the lingering flavor, crowding out the sweeter aspects. The middle of each sip is problematic, somewhere between the cocoa and the chocolate malts, the flavors drop off for a spell. The richness has held up quite nicely since it was originally released.

M: A chocolate dream, creamy and smooth with the cocoa up front and darker chocolate near the back. Another strong chocolate beer pairing from Troegs.

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Photo of jsh420
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to thorpe429 - this will be my 1st from the scratch series

pours dark dark brown with a 1/2 finger tan head that didnt stick around long

smell is very weak - i pick up some milk chocolate and roasted malts

taste is much better then the nose - while still not a very strong beer the flavors are great! - starts off sweet creamy milk then the bitter coffee that then finishes with a chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste

mouthfeel is nice and light maybe too light but most in this style are - very creamy and smooth

drinkability is great - my one and only bottle went fast - glad i got to try it

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to The Doctor for this beer.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice dark black with a tan foam head that lasts and sticks to the side of the glass.

S: Smells of chocolate, pine, and wood. I take it milk stouts are not known for their aroma.

T: A nice blend of dark, milk, and bittersweet chocolate that doesn't give off an artificial flavor. A little hint of wood in lurks in the background.

M: Well carbonated. Creamy and silky smooth. A nice feature of this beer.

D: Very easygoing, not filling, and would be a perfect beer to have on draft (if it was available).

Overall, my first from the Troegs "Scratch Series" and a nice one.

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4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. No date or batch number on the bottle.

A: Only 1 1/2 fingers is produced with a rather vigorous pour. The head is creamy and frothy with decent retention and becomes an everlasting film. The body is very dark brown with ruby/amber edges and a 90% opacity that improves only marginally when held to light. Lacing is spare to none.

S: Heavily malted with lightly roasted chocolate, fudge, caramel, cookie and even some wafts of cereal come through. The hop contribution is small with a pine resin profile. Average yeast contribution of new and unworn leather.

T: Similar to the nose with a few improvements. Additional flavors of mocha and Hershey's syrup. (Good luck with the move by the way.) Super long flavor duration. Moderate sweetness is balanced by a light bitterness and lactic twang. Lightly sour. No alcohol anywhere.

M: The mouthfeel is perfect. Full and creamy with a little grittiness in the texture. The carbonation is medium with the bubbles restrained, only gently grazing the tongue. Lightly chalky, bitter finish. Astringency is noticeable on the tongue.

D: Built for long-term drinkability. Of my admittedly limited experience with milk stouts, this one is top 3 so far. I imagine this one would perform beautifully on cask.

Scratch 27 deserves a better overall score than I've given it. It's a shame how a perfectly average rating for appearance impacted the overall score so dramatically. This is a solid 4.5 brew. Maybe better.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to get a hold of this one, though I missed a couple of the last ones, I can at least knock another off the list. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/01/2010. 

The pour was black, dark as night with no light shine through at all. Small tan head graces the top for just a few moments before settling back down and leaving some thin lacing around the sides. Holding it up to a light bulb, nothing comes through, a good sign. Aroma is loaded with chocolate, sweet milk chocolate and hints of caramel and brown sugar. Warming brings out a touch of light coffee and spice, but this thing is a totally chocolate reliant beast. Smooth, easy sipping reveals a surprisingly light body that befuddles but yet somehow works. Smooth, even flavor it was consistent from the first sip to the last with really no change in the profile. You could taste the chocolate bars in this thing, it was rich, creamy and smooth, the perfect thing to drink at the end of the night. 

Overall a really, really solid one here from Troegs. I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day of the week. Really well put together.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

A = A vigorous pour results in a nice firm two finger medium tan head of small bubbles that recedes slowly leaving heavy lacing. Color is deep mahogany with ruby tints around the edges.

S = Sweet smells of heavy cream and cocoa nibs are the first thing to hit the nose. After that some dry grassy, earthy hops smells are noticeable with light butter and caramel also making appearances. Quite delectable.

T = Very sweet and creamy with definite milk chocolate coming through. I don't know if this is made with actual chocolate, but it tastes so strongly of it that it is an amazing accomplishment if it is not. Good light, but definite, bitterness beginning after mid-palate and lasting into the finish help keep this from being a too sweet, cloying mess. Very enjoyable beer to sit back and enjoy on a late afternoon.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, very creamy feel, great mouthcoating, only very light carbonation feel but the right amount to really give a full body in the mouth.

D = This is one heck of a stout for drinkability. IT goes down very smoothly and easily and I would happily drink more of these if this was a regular offering.

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Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish black with a dark white head, nice lacing, medium retention. Aromas of roasted marshmallows, vanilla, and grass. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, grassy and herbal notes with a cookie finish. The feel is rich and velvety with a moderately viscous character. This is an exceptionally smooth and flavorful milk stout, I really liked this one.

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Photo of danwho
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

around the edges. Lots of frothy tan head and shows some excellent lacing.

Nose smells like a mix of Hershey's baking cocoa and Nestle Quick. Smells good...and smooth.

Quite tasty, the cocoa really jumps out and the sweetness really keeps it from being too bitter and thin. Fruitiness and roast is kept to a minimum and does not seem to be much worse for the wear being brewed early last year. Mouthfeel is on par with the best milk stouts - velvety, smooth and creamy. ABV is very well integrated. I could gulp...on more than just a few of these. Impressively tasty stuff, thanks Kevin.

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Photo of javincik
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

A-Pours a near opaque black with a two finger bone white head. As the head recedes, leaves traces of lacing on the sides of the glass. Brown around the edges when held to the light.

S-I have to say this is the weakest characteristic. Muted chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt aromas. Not much exciting going on really. About average for the style.

T-Sweet up front with some chocolate, toffee, and vanilla flavors coming thru in the middle. Finishes with some roastiness and sweetness from the lactose balanced nicely with a kiss of hops. Roast and chocolate flavors peak out again at the very end. Very tasty indeed.

M-About average for the style. Slightly more body than the average milk stout. Carbonation is a little low, but I think this is actually a plus.

D-Extremely. I almost wish they would do away with the Java Head stout and make this their year round stout offering. Although slightly high on ABV for the style, I don't see any problem with throwing back 3 of these in a night - assuming they ever brew it again.

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Photo of Axic10
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black coffee color with a half finger of tan foam.

Smell: This was the highlight of this for me. Burnt/roasted coffee, sugar and milk/cream stand out. Dark chocolate is strong at the end.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, sweetness from the lactose. Very good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Drinks really nice. I could see myself drinking this regularly if they choose to brew it again (hint, hint Troegs!!!). Doesn't drink like it's 6.7%, but more like the range of a Guinness around 3-4%.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark, murky brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. A small, tan head slowly fades out into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of milk sugar, cocoa, vanilla, herbal notes, and mineral water.
Taste is of the aromas with flavors of vanilla bean, cream, chocolate malt, and lactose.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, slick in the finish, and lip smacking.

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Scratch Beer 27 - 2010 (Cocaoabunga) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 118 ratings