Scratch Beer 41 - 2011 (Cacaoabunga Redux) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 41 - 2011 (Cacaoabunga Redux)Scratch Beer 41 - 2011 (Cacaoabunga Redux)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A redux of Scratch 27 this brew is a chocolate stout with 50 pounds of roasted cacao nibs and a healthy dose of vanilla beans, Simcoe and Galena hops, giving it a described "blast of bittersweet chocolate and a rich finish". This is another collaboration with Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

Added by Deuane on 02-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 30
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of iadler
2.58/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Exitmusic00 and I decided to crack open the 3 random Scratch beers tonight we received in our first box from the tasting partners bif a couple months back. Thanks to our senders??

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice two finger mocha head that dissipates into a thin cap with some spots of lacing left behind.

S- Initially, it has a nice aroma of rich milk and dark chocolate, coffee beans and red cherry but then a soy sauce and bitter and earthy aroma of grass and dirt emerge.

T- Old coffee grounds, some grassy bitterness, roasted malt, soy sauce and a hint of dark chocolate. Odd with a slightly tart/bitter taste. Reminds me of old coffee that was left out for a few hours.

M- Low carbonation and body. A thin watery mouthfeel that finishes with some roasted malt.

O- Age has simply not helped this beer, which isn't a surprise. Very thin and watered down stout. Maybe it tasted better when fresh, but I will never know.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stakem for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Scratch batch "Stout - 41."

Pours a thin black with even thinner off-white head. Nose is perfumed with chocolate and the suggestion of a rich, chocolate liqueur. Palate is medium bodied and biting on the front palate. Maybe because of the hops? Flick on the tip of the tongue and then wide open dusty, whole bean cocoa and coffees all over the board - earthy and velvety. Great flavors here! Mouthfeel is pretty good, maybe it's just too cold.

Notes: Wasn't expecting this awesome of a beer. Well done!

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

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

The Scratch Beer Dash keeps on truckin'. This leg was tasted side-by-side with the original Cocaoabunga to see how they measured up against each other. This younger version pours a very dark garnet-brown topped by over a finger of dark tan foam. The nose comprises rich dark chocolate powder, dark greens, roasted malts, mocha, and light buttery toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though the chocolate is more earthy, the bitterness is amped slightly, and some graham crackers are thrown in for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth-ish feel. Overall, a slightly richer, more bitter, and a bit spicier version o the original Cocaoabunga. I'd say it's a slight improvement.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey in May 2011. In a snifter. From notes.

Appearance (4): Jet black. Half an inch of light brown head reduces to a thick ring with a thin layer of bubbles dispersed over the top. Some lacing at the top.

Smell (4.5) Straight up cocoa powder. Nesquik, very unique. A bit of sweet chocolate, vanilla is also there but hidden by the cocoa a bit.

Taste (4): Cocoa powder and vanilla up front. A dry middle with more cocoa and vanilla. Slightly sweet and chocolate syrup finish with a lingering vanilla extract flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Creamy. Medium to full body with medium to high carbonation, especially for the style. Drying with lingering cocoa and vanilla on the top of the mouth.

Overall (4): A bit one-dimensional (or two: cocoa and vanilla). Surprisingly dry. Vanilla adds to the complexity while meshing well with the chocolate. A lot like Nesquik which is just OK, not the best drink ever. Nahem said it best: "It's like Hershey's took a shit in your mouth." I'm sure he meant that in the nicest way possible (for someone taking a shit in your mouth).

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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark dark brown with a tan head. The smell is chocolate and roasty malt. There is also a little bit of vanilla there as well. The taste is slightly coffee with the roasted malt and chocolate. The mouthfeel is well carbed and fairly dry. This is an excellent stout

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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WRRAAA!!!! Motherf*ck YEAAA this is a BEER! WOO!

Boom! What I wanted.

Cannot be denied! WOOOO!

Beautiful black body, tan head, lace on the glass, chocolate and cocoa on the nose. BANG. ZIP. ZAO! Roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and whatever hops there were have faded with some age. Mouthfeel's a bit thin, but who cares. ZOWEE! PING! KAPOP!

Cacaoabunga Redux, Troegs Scratch #41 American Stout KAPOW at 6.6% abv KABLAM!

This is superhero status in my book. Screw an A- on BeerAdvocate. A baby, A A A!

Finish is bitter but sweet. Start is sweet but bitter. Middle is lactic, even a little fruity, ever so milk chocolate rich, what you want, baby, YEAAAH!

Wait, did I forget about the vanilla in this sh*t? HOLY COW THERE IT IS. BANG BAP BOOM!

The back of my palate is shivering with delight. Screw the acidity that comes through. There's M O R E B E E R to help with that.


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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours an impossible black hue that looks nearly still until a thin mocha foam appears as the last ounce leaves the bottle. Good retention considering how small the head is, plus random smatterings of lace. What a color...

Smell -- Definitive cocoa sweetness, reminiscent of a chocolate malt (milkshake), plus roasted-bordering-acrid malt, and a dark fruit note that resembles mostly dark and sweet cherries. Also a mild earthy hop presence. Very impressive.

Taste -- Dark roast malt is more prominent in the taste than the nose, with their competing characteristics giving a nice balance to the beer. There's also a very intriguing dark fruit character, almost a sweet cherry-meets-blueberry sweetness. Mild earthy hop bittering keeps the malt sweetness in check. Lingering flavors of charred malt and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel -- medium-light in body with prickly carbonation. Slightly gentler carbonation would have been preferable, but a twirl or two dozen remedies the issue. Probably the low-point of the beer as a whole, but still non-offensive.

Overall -- On the whole, the Tröegs Scratch beers are typically quite good, with #41 being in the upper tier. Really well executed - I can see why they chose to make this one twice. Great chocolate character, but not sickly sweet or one-dimensional, as is often the case for chocolate-infused stouts. Impressive, and definitely a contender for a new seasonal.

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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle pulled from the cellar.

A: The stout Is dark, a wholesome black color that betrays nothing else. A tan head, more like coffee and cream, is thin and wispy.

S: Chocolate aromas are strong but not dominant. Instead they are sweet and smooth, well at home amongst the darker malts. A few stray vanilla strands liventhe nose up.

T: Vanilla and chcolate together, a winning team. The vanilla beans are rich, lush and sugary. They are paired with abundant chocolate, semi-sweet as compared to the vanilla. Spices follow, probably not intentional but a pleasant side effect. In total, the ale tastes light, not a heavy winter's stout. The dark roasted aspects of the stout are lost amongst the cacao and vanilla.

M: The mouthfeel is about right for a stout, darker but not burnt. Reduce this one down a bit and drizzle over vanilla ice cream? Sounds delicious doesn't it?

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4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a jet black with deep ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Slight, tan head that stands up.

Aromas of dark cocoa, vanilla, and dark roasted malts. Hints of chocolate covered orange peel.

Flavors of rich dark bittersweet chocolate, some of that chocolate covered orange peel you get on the nose. Some vanilla and dark roasted malts, and hints of dark roast coffee. Finish is medium, with bittersweet cocoa lingering.

Mouthfeel is medium, a mouthcoating light bitterness.

Overall, an outstanding flavored stout. Deep rich cocoa flavors really make this beer, especially paired with the citrus hops.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mike for sending me this one. I liked Scratch 27 a lot, so hoping this one is just as good.

A: The pour is almost black with a creamy off-white head.

S: Big time chocolate on the nose with a little bit of a peanut butter smell to it. Plenty of coffee and a nice roasted character to it. Just a hint of vanilla in there. Really enjoyable and solid overall.

T: The chocolate and vanilla flavors and very pronounced here. A nice creaminess and richness. Mild coffee and a little bit of roasted malt character. Just a hint of earthy hops.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: Maybe even better than Scratch 27. This was damn good stuff.

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a murky dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving almost no lace.

This beer has a nice mild roasted malt aroma. Some caramel amd molasses. I can also detect some figs. I also get a milk chocolate aroma.

This beer tastes like cocoa powder. I taste some caramel malt as well, but the dominate flavoe is chocolate. Mild though, and not cloying.

This beer is smooth. It is low in carbontion, fitting the style nicely. It leaves a chocolate aftertaste on the way down.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It tastes good, its mild, and it isnt too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is pretty good. Thanks to Sbaldwin for the chance to try this one.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was the scratch beer festival night! i had spent a good deal of time collecting these and finally tracked down the last of what i needed and put them all down in a massive tasting. Split with my brother in law and his buddy on 5/6, these were all split into 6 ounce samplers.

The pour was fantastic. Huge tan head rises up above an entirely black body. Wonderful retention leaves it several inches high and deposits tons of side glass web like lace. The smooth vanilla and cocoa aroma melds wonderfully with hints of coffee and a touch of molasses. Very complex here. As i take a sip the huge full bodied feel comes in waves over the tongue and settles down with a wonderful coating feeling of sweet chocolate and vanilla. As this fades though a very nice bite of hops comes in and seals the deal. Super sessionable, it was far more complex then the ABV would suggest,

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3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into snifter.

Dark black brown with 1/2" light rings on edge. Not consistent body.

Chicolate, bitter bitter chocolate, Anise, Rootbeer, malted milk ball (Whoppers) oreo cookie on nose with sweet pumpernickel.

The chocolate was enticing, great dessert beer!

The Sheriff of Nibbingham.

A nibula of nib flavor!

A sippin stout.

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