Scratch Beer 61 - 2012 (Imperial Stout) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #61-2012 is brewer Jeff Campbell’s recreation of his wedding beer. When Jeff first homebrewed this barrel-aged imperial stout he shared some bottles with the brewing team and it was immediately tagged for a future Scratch beer. Scratch #61 was aged on oak chips for three weeks following fermentation adding a bourbon-esque note. Dominated by rich toffee, toasted coconut and vanilla flavors with enough hops to cut through the sweetness this 9.1% ABV and 42 IBU brew is incredibly drinkable with minimal alcohol burn. On tap at the brewery only. No bottles.

Added by thain709 on 04-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by BeerForHokie:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. I'm close to acknowledging it as a brewpub now. And this one is aged on oak chips, not barrel aged.

A: The Scratch beer is black, imperial-looking with a white head. The blackness is dark, nothing gets in and nothing gets out. The head attempts to lace but doesn't succeed.

S: Aroma-wise, the ale has oak and roasted malt, sweet but heavy with strength. The oak is sweet upfront, fading near the finish.

T: Flavors run all over the place, starting with the oak and hitting a crescendo with the dark malts. The oak is sweet, vanilla and fresh bourbon flavors, almost too strong. Somewhere near the middle of each sip, the flavors trip over into stout territory, bringing dark roasted malts with chocolate and burnt toast. That finish lacks the oak chips that made the early part sing. The ale holds together well; the transition isn't klunky. Although the fullness isn't as lush and rich as it could be.

M: The mouthfeel is big, no denying that. The oak is a solid flavor, one that I'd love to see last through the whole ale. The flavor dominant flavors - oak and stout - don't come together.

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Troeg's - Scratch 61 @ Kite & Key: appears a dense opaque black with dark brown edges when held to the light.  A fluffy beige head that slowly fades out into a mellow head.  
Smell is of cocoa, vanilla, coconut, rum, and roasted grain.
Taste is of the aromas with a heavy punch of turbinado sugar, rum, oak, vanilla, and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is bitter up front, medium-full, semi dry, and a tad sweet in the middle like a high quality dark chocolate.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark charcoal color, thin cap of brown froth, light retention. Scent brings whifs of roasted grain, dried wood, cocoa powder and charred ground coffee beans, faint dark fruit. Taste quite straight forward dark roasted grain, little bit of chocolate, oak dries the beeer, but adds little to flavor. Dry, roasty, thinner feeling with some sips. Drinkable brew, but lacking complexity.

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Photo of mallison245
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of yergermeister
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Jakers90
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one and a half finger tall off white head leaving small rings of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lots of dark roast, oak and some light chocolaty sweetness. The oak is strong throughout. A touch of booze creeps in as it warms up.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast quickly giving way to lots of dry oak tannins, light chocolatey sweetness and some lightly charred wood. The booze is hidden well, only noticeable once it has come to room temperature. The finish is a mix of dark roast and dry oak, lingering on the pallet long after consumption.

M - Big bodied with plenty of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. The oak is strong throughout, combining with plenty of dark roast to linger on the pallet long after consumption.

O - This one was pretty good but it really isn't anything special. The booze is hidden well but the oak is a little too strong for my liking. All things considered it is yet another winner from the scratch series.

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Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the Troegs tasting room. Served in a snifter, the brew appears black in color with a tan cap that is lighter in color than one would expect for how dark the brew is. A little bit of clarity around the edges when held to the light with a bit of redness. The cap maintains fairly well and produces some spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma initially is heavy with raw oak. It has a bit of harshness about it that blends away and melds decent into the deep rich roasted quality of the grain. It smells of bitter chocolate and some hints of coffee. As it warms up and the raw oak character breaths, it transitions into more of a milk chocolate/cocoa batter aroma that is quite inviting.

The taste is just what you would expect based on the aroma. Just like the nose leads on, there is an initial surge of harsh oak quality with some tannins. The level of roast to the grain brings forth a flavor of coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Mid way through the experience, the oak flavor breathes out a bit and lets some herbal hop bitterness show through. In the aftertaste is more of a sweet cocoa flavor that has a very mild vanilla inclusion.

This brew is a little rough around the edges but overall not bad. It is medium to lighter bodied than expected which could benefit a bit with some oats, rye or caramel malts. The alcohol is fairly well hidden and I had no problems finishing my glass. I like seeing this style in the scratch line-up, hopefully the guys give it another try sometime soon.

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Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a pitch black body that wasn't letting any light through...the brown head was one finger tall and slowly receded to a cap of bubbles and left behind some lacing

S - Roast and char are very apparent right away...dark chocolate and subtle coffee can be picked up have to let the stout warm up before picking out the oak and sweet vanilla...there are some bourbon notes as well

T - Again, more flavors come out after it's had a chance to warm up...dark chocolate is present throughout...the roasty aspect adds body to the beer and coats the palate nicely...there is a hint of charred wood in the background...the oak comes out briefly, but you can pick it up right away...once it fades, the bourbon tones come forward...neither are ever too strong...the bourbon gives off a hint of sweet vanilla that cuts through the roast and char

M - Full bodied...smooth, roasty, no alcohol burn present

O - I love how there was no trace of the 9.1% ABV...the oak and bourbon notes were minimal and never really have to let this one warm up...too bad there aren't any bottles to stash away for a while

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Photo of Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served in a goblet at the tasting room in Hershey. Enjoyed chilled but allowed to warm as we relaxed in the seating area.

The color is black as night with sand colored cap and tight bead with which creamy lace clings to the glass. The smell of strong malt with slight dried fruit from the yeast and coffee elements to augment the mild caramel odor with slight bitter cocoa/burnt grain in there to over shadow the former elements slightly. A dry roasted feel with somewhere above medium body and moderate alcohol influence with slight spice tinge from the hops. The finish comes off as bitter and dry since there is not a lot of sweetness to cushion the highly kilned malt which is somewhat aggressive in the feel.

The flavor is slight charred malt that is almost like french roast coffee with a mild fruity currant-like taste and slight spice/pine from the hops. There is a lot of roast obscuring some elements like the hint of caramel and light yeast flavor but it has a touch of sweetness mid taste. The flavor is predominantly dry and toasty with very french roast coffee type burnt and bitter flavors which is earthy and charred with a slightly astringent taste. The finish does have a mild raisiny element as it warms. Overall I consider it a solid stout, it is drinkable for the style with nice grain flavor and agressive bitterness level which is great if you compar to old rasputin perhaps, but it lacks the finesse of other imperial stouts. Maybe it is still a little green it just seems a bit unbalanced in the overall scheme with good drinkability for the size of the brew since it hides the alcohol well.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep black color with a light tannish head. The head faded giving a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is big on roasty notes and oak. There is some chocolate in the nose with some sweetness of vanilla and caramel present as well.

Taste – A nice deep roasty flavor meets the tongue. It has a nice oaky flavor mixed in with the dark roasted flavors. Toward the middle the chocolate detected in the nose comes into play. It starts out more bitter but sweetens some as tastes of vanilla and toffee develop. Toward the end some burnt-char flavor comes into play mixing with the sweeter-roasty flavors quite well.

Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and the carbonation is low. A very good body and carbonation allow the beer to mellow on the tongue and allows all the flavors to soak into the tongue.

Overall – A very good drinking tasty stout and one to try if you get the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Scratch Beer 61 - 2012 (Imperial Stout) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 16 ratings