Scratch Beer 72 - 2012 (Tim's Brown Porter) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #72 is a walk down memory lane for one of our brewers. Inspired by a thirst for neither big nor hoppy, Tim Mayhew drew inspiration from the London porters he frequently consumed. Here are Tim’s tasting notes: “Most people drink robust porters and are familiar with that dominant roasted flavor. Scratch #72 has strong caramel and chocolate notes with hints of roast. Fuggle hops impart an earthy flavor found in many English ales.

Added by stephenjmoore on 07-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours deep dark brown, nearly pitch black, with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of bakers chocolate, dark roasted malt, a dash of hop bitterness and a touch of extra sugary sweetness as it comes to room temperature. The roast is still there but it takes a back seat to the chocolate.

T - Starts off with plenty of chocolate and caramel malts slowly giving way to hints of mild spice / bitterness from the fuggle hops with the dark roast bringing up the rear, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Smooth body and feel with plenty of dark flavors to keep me interested. Moderate carbonation throughout.

O - A low ABV, flavorful porter you say? I am in. I had no trouble finishing my glass in no time flat. I still enjoy roasty robust porters but these english porters are growing on me more and more. Nice work tim!

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4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery served in a sort of tulip shaped, over-sized pint. The pour is dark brown with ruby clarity seen around the edges. A tan cap a finger strong fades leaving spotty and fingers of lace.

The aroma is mildly roasty with suggestions of light coffee essence and unsweetened cocoa. A light herbal hop presence and mild estery alcohol touch rounds things out.

The taste is pleasantly roasty with some dark fruity quality coming into play that is somewhat like plum or raisins before the roasty grain makes itself more known with coffee as chocolate flavoring. Mildly herbal into the aftertaste with a fresh hoppiness felt that is stuck between herbal and fruity.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. For 5.5% it is easily approachable and easy drinking. Overall it is a solid porter that I would return to again since it is so well rounded and balanced.

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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewery by ksak.

A: Dark, the porter rings all the right tones with its reddish brown opacity. A wispy white head leaves a decent ring of lace behind.

S: Chocolatey aromas dominate, lending a sweetness to the scent. Darker roasted malts, not as sweet, follow but flicker out quickly.

T: The porter is semi-sweet, chocolate flicking at the tastebuds straight away. That sweetness lingers, gradually giving way to darker malts including a coffee finish. The flavors come across as thin, the chocolate building quickly and early, fading near the end. That sweetness, sans the strong hop profile, is right at home in the English realm.

M: The thinness is trying, making me like/dislike the porter repeatedly. My final take - good with a pleasant sweetness.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown body with amber highlights at the bottom of the glass. Frothy tan head that leaves good lacing.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate malts and caramel malts. Some cocoa comes through as well

T- Big roasted malt flavor with some smooth chocolate and a nutty finish.

M- Very smooth, some noticeable hops balance out the body.

O- Excellent porter. Almost a porter/nut brown ale hybrid.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a dark brown body that shows some ruby highlights...the head was tan in color and stood two fingers tall...the fluffy head fell to a spotty cap and left light lacing behind

S - Chocolate and cocoa flavors are dominate...they give way to some roasted malts and coffee...there is a sweetness coming from a big dose of caramel malts

T - The chocolate flavors come back on the first they are pretty strong providing a chocolate cake/brownie flavor...the roasted malts cut down on the chocolate and the "robust" part comes in...there is a slight coffee presence before a caramel presence comes in to sweeten things up again

M - Medium bodied...sometimes light and thin, chocolate and caramel flavors with a hint of lingering roast

O - I wasn't blown away by this one...I do like the idea of toning down a robust porter, but a porter in summer?

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Scratch Beer 72 - 2012 (Tim's Brown Porter) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 9 ratings