Scratch Beer 88 - 2013 (Chocolate Stout) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For our most recent Scratch offering, we let our inventive nature shine. An ambitious undertaking by any stretch of the imagination, Scratch #88 served as the “guinea pig” for John Trogner’s latest experiment: The Infüz-O-Matic 5000, an apparatus poised to alter the landscape of our Scratch Beer series forever. By design, we constructed this prototype to extract the essence of a variety of ingredients and infuse bold flavors directly into our beer. For Scratch #88, we circulated the Chocolate Stout in The Infüz-O-Matic 5000 for more than 150 hours through four circulation units filled with more than 100lbs. of cocoa nibs, 50lbs. of cocoa powder, thirty vanilla beans, and copious amounts of Cascade hops. Released just in time for Valentine’s Day, Scratch #88 will entice you and your sweetheart to visit our Tasting Room and share this delectable treat. Come taste for yourself and savor the flavor!

32 IBU

Added by orangesol on 02-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by shangwang:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of orangesol
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of an abundant amount of bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla beans, a touch of spice and plenty of dark roasted barley. Based on how much cocoa and vanilla they added to this one the nose is pretty spot on.

T - Starts off with a big bittersweet chocolate kick that lasts through the finish. Some vanilla, dark roast, lactic sweetness and quite a bit of chalkiness round things out. The chocolate flavor dominates from start to finish. Very little, if any, booze is present in this one.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet, chalky feel from all that cocoa lasts throughout. It could use a bit more body, it goes a little thin toward the end of the glass.

O - This is one chocolate heavy stout. Compared to #27 and #41 it falls short but on its own it is pretty good. I wish they had bottled this one, I would love to see how it develops once some of that cocoa powder taste / feel dies down a bit. Get it while you can.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the Troegs tasting room served in a sort of shaped pint glass. The brew appears a dark brown color with some clarity thats lighter around the edges. It boasts a tan cap that slowly fades leaving a web-like pattern of lace sticking to the glass.

The aromatics are reminescent of brownie batter or hot fudge. Plenty of cocoa and vanilla are driven home pretty hard in the nose. It has a very sweet smelling aspect and is overall the most chocolate-candy sort of offering I have smelled to date. This is like cocoa powder mixed with syrup. If I was only to smell and not actually taste, I would question if this is even beer?

The taste includes a robust amount of cocoa and sticky vanilla bean sweetness. Lots of cocoa powder mixed with a sort of melted Hershey chocolate syrup addition. A minor roasty element tries to poke through along with a trace amount of earthy quality of hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall a pretty decent offering that displays a pretty crazy aroma that the chocolate fanatics will shit themselves over. The flavor however is not all that differentiated from all the past vanilla/chocolate scratches they have done. If anything this one boasts a chalkier feel. I have been a fan of Troegs for as long as I have enjoyed quality beer. I get the feeling that the shark is about to be jumped if it hasnt already... "The Infuz-O-Matic 5000" aka Hershey's version of Randall the enamel animal. I cant wait to see what is next. Perhaps a Troeg Adams sensory glass with packets of chocolate to add as much or as little as you want?

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Photo of thain709
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a dark chestnut brown body that had some reddish hues towards the bottom of the glass...a big fluffy white head was present and stood about two fingers slowly fell to a cap while leaving chunky lacing on the glass

S - Well not to be cliché, but this is Hershey's Chocolate World in a glass...holy chocolate! The nose does have a drying powder aroma to it, but it mixed some sweet milk chocolate with the dark bittersweet chocolate

T - The chocolate presence carries over into the flavor...this one is all cocoa powder which is full in the beginning but really dries out towards the finish...there wasn't much sweetness to it, which I would have liked to have the vanilla really stand out...the hops were in the background but were really faded out from the chocolate

M - Medium bodied...this could have used a little more body for a stout, very dry from the cocoa powder

O - This one is all about the I said, I would have liked to have more vanilla bean presence to add a little sweetness to it...overall pretty well done, but I couldn't comment on the previous chocolate stouts as it's been too long since I had them

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Harrisburg enjoyed from a tulip.

The color is black opaque with a creamy tan cap with tight bead and lace sticks well with good retention. The smell is very cocoa dominant but not overly sweet the feel is great with mild roast and genlte sweetness with good carbonation and semi dry finish.

The taste is like bittersweet cocoa with a mild vanilla flavor in the back with light malt roast and low bitterness. Overall I enjoyed this it is very aromatic and is easy to drink.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from my growler, it has a dark, chocolate colored body with a thin tan head on it. The smell has a nice roasted malt along with chocolate and vanilla coming through. The taste had a nice chocolate/cocoa powder flavor to it with a hint of vanilla as the beer warms up. It also gives off a roastey flavor to it also. The mouth feel is really nice, not over carbonated and leaves a little chocolate flavor on the tongue. Overall this a a pretty good beer.

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Scratch Beer 88 - 2013 (Chocolate Stout) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 14 ratings