07 December 2011

Troegs Scratch #54 NOW on Tap!

TroegsScratchFrom Troegs:

OG: 14.0
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 30
Malt: Pils, Crystal, Chocolate, Roast
Hops: Warrior, Cluster
Juju: Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Lactose
Codename: Cocoa Porter

Our goal when playing with non-traditional ingredients is to find balance between the ingredient and the beer. For Scratch #54-2011 – our third foray into cocoa – we wanted to design a drinkable (under 6%), subtle and satisfying beer.

Starting with a base recipe for a mild porter, we added cocoa powder from Ghana and Ivory Coast to the brew kettle during final hop addition. The powder, made from “dutched nibs” typically used in baking, adds a slight bitterness and a rich chocolate aroma.

After fermentation, we aged #54 on Ghanaian vanilla beans and medium roast Ghanaian cocoa nibs for ten days.

The malt has a slight roast but is designed with a lighter body to let the cocoa flavors show through. The addition of lactose gives a smooth mouthfeel.

The vanilla emerges in the aftertaste and the beer reaches room temperature and hints of chocolate linger in the finish.

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