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RATINGS: 1332   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Ideal for the Lager drinker who prefers amber beers, the "Scratch" is a smooth, malt-accentuated lager. Brewed in the "Steam-Style" tradition, scratch is a so-called hybrid beer that is fermented at medium temperatures to develop some ale and lager characteristics.
Ingredients: Water; Malted barley; Malted wheat; Hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
The only thing true about this beer style was the "common" part--nothing interesting at all. Watery and not at all presenting the punch that a true steam beer should have. Yes, this is blah, and Iím glad I drank it at the end of the session so I wont remember the experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
Lightly carbonated. Copper amber color. Mostly diminishing head. In my friendís, Jskendzel, words this one was very "blah".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tourette (217) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Average, boring amber. Pretty smooth, but nothing special here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 15, 2002
supremly disappointed with all the flying dog beer iíve had. showís ya that having a sweet label means...nothing in the taste department.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Flying Dog is not exactly the name i think of when i think of a brewer, but sitting there on tha shelf with only a buck and change in my pocket...well, it was tonightís dessert. The aroma is a very interesting mix of excess malt and something to the effect of apple. The Old Scratch Amber pours a bronze/copper red that is nearly crystal clear in light and reveals quite a lot of carbonation. The taste begins with a carbonated and acidic tickling of the tongue followed by an emourmous onslaught on maltiness as it goes down. It almost has those dark characteristics to its taste but blends in that carbonation well to avoid going too far into that category. The beer does have the effect of unleashing its flavors even more heavily as it warms up and this was a nice side effect given, as i said, that this was tonightís dessert beer. The only drawbacks to the Old Scratch Amber are its fairly bland taste, though with the steam style it was different (but it lacked true kick) and its lackluster appearance in my mug. Its somewhere near an average amber, but i wouldnt be averse to trying it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Pours a copper-reddish color with a thin white head. The aroma is a bit malty, but pretty bland. The flavor seems confused with the most pleasant, somewhat malty flavor appearing about 5 seconds after swallowing. The overall character is pretty stale with ingredients that seem like they sat around for too long. Itís a novel idea to have a beer with both ale and lager characteristics, but I think Iíd rather go one way or the other.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
oh yah canít beat this one it has the flavor and balance im looking for in a beer and the art work from these guys is pretty cool,gives the none good beer drinkers something to talk about.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 4, 2002
Had this swill in a bottle. Nasty nose of horseblanket, dirty socks and barnyard. Pours a medium ruby copper. The average off-white creamy head is fully diminishing with fair lacing. The light body is watery and fizzy, finishes chalky. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle, or if this style just isn’t my bag baby. Almost a drain pour but I was thirsty so I choked it down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Wow, my first steam beer, without even trying...the label calls this an amber. Well I donít get very excited about ambers, so this turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Soft aroma of pound cake and circus peanut candy (very faint). Malty in a pseudo-Belgian fashion, with apricot and other light fruit coming into play. There are definitely ale characteristics present. Understated, earthy hops, and a light texture. Definitely the class of the Flying Dog sampler pack Iíve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2002
Iím glad to be tasting another steam beer as theyíre pretty damn hard to find (this is only my fourth). The steaming definitely has imparted many malty ale characteristics making it more complex and sweet than most lagers. Iím almost certain I like this better than Anchor Steam because of this beerís smooth drinkability. Could use more aroma and the Flying Dog labels just donít work for me - too hard to read.

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