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Tröegs Scratch 11

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Next up, we present Scratch Beer #11-2008, a Bitter. We used to brew a little number called Tröegs ESB. Even though this beer was retired almost six years ago, we still get numerous Tröegs old-schoolers begging for its return.

Well hang onto your boot straps because Scratch #11 is about as close as we can get to the original ESB without firing up the old brew kettle. The Scratch #11 recipe originates from Chris’ stint at England’s University of Sunderland brewing program. After returning to Colorado the brothers drew on Chris’ experience and brewed pilot batches tweaking that recipe. The ESB production recipe has direct bloodlines to these pilot batches. <ul> <li>O.G.: 13 Plato <li>I.B.U.’s: 48 <li>Malt: Dark Crystal, Roasted Barley, Extra Special Malt <li>Yeast: Thames Valley Ale <li>Hops: East Kent Goldings, Willamette, Chinook</ul>


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROGUE (2096) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a copper color with thin tan head that fades to a thin layer of foam. The aroma is a touch of hops atop a solid malt background that produces strong caramel aromas and a touch of fruit. The taste is very strong roasted malt up front, followed by a healthy dose of pine. A bit of sweetness can be detected after a few drinks.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Tasty, definitely a pretty good attempt at an American-style ESB. Proper slightly sweet malt and a good bite of hops. I think the EKG is the nice finish on it. (Fresh from Brewery - Growler 11/28/2008)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt poured into a pint glass. Pours a clearish tea-colored amber with a one inch off-white head that lingers for a while. The constant stream of bubbles from the bottom feed a swirl in the middle throughout. Some earthy hops open up the aroma with some caramel malts and toasted grains in the background. There also seem to be some spices in the mix as well. The taste has a bitter zing up front with a solid grain presence and some earthy hops. There is a slightly peppery and dry finish. All the flavors really meld together in this one - very nice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation and very tingly throughout. This is a great bitter and probably one of the better Scratch series brews as an example of its style. Very solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2008
The body shows just a glimmer of a light haze, dark reddish-amber in color. A crown of spongy, beige colored foam is well retained, sticking around for a good while. Jagged, splotchy ribbons of lace coat the glass very well. The aroma is fruitier than expected, notes of orange marmalade and grapefruit rind showing amidst wet, grassy hops and toasty biscuit malts. Robust, well balanced flavors include a toasted caramel and biscuit malt base, with more of the bitter, grassy, citrus hops immediately following. There’s a distinct, lactic creaminess that carries forward into a substantial, well balanced body. The brilliance here is the mirage that the full flavor and ample body creates. The brew tastes and feels bigger than it is, which is difficult to achieve. This reminds me of Surly’s Bitter Brewer, just slightly less extraordinary. Great session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thickfreakness (132) - AUSTIN, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Bottle thanks to JB175. Thanks Jason. Pours hazy, dark amber with a nice frothy head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is grassy, spicy hops, biscuity and slight orange. Flavor is a nice mix of spicy hops and malt. Really well balanced and drinkable. A good bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle: Poured an orange amber color with a nice amount of head. The aroma was hops and spice. The flavor was smooth, hoppy and a nice spicy/bitter finish. Overall, an easy drinker. One that would be nice to have as a regular from Troegs.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottled. Poured rich coppery amber with a majestic cap of beige head.. some rolling carbonation up the sides of the glass.. beautiful! The aroma picked up toasted toffee and caramel upfront surrounded by juicy medium-dark fruit and grassy hoppage.. almost a hint of coffee way deep down.. nice! The flavor opened with juicy medium-skinned fruit and grass hoppage with higher medicinal tones.. toffee supported the middle with a dry, scratchy impression.. picked up some caramel sweetness toward the back.. quite bitter overall, leaving a bring feel at the end. Medium-bodied and a bit sharper than it should’ve been at times on the palate.. I really dug the spicy, bitter finish. Solid brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2008
12oz bottle, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Pours orange amber, capped with a substantial off-white head. Restrained earthy hop aroma, with some grain and caramel malt. Piney and earthy hops hit the palate first and are soon joined by citrus, malt, and just a hint of chocolate in the finish. Grapefruity hops linger on the palate. Above average ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle at Cameron’s cask night. amber color, good sized frothy white foam. nose is hoppy but doesn’t take over, kinda sweet too. flavor is well balanced between hops and malt almost more of an ipa then bitter but very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (4813) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2008
12oz bottle via trade with Ogglethorp. Thanks Brian! Pours a translucent dark orangey brown with a foamy, lacing slightly off white head. Very pleasant aroma with floral hop buds, crackers, spice, grass and a little bit of barley. Flavor is just as good with plenty of orange, biscuits, crackers, flowers and a touch of pine. Finish is sweet and clean. This would be a great session beer as it’s really well balanced. I enjoyed this a lot, they could make this a year round beer and I bet it would sell.


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