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Tröegs Scratch 11

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Thanks to a couple of BA’s for this one Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good finger worth of whit fluffy head. The body of this beer was amber to dark copper in color Typical Biscuit yeast and light hops on the nose of this brew Light piney hop bite with smooth malts sweetness hit my taste buds. Medium mouthfeel good carbonation on your tongue Great drinking brew glad I had it would love to try it with fish and chips for the full effect. Thanks again Guys

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2008
12 oz bottle from Capones. Pours a clear red with an average to slightly above average size bubbly off white head. Aroma of very sweet malt, toffee and bread. Medium body that is an easy sipper. Flavor has a slight syrupy sweetness undertone with a concentration on the malts that is finished with some nice floral hops. Sort of reminds me of a Bit O’ Honey candy bar from back in the day, well if it was made into a muffin. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of toasted malts, piney hops, resin, caramel, and cream. Poured dark orange/light brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is a little sweet and a little bitter. Tastes of piney hops, toasted malts, and caramel. Medium body. Slightly sticky texture is also a bit thin. Soft to average carbonation. Creamy toasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Dr. Jay. Pours a golden yellow with a bit of white head, and leaving a bit of white lace. Mild English hops in aroma. Very smooth drinking, sessionable, and leaving a bit dry palate. A very good ESB. My be aye 3k.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Pours a mostly translucent deep copper with golden highlights and a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, orange, other citrus, floral and lightly bready. Flavor of lightly toasted malt, caramel, toffee, hard pretzels, some nuts, pine, light grapefruit, hop flavor, some hop bitterness but balanced nicely by the lightly sweet and toasty malt profile. One of the best, if not the best ESBs I have had. Sessionable, yet packed with flavors and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2008
Pours out a nice light copper color with a small white head. Aroma of some caramel and some hop bitterness. Taste is very well balanced, caramel, some bitter grassy hops and a doughy/dry finish. Usually don’t care for ESB’s too much but this was pretty decent

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2008
A nice easy drinking ESB. Aroma was so so. Caramel malt and some slight grassy hops. Pour was very nice. Dark gold with a 2 finger off white head. Taste was a little thin and watery. Caramel throughout and with a hint of grassy hops in the aftertaste. Strong carbonation but not much aftertaste. A little watery. Nice beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Pours a light coppery amber with a medium beige head. Aroma of hops, light citrus hints and bread dough. Taste of crisp hops with a light tangy citrus feel to it. Has a bread dough aftertaste. Refreshing.

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