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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle from Capones, Sampled with Stegosaurus. Clear copper pour with a mild hop aroma and caramel malt. Thin in the mouth and starts out good but finished watery. EHH it was ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Amber color with a medium head. Aroma dominated by caramel, toffee, earthy hops. Flavor is classic ESB with earthy hops, caramel, and grainy undertones - only downside is that its a tad watery. Overall a good ESB that is quite sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a frothy beige head. Nose is mild grass and sweet lemon-lime. Crisp carb, medium light. Nice bitter quinine bite followed up with a variety of citrus peel and pith. Dry, peppery finish. Quite the vibrant bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Poured a clear golden color with a medium sized, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of toast, toffee, light citrus, and floral hops. Taste was sweeter, toffee, light honey, citrus, pine, some caramel, low bitterness, and a dry, toasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Sweet at first then very dry and bitter. Nice aroma of hops with some sweetness in there. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2008
Draft @ Troegs a large tan head settles down on top of a dark brown walnut colored body. Nose of fresh English Ale yeast, pungent and nutty with whiffs of peanut shells, crackers and caramel, and a faint smell of dried, aged woody hops. Flavor is similar, bright and fresh, that’s the best thing, and the yeast is again nutty and full of peanut shell and cracker flavors, with a small resinous chewy caramel malt flavor as well. Ok to above average, but certainly not anything outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Tasted on co2 and firkin at Blast from the past at Troegs. Poured deep copper color with a tanish head. Aroma was very balanced, caramel malt, and resinny hops. Flavor is very balanced at first, resinny hops like the aroma and a good malt backbone. body is light on co2 and more full from the firkin. I definitely perfered the firkin version better, the flavor was more mellow and harmonious. Beer finishes hoppy, much more aggressive then any bitter I drank in England.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2007
From my long lost notes. Purchased as part of a sampler case September, 1999 while on vacation in Hershey, PA. Pours a deep, clear amber with a moderate, fluffy off-white head. Very nice aroma of caramel and malt. Flavor was again caramel and malt balanced with a surprisingly hoppy finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Clear, rich amber color with a nice frothy offwhite head. Aroma has elements of rich sweet maltiness, fruit, and hops spiciness. Initial flavor of sweet malt followed smoothly by a fruity, dry bitterness. This beer has a bit more dry hops bitterness than most ESB that I have had. Excellent brew, although I prefer Fullers ESB just a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Caramel, smoke, deep maltiness. Slightly fruity in the finish. THe beer is overall a dark, reddish amber color. THe hops are there, and this beer is a bit above and beyond what I would characterize as an ESB. Definitely not much English about it.

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