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Tröegs Scratch 11

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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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - NOV 20, 2002
Definitely not what I expecting for a bitter. A good flavor and one brew that I could drink on a regular basis. ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Clear light copper. Dense cream head. Slow carbonation. Goldings aroma with wisps of toasted caramel. Deep and gently crisp with a flowery hop base, Goldings aftertaste and solid roasted and caramel malt backbone. Bitter roastedness and mild sweetness linger atop the floral hop base. Medium body. Touch of metal and fruitiness enter late. Finishes soft, fruity, florally hoppy with a light astringent edge. Decent, but far from amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
A bit thin, but nice flavor. Could use a bit more malt for balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Clear rust; Medium head; Nose of sharp malt. Good malt to start, but otherwise, unexceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2002
At the Brick in DC. Not exactly earthy, quite hoppy, but wait! It’s niely balanced! Seems to depart from a more mild English traditional version. Very creamy, even in the bottle. Would love this on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2002
cask conditioned via gravity: Too tired to type anything in, just a wicked good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Cask version @ the Philly Real Ale Rendezvous VIII: Cloudy light amber color with a quickly disappearing head. Very smooth toffee-like taste with aroma and palate sensations touching mildly on the citrus fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2002
Dark brown-orange. No head. Citrus, grapefruit and some toffee in the nose. Buttery flavor with toffee and grapefruit rind. Moderate bitterness which is too low for an ESB I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Rocky loose head over rust colored body. Lots of hops in the nose--citrus and pine. The body is light. Fruit-driven malt lasting for a terribly long time, sweeping toward a long, bitter finish. First rate ESB. Fresh, fruity and snappy and terribly appealing. This brewery really impresses me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Good ESB. Nothing special, but good.

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