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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
Sweet, hoppy aroma with a flavor that lives up to it. A biting, but not too bitter, hop start (which I thoroughly enjoy) and a sweet, mildly grapefruity finish. Rivals Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as the beer that I would want to always have on hand.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Amber1 (32) - USA - MAY 2, 2002
Big head, amber hued, huge nose. My favorite from Troegs! I’ll have another.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2002
In my oppinion, this is the best beer from Troegs. Better than their pale ale. Great taste and aroma. A good balance between hops and malts. From the ratings I’ve seen, it seems like this is one of the most underrated breweries around. This one is right up there with some of the best english ESB’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 21, 2001
A great find. the best American ESB i’ve come accross. A nice dark color with a soft head. perfect balance between pugent hop flavors and slighly sweet malts.(caramel) very enjoyable. would make a great session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 Beautiful red color that invited me in. Superb flowery hop. Rolls into the tongue. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (13233) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2002
Great beer! Pine/caramel aroma suggests a nice balance between the hops and malts. The flavor backs it up -- nice hoppiness backed by good malts. The beer is copper colored with minimal head.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
This beer pours out a rich, amber color with a thick, foamy head that dwindles slowly, leaving a nice lace on the sides of the glass. The Goldings hop aroma is rich in it's own right. I tasted lots of caramel and other flavors in this exceptional ale.It is a complex, malty beast that other micros only hope to be. A slight fruit finish tops off this delicious brew. 2 thumbs up on this one. Try it for yourself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
An awesome pour! Sweet malt aroma. Very nicely balanced flavor, but a little too sweet for my preference. Interesting coffee like aftertaste. Overall pleasant and very high quality but just too sweet for me to crave again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, clear, red-tea color; significant, creamy khaki head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing; a gorgeous pour. Good levels of caramel, mineral and earthy bitterness, and soft tea-like malts in the aroma; crisp with some nice biscuity notes. Medium, crisp mouthfeel: just perfect in the mouth: crisp, zesty bitterness (not anything rough: soft earthiness and mineral-driven hops) coupled to a solid malt core of crackers, tea, and bread; some red fruits and dried caramel at the edges; very beautifully composed beer, and just immensely drinkable stuff; very very impressed by this one. Lengthy finish: crackers, tea-like malts, some red fruits and lingering breadiness; ends crisp and on the dry side.

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