SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Amber color, with a hoppy, yeasty aroma. Lots of malt with a crisp hops finish. Not too exciting, but still pretty good. TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
The label is worth the price. Very malty and very reminscient of their barley wine. Great aroma and a decent taste (extremely sweet), but i don't think this could become one that i go back to constantly. Racegoer (355) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
Amber complexion, somewhat malty, lots of head. Decent beer. Nothing bad , but nothing special here either ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2002
In a world of brew makers that don't pay too much attention to what their beer smells like, Old Scratch at least gives you something to smell. A rich, caramelly roasted malt aroma greets the olfactory senses at initial sip. Very attractive beer aesthetically; fine brussels lace, off-white head with a beautifully reddish brown hue. I am not a huge fan of malty beers, but this one is very drinkable without making you feel like you're drowning in a vat of Brachs caramels. A medium bite from a good dose of alcohol completes the picture. Smooth enough to be a session beer, but the malt would probably get to you after awhile. Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2002
I am perhaps unobjectively pleased to learn that this is not just an 'American Amber', it's a California Common/Steam. Light on the aroma, but what is there is balanced and pleasant enough, being malty and hoppy. Brilliantly clear copper color, very slight effervescence and no real head to speak of. Caramel malt flavors are quite prevalent here, sweetness as well. Hops are there, starting about midway and following through to the finish, but this beer is decidedly sweet, less bitter. Some graininess in the finish, more malty caramel flavors as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. This isn't a real Steam beer, IMHO, Amber Lager, definitely, but there is a difference. I like the tingly finish, but overall, a bit too sweet for me to rate it highly.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2002
malty -- sweet with a bit of vanilla at the outset, slightly bitter in the aftertaste. all in all, a decidedly mediocre beer. Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2002
Thin, lackluster. .................................................. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 ralph steadman's label depiction of sinister leaping mutant flea-dogs is unsavory, but the appearance of the beer itself is all i ask for in elegant design: a woodstained-orange that almost glows beneath a briefly sudsy crown. full nose of grain and fruit, call it: orange marmalade on a toasted bagel.hops emerge where they should for proper balance; medium body. i had a decent session. you? TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2002
Nice amber color. Well balanced flavor. No head retention. Nice middle-of-the-road amber. Very cool label. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2002
Floral aroma, sweet tasting, amber color. Too carbonated in my opinion.....