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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>

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (674) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2016
Rating notes more than 10 years old. Dark gold, full and rich in color with a hoppy and bitter taste. Warmth of alcohol is noticeable, but understated enough not to be dominant. Just enough malt to keep the hops in check. Pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (9001) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Obviously a bit past it’s prime, with toffee-ish malty notes, cardboard, and mild oxidation. Not undrinkable, but certainly no longer enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2012
First and foremost, this rating is based on how this one is drinking right now, not in the past. Yet another old Scratch Beer ticked off the ever shrinking list. Yet again, big thanks to Deuane for giving me one of these to try. A - We have a gusher! Pours cloudy copper orange with a dense three finger tall white head leaving thin webs of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of mildly toasted malts, toffee, fruity yeast and a surprising amount of hops still present. It is definitely a little past its prime but it is still holding strong. T - Starts off with a good amount of toffee sweetness and a mild amount of hop bitterness slowly giving way to hints of green apple, toasted bread and a bit of earth. Finish is sweet with a touch of dryness at the end of each sip, lingering on the palate for quite awhile. M - Medium body and flavor with moderately high carbonation. Pretty sweet throughout with some dryness creeping in at the end of each sip. Not as crisp as it once was but still decent in a different way. O - A little over carbonated but it is holding up surprisingly well. It may not taste like it once did but it is still a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
A: The beer pours a very murky dark brown color with a creamy off-white head with nice sticky lacing. S: A nice nuttiness to the beer with some toasted malts. Still somewhat hoppy, actually. There’s a bit of a rubber cement smell to it as it warms up, as is a green apple note. T: Green apple and citrus hops. A bit of straw, and a light astringency. Toasted malts with a little bit of bread to it. A little bit of sweetness, but not all that much. M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation. O: Better than expected, but still plenty of flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2010
A: snifter. nice clear, light amber color. light massive tan head. great retention rate. outstanding lacing. S: big earthy hop aroma with some nice roasted caramel malts. huge tart/acidic esters. light nutty tones. T: hops right up front providing some very nice bitters. sweet caramel malts sit nicely. first sip had some major bite, but then it mellows out afterward. very nice taste for an ESB. M: medium bodied, higher carbonation level than expected. nice bite though. D: a little rough on the initial sip, but the brew really mellows out afterward. nice ESB, good taste, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
A- Nearly transparent concentrated auburn brown color that pours with a healthy foamy white head. Head slowly fades to 1 finger and leaves lacing all the way down the glass. S- A hop bitterness shines through over a soft nutty malt background. T- The hoppiness comes through most up front with a healthy nutty maltiness in the background. The bitterness intensifies a bit for the finish but is never overbearing. P- Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and very smooth and creamy body. O- Another great beer from Troegs. I’ve had a few other examples of this style and the others did not have a s full of a mouthfeel but were a hair less bitter. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-11-2008 01:29:08

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists caramel, fruit, and light earthy and slightly spicy hops. It pours a mostly transparent amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with some very light caramel and fruit. The finish is lightly citrusy and earthy hops. Light bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Bottle in trade from ogglethorp. Thanks Brian! Pours amber with a medium lived creamy beige head. Smell is toasted malt with some iced tea notes. Flavor is similar with iced tea and toasty, bready malt and light floral hops to it that provide a nice balance and solid bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty tasty and sessionable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Thanks ogglethorp! Gusher. After it settles down, pours a hazy copper with a dense, active beige head that never fully dies away. Plentiful lace. Pleasant malt aroma with a little peach hard candy in it. Flavor has a solid, slightly sweet malt backbone, with a pleasant fruitiness and a slightly off metallic edge. Very smooth mouthfeel with a lively effervescence in the mouth. I can’t help but wonder if I got an off bottle, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2009
12 oz. bottle via trade with goryshkewych - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Nice lacing. Has a pine and herbal hop aroma. Flavor is mostly hops with a little bit of malt hiding in the background and some light esters. Medium body. A nice beer. Thanks George.

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