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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (915) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark copper color with a thin white head, aroma has some hops and citrus, taste is slightly bitter and a little buttery, fairly thin mouthfeel, with just a little bit of a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours copper, with a white head. Aroma is hops, malt, and some fruit...maybe peaches. Flavor is hops, malt, caramel, and fruit. A nice one, and fairly sedate, for the scratch series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nejhleader (1536) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
at troegs. thought this was kinda average. small amount of hop presence in the taste, i thought the body was a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle. Nice amber pour with a nice white head. Aroma is of light malt and some mild hops. Taste is nice and smooth with some hops through out. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
on tap-pours a light tan head with bubbles and copper/brown color. Aroma is northwest hops, some medium malt. Taste is medium malt, northwest and English hops, which makes this a lost effort to my taste and finishes thin. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle sampled with Mad_Indian. Pours Copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, citrus, slight fruit, and floral hops. The flavor has some slight sweetness to it, slight fruit, caramel, and floral bitterness in the finish. Slight thin body, decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10465) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep coppery colored with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is fruity hops, caramel malt, perfumy rosey florals, mild berries. Tastes hoppy, piney, with floral, berry, honeydew, and spicy notes. Not bad, but not among my favorite scratches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bottle from capones. Pours mahogany body with a 2 finger off white head. Aroma is bitter, musky, green, hops, some grapefruit and pine. Flavor is bitter with no etoh, some pine, and citrus and a bit of malt. Probably the best i’ve had of this style, dont scratch this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a medium copperish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, citrus, caramel, and earthy. Tastes of caramel, earthy, toasted grains, and some toffee.

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