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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (24776) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2002
Reddish amber. Big perfumy hop aroma. Medium bodied. Intensly hoppy, citrusy aromatic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (17129) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2002
Dark amber; earthy hop nose; all about the Goldings - highly original stuff here, if I had just walked out of the biosphere following a twenty-year stint. Every brewer in Ontario makes this 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (14106) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12386) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12208) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Dr. Jay. Pours a golden yellow with a bit of white head, and leaving a bit of white lace. Mild English hops in aroma. Very smooth drinking, sessionable, and leaving a bit dry palate. A very good ESB. My be aye 3k.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10562) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2008
Draft @ Troegs a large tan head settles down on top of a dark brown walnut colored body. Nose of fresh English Ale yeast, pungent and nutty with whiffs of peanut shells, crackers and caramel, and a faint smell of dried, aged woody hops. Flavor is similar, bright and fresh, that’s the best thing, and the yeast is again nutty and full of peanut shell and cracker flavors, with a small resinous chewy caramel malt flavor as well. Ok to above average, but certainly not anything outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (8985) - 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.

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