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Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 - Tröegs Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

48 IBU

(Beer added by: akorsak on 04-08-2008)
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Reviews by EGledhill:
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to phnphilly for this one . poured into yuengling pint glass

A. Nice copper body with 2 finger heads that retains and laces the whole way through.

S. Smells of light hops and malts. The only thing about this beer that doesn't wow you.

T. Bitter, dry, citrusy hops kicks your tastebuds to wake them up. Malts also make a showing but the hops lingers through the aftertaste. Damn tasty beer.

M. creamy mouth coating mouthfeel. I could definitely get into these.

D. Drinkability is good on this. Good full flavor beer that that could definitely be sessioned.

Wonderful beer. My first dive into the ESB category. I would love to try a few more ESB's and see how they hold up against this. Truly would be hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 12:12:58 | More by EGledhill
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

03-04-2013 01:57:45 | More by t0rin0
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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:52:45 | More by orangesol
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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Knocking off some old Scratch Beers/cleaning out Deuane's basement.

A - Pours a murky copper color with three fingers of creamy, off white head...rocky retention leads to chunky lacing

S - Floral notes were very present...surprising with the age...there were only a few bready notes

T - The flavor is comprised of more bread than the nose would suggest...I figured a lot of these notes would be coming out...I'm getting a faint banana flavor and some apples as well...there is a touch of grain right before you swallow...a big dose of caramel that comes back and sweetens things up

M - Medium bodied...still crisp, lingering sweetness

O - I can only imagine how this one tasted fresh...a three year old bottle held up pretty decently...not as bitter as an ESB would be, but very nice caramel notes

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 20:33:46 | More by thain709
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

12-15-2011 02:48:19 | More by Khazadum
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-15-2011 02:48:17 | More by Gonzoillini
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-26-2011 13:10:38 | More by ROGUE16
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-15-2011 06:16:12 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg for this one.

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:27:18 | More by womencantsail
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South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Massive Mega Scratch Beer Tasting @ the Meat Meet, 8.21.2010. Thanks Unclejedi

Scores reflect how the beer is drinking NOW, and not when released.

Hmm, a 2 year old ESB! Massive foamy head sits atop a deep gold / light red-orange brew. Smells dryish with light caramel biscuit nose. Alas, age has not been kind. Dry and slightly soapy with more than enough carbonation and fluffs up in yer mouth. This was probably good initially, not so much now. Lesson: drink your ESBs soon, kids.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:33:17 | More by kkipple
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikereaser for the opportunity.

Holy hula hoops, Batman! I cracked the bottle open, but got distracted before I could pour it. In a couple minutes it had a slow snake of tan foam coming out. A gentle pour resulted in a massive head that is taking a long time to die. Too much. Color is a clear orange-ish amber. When it finally falls it leaves a load of sticky lace.

Aroma is caramel, lightly fruity and a little toasted. Earthy, floral, and a hint of citrus.

Flavor is very well balanced with a nicely malty start, mildly fruity, toasted. A good sturdy bitterness kicks in and stays through the finish, earthy, a little pine.

The feel is a little watery and way over-carbonated. Bubbles are a little prickly.

What happened, Troeg's? Crazy carbonation. I might have expected an infection but the flavor is solid. This is my first 'off' brew from Troeg's. Do I still want another bottle? Yes!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 19:05:30 | More by goatgoat
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark caramel brown in color with some golden hues around the edges of the glass. Hue, foamy off-white head with excellent retention. Almost meringue like on the top.

S - Despite being bottled about a year ago, hops are still very much the dominant smell in this one. A very earthy hop aroma. A nice bready backing to it as well.

T - Somewhat earthy up front with a pleasant hop bitterness present. Notes of bready sweetness mid-drink. The earthiness is presnt throughout the drink and leaves a very clean bitterness in the mouth.

M/D - Medium bodied and very crisp. Excellent carbonation and really good drinkability. The bitterness is of the very plesant type that certainly allows for many of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 16:56:47 | More by ckeegan04
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

My last bottle of 11. Poured into my nonic shaker glass at cellar temperature. Appears a clear amber color with a healthy two fingers of off white foam. A great looking bitter. Since this a Tröegs beer, I'm really not surprised by the amount of hops I'm smelling and tasting. Good stuff indeed. Notes of caramel malt, bread, and lemon are also evident. medium in both body and carbonation. Drinkability is ADL (all day long) with this bitter. Damn this is/was a great beer. I'll miss it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 05:05:06 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first taste of the Scratch series thanks to marcpal. Wave to the nice people, Marc!

I haven't had much in the way of ESB brews. This one is dark amber, with a subdued nose. Smells like beer.

Taste is pleasingly sharp. The hops are making their presence felt up front, but there's that underlying bitterness coming from another quarter. There's not quite enough of either for my taste, & the result is something with no depth that's pretty nice nonetheless. This baby is aggressively carbonated. I could have a few of these, goes down nice & easy.

Good beer. Everything I've had from Troegs to date has been good to excellent, so I'm looking forward to sampling more of their wares.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:25:51 | More by maximum12
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 07:01:46 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of mymrnngjckt poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clearish tea-colored amber with a one inch off-white head that lingers for a while. The constant stream of bubbles from the bottom feed a swirl in the middle throughout.

Some earthy hops open up the aroma with some caramel malts and toasted grains in the background. There also seem to be some spices in the mix as well.

The taste has a bitter zing up front with a solid grain presence and some earthy hops. There is a slightly peppery and dry finish. All the flavors really meld together in this one - very nice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation and very tingly throughout.

This is a nice bitter and probably one of the better Scratch series brews as an example of its style. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:45:36 | More by gford217
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this in a trade with mikereaser

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.

M- Great mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and very smooth and creamy body.

D- 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

11-11-2008 01:29:08 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to marcpal for the opportunity to try this one.

A-Pours a clear light amber with a solid white head and nice lacing.

S-Nice malt with a bit of graininess.

T-Some nice sweet malt on the front with some grain and a bit of acidic sourness. Taste fades before it reaches the back of the tongue, which is a little disappointing.

M-Crisp, a bit dry with moderately high carbonation.

D-Pretty good, especially for an ESB, which is not really my favorite style. Nicely sessionable.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 02:22:54 | More by sholland119
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The ESB is a moderate brown color that shows off auburn colors up close. Not much head to speak of, so I won't.

S: The nose has a resounding caramel body that is met with a crisp hop aroma. The hops has a profile that is similar to Hopback or Nugget Nectar, herbal and medicinal.

T: The ale has a strong caramel body, sweet and biscuity. The flavor is a little thin, quickly disappearing after a sip is gone. The hop profile, even after a few months in the cellar, has held up nicely. The flavors are very similar to those in Hopback, Nugget Nectar and Scratch 4. It always makes sense to stick with what works.

M: The flavor is quick to disappear but while they stick around they are nice. The hops, probably a little too strong for this style, are the best feature.

D: A decent esb but not one of my favorite scratch offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:42:32 | More by akorsak
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Kegatron for this brew.

Poured into my Surly glass a very nice clean/clear dark golden amber/brown color, nice carbonation, nice one finger creamy off-white head, with some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, bitter. The taste is malty, nice hop touch, with some bitterness on the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 21:47:37 | More by Wasatch
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3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

deep reddish amber with off-white head

aromas are of fruit and rich caramel centered malt with a little toast or biscuit on the fringe.. little hop aroma and noticeable yeast character. perhaps a bit minerally.

taste is a nice balance of fruit, malt and hops. esters are complex but subtle and theres a bit of earthiness to this beer. slightly sweet with caramel, and finishes dryly.

overall, delicious and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:40:56 | More by beerbutcher
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4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of BA's for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good finger worth of whit fluffy head. The body of this beer was amber to dark copper in color

Typical Biscuit yeast and light hops on the nose of this brew

Light piney hop bite with smooth malts sweetness hit my taste buds. Medium mouthfeel good carbonation on your tongue

Great drinking brew glad I had it would love to try it with fish and chips for the full effect. Thanks again Guys

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 22:16:50 | More by joepais
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Akorsak who collected some of the scratch series and met me in person with them. Thanks Adam!

Dark yet translucent copper body with about two fingers of off-white head that has pretty good retention and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell is biscuity malt with just a touch of hops.

Up front is a nice grassy hop and a big biscuity malt flavor. follows with a very sweet malt. The finish/after taste is a nice, dry, hoppy finish. Strong flavors, but still very balanced. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable beer, yet another great brew from Troeg's.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 21:40:51 | More by Hojaminbag
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to risser09 for sending me this bottle

A: poured a nice dark bronze amber color with creamy off-white head. carbonation continues to rise up the glass and sustain the head as it leaves lacing throughout the session (though not that sticky).

S: The aroma improves as teh beer warms up a little. The first noticable smell is of gentle hops and light malt background. Nothing stellar, kind of light

T & M: very smooth and creamy beer. Taste is somewhat light, but follows the aroma with the gentle presence of the hops taking the front and being balanced by a nice maltiness.

D: Highly drinkable and sessionable. One of my favorite American versions of the style. Felt a lot like its' English counterparts due to the creaminess and subtleties. I still prefer the fuller flavored Blue Point ESB, but this is a fine example of the style

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 16:53:02 | More by shaebs99
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4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received this brew from BeerTruth a couple weeks ago in a trade. I've had the rest of the delicious Scratch beers thanks to him and I'm pumped to try this one. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish/orange/yellow with a huge two finger off-white foamy head. It slowly recedes leaving a really nice cap and collar and plenty of spider web like lacing.
Smell- Ah the unmistakable nose of a nice malty ESB with a twang of something slightly different. A lightly citrus lemon zest is faintly poking its head out of the sweet caramel malt adding that slight difference. A small bit of buttery yeast pokes through as well.
Taste- The taste picks up right where the nose left off. Slightly caramelized malt lends a buttery toffee backbone with an every so slight sweetness. A bit of earthy hops are more than recognizable as well adding a very slight bitterness after the sweetness wears off. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste along with a herbal earthiness.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a semi smooth feel and fairly aggressive carbonation.
Drinkablity- To be honest I didn't really care all that much for ESB's until I started drinking Emmett's 3a.m ESB (I think its 3a.m., it's some random time). There version was really easy drinking and really opened my eyes to the style. Now after trying Tröegs version, it's affirmed that I do indeed love them. This is definitely my favorite Scratch brew. I really wish I had many more of these. Thanks to Adam for sharing the wealth!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 22:13:23 | More by younger35
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Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 from Tröegs Brewing Company
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