Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 (ESB) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 (ESB)Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 (ESB)

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by akorsak on 04-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by EGledhill:
Photo of EGledhill
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dashirey
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bronze with some amber coloring. Pours clear with a one-finger head. Creamy top sticks aorund through the pint, with very little lacing.

S - Citrus hops with malt as well/ I really sensed some pineapple notes later in the pint.

T - Very balanced, great taste. Malt in the front. Lots of flavors coming through in each sip. You can detect something new nearly everytime - spices, fruits, grain, even some pepper.

M - Finishs very clean. Carbonation is spot on for this beer.

D - Great stuff through and through. Drinkable, sessionable, anything you wanna do with itable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. Appropriate carbonation. A very good ESB and one I could have many of.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear clear amber with a big poofy head of off-white foam that eventually shrinks down into a nice creamy retention that left big sticky hop lacing behind. The aroma is a pleasant mix of earthy hop bitterness, citrus notes, spice, and a backing of malt sweetness.

The taste perfectly matches the aroma profile with a great balance of subtle, dry hoppy character from the Chinook and more earthy tones from the Goldings mixed with notes of citrus and spicy mellow malty sweetness. The mouthfeel has a light medium body that possesses a fantastic mellow and dry feel and silky smooth texture.

Wow, another winner of a Scratch beer from Troegs here, with an American take on a British favorite that packs in the flavor while remaining incredibly smooth and quafflable. I think I'll go have another!

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Troegs Brewery

A- pours a light reddish color. A one finger head leaves a lil bit of lace but nothing to get excited about. Color is also of brown tint.

S- fruity and quite hoppy. grapefruit and a slight caramel or toasty flavoring.

T- a strong flavor of grapefruit. it taste like grapefruit juice. hops tail end the flavor.

M- smooth and dry. Fruity esters in the mouth as well.

D- these are pretty easy to put down and are very smooth and crisp. A nice beer for the summer. My favorite scratch beer from troegs so far!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So the next in line for the scratch series makes its way to me. I have been itching to work my way through them and I am now making a concerted effort to do so. Grabbed this one out right after dinner as a nice little session able continuation of the last IPA and a bridge to a heavier style. Poured the twelve ounce glass into a pint glass and away we went. Nice hazy amber color, light with some nice hints running throughout it. Ample carbonation as apparent as it bubbled up toward the surface. Good overall presentation with about two fingers worth of head on top that faded gently into a broken crown that hung out for the rest of the session.

The aroma was earthy, with a nice blended cereal back and hopped up front. Nice grassy notes with hints of grapefruit and pine interspersed and a touch of spice to go along. Carried over well into the flavor, which was light and airy in taste, but yet had a decent amount of fullness to the body. Sometimes a touch thick, oily almost in parts, but done very well. Bread like center moved through quickly, leaving the bare pine taste to finish you with a not too dry finish. Great carbonation and a nice medium body only added to tit. Low ABV made this one very session able and the lighter flavors lended themselves well to a hot afternoon.

Overall not a bad ale what so ever. Not really what I had in mind for an English Bitter, but it still held its own very well. Seems like it would make a good choice for a summer seasonal, and no doubt I would try this one again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from GREGER courtesy of the Cellear BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is hoppy and fruity along with some caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with strong flavors of floral hops bitterness, fruity citrus sweetness and a hearty malt character. Even though the hops presence tones down a bit as you drink the beer, the balance remains in tact and a little bit of spice comes into the background. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not sure why this one got scratched, but I'm happy Troegs brought it back. This is definitely a beer that is worth drinking for an entire evening.

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Photo of marcpal
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton Adam (akorsak) for helping me out and supplying with a bunch of these. They have found a happy home.

12oz bottle poured into pint glass for this taste.

A: First of all, I love the bottles that the Troegs Scratch beers come in. Amber color with a milky thick foam with clinging lacing.

N: Nice smell- malts, more hops, and some fruit- figs/peaches Im not sure. Hops take the lead- reminding me a bit of a Honkers with a different blend of hops.

T: Delicous. Caramel malts and the fruity hops. There is a touch of spice and the sweetness make this an ESB that is superb tasting. The bitterness is there in the feel and the taste.

M: Light and thin but enough structure behind it to leave you wanting plenty more but not taking away from taste.

D: Knocked out of the park- perfect for the summer and bbq. Epitome of this style and goes down incredibly easy. I wish I had more than this case. Troegs does it again, another scratch Ive tried that I would love to see them brew seasonally at least. While your at it, get the NN going year round brothers.

Im interested in trying out all the Scratch series and hope to snag more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of grees20
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the ESB style so I was really happy to hear that was the inspiration for the No. 11. Pours a light copper color with two-finger frothy white head. Good carbonation. Nice malty aroma with some citrusy hops pushing through. Smooth, crisp. Nice balance between the malts and hops. Not quite as bitter as a I expected, but it fits this style. This low ABV is a great session beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a clear bright ruby color. The head is half an inch in height, and redeces very slowly into a nice ring of lacing. The aroma is well balanced between toffee and caramel malt, and grapefruity and floral hops. The taste lean a bit toward the hoppy side, but is still fairly balanced. Grapefruit of floral bouquet with a toffee backbone. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice ESB, I could easily session this one.

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Photo of Khazadum
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lucky to score a couple of hits off a "leftover" cask from the Repeal party. Was on-tap at the brewery on Friday 4/18. This was dry-hopped with Chinook.

A-Dark copper with little to no surprise for a beer straight from the firkin.
On-tap version had a nice medium light tan head.

S-A bit of citrus and earthy hop aromas with the following of malty sweetness.

T-Sharp hop bite that slowly fades into a malty sweetness. Lovely hop profile gives this beer an interesting twist.

M-Medium-light boday with a lovely sharp crispness.

D-Totally! This is a super American twist on this English classic, but still maintains the style. So much flavour and hop at under 5% this one could become a session champ!

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Photo of kkipple
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to ClockworkOrange and Deuane for hooking me up.

Pours a dark amber color with just a touch of reddishness to it, good clarity and a creamy light khaki head. Very good retention and leaves lots of stick.

Smell is earthy, pine and lightly citrusy hops. Some caramel malt sweetness, too.

Taste starts off with some citrusy hops, then some pine followed by earthy, lightly sweet caramel malt. There is a dryish grain like flavor going on there, too, and then some hop bitterness into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly creamy, with a drying finish. Carbonation is light and appropriate.

This is clearly a Troegs beer; I think I could predict that if it were handed to me and I didn't know. A lot of similarities to HopBack Amber, in particular. A fine brew and another solid Scratch beer effort. Keep up the good work Troegs!

EDIT: I've had additional bottles of this on multiple occasions and have noted something that just tastes off - it's a harsh metallic flavor and it definitely detracts from the brew. I've downgraded taste, mouthfeel and drinkability by .5 each.

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Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of shaebs99
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint
(Thanks to JoeJoe2161)

Very bright body that is an orange amber with ruby red highlights. A thick two finger head rose and faded rather slowly. Fantastic staying power and light sticky lace rings down my glass.

Big grapefruit and pine needle hop nose with sweet candied caramel malt lingering around.

The hops don't kick like they do on the nose, more bittering. almost like an IPA nose with an ESB body. Sweet toasted malts with a bitter hop finish. Not lip puckering, but pretty damn bitter.

A little thin. Moderate carbonation lifts the ale off the tongue leaving behind the bitter hops.

I sucked this guy down pretty easy, and at just under 5%, a borderline session beer.

Another fine offering from the brothers Troegner. Nicely balanced and a solid interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Scratch Beer 11 - 2008 (ESB) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 44 ratings