FROTHINGSLOSH (5602) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This beer came in my beer club. It is not a brewer I am familiar with. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a dark ruby chestnut color with a small tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is malty and has a crisp floral hop character and a hint of chocolate. The flavor is caramel, crisp hops and a sour tang that turns vaguely nutty on the finish.
calivania (62) - USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my kind of beer. Picked up a sixer at the local BevMo, and as much as I am loathe to support the WalMart-ization of liquor, I don’t think I would have found it anywhere else in LA. Smells sweet and nutty. Wonderful to look at. Tastes unlike no other ESB I have had -- and like no other American brown for that matter eiether. Resiny, with the smoky sweetness of which I am partial. Lovely, crisp bitter finish. I am inspirerd to discover more Idaho beer because this one -- right down to its oddly transfixing lable -- is a special Amercian beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a med. translucent brown with a lite off-white head. Aroma is nutty with chocolate and earthy hoppy notes. Flavor is an interesting mix of heavy chocolate, nuts, caramel, and heavy earthy resiny hops, with just a touch of diacetyl. Body is med lite. Finish is med. bitter. Very good American brown ale but this is not an ESB.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Picked up a six pack while in Jackson Hole, WY. Pours darker than a typical ESB. Lightly sweet and bitter at the same time. Well balanced and very enjoyable.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Joey… “degarth” for giving me this beer back around Christmas. It has been in the back of my frig… it was lost.
DAMN! This is the darkest ESB I believe I have ever seen. It’s such a dark smoky/amber body that it’s almost porter like…with its dense and heavily laced tan head. The aroma and flavor are full of toffee, a bit of coco and a hint of bittering coffee and peat. This Bitch Creek’s palate is rather full and creamy and the finish is chary dry. Overall: a rather phenomenal ESB. This is one I would gladly drink on regular occasion!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of caramel, light hops and a hint of pear. Light sweetness some caramel and toasted malts. Hints of fruit. Finishes with a moderate hop bitterness. Nice easy drinking session beer.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 The label looked so cheap and uninspired I was ready to hate this beer, but it was solid. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Finish was its strong point where the hops really shined.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep amber/brown color. Very interesting aroma with plenty of malt. Flavor is also malty with some hops hidden in there. Not like any ESB I’ve ever had. This rating is not to style.
brewrater (92) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Jordan (Buck Dich) for the trade. I loved this Bitter! In my opinion much better than its site score. But that is why there are thousands of beers - to each his own. Beautiful dark walnut color. Malt present but hops still rules. Best combination I’ve had. I hate malt dominance but a lot of IPAs and Bitters have no apparent malt at all. This is like a 25/75 split. Great bite in the rear ....uhhhh I mean finish.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich cherrywood colour. Aroma is rich and chewy - earth, toffee, caramel and wood with light fruitcakey notes. A lot of these are volatile and won’t be there ten minutes later, which is a shame because that initial whiff is outstanding. The flavour is brilliantly balanced between bitter, resiny hopping and toffeeish, demerara malts. The combined effect is as fresh, woody and invigourating as a mountain forest in the rain. The finish is long and continues the chewy element. The flavour loses a bit as it warms, believe it or not, as the malts come out more and the balance tilts. Still, an excellent example of the style and a damn fine pint.