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Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB

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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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To commemorate that twenty-year history, Grand Tetons brewers have chosen four of their year-round beers, three current, one historical, to strengthen and enhance. XX Bitch Creek Double ESB is the final release in their 2008 XX series.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2010
30 Blind tasting at Papsoe 27-03-2010: Bottle. Large thick creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Mahogany color. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, mild caramel. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and dry light alcoholic texture. Moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Lingering dry bitter finish. 7 / 4 / 8 / 3 / 15 = 3.7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3707) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Dark brown with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of toffee and fruit. Taste is of toffee, chocolate, and malt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 14, 2010
Huge bottle. Note to the brewer: a swing-top should not be dipped in wax! Pours a beautiful dark red-orange with a huge tan head that collapses into rocky flotsam and generates heavy lace. Aroma is very malty: lots of toast and toffee, some chocolate, with nice hop accents of citrus and flowers. Chewy malty palate, rich toasty malts, toffee, chocolate with fruity accents and a moderately bitter finish. Big and malty and very tasty. I thought this was delicious!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle at a tasting.
Aroma : Some hops with lots of fruits. Notes of cardboard.
Taste : Some hops, a bit citrusy with some dried fruits. A bit spicy. Finish is fruity and spicy.
Overall : Not very good...

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaktikMTL (5706) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
Bouteille de 1 l, avec bouchon de céramique, partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez Fred82. Arôme: Faible odeur de caramel et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un moeyn col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #2991)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Dusty earthy, leafy hops develop spicy bitterness around chocolate and caramel malt for an incohesive, and perhaps poorly tendered, American-style Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the opaque mahogany brown. This looks like a Dunkler Bock.
-Oxidation seems to have broken down some of this brew’s appeal (if I rely on other reviews).
-The hops are also citrusy, but this fruity character clashes with the chosen grain bill (in my tastes).
-In a similar flavor profile, Terrapin’s Big Hoppy Monster showed a lot more cohesion and cleanliness. This Bitch Creek appeared sloppy in comparison.
-The flavor profile is nonetheless balanced.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
Bottle 75cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #30. ]
Light unclear medium to dark red brown color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, heavy hoppy, citrus - orange, pine ? Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, bitternes is hop and burnt malt bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100327]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14381) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Tasting at Papsø
Cloudy brown color. Nice hop aroma, American, resiny and sweaty. Simple caramel flavor, chocolate, with some residual sweetness, good hopping, resiny but not aggressive. Strong bitterness. Unfocused but pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottled. A hazy dark amber beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of hops, grapefruit, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, caramel, and bread, leading to a dry and very bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13373) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2010
#30 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 27-Marts-2010 hos Papsoe. Clear deep red/brown - offwhite head. Berries, dark fruits, high malty, smokey notes, burnes, ok hoppy, wooden, peppery, grassy.


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