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Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB

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RATINGS: 133   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
In short: A mess
How: Bottle 1L swing-top. Consumed fresh (probably fresh) soon after purchase. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is a blend of cat food and leafy hops. Taste is dirty, buttery cereals, citrus fruits, roasted vegetables, cardboard/oxidation. Was there something wrong with the bottle. There were oxidation signs yet the bottle was freshly purchased from a reputable store. And because of my disappointment with previous “high-end” Grand Teton lineup of 1L bottles I am now convinced that this brewery sucks. Packaging these crappy beers as luxury products in nice 1L bottles and selling them for big $ is a terrible gimmick. The only other group as reprehensible as Grand Teton is [this comment has been removed due to legal action by the Church of Scientology]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Serving: 750 ml swing top, waxed bottle. A waxed swing top? Really? Anyway, the color is a very dark brown with a dense tan head. The nose favors the malt with notes of caramel, perhaps a hint of chocolate, and pale malt sweetness. The hops are there though, bringing notes of citrus along for the ride. The flavor is a mix of chewy malts (bread, caramel, and toast) and citrusy hops (orange mostly). An interesting combination that makes for a tasty brew. medium to rich in body with a lingering malty finish. This is a unique beer that is worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
Minus 10 points for the fight with the wax to get a ceramic cork out. Dark brown with a very thick creamy perpetual head. Lots of cork-like residue in the bottom of the glass. Woody malty hop nose. Great creamy thick body. Lots of hops and surprisingly coffee in the flavour. Its like a coffee IESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4157) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4017) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7241) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fred82 (2115) - 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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaktikMTL (6177) - Montréal, 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)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8262) - 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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (37073) - 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]

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