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Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek Double ESB

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8492) - 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 (38686) - 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 (16395) - 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 (30255) - 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 (14306) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6915) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a dense light brown head. The aroma is fruity, barley, hops, toffee, caramel, ripe fruit and overall very intense. The flavour is barley, hops, intensive dark fruity and molasses. Creamy texture. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11331) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
beer 30 at papsoe’s blind tasting clear ambre, smooth white head. dark hoppy, dark fruits, flavor is dark caramelly, hoppy, faint berry sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (23370) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle #30 at Papsø’s blindtasting. Cloudy orange red coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity aroma of caramel, hops, pine needles and grass. Fruity flavour of caramel, hops, pine needles and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14539) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle @ Papsø. Tasted blind. Pours dark ruby brown with a small lasting head and lacings. Sweet and vinous nose. Vague roast and toffee. Oak and caramel with some hops in the end. Sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (34862) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
1 L bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is wooden and dark malty. Light fruity accent. Smooth caramelish and roasted to dark breadish malt flavoured. Interesting with rather aromatic US hops to counterbalance the dense malt flavours. Gives a citric twist, yet also towards dominant in the flavour profile. Dry and citric into a dry finish.


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