Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Grand Teton Bitch Creek ESB was sent to me by the folks at Grand Teton Brewing Co. for inclusion in these tasting notes. There was a yellow stamp on the neck that noted: “bottled 06/29/11”.
The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.
The following are my tasting notes:
Appearance: This is a hazy brown, almost red, mildly carbonated brew that builds a firm but small light brown head of tiny to small bubbles. The Belgian lace is well-tatted.
Aroma: The first impression is a “bready” rich flavor. The second impression reveals slight prune aromas. The third nosedive confirms both of the previous impressions
Flavor: After the initial refreshing sensation there is a strong caramel sweetness challenged almost immediately by a metallic flavor spike from what I deduce are the hops used. The second sip finds these two flavors getting along famously and the addition of a citric lemon impression. The third swig finds a little bit of leather hiding underneath the caramel sweetness and the palate cleansing spike of hop flavor.
Mouth feel: This is a rather full-bodied brew.
Finish: The finish of this brew lingers most pleasantly with the tang of the citrus staying the longest.
Comments: For those who are interested in the essential statistics, the neck label on this bottle tells you almost everything you need to know… original gravity, alcohol content, international bittering units and color rating. I note that the alcohol content is 6% by volume.
I would like to make a particular note of the fact that when I poured this beer, being labeled a “bottle conditioned beer”, my steady pour dislodged very little sediment. The slight haze to the beer was neither off-putting nor unpleasant, imparting rather a nice rustic touch.
Should I ever have the opportunity to introduce this beer to a rare well aged will charred slab of beef steak I will jump at the opportunity. Both the emphatic caramel and the palate cleansing citric tang would emphasize the slightly sweet flavors found in well-aged beef charred and finished two rare perfection.
The Brewery: Grand Teton