Ok, here's the background: my husband and I LOVE game. We seek it out, order it wherever we find it, has buckshot? We'll take it! I finally convinced my local butcher to order some grouse for me which is supposedly in season until December. He kept it in the freezer and I did the same until yesterday when I put it in the fridge to thaw. I made what is the classic French preparation for the bird tonight, called Grouse on Toast. Oh my god was it awful. Bitter, smelly, indedible. We threw it in the garbage.
As an aside, I'm a trained cook with many years experience in restaurants and catering so I don't think it was a prep problem.
My question is this: what's the deal? Is this what grouse tastes like? Should it not have been frozen and thawed? I had been lead to believe this was the pinnacle of game bird eating... what went wrong?