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Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
80
good

623 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barley wine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warmth.

Hops: Nelson Sauvin, Zeus
Malts: Two-Row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland Pale, Paul’s Caramalt
Aged on toasted oak

(Beer added by: sommersb on 10-28-2011)
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Pahn

New York

2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Figured it was time to try this before it's gone from stores, especially since I've been on a bit of a barrel aged barleywine kick as of late.

Special note: this beer's name is hilarious. "Griffin's Bow"? What the fuck? The youtube video with Jim Koch explains that they were impressed with the power of the old timey mythical animal, the griffin... but what about the bow??

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick but ultimately not lasting lacing. Pours a clear orange and leaves a few small spots of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: yup, Nelson Sauvin hops as advertised. Smells a lot like Anchor Humming Ale, a similarly Nelson Sauvin-forward beer (and an excellent one). In the glass: Same thing. Pungent peach and pineapple. All hops.

Taste: Lots of alcohol, some fruit flavors, and lots of sickly sweetness. Amazingly too hot, too bitter, and too sweet at the same time. Don't find that every day.

Each sip starts with a lot of tropical fruity hop flavor, moving to a blast of bitterness, then ending with unrelenting, overwhelming sweetness (and a building, chest-consuming alcohol heat). The oak is not very present in the flavor, though it eventually comes out to impart some sponge cake character onto the disgusting sweetness (it fails to save the day though).

This beer reminds me that Nelson Sauvin can impart a sort of musty / funky flavor like the smell of molding fruit. Somehow the alcohol and mild oak influence are accentuating this aspect, which is unfortunate.

There's a fair amount of flavor underneath the dialed up bitterness, heat, and awful sweetness... but it's not worth suffering through the shit. Summary: like eating overly sugared dried pineapple dipped in honey, but bitter.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Creamy, sugary, hot. Wish they pulled some Utopias magic and fermented off a lot more of this sugar.

Overall: I love a good barleywine, English or American. I'm considering pouring the rest of this beer into the toilet.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 01:55:53 | More by Pahn
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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.