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

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BA SCORE
80
good

625 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | 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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Proteus93

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting contrast between the Bros. and the general public on this beer. I bought it in part because I was sold on the description the Boston Beer Co. put on the back - go marketing! Now for the real test:

A: This is a surprisingly heady brew, given the alcohol content. I had to slow down when pouring my glass and allow it to form. Retention is good, falling back into some rolling hills... no hurry to go away on this one. The beer itself is a nice, clear golden, with just the occasional bubble rising to join the head on top. One of the 'prettier' beers I've seen in a while.

S: Certainly a sweet scent, one I certainly detect some of the citrus and tropical aromas that they describe (grapefruit zest, pineapple, and such). Some floral notes, as well, with a little bit of a harsh alcohol nose on the back.

T + M: A little bit of bite on the tip of the tongue, opening up into some sweet, fruity flavors with a touch of citrus zest toward the middle. This spreads over the sides of the tongue with a hop balancing act, some vanilla and sugary notes from the oak, and a touch of acrid alcohol that turns it down a bit. At this point, things become a little unpleasant, and it follows through on the way down making for a weak finish.

D: A good start with a somewhat disappointing end... maybe some time would do this well, but I do almost taste a bit of buttery notes that could come through a little more with age, as well. I suppose it would be a good candidate for aging, if only to see what happens, but it's probably not one that I'd be quick to pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 03:21:15 | More by Proteus93
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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.