Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Proteus93:
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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3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
From Batch #3, limited edition brews.
Aroma like honeysuckle and grapefruit. Pours a clear orange amber body with thick creamy whit head. Luxurious lacing on glass. Taste is very complex, boozy and fruited at same time. Odd , slightly unpleasant aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
05-20-2014 23:09:42 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.