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

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BA SCORE
80
good

626 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours very clear for a Barley wine with a mild orange hue and a small head of peachy-white colored bubbles that faded back into the beer almost completely after about 20 seconds. There is no head to speak of after a few minutes and the beer is pretty still looking…a little like a peach tea or something.

Aroma: The aroma is amazingly mild for this style of beer. I am getting a little bit of subtle hops as some American citrus, a mild spicy content that I guess is alcohol derived, and that is about it for the cold beer. It is poured pretty close to the top of my stein, so I assume that I will get more aroma as I drink the beer and it warms up some. As the beer warms, you can definitely pick up the hops stronger and they are getting oily in the nose as well…but the aroma stays mild for the style regardless.

Taste: The flavor is pretty decent and a lot hoppier than the aroma suggested. There are some oily American hops to greet you early on in the flavor and they pretty much stick with you the whole time up until the finish and then they get a bit lost in the later part of the sip. Long afterward, there is some defined alcoholic warning going on, on the back of the throat. The carbonation is adequate, and the body overall is a firm medium. There is some spice that comes out in the middle of the sip and stays with you into the finish.

Opinion: This is a decent beer if you want something like a Barley Wine with training wheels. The overall balance is unusually balanced toward the malt in the end, though I think that it ended up balanced toward the hops slightly, this is weird for this style. I do enjoy Barley Wines on occasion, but this one falls short of what I would put in this category. Most good Barley Wines are practically undrinkable when they are fresh (IMO) and need a couple years to soften up. I don’t know where this particular example would go in a couple years. I speculate that it would get pretty funky as there are hops missing to hit this style. Who knows, maybe it would age like an Old Ale, but I am not going to age them and find out. I will stick to more consistent beers to put in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 05:14:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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