Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
4.05/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a mug. Batch #1.
A – Deep reddish gold. Just a bit of haziness. Nice eggshell colored two finger head, which faded after a moderate amount of time leaving a very fine sudsy lacing. Looking back now, the look of this beer nowhere NEAR matches the taste.
S – Fruit, yeast, and oak. I would describe the aroma as “faint” overall, with only the fruit aromas being at all prevalent. It didn’t leave me thinking much was coming. I was wrong….
T – Holy crap, I think my mouth just exploded! Pineapple, grapefruit, raisins, oak, maple syrup, date, toffee, caramel, honey, vanilla, sweet breads, cocoa, fig, and carrot cake. I just looked up the ingredients for carrot cake and pineapple and raisins were listed. Go figure. Boozy aftertaste. The 11.5% abv is definitely not hidden in this bad boy. In fact, it slaps you in the face and calls you it’s bitch!! When it warms it can be a bit strong, but if you enjoy boozy beers this shouldn’t be a problem.
M – Prickly carbonation helps the beer almost literally dance all over the tongue. Works well with the plethora of flavors that are going on here. Slightly syrupy finish.
O – A completely unique brew. How SA packed this level of complexity in a golden-yellow package with minimal aroma can only be described as “wizardry”. Taste-wise, this one is ALL OVER the place. Which begs the question: Is it any good? I would say a resounding “yes”. I would gladly take a “messy”, unruly, uber complex beer over a one or two note boring one any day. I can tell you right now that this beer is not going to be for everyone. In fact, it probably won’t be for nearly anyone, but it is for me and I’ll be snatching up every bottle I find. And I encourage beer lovers everywhere to sample one for themselves for a something truly different.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2011 01:47:02 | More by TempeBeerMan
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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.