Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
1.95/5 rDev -44.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1
Poured into a Budweiser pilsener glass (not a word out of any of you)
A: Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with effervescent carbonation. The head is shockingly good, it's a slightly offwhite color with fantastic retention and lacing.
S: There's a distinct scent of pineapple from the Nelson Sauvin hops (possibly?) and some caramel notes, but otherwise it's surprisingly subdued. Not that boozy on the nose.
T: Uh oh. It starts off nicely enough, with some subtle hints of pineapple, caramel, and toffee...until the finish comes, loaded with buttery diacetyl and candy-coated metallic notes. It's a sickeningly sweet, cloying mess on the back end, and it completely ruins what could have been a semi-decent barleywine. I can't give it a 1, though, because of how well the alcohol is hidden. Still, it's pretty bad.
M: Heavy, but not excessively so. This would be pretty drinkable if not for the lousy flavors, honestly. Has a long, lingering finish (bad news given how it tastes) and mild carbonation.
O: I only had a pilsener glass full - and I could only finish half of it before dumping the rest out. There are some nice hints here and there, but this is an otherwise terrible barleywine that's far too experimental for it's own good. Avoid.
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2012 22:27:20 | More by ThisWangsChung
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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 625 ratings.