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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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ZenAgnostic

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4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 oz bottle with no date poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Big barely offwhite head with low stick and great retention. Clear, deep amber body.

Smell - Candy sweetness. Vanilla custard baby food. Banana. Some wet grassy hop.

Taste - Banana kick to the face, followed quickly by stale cardboard and hoppy grassy metal. Does that make sense? It will.

Mouthfeel - Astringent and solvent. Head offers some amount of creaminess, frothy, and texture.

Overall Drinkability- Very enjoyable. Can be a bit too solvent at times, but this is a barelywine after all.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:07:05 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.