Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by asabreed:
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle. Batch #2. 10% ABV (I'm assuming 11.5% was Batch #1?). Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip.
Appearance: A nice lighter peach and orange color, with a nice semi-frothy white head that leaves moderate lacing and a good 1/2" head above the body of the brew.
Smell: Heavy on the sweetness, with a lot of candied citrus, orange marmalade or citrus-type jam, some sweet toffee notes, and some vanilla and wood aromas from the toasted oak.
Taste: More like a Belgian Strong Pale than a barley wine in my opinion, with a lot of sweetness and some interesting nuance of sweet flavors with the citrus side, the wood and vanilla characteristics, and the marmalade and jam notes going on, along with a dose of honey coming through also, and maybe some candi sugar. I would've been pressed to say it's a BSP without knowing the style, but I'm not disappointed because the beer's doing things that I like -- it's just not your average barley wine.
Mouthfeel: A little heavy, and a little cloying. It's evident, but not really unexpected, and it doesn't detract.
Drinkability: Certainly a sipper at 10%, this probably could've been a little less sweet in the end with more hops or something else to balance it out, but for around $6 it's nice to get a Sam Adams beer that's more adventurous and isn't out of a 12-pack. I enjoyed it and will try and grab the other styles to try most likely that are in the non-standard 22 oz. bottles.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2012 22:15:23 | More by asabreed
More User Reviews:
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.