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

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650 Ratings

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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: sommersb on 10-28-2011

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
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Batch No. 2, aged at least a year: pours hazy copper color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded slowly and very good foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of red wine, caramel, toffee, oak barrels that held a red wine like a merlot or pinot, grains, yeast and rotting fruit like a pear or apple that's brown and mushy. The 10% ABV comes through, but mixes well with the sweetness and oaky notes that are earthy and almost seem smoky.

Flavor is similar to the nose with a rich sweetness consisting of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, syrup, red wine, toasted grains, lemon, metallic funk/yeast, vanilla, floral hops, honey, and following the aroma the taste of oak barrels that held a red wine and that rotting fruit sweetness like a mushy pear or apple that's very sugary. Alcohol peeks through, but the sweetness gets close to cloyingly sweet when the oaky notes kick back in with some peat moss, earthy and smoky accents that right the ship. The aftertaste changes over to pineapple and sherry and is oddly different than the start of the bomber. A very different beer that is a little different with every sip. I didn't love the flavor, but I found it intriguing and it kept my interest so much that I polished off the whole bottle on a Tuesday night; why the fuck not, right?!?

Mouthfeel was heavy and thick, with a weighty feel and a slickness that went down smooth; there was hardly any carbonation, and the aftertaste was sweet and malty with very low bitterness and a light alcohol fade. It got more complicated and interesting as it sat in the glass, so I'm glad I let this develop for a while since it was pretty tasty. A different kind of barleywine, but good overall.

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