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

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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 60 | 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:
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

dkw0063, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is loaded with citrus, a lot of citrus. The citrusy hops are mostly grapefruit and pineapple with some sweet malt and a honey-like sweetness to go along with some alcohol in the finish.

T- The taste is sweet malt up front with the citrusy hops coming in very quickly and lingering well into the finish. The finish also has a lot of warmth from the high alcohol content.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodies with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I enjoyed this beer more than I expected. Samuel Adams did a great job with this beer.

cjgator3, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium orange/gold color with a three fingered, sticky white head and mild carbonation.

S - Light candied caramel toffee malt, light tropical fruit, oak.

T - Oak, white raisins, light white toffee malt, boozy, light grapefruit, overall - sweet.

M - Thick, full bodied, slightly frothy and very gentle carbonation pricklies.

O - I tip my hat to Sam Adams for pushing the envelope with a "blonde barley wine", there's nothing else in this genre (that I know of).

jzeilinger, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

docrates, Nov 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +42%

Craigory, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

SnatchyMcPants, Nov 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

shick1, Nov 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Chris_Cali_2o9, Nov 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Lare453, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mikeradebaugh, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy dark gold with a dense white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing. Resinous aromas of sweet caramel malt, tangerine, honey, white wine, and a touch of oak. Taste is really nice, more flavors of honey malt, citrus and tropical hops, with a fairly sticky mouthfeel, medium-full body, and lowish carbonation. Pretty tasty Barleywine, a very unusual interpretation of the style but I like it.

jsanford, Nov 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

BanditoJunkie, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

steveimthatguy, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Durb777, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh bottle review from notes.

Typical barleywine amber appearance, light head and mild lacing, medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation, somewhat clingy and toothsome in texture but not terribly so.

Smells of honey, taffee, toffee, light amounts of toasted oak, and medium levels of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, papaya, wild flowers). The flavor is a lot more woody than the aroma, and also includes a surprise coconut-vanilla cream pie to the face with a sidebar of rye whiskey burn... Pineapple with charred edges pops out around the mid sip and transforms into a typical pine resin / juicy grapefruit combo by the time the finish rolls out an added spectrum of both leafy herbal raw *and* dried tobacco in equal measure.

Nice, but far too hot and wooden for my preferences fresh. The most memorable aspects of this barleywine are the high level of grilled pineapple and French Vanilla in in the flavor relative to other barleywines, but it fights with the rye booze levels as it is. I'm really intrigued by the tobacco elements, though. In my experience, beers that show nuances of tobacco when fresh often tend to develop additional complexity when aged.

I see this one as another great potential cellaring candidate; to see what can be built out of carefully controlled reduction of the hot booze and hopping levels, and to develop that tobacco stub. I'll probably be getting another one or two bombers at the store for further cellar experimentation, and the price point for this barleywine is more than reasonable enough for this to be an affordable adventure... (My 22oz bomber cost $7 in WI)

WastingFreetime, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

tt0027, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

BanrionMAB, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of DRyan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought two bottles in Feb 12. Wasn't using ASTMD back in Feb...

Pours golden-copper with a thick white head that sticks around for a while, and laces nicely. Oak flavor is very noticeable in the forefront, fruity notes in the middle, and alcohol bite on the latter. Good amount of hop flavor to balance what would otherwise be a very sweet, malty beer. Slightly reminiscent of barleywine, but unlike any barleywine I’ve had before.

Poured in a Ranger Creek Tulip glass
A: Golden copper with a very frothy white head of big thick bubbles that recedes slowly and leaves some decent lacing
S: Sweet caramel and malt, some toffee and vanilla
T: Oak is milder now, the alcohol actually seems stronger in the front of the taste now. The hops bitterness still comes in the end, though there is very little of the hops in the aroma anymore. Much less overly sweet. Really doesn’t taste too much like a barleywine though.
M: Smooth and rich, with a little zing in the carbonation.
D: The alcohol is certainly noticeable, and would keep this from being too quick of a drinker. Overall the beer is pretty easy to drink (slowly), but the bite at the end – a mix of hops and alcohol bitterness – keeps it from being too quickly imbibed.

DRyan, Nov 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jklecko2, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Living816, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

sanitarium16, Oct 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

rab53, Oct 18, 2012
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.