Griffin's Bow - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
a: Blonde, as advertised. It poured with medium sized, moderately sticky head.
s: Sweet honey, caramel, and some spicy oak.
t: Starts off with sugary caramel that has hints of floral honey. Finish adds a pleasant oaky alcohol bite with some lemon bitterness.
m: Kind of chewy.
o: Nice, sweet b-wine, but kind of one dimensional. The oak doesn't really show itself.
09-18-2012 21:55:31 | More by DIM
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
Batch 2 in a medium-sized snifter.
The appearance is very attractive. Pours a bit thinner than I expected, but it's a clear burnt orange with a bright white head. The head is a finger thick and very foamy looking. Decent retention and a good lacing follows.
For the most part, the smell is pleasant with all the citrus notes, but then the alchol comes through with a vengeance. All things mentioned on the bottled are distinct in the nose...the honeysuckle, pineapple, and the grapefruit. All the while, there's a piney smell in the background. Again though, that alcohol is lurking.
While not awful, the alcohol taste is aggressive. It does allow the grapefruit and oak flavors to make an appearance, but it's a cameo at best because the alcohol takes top billing. If the bottle didn't say 10%, I'd guessed this to be in the 15-18% range. A bit of orange peel in the finish.
Slight acid from the citric fruits, but it's mostly heat from the alcohol. There's so much alcohol that I can't pick up any hoppy bitterness, so on the one hand, it's less bitter than you'd expect form a barleywine. However, on the other hand, the alcohol has an attitude problem and doesn't play nicely with others.
It's not a bad beer, it's actually pretty good. Problem is it's extremely manly and more or less alcohol-forward. It's not an easy beer to drink, clearly a sipper and not entirely out of the question to share it with someone.
09-16-2012 04:12:37 | More by RickS95
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured into tulip glass:
Pours orange-tinted amber wih a white head that has great retention for the abv and style. Wispy strands of lacing stick.
The smell if of toasted oak, citrus (grapefruit and pineapple) with some toffee and brown sugar. It has a very pleasant aroma.
The taste is of juicy, citrusy hops with marmalade sweetness. As it progresses pineapple and grapefruit dipped in brown sugar comes to mind. A soft toasted damp oak supports it. Warm but not boozy, it has a semi-dry finish.
It is crisp. It could be fuller, but it is far from thin.
It is sweet-ish and oaky with a nice blend of hop support. Alcohol warmth grows as it is sipped. An enjoyable sipper!
08-29-2012 17:25:32 | More by jwc215
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.