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

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638 Ratings

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 62 | 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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3.75/5  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
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

guillemiro, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

OMG, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single finger head with little retention of decent lacing on a hazy amber with orange hues body. Aroma is a bit bland with some caramel and candied fruit, little else. Flavor follows the aroma with some wood, caramel, maple syrup and candied dark fruit notes and is nice and mellow. The body is a little chewy, with medium body and moderate carbonation. The booze however are better hidden than expected. This one is certainly drinkable for the style and ABV with nice fruity notes to be flavorful.

kylehay2004, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark golden body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace on the glass.

S - Vanilla, honey, clove, and assorted other spicy notes.

T - Sugary malt up front with a bit of honey and cloves. Some spicy pepper notes in th middle with a finish of honey, red apple, and clove.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Reasonably well balanced with lots of honey and spices. I feel like it could use some age to really come to together, but there is potential for what is a good beer to become something better here.

nickfl, Oct 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

brewdude1982, Oct 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

JHendu, Oct 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

jrohrbacher, Oct 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Listers, Oct 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mitch3114, Sep 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Schmuckles, Sep 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Horbar, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

MisterE, Sep 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Whiskeydeez, Sep 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

hollywood_15063, Sep 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Alx99, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DIM, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RickS95, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

beerpadawan, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mrosenfeld32, Sep 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

JJFordick, Sep 15, 2012
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.