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

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628 Ratings

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | 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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2/5  rDev -43.2%

JHendu, Oct 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Alx99, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of DIM
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.

DIM, Sep 18, 2012
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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.

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

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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
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yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
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swimnadd, Sep 04, 2012
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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!

jwc215, Aug 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Griffin's Bow from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
80 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.